MONROE — Two locals have been recognized in Business Carolina magazine’s October edition for being 2020 Trail Blazers.

The magazine’s annual feature “recognizes thriving business owners and professionals under the age of 40 who work in N.C. cities and towns that have fewer than 100,000 residents.

Monroe’s David Casper, Executive Director of Union Diversified Industries, oversees a nonprofit that provides “behavioral health care and industrial jobs to adults with disabilities,” according to Union County Chamber of Commerce President Pat Kahle.

The 34-year-old Casper has 40 employees who provide services for about 80 individuals, according to he magazine. A Wingate University graduate, Casper started with the company in 2017 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2019.

Shane Fraser, 32, of Waxhaw, was also recognized by the magazine for operating Social Networking Assistance (SNA). Fraser and his staff assist businesses which need help with social media. He founded his business in 2012 in New York before moving to N.C. His business manages 23 clients, according to the report.

Fraser is a member of the Board of Directors for the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Union County Community Shelter.

“These two outstanding community leaders are committed to integrity, success, and relational connection to make Union County a better place to live and do business,” Kahle said in a statement.