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The professional and personal successes of not one but two Virginia Wesleyan College graduates were celebrated Oct. 14 as Kevin Otey Jr. ’05 and Amy Mallett Rickard ’98 were honored at Inside Business’ “Top Forty Under 40” awards ceremony. During the evening event at Norfolk Waterside Marriott, the alumni were recognized for their career achievements and involvement in the community. Otey, 31, is chief operating officer at Children's Harbor, a nonprofit group that provides early childhood care and education services. His volunteer activities include United Way African American Leadership Society volunteer chair; United for Children’s weekly tutoring program with second and third graders; voter registration drives; and the Big Brother Big Sister program. Rickard, 38, is vice president of marketing for AAA Tidewater Virginia, responsible for the growth and retention of its membership base. She is active in the community as a member of United Way’s Women Leadership Council and Membership Committee; the Corporate Volunteer Council for Volunteer Hampton Roads; and the local Hampton Roads chapters for the American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation. Both graduates serve on the Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Association Board of Directors—Rickard was named president of the Alumni Board in July 2014. “I’ve known Kevin and Amy for a long time and they are each so deserving of this award,” says VWC Director of Alumni Relations Lina Green. “To me, this honor represents the strong work ethic and unique concern for community that can be found in each of our graduates.” Inside Business has recognized 640 young professionals since its Top Forty Under 40 event began in 1999. More