Innovative Rural Leadership: Paula Swepson-Avery

Paula Swepson-Avery had spent decades working for Broyhill Furniture in McDowell and Caldwell Counties, one of the most recognizable names in furniture. She quickly rose through the ranks from Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine operator to production manager. She set up processes and systems to create a production workflow to make the company as efficient as possible. She built a career in the manufacturing sector, but back-to-back layoffs nudged her in a different professional direction—one that continues to pay big dividends for her hometown.

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