Elegant Ms. Imperial Nations 2022

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Meg Nicholas

Born and raised in Huntington, WV, Meg graduated from St. Joseph High School at age 17 with a full academic collegiate scholarship. She attended and graduated Magna cum Laude from Marshall University with a 4.0 GPA at age 20. Meg was a college cheerleader, an active member of a sorority, and participated in many scholastic organizations while at Marshall.

     She is happily married to her best friend Larry Nicholas; they have two adult daughters and a very special 4 ½ pound mini-yorkie puppy named Stewie.

Their first born is a graduate of Marshall University and Marshall University Medical School. As a medical doctor, Sarah completed her first residency in Family Medicine at Cabell Huntington Hospital and went on to complete a second residency in Psychiatry, specializing in addictions, at West Virginia University. She currently resides in Cincinnati, OH.

The youngest is Katie, also a scholar, graduating from Marshall University with her undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees in only 5 years. She resides in Lexington, KY with her husband, Leo and their 16 month-old daughter, Kennedy Grace.

     In her last year of college, Meg bought her first small business at age 19. Selling that business at age 25, she began an 18-year successful career in the medical industry as a surgical sales specialist. During those years, she won the Rookie of the Year award, and was a sixteen time recipient of the President’s Award, Goal Achiever Award and Leadership Award. She was most proud of being named the first ever female “Sales Representative of the Year” within a company comprised of 552 sales representatives.

At age 26, with just $5000 and a big dream, Meg purchased her first piece of commercial real estate. With that purchase she established her own property development company all while selling medical products and equipment in operating rooms by day and investing in real estate by night and weekends. Leaving the medical sales industry after 18 years was a hard decision, but Meg had to follow her enterprising spirit. She went on to open numerous businesses and was named “Business of the Year” for her small chain of seven jewelry boutiques across West Virginia and Kentucky. Meg currently works full time expanding her multi-million-dollar real estate portfolio and construction company she has now owned and operated for over 34 years.

     Meg is a long-time community leader with her hands in many worthwhile causes. She is mentor at her local small business workshop group. She works diligently with her local chapter of the United Way. Meg is the Past-President of the Board with Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-State and the Rotary Club. She also sits on the board of Pageant Rocks Consulting Firm based in San Francisco and on the board for the Kanawha Valley Scholarship Organization.

     With her true passion for helping others, Meg began volunteering at Habitat construction sites building houses almost 20 years ago and has never stopped. She has helped build Habitat houses in over twenty-five states, even receiving the “Key to the City” from the Mayor of Greenville, SC for her extensive volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity. Meg is the proud recipient of the “President’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” the highest award in the land for volunteer services given by the President. Meg has traveled to multiple countries helping to build houses with Habitat, including her month long trip to South Africa just 3 years ago. She also personally raised and donated close to $30,000 to help build a once homeless Veteran his own home, proudly handing him his keys on November 11th, Veterans Day. Due to Meg’s dedication of volunteering, she was chosen as an “Award Presenter” at the National Televised Spoken Word Billboard Award Ceremony, held in Washington, DC.

Pageantry has played a big part of Meg’s life for over 20 years as a judge, tabulator, coach, pageant mom and contestant. Fun fact, at age 49, Meg competed in her very first pageant and that was just the beginning of her personal pageant journey.

 

Some of Meg’s favorite activities are traveling, hiking, whitewater rafting, yoga, home staging, reading, serious bargain shopping, remodeling old buildings, collecting motivational quotes, and spending time with her very happy 16 month old granddaughter.

 

Meg’s goals as the current reigning Elegant Ms. Imperial Nations are to educate other females of all ages about this amazing pageant system that encourages community service and true sisterhood. She hopes to inspire and empower women of all ages to be their best self, work hard and never give up on their dreams. Meg’s daily goals are to praise God, continue giving, volunteering, and helping others.