Casey Hickey

Greensboro native Casey Hickey had a successful career in business development, fundraising, and communications that took her from her hometown to Washington, DC, and then to San Francisco.

She worked for more than a decade in that field at such varied organizations as Greensboro’s Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates (architects), the University of California at Berkeley, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where she served as director of development.

In 2003, the UNC Chapel Hill graduate followed her passion for baking and moved to Paris where she earned her Diplôme de Pâtisserie from Le Cordon Bleu. She and her husband relocated to Charlotte in 2010 to launch Twenty Degrees Chocolates and Petit Philippe, a popular wine and artisan chocolate retailer. As co-owner/operator, Casey developed the chocolate brand and recipes; led chocolate sales and marketing; oversaw production; and spearheaded new business development.

Casey serves as treasurer of Assistant Housing Management, a nonprofit supporting teaching assistants from Germany during their assignments in Charlotte, and she’s on the stewardship committee at Myers Park Baptist Church.

But wait; there’s more!

Casey has a thirst for adventure and big challenges, which prompted her to participate in an archaeological dig in Ghana, Africa and complete the Half-Ironman and Escape from Alcatraz triathlons.

Now a wife and mother of two boys, she is expanding her horizons to include their favorite hobbies — chess and ballet.

Casey’s career change from fundraiser to chocolatier? It was unusual enough to land her in Oprah’s O magazine. She and her confections have also been featured in The New York Times.