Keith Young, 33, Groveton
Keith Young, 33, of Groveton is partner at Geo. M. Stevens and Son Co.; moderator for the town as needed; part owner with my wife of First Step Fitness Centeral.
Why did I choose my profession?
Luckily, I kind of fell into my profession. I went to UNH with the end goal of being an actuary and Jeff Gilman, one of my now partners, found out through small talk with my mother, a dental hygienist, while getting his teeth cleaned. He got in touch with me and gave me an opportunity to have a career right after school while still living in Groveton, which is really what I was looking for.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
My wife and I have made a conscious effort to take the community we call home and make it better when we can. A place more professional people will want to live, work and raise a family. Seeing all the empty store fronts in town pushed us to buy one and put in a fitness center, which will hopefully open soon. We decided it was time for us to step up and stop waiting for someone else to do it for us. Hopefully this will lead to others doing the same.
Volunteer activities: Secretary for the Weeks Memorial Hospital Board; member of the Lancaster Rotary Club.