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Lebanon native wins Toastmasters speech contest at annual conference

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

NASHVILLE – The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced Jared Throneberry, a member of NASBA’s SpeakUp NASBA Toastmasters International Club, received first place at District 63’s International Speech Contest that took place at the district’s annual Spring Conference from April 4-6.

Throneberry, a business analyst in NASBA’s information technology department and former SpeakUp NASBA club president, is the first SpeakUp NASBA member to win a Toastmasters International speech contest at the district level.

District 63 is made up of more than 2,000 members in about 90 clubs and extends from the Tennessee River in the west to Middle and East Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and eight counties in the southwest tip of Virginia.

This was the third trip in five years to the District 63 International Speech Contest for Throneberry, who participated in and won at three different levels of speech competition this year to qualify for the district contest, where he delivered his thought-provoking and humorous speech, entitled “Truth.”

“It was mind-blowing to hear my name called as the winner,” said Throneberry, a Lebanon native. “Each year that I competed and lost, I learned a little more. I originally thought I could win this competition five years ago, but I did not think it would actually take five years.”

Throneberry will represent District 63 at the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinals, which will take place during the 2014 Toastmasters International Convention from Aug. 20-23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He will compete against the best public speakers in the world – more than 80 contestants from a pool of about 30,000 participants from more than 120 countries – for one of nine coveted spots in the finals.

“As a long-time member of SpeakUp NASBA, I could not be more thrilled for Jared’s success,” said Patricia Hartman, SpeakUp NASBA’s current president. “With his outstanding speaking skills and leadership qualities, I think he has everything it takes to bring home the championship.”

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization has more than 292,000 memberships in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. To learn more, visit toastmasters.org.

NASBA, a recent recipient of the 2014 “Best in Business” award from the

Nashville Business Journal, pays the membership dues of any of its employees who join Toastmasters. This is considered by many NASBA staff members as one of the best benefits NASBA offers.

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