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Top 40: Chad Vaughn

Life is good for 32-year-old Chad Vaughn and why not?

After all, the Meridian native is married to the love of his life, a doting father to two children and vice president of The Service Company of Mississippi, recognized by INC. magazine for the past four years as one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in America.

The philosophical Vaughn believes the key to happiness is making it happen for yourself and those around you. Quoting author A. Lou Vickery, he says that four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals from the ground – a little bit more, as in they did all that was expected of them and a little more.

“If you want to standout in the community or at work, and effect change,” Vaughn said, “you have to do more than the next person.”

As vice president of the company his father started nearly three decades ago, Vaughn has overseen tremendous growth and development for The Service Company. His main responsibilities include understanding the customers’ operations so that he can arrive at the right solution for their heating and air-conditioning needs.

Prior to joining The Service Company, Vaughn worked in the Nashville area for SSRCx Facilities and The Carrier Corporation as a noted commercial sales engineer.

He claims his most significant professional accomplishment occurred at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the nation’s most secure and important facilities.

“This facility houses over an acre of the world’s fastest Cray XT5 supercomputers,” he said. “Our team analyzed the performance of the building’s air-conditioning systems, which were malfunctioning. We determined the problem and implemented repairs.

“It was a quite gratifying achievement for such an important facility to national security.”

Meridian television executive Michael Reed has known Vaughn most of his life and says his friend is a passionate participant in helping the city thrive.

“I have stood side-by-side with Chad painting Habitat houses and sat with him in board room,” Reed said. “He’s one of those rare individuals that moves beyond common expectations and seeks to achieve uncommon results.”

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