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Sydney Thornhill-Brown

Business Center Manager, 
Thornhill Auto Group 
Chapmanville, 28

Sydney Thornhill-Brown does a lot of things in her family's business.

She's the business center manager for the Thornhill Auto Group in Chapmanville, and she's vice president of the company's Acura store.

She's working on the new Mitsubishi to replace Suzuki when that company left the American car market. She's overseeing the remodeling of the GM store and the building of a new Ford store.

"I'm putting my degree to use," said Thornhill-Brown, who graduated from West Virginia University in 2007 with a degree in interior design and a minor in business administration.

She's also the public face of Thornhill Auto Group, a company founded by her father, Wally Thornhill.

"One day I walked in and they said, ‘You're doing the commercial today.' I said, no," she recalled. "They said, ‘You're Sydney.' I did not agree to do them. I can't agree to get (her father) to go on there."

Wally Thornhill, a recipient of The State Journal's Who's Who in West Virginia Business award last year, has been involved in a number of businesses in the Logan area, including two pharmacies. 

Thornhill-Brown said she was working in those businesses at a young age. In 2003, her father assigned her to the service department at a dealership until she graduated from college.

Thornhill-Brown has taught tennis and other sports for several years in Logan County, where she has mainly worked with children and local teams, preparing them for regional competitions. 

She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Logan, where she has coordinated the food pantry and many of the social and civic events the church sponsors. She also is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Logan and has served as its program director.