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EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH “Our institution is poised for continued success and endless opportunity on the horizon.” - HPU President, Dr. Nido Qubein Undergraduate Sciences Building

High Point University President Nido R. Qu Q bein announced another $160 million in construction and expansion on the campus of High Point University with a new Undergraduate Sciences building, Arena and Confe f rence Center, r and Re R sidence Hal a l. He has led a transfor f mat a ion over the past 11 ye y ars that a tripled the undergraduat a e student populat a ion and quadrup u led the size of camp m us. The $160 million is in addition to $1.5 billion HPU invested already in academic programs, fa f cilities and student life f. The latest expansion includes academic, community, y athletic and residential life f fa f cilities that accommodate the university’s enrollment growth. Significant strides in academics have been made in the last 11

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years, such as establishing the Congdon School of Health Sciences and the Fred Wi W lson School of Pharmacy, y which welcomed its first cohort this fall. In addition to the $160 million expansion, a $120 million fa f cility to house these programs is currently under construction on campus. To learn more about the school T U S. News and Wo U. W rld Report ranks #1 Best Re R gional College in the South f r the fifth consecutive year and fo #1 Most Innovative College in the South, visit www. w high g






WELCOME Welcome! We hope you enjoy the 2016-2017 edition of High Point Magazine. This magazine is produced annually by the High Point Chamber of Commerce in an effort to inform and express gratitude to its members, as well as all High Pointers, future High Pointers and visitors to our incredible city. Our future is bright and filled with opportunity as we work together to optimize all aspects of High Point. In the fall of 2015, the High Point Chamber merged with the High Point Partners, a private economic development group, to create Business High Point, Inc. Business High Point, Inc. has had a busy and exciting inaugural year. We completed our merger and secured 30 Vision Investors who understand their $20,000 annual investment in our organization is the foundation for a united private sector whose goal is to transform High Point into the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. We conducted a national search for a CEO, engaging all sectors of our community: private, public, elected, ministerial, non-profit, and other leaders. This search led us to Patrick Chapin. He has great experience in the corporate world with Disney and led the Winter Park, FL Chamber as its CEO for seven and a half years. Patrick has incredible energy and passion and is a man of solid character, faith and strength. We are blessed to count him, his wife Michelle, and their daughter Sarah among us in High Point. In addition to hiring Patrick, we helped the City of High Point organize some 1,200 volunteers who spent a Saturday morning cleaning up neighborhoods and streets as part of Keep High Point Beautiful. This event is biannual and Business High Point will support it each time. We have been influential in securing financial support from the State of North Carolina for the Library Plaza Project and additional marketing dollars for the High Point Market Authority. Our legislators, Senator

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Trudy Wade and Congressman John Faircloth, have been extremely persistent and diligent in their efforts to bring these funds to High Point. They recognize the incredible economic impact of the Furniture Market and importance of a high quality public gathering space at the Library. We are discussing ways to have impact on the future of High Point through ways such as transportation projects to improve the Gateways into High Point, assisting the City with its efforts to reduce blight, supporting Forward High Point in bringing life to our downtown year round, making High Point relevant for young professionals, and continuing to support the High Point Economic Development Corporation in attracting businesses and retail here. We are blessed with an incredible University in HPU. We stand with HPU and will support its future growth. Perhaps most importantly, is our continued support of the public school system in High Point. Business High Point has been very generous in its support of Say Yes to Education and has provided a complimentary office for Say Yes in High Point. We have to continue to invest in our children and show support for our teachers. As you can see we have been very busy, and I am sure I have not covered everything. I hope you see we are all rowing in the same direction because of our love for High Point. This unity gives me great optimism for our future. God bless. Sincerely,

Scott A. Tilley, 2016 - 2017 Business High Point, Inc. Chairman

CONTENTS 06 HIGH POINT CHAMBER Read about the Chamber’s events, awards, membership benefits & more

17 COMMUNITY Meet High Point’s leaders and learn about many initiatives to make our community better

27 BUSINESS Discover new businesses in the area, young professionals, and the success of the GCEDA

41 ARTS & CULTURE Visual and performing arts are thriving in High Point

46 EDUCATION High Point is filled with great education options from kindergarten through college

50 HEALTHCARE Exceptional healthcare options are abundant in High Point

Chamber spotlight The High Point Chamber highlights its members and community annually with High Point Magazine. We hope you enjoy learning about our history, recent developments and plans for an incredible future!



Creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America.



The High Point Chamber of Commerce exists to assist in growing a prosperous business environment and thriving workforce while standing as the united voice for business in the Triad area.


The High Point Chamber stands on four distinct pillars to accomplish our mission: business services, workforce development, advocacy and education. These pillars have been identified by our members as the most important areas of development for their businesses. Business services refers to networking and marketing opportunities for our members. Workforce development refers to educating and empowering young minds to become desirable talent for our members. Advocacy refers to speaking on behalf of our members at local, state and national levels of government. Education refers to informing our members about upcoming legislation, initiatives and programs.


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Through the development of Business High Point, Inc., the High Point Chamber assists the City of High Point in actualizing its vision of “Creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America.”

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OUR EVENTS The High Point Chamber of Commerce seeks to educate, connect and grow its members. This is largely accomplished through our many events. Our events can be summarized into two categories: annual events and recurring events. Our annual events are big events that draw hundreds of area professionals. A few of these events include our Annual Meeting, the Robert McInnis Memorial Golf Tournament, and the Women’s Business Luncheon. Our recurring networking events are designed for smaller crowds, between 20 and 80 people. Currently, the High Point Chamber of Commerce offers four recurring networking events: Conversation Café, BizLinks!, Toastmasters and Business After Hours. The recurring events keep members engaged and bring continual value to their membership. Recurring events are the perfect way to begin your involvement. Please join us at these events!

skills. Toastmasters meets for one hour on the first and third Tuesdays of the month beginning at 8:30 AM in our building. Attendees practice various kinds of public speaking such as planned and improvisational for varying amounts of time, 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Attendees leave with positive, beneficial feedback and a new sense of confidence when speaking in a meeting, sales presentation, or from a podium. Business After Hours is a quarterly networking event, typically held on Tuesday evenings from 5 – 7 PM at a unique High Point venue. These events bring together hundreds of members to enjoy networking, vendor tables, food, drinks, music, door prizes and more. Attendees leave having met many new people, learned about other businesses and established new contacts for their own business or organization.

In addition to those events, the High Point Chamber of Commerce also offers a special program, Leadership: High Point, a year-long experiential Conversation Café is an educational networking class to see, learn and explore the many things program that meets once a month on the first The recurring events our community has to offer. In the end, the Thursday at 7:30 AM in our building. The keep members program graduates professionals of all ages program’s first 30-minutes are dedicated to engaged and bring who are ready to be ambassadors for our city networking and then the second 30-minutes continual value to their and Chamber. are devoted to a guest speaker. Attendees membership. Recurring leave having met new people and learned events are the perfect about a valuable community asset. way to begin your BizLinks! is a leads networking group that involvement. With membership, your business can attend meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of complimentary networking events, increase its the month at 8 AM in our building. This event is community involvement, save money with Office one hour long. During the hour, attendees give a Depot, enhance your visibility, hold a ribbon cutting, submit 30-second commercial about their business or organization member news & events to our website, sponsor an event, and also hear a 10-minute in-depth presentation from a experience Leadership: High Point, have an online listing member of the group about his or her business. Attendees in our membership directory with a link to your website, join leave with leads for their business as well as a broader committees and join one or more of our 4 Pillar initiatives. understanding of what businesses and resources are available You can learn more about membership with the High Point to them. Chamber by visiting our website at The High Point Chamber Toastmasters Club is a group dedicated to improving attendees’ speaking and leadership



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The High Point Chamber of Commerce celebrates its new members and milestone moments of its existing members with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Ribbon cutting ceremonies signify tremendous occasions. Most often, ribbon cuttings are held to celebrate the opening of a new business and it joining our Chamber. Ribbon cuttings are not, however, exclusive to new businesses. Existing members of the High Point Chamber can hold a ribbon cutting to recognize a renovation, relocation, expansion, or opening of a new location. Ribbon cuttings tell the story of what is happening in our business community. Through ribbon cuttings our entrepreneurs and innovators are highlighted. Ribbon cuttings are supported by High Point Chamber staff, ambassadors, and volunteers. Each ribbon cutting is special. Each is unique. Each is shared with our membership through photos on social media, providing the member instant visibility.



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THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES HELD A RIBBON CUTTING BETWEEN JULY 2015 – JULY 2016: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •





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David S. Congdon, resident of High Point, NC, is the Vice Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., a transportation and logistics corporation founded by his grandparents in Richmond, VA in 1934. Mr. Congdon led the company as President and Chief Operating Officer from May of 1997 until January 2008 when he became the company’s CEO. His knowledge of the less-than-truckload (LTL) segment of the transportation industry is both broad and deep. Over the last 45 years, his jobs have included dockman, mechanic, city driver, road driver, industrial engineer, Director of Employee Relations, Director of Safety and Personnel, Vice President of Maintenance and Equipment, President of Dominion Furniture Xpress, Vice President of Linehaul and Vice President of Quality Management. Mr. Congdon was born in Richmond, VA, the city of Old Dominion Freight Line’s founding. In 1960, the Congdon family relocated to the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina where the company moved its headquarters. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he received a B.S. in Business Administration. Mr. Congdon has been a civic leader for many years, serving on the board of Communities in Schools of High Point, the Chairman of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Greater High Point, and has served on the High Point University Board of Visitors since 2010. Old Dominion is an active member of the Thomasville and High Point Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Congdon serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Trucking Association, the American Trucking Association, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Business High Point, Inc., and Forward High Point, Inc. In addition, he previously served on the board of directors for the Piedmont Triad Partnership and the NC Center for Global Logistics. In September 2017, Mr. Congdon will serve as chairman for Business High Point, Inc. Mr. Congdon has been recognized over the years for his many contributions to both the freight and logistics industry and his local community. He has been named among the Triad’s Most Influential People, was named one of three UNC—Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business Alumni of the Year in 2008, earned the 2008 Fleet Truck Innovators Award, in 2010 was named the Piedmont Triad’s Business Leader of the Year and in 2015 was recognized 23rd on Fortune magazine’s Businessperson of the Year list. Mr. Congdon is an avid pilot who also enjoys boating, scuba diving, golfing, and snow and water skiing. 12| HIGH POINT MAGAZINE 2016 | 2017

Chamber of Commerce honored David Congdon, CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., with the 2015 vTv Therapeutics Distinguished Citizen of the Year award at its Annual Meeting. Mr. Congdon received the Distinguished Citizen for his unwavering support of the High Point community and confidence in this city to rise to new levels.

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Thomas Reid, Fire Chief of the High Point Fire Department, received the 2015 First Bank Volunteer of the Year award from the High Point Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting in February 2016.


Thomas Reid has been in the Fire Service for over 35 years. He started his firefighter career as a volunteer with Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department in 1979. Thomas joined the City of High Point Fire Department in 1981 where he has risen through the ranks from firefighter to Fire Chief. Thomas graduated from Guilford Technical Community College with an Associate’s degree in Fire Science. He is also a graduate of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Development Program and has taken numerous classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Thomas is a graduate of the High Point Chamber of Commerce 2011 Leadership: High Point program and presently serves on the program’s steering committee. Thomas has served on the Executive Board of the Guilford County Fire Rescue Council and was past President of the same organization. He has served on the board for Bales Wesleyan Church and is presently a board member for Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire and Rescue and United Way of Greater High Point and is actively involved with these organizations. Thomas has worked on numerous mission projects with The Wesleyan Men’s organization. Some of these building projects were located in South Dakota, Cherokee, NC and St. Kitts Island where they constructed churches and fellowship halls for underprivileged people. Thomas has been a lifelong citizen of High Point, NC. He and his wife Cindy have three daughters, a son and six grandchildren. Thomas’ hobbies include playing golf, hiking, running and family activities at the beach.

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Chief Reid received the Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of the significant time and energy he devotes to the High Point Chamber and its programs.



The High Point Chamber of Commerce named Tu Sen, owner of 98 Asian Bistro, its 2016 High Point Regional Health Businesswoman of the Year at its 15th Annual Women’s Business Luncheon held at the High Point Country Club on August 23, 2016. The High Point Chamber hosts the Women’s Business Luncheon annually to honor all businesswomen in the community. At the luncheon, one especially deserving woman is honored as Business Woman of the Year. Each year, nominees are solicited from High Point Chamber members as a way to recognize women in the business community who have demonstrated and most exemplify their role for excellence, superb service, contributions and selflessness to their community and profession. Patrick Chapin, the new President & CEO of Business High Point, Inc. attended the Women’s Business Luncheon for the first time. On the experience, he stated, “To see so many women leaders together in one spot was something special. My mother was the Mayor of Orange County, FL so I’ve always recognized the strength, skills and influence women have in shaping a community. It was a special honor to recognize Tu as Busineswoman of the Year because she was one of the first people I met in High Point. Her passion and leadership as a small business owner is so representative of the positivity and aspirations of so many in High Point.” Tu is the 2016 winner because of her quiet strength, mighty heart and endless dedication to this city. She not only sees our community’s

potential but works to make High Point a place to be proud of every day. Because of Tu, High Point, has a restaurant worthy of New York City. On winning, Tu expressed, “It took me my whole life to get here. I’m so proud to be part of this community. Thank you for taking me in as an adopted child.” On Tu’s win, High Point Chamber COO, Rachel Moss Gauldin, stated, “Tu represents the best in all of us. She is a fountain of giving. She believes in uplifting all women and people.” Business High Point, Inc. chairman, Scott Tilley and High Point Chamber Advisory Board chairman, Phil Driscoll, made the 2016 Luncheon extra special by taking a moment to go off script in order to honor Rachel Moss Gauldin for her leadership of the High Point Chamber for three years during the interim of CEO leadership. Tilley remarked, “Business High Point, Inc. would not be here today without her.” Rachel Moss Gauldin was honored with a bouquet of flowers and a standing ovation from the crowd. The event brought over 300 businesswomen and men together. Keynote speaker Linda Larsen had the crowd in stitches with her witty, truthful and ironic humor. Four couples entertained the crowd with a shag dance routine and then High Point native Karen Odom of Odom & Company, PLLC performed a cha-cha as the grand finale with her partner Sasha Tsyhankov from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Greensboro. Attendees left with a signed copy of Larsen’s latest book True Power, courtesy of our gift sponsors: Creative Services, High Point Friends School and Pure Barre High Point.

To see so many women leaders together in one spot was something special. My mother was the Mayor of Orange County, FL so I’ve always recognized the strength, skills and influence women have in shaping a community. It was a special honor to recognize Tu as Busineswoman of the Year because she was one of the first people I met in High Point. Her passion and leadership as a small business owner is so representative of the positivity and aspirations of so many in High Point.





Leadership: High Point (LHP) also gives its participants a unique opportunity for each class to choose and execute a service project each year, beginning that commitment of giving back to our community. Our class was proud to have been able to successfully complete not one, but three unique projects that met all of the core requirements, the most important being: • Is it a team effort that everyone can participate in? • Does it benefit the community and how? • Is it sustainable and how? Our first project was helping at The Gathering Place, a mission based community center. There the class built raised planter beds for the community garden, cleaned and organized the food pantry, and provided supplies for members of the ministry to complete other projects. These efforts resulted in continued utilization of services and benefit to community members. Secondly, we began a mentoring project at High Point Central High School. Its purpose: to help students who are at risk to not graduate or advance if not successful in their summer school classes. LHP volunteers visited these students in their classes, helped with their work where appropriate, and held them accountable for

finishing their assignments. I am happy to say all the students mentored completed their coursework and graduated or were promoted to their next class on time. Last, but certainly not least, was our project at the Hand to Hand Food Pantry - an outreach of Parkwood Baptist Church. Our class was able to give the facility a facelift by cleaning, adding shelving, organizing, painting, and doing yard work, making it a much more functional space for their food and clothing pantries and meeting space. We were also able to construct a much needed wheelchair ramp to make the building more accessible to those with mobility challenges. Being a very civic-minded class, these projects were in addition to the many other hours of community service performed. Many agencies that benefitted were Big Brother/ Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, Heart Strides, the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Special Olympics, and more. I feel that through our collective efforts, we left High Point a stronger community than when we found it. I was honored to have been chosen by my peers to represent them as class valedictorian. This enabled me to address not only our class, but also the 2016 class, and hopefully inspire them to be the next “Best Class Ever!”

A South Carolina native, I have lived in High Point since my teen years and consider it my hometown. As a business owner I am quite interested and vested in seeing our community thrive. So it was natural that I wanted to participate in Leadership: High Point. In 2015, I was able to do so. My year spent in the program was informative and rewarding. We had the opportunity to experience our city in ways that many do not. By touring industry and city facilities, meeting our city leaders, and our extracurricular activities we were able to learn much about the behind-the-scenes that make our community what it is. Through our leadership snapshots each month, we had the opportunity to strengthen our leadership skills, which benefits us in our families, businesses, and our commitment to serving our community.


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Twenty-seven years and counting. I joined HPPD in 1989 and was promoted to Chief on April 21, 2016. HOMETOWN: High Point, NC

What made you join the police force?

What goals & priorities do you have for HPPD?

Upon returning home from active duty training with the U.S. Army, I sought the opportunity for service to my community and felt police work would let me exercise many of my recently developed skills while also putting those skills to work by protecting individuals from harm. 

My goal and priorities for HPPD continues to be focused on obtaining tangible results. One of my primary objectives is to make sure I am preparing the department for the future.  I will continue to recruit and hire the best qualified candidates in order to ensure a successful and diverse agency as we go forward. An additional area of emphasis I have prioritized concerns our community partner,  High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV).  This non-profit organization was organized nearly 20 years ago in response to the growth of violent crime within our city. HPCAV’s efforts have been vital to our success in reducing violent crime and I hope to use my new position to help increase awareness about this organization and the necessary work that its staff and volunteers do for High Point. 

What divisions have you worked in within HPPD? Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to have many different assignments including Patrol Officer, K9 Handler, Vice Narcotics Detective, Training Supervisor, and Tactical Team Commander. The vast variety of duties has helped keep the job exciting and has given me valuable experience. It has also helped me understand the challenges our officers face as well as the needs and expectations of our High Point community.  The wide range of experience I have enjoyed throughout my career has been invaluable in preparing me for my new assignment as Chief. 

What is your biggest career accomplishment? To date, I am pleased to say that I proudly look back at my entire career as a police officer. I think some of the accomplishments that I am most proud of are those specific incidents where I made a difference in an individual’s life. 

What can High Point expect from you as Police Chief? A great practice implemented by our former Chiefs is keeping the entire executive staff involved in decision making, policy development and goal setting. Seeing the success of this practice, I have determined that I will continue to utilize these same procedures during my time as Police Chief. Secondly, we have a very talented group of officers who are capable of successfully addressing any challenges they may face and I plan on utilizing each of them as the valuable resource that they are to our agency.  

What else should High Point know about you? I am married to Kimberly Shultz and we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in September 2016. We met at HPPD where she worked for 11 years. Kimberly has been extremely understanding in regards to the time demands, stresses and responsibilities of my new position and her support is greatly appreciated. 

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Describe your background: I am fortunate to have started my career with the Walt Disney Company, where I spent 10 years, mainly in operations and sponsorship. My love of fitness led me to serve 5 years as Executive Director of one of the largest YMCA’s in the country in Sarasota, FL. Most recently, I spent the last 7+ years as President/CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce in Florida. It’s an honor to now embark on Business High Point, Inc.

What exactly is Business High Point, Inc.? Business High Point, Inc. was formed in August 2015 through the merger of the High Point Chamber of Commerce & the High Point Partners, a private economic development group. By merging, there is now a united voice for the business sector.  In short, we are striving to secure a better tomorrow for our region. Combining our strengths with the skills and support of civic leaders, business owners and residents, Business High Point, Inc. has the power, and obligation, to make change happen. Business High Point, Inc. unites High Point in an unprecedented way. 

What is your biggest career accomplishment? My proudest moment has been the collective efforts – led by the Winter Park Chamber – to help fight hunger in Central Florida. The Chamber brought together civic, nonprofit, government, education, faith and business organizations together to raise over $300,000 in an unprecedented communitywide effort to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

What goals & priorities do you have for Business High Point, Inc.? I believe we can work more closely with our regional partners. I also see great opportunity to support major projects that will enhance our community, whether that is a downtown stadium, transportation project or other transformational projects. I feel strongly that, not only are we the voice OF business, but we are the voice TO business. I want to hear from the community to see how businesses can improve our entire city.

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What do you see as High Point’s greatest strength? The wonderful people. In addition to being extremely nice, I sense an unmistakable optimism and a genuine and collective wish to impact High Point’s future.

What have been your biggest accomplishments so far in High Point? I would be quite arrogant to think that I have had any significant impact in my very short tenure. I’ve focused most of my time on listening and learning. I believe a foundation of understanding and trust is priority number one. If I do this it will assist me in accomplishing many things in the future.

Describe how you see High Point in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years: I see several transformational projects igniting our community and building more social capital and entrepreneurs. There will be a broader scope of opportunities for job training and job placement. I envision cool, interesting places for people to gather and come together. You can also mark my words: people from one end of the city limits to the other end will be experiencing ALL of High Point. The entire city will be vibrant, successful and, collectively, will be a great place to live, work, play and pray.

How can High Point help you make our business community better? It is important for residents to be involved and educated on matters important to our community. A well informed person can challenge us to strive for more and can be a strong advocate on issues which must be tackled. An engaged community will stimulate a healthy business environment, which always translates to a better city.

What else should High Point Know about you? On the personal side, I enjoy physical challenges. I have run dozens of marathons, completed 4 Ironman races, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and ran across the Grand Canyon and back in one day. I want to make a difference in the community I live and the people I work with. . . This move to High Point fits all of those criteria perfectly!




Describe your background: I have worked in education for the last 25 years, serving as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, chief academic officer and superintendent. I’ve done all of this maintaining a deeply held belief that public schools can provide a highquality educational experience for 100% of our students. As superintendent of Syracuse City Schools, I worked with my team to increase student access to challenging academic courses, expanded career and technical education pathways and improve low-performing schools. I was also honored to be invited to participate in a congressional briefing and a White House Summit on implementing fair disciplinary practices.

What brought you to High Point? I am thrilled to join this school district and community. Coming from the nation’s first Say Yes district, I know your commitment and dedication to post-secondary education and support services for students. I look forward to working closely with this community, our teachers, families and students to build on the great work already being done in Guilford County Schools.

Under your leadership, what can Guilford County expect to see academically? Ensuring that each child receives a high-quality education starts with high expectations. I expect all educators to see the best in each of their students, seek out their talents and to draw this talent out so that our young people have the best chances for success.

What strengths and weaknesses do you see in our current school system? You are seeing incredible results with graduation rates and the number of students participating in rigorous academics,

character development and CTE programs. However, I think we can all agree that until achievement gaps are eliminated and the graduation rate is at 100% with every child leaving our schools college and career ready, there is work to be done.

How will you improve our weaknesses and enhance our strengths? My first priority as your superintendent will be to listen and learn from you. I want to hear from students, teachers, staff, families and community members about the strengths and challenges of the system so we can determine strategic actions, together.

What short and long term goals do you have for Guilford County Schools? Short term, my goals are to learn as much as I can about this community and our schools and chart a path toward increasing student success. The long term and ultimate goal for every educator is to close our achievement gaps and make sure that our graduates are career ready or matriculate to college/university without the need for remedial coursework.

What else should High Point know about you? When I was a child, I knew I belonged in the academically gifted program, but my teacher at the time did not recommend me despite my exceptional grades and high test scores. I had to become an advocate for myself, and was placed soon thereafter into the gifted program which better met my academic needs. That experience changed my trajectory and ultimately my life. As educators and a community, we need to be advocates for every student-especially the most vulnerable.



LEADERSHIP PROFILES GREG DEMKO HIGH POINT CITY MANAGER START DATE: December 2014 HOMETOWN: Evergreen Park, IL, but I lived in Colorado for 30 years

Describe your background: I’m trained as a CPA and have my MBA in Finance. Before local government, my career was in banking and finance for land development and residential home building. Once in local government, I helped build Loveland, CO and Broomfield, CO to be financially sustainable cities. In Broomfield, I worked to create the first combined city and county community in over 150 years. We added 4.5 million square feet of retail space and expanded the city and county’s tax base by 400+%. I have 30+ years eperience in local government, building organizations and communities.

How did you get into city government work? I was in land development and home building with a national company, got transferred three times, and when we had our third son, my wife said, “Let’s settle down.” So I picked a career where I got to choose where we lived. I have found local government to be interesting and rewarding.

What brought you to High Point?

Describe how you see High Point in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years: In one year, High Point will have much cleaner gateways and neighborhoods (we have a great start over the past 18 months!). We will also have a great start on improving our tax base. In five years, we will have an active new downtown with recreational opportunities to improve the experience for citizens, university students, market guests and visitors alike through new housing and entertainment options. In 10 years, High Point will be a city that people and businesses want to come to. There will be increased reason to be proud to live, work and play right here.

How can High Point help you make our city better? We need people to be engaged and involved in our community cleanup efforts and to have higher expectations of our city and neighborhoods. To volunteer, subscribe to city communications by visiting www.highpointnc. gov and click “Notify Me.”

The opportunity help High Point reach its unfulfilled potential.

What else should High Point know about you?

What exactly does a City Manager do?

Professionally speaking, I am in local government because I like building communities and making things better for people. Personally speaking, I’m married to June Demko; we have three sons, two daughters-in-law and one beautiful granddaughter.

A city manager is the CEO for the city. Our city is a $360 million business providing services to the community. I’m responsible for setting the tone and vision for our city staff, who then implements the vision through tangible actions that accomplish City Council goals. The City has 1,450 employees and provides its citizens with a range of services from public safety to street sweeping and recycling and everything in between.

What do you see as High Point’s greatest strength? This is a very caring community. Additionally, we’re home to many quality businesses, the world’s premier furniture market and to HPU – a true innovator in higher education. Now, we have to work on capitalizing on those assets. I believe City government should exist to create an environment for people and businesses to succeed.

What have been your biggest accomplishments so far in High Point? One is the major clean-up and blight remediation efforts we have implemented because that’s the first step in making our city attractive and to restoring pride. A second is bringing together various facets of our community to think and act cooperatively. And third is working with City Council to agree on three strategic goals to focus our resources on improving the community: a catalyst project for the core city, to retain and attract young, productive, entrepreneurial professionals, and increase community clean-up efforts. 20| HIGH POINT MAGAZINE 2016 | 2017

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ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER START DATE: September 2015 HOMETOWN: Huntington, West Virginia

Describe your background:

What do you see as High Point’s greatest strength?

Prior to becoming High Point’s Assistant City Manager, I spent 27 years in the field of downtown development in Salisbury, Kinston and Benson, North Carolina. In Salisbury I was part of two downtown master plans that resulted in over $70 million of investment into a 24-squareblock area downtown. In spite of trying economic times the tax base in downtown increased by 169% and the community developed vibrant arts, business and living areas. Just before coming to High Point, I was City Manager in Oxford, NC for two years. In Oxford I worked with the Mayor and Commissioners to create a vision and assembled a great team to carry out that vision. We increased its fund balance from 21% to 31%, resolved a dispute with Kerr Lake Regional Water System partners resulting in a $6.87 million allocation fee for the city, planted trees on Main Street, started a downtown master plan, modernized public works equipment, and started using Geographic Information Systems. I am most proud of the fact that we had a great team in place to continue that work when I left for High Point.

Our greatest strength is our leadership. When I see the folks involved in Forward High Point, Business High Point, Inc., the EDC, the CVB, City Council and other institutions, I see a group of people who are ready and equipped to change the community.

How did you get into city government work? Political science classes at Marshall University helped pique my innate interest in public service. I was fortunate to be selected to start a downtown development program in Benson, NC. Downtown development and redevelopment were the perfect background that allowed me to get into city management. I will always be grateful to the City of Oxford for allowing me to break into city management.

What brought you to High Point? I was talking to a friend that is a manager in another city who saw the announcement for High Point and he told me that the job description looked like it was written for me. I had been praying about other opportunities. When I came here and saw the potential and met with Greg Demko and Randy McCaslin, I knew this was the place where I could make a difference. I am here because of the management team, their vision and the potential that I see to create an even more exciting core area in the city.

What exactly does an Assistant City Manager do? I oversee Planning, Building Inspections, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, the Library and the Theatre. I also have been part of creating a new focus on downtown development through the new public-private partnership, Forward High Point.

What have been your biggest accomplishments so far in High Point? I am most proud of what we have done to start changing the neighborhoods in the core city area. From cleanups, to community gardens, to code enforcement, demolition of abandoned housing, down payment assistance for first time homebuyers and Bank of North Carolina’s affordable housing initiative, I believe people understand our commitment to improving the quality of life for those we serve.

Describe how you see High Point in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years: I see excitement continuing in a year when plans currently being developed start to come to fruition. In five years I think people will see a vast difference in our core area, our downtown and our surrounding neighborhoods. At the moment we have four large showroom projects under way downtown. I expect that same kind of momentum with the creation of mixed use projects with restaurants, retail and housing over the next 10 years.

How can High Point help you make our city better? Community members need to support redevelopment by speaking out for projects at public hearings as well as other public forums. We need participation when it comes to planning our future and supporting the concept that the city must invest in its future through redevelopment and infrastructure projects that enable private investment to occur and to be successful.

What else should High Point Know about you? I feel blessed to be here and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and to help make the community better. My wife Paula and son Preston and I enjoy everything that High Point has to offer and we enjoy being involved in the community.





High Point is making improvements all around. Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening around our city. To learn more about these projects, please visit

MULTIUSE STADIUM What is it? Creating a downtown catalyst project is one of the High Point City Council’s Strategic Initiatives for 2016. The goal is for this project to create 500 private sector jobs, 15-20 new restaurants, and shops, 250 additional housing units, and a centralized gathering place. When is it happening? Forward High Point, the City’s new public-private redevelopment group will be providing recommendations and financial projections in early fall 2016. How will it benefit High Point? In addition to providing new private sector jobs, the stadium will have a major economic impact on our city by brining in tournaments, events, concerts, and more to our city year round.

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MAIN STREET PROJECT What is it? The City of High Point is replacing existing infrastructure that dates back to the early 1900’s. They will work with various companies like Time Warner Cable, North State Communications, Piedmont Natural Gas, and The City of High Point Electric to replace overhead lines and bury them while the underground water and sewer are being replaced. When is it happening? This project began in July 2016 and will take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete. How will it benefit High Point? This will help create a more aesthetically pleasing area that will become a destination for both new and existing business as well as the surrounding community.


LIBRARY PLAZA PROJECT What is it? The High Point Public Library is expanding its function by adding a clock tower, Arts & Education Plaza, and market place space to its property. This expansion will create yet another gathering spot in High Point. When is it happening? Construction began in May 2016 and will be completed by late fall 2016. How will it benefit High Point? The clock tower becomes a point of reference for our community, the plaza is an amphitheater that will be used to educate the city’s young minds, and the market place space creates opportunity for citizens to buy and sell local produce.



What is it? The City of High Point wants to make the city more walkable. To do that, the City has developed its first ever Pedestrian Plan. The purpose of the plan is to identify existing walking conditions and provide recommendations for a safer and more pedestrian-friendly city.

What is it? Currently, High Point has 10.4 miles of greenway for citizens and visitors to walk and run on. The City of High Point will connect a section of the greenway from Deep River Road to Penny Road. This 1.2 mile connection will make the greenway a seamless path from south High Point to North Greensboro, a total of 11.6 miles.

When is it happening? Throughout 2016, outreach events and public open houses will be held to engage the community in discussing what works, and where walking conditions can be improved. Visit www.highpointmoves. for information on upcoming events. How will it benefit High Point? The key to any successful downtown is feet on the street. A successful pedestrian plan will help get feet on the streets of our downtown year round.

When is it happening? The project will begin in fall 2016 and should be completed by winter 2017. How will it benefit High Point? This connection will make High Point the only city in the Triad with a greenway path from one end of the city to the other. Additionally, the connection will encourage High Pointers to walk, run, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the greenway.




FOOD ALLIANCE A Step in the Right Direction to End Local Hunger In April 2015, the Greensboro-High Point area was ranked number one in the nation for food hardship by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) in Washington, DC. Food hardship is when a person cannot purchase food either for themselves or their family. The Greater High Point Food Alliance (GHPFA) is a grass roots initiative that was birthed after the community learned about High Point’s ranking in food hardship and the number of neighbors struggling with food hardship. The mission of the GHPFA is “…to coordinate and improve the effectiveness of entities in greater High Point focused on alleviating hunger by creating and executing city wide and neighborhood focused initiatives to develop more just and sustainable food systems.” The GHPFA has seven different Work Teams made-up of volunteers from the community and three Pilot Neighborhoods: Washington Street, West End, and Burns Hill. Each Work Team and neighborhood establishes 90 day and one year goals that will improve food security for our neighbors.

In one year more than 30,000 household members will have received 325,000 pounds of food valued at more than $550,000

Three words drive all that each of the groups are doing – empower, unify, and sustain. We empower people by asking them what they would do to create a food secure community. We give them the tools necessary to make their own choices through food education programs such as cooking classes, nutrition programs, and budgeting. We unify people by bringing them together with a shared vision and mission. Community gardens have been an excellent unifier of the community. Sustain means that we want to help people become self-reliant, no longer depending upon others. One way that this takes place is through creating entrepreneurial opportunities through programs surrounding food systems. It also happens as people grow their own food. One of the goals of the GHPFA is to improve the effectiveness of existing agencies by bringing them together to collaborate. It is through collaborative effort between the GHPFA, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Life on Lexington Church that resulted in the first ever food drop in High Point. In one year more than 30,000 household members will have received 325,000 pounds of food valued at more than $550,000. Other efforts have resulted in various food pantries sharing a truck in order to create greater efficiencies resulting in improved food security because more food is now available. The Urban Agriculture team made a recommendation to High Point City Council to make vacant City property available for adoption by nonprofits to be used for community gardens. Thanks to the generosity of the Hayden-Harman Foundation 34 lots were adopted 24| HIGH POINT MAGAZINE 2016 | 2017

with 15 new community gardens being started in one year. Because food insecurity awareness has improved other nonprofits and private businesses have worked with neighborhoods to start community gardens. There are privately owned companies that have started gardens that are open to the community. West End Ministries started the Bountiful Harvest Garden on property they are leasing from the City of High Point. One local business owner has recently said that the community garden is the best thing to happen in the West End area in 30 years. Neighbors are no longer looking at an empty lot that is overrun with weeds and beer bottles but a beautiful community garden that they share in. High Point is a city that saw an opportunity to end food hardship and is well on its way. Thanks to these efforts and those of other local organizations, the Greensboro-High Point area has moved from the number one spot in 2015 to the number nine spot in 2016 on the FRAC’s list of the nation’s most food insecure areas. Through the GHPFA the world is seeing what happens when a city comes together.




HERO PLAQUES Tour Downtown & Meet High Point’s Heroes

If you walk around High Point’s downtown market district, you’ll find a series of plaques to commemorate important men and women to our city’s history. Each plaque details the accomplishments and significance of a High Point hero. This plaque series is referred to as the High Point Heroes Project. On August 30, 2010, a dedication ceremony was held to unveil the High Point Heroes Project. This was the culmination of an idea that germinated nearly four years before. At the time, the High Point Downtown Improvement Committee was challenged by the then current Mayor, Becky Smothers, to “do what you can to improve our downtown”. It was Aaron Clinard’s pleasure to form and lead that committee, which devised the idea to develop High Point Heroes. The committee brought the project to conclusion through the new revitalization efforts of The City Project. The plaques share with all of our Furniture Market visitors from around the world a focus of attention in the downtown which surrounded the recognition of celebrated High Point citizens who made a positive name for themselves in state, national or international arenas; and who were deceased but born in High Point or had a significant history here. Other important goals of the plaques were to emphasize the unique entrepreneurial spirit woven into High Point’s history and sharing those examples with our younger generations and new residents.

The High Point Downtown Improvement Committee formed a sub-committee which sought recommendations of nominees from across the community, including the High Point Museum. From that list, seven selections were made. Generous funding came from the High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for the plaques which were modeled after those that grace the entrance to the NC Museum of History. The well devised verbiage on the plaques was created by noted novelist Candace Lambeth Kime, President of the company that owns and manages The Radio Building. The selected seven High Point Heroes with a plaque in downtown High Point today are: Lucius Benjamin “Luke” Appling (April 2, 1907 – January 3, 1991), Maxwell Reid “Max” Thurman (February 18, 1931 – December 1, 1995), Harry Webb Williamson (July 11, 1913 – April 8, 2000), Perley Albert “P.A.” Thomas (September 17, 1874 – April 28, 1959), James Emory “J.E.” Gibson (August 8, 1893 – February 27, 1968), Willis Howard Slane (April 21, 1921 – September 8, 1965), and Myrtle Furr Hayworth Barthmaier (March 15, 1891 – December 17, 1980). See map for each of these Hero’s exact plaque location. These seven High Point Heroes stand as permanent reminders by way of a small microcosm of our rich and significant history as well as a challenge for the path to our future. The plan is to introduce another round of Heroes in the near future.



CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Certified Retirement Community Designation Is Good for Business North Carolina has always been recognized for its geographical diversity, natural beauty and gracious hospitality, all of which makes it a perennial choice as a vacation destination. Those same attractive qualities also result in North Carolina being the most popular retirement destination in the country. To put this community in the best position for retirees to consider when they’re relocating for retirement, the Jamestown/High Point area applied for and has been designated as a North Carolina Certified Retirement Community, which signifies that Jamestown/ High Point completed a comprehensive evaluation process using requirements outlined by the North Carolina General Assembly. Created to promote North Carolina as a choice location for retirees to live, the Certified Retirement Community designation recognizes that Jamestown/High Point provides the amenities, services and opportunities that retirees want and need to enjoy active and productive lives. It is one of only 15 N.C. towns that so far have qualified for the program, which is a division of the N.C. Department of Commerce. “We already have the amenities in place that appeal to retirees,” says Tim Mabe, President and CEO of the High Point Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “This designation is a more definitive and organized means to use our assets to attract even

greater numbers of this audience. With the resources of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and Visit NC, the Jamestown/High Point area will become a top destination for those planning for retirement.” Area residents are already familiar with and enjoy the benefits of the Jamestown/High Point area: Its central location in the state, close proximity to the beach and the mountains, convenient access to an international airport, abundant outdoor recreation and a thriving arts community combine to create an enhanced quality of life. Other major strengths that appeal to retirees are Jamestown/High Point’s mild climate, affordable cost of living, comprehensive healthcare services, volunteer opportunities and an assortment of housing options. “Economic growth is achieved in a variety of ways,” says Mabe, “and new residents moving to the Jamestown/High Point area are a significant source of that. Even having retirees visit the area during their decision-making process generates business for hotels, restaurants, stores and entertainment attractions. So we consider this designation a real benefit to the community.” For more information on Certified Retirement Communities, visit www. To learn more about the High Point Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, visit

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HIGH POINT AND GREENSBORO’S COLLABORATION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD A new way of handling economic development in High Point and Greensboro has drawn international recognition and impressively ratchetted up local efforts working to bring more jobs and capital investment to Guilford County. Created in November 2015, the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance is an official collaboration among five entities: • two economic development agencies – the High Point Economic Development Corporation and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; and • three local governments – the County of Guilford, the City of Greensboro, and the City of High Point. “The Guilford County Economic Development Alliance is not a consolidation of the two economic development groups,” according to Loren Hill, President of the High Point EDC. “Instead, the High Point and Greensboro organizations now collaborate and work together as if they are one entity: working seamlessly with clients, the public, and the media – in concert with the three governments.” In September 2016, the International Economic Development Council presented its Regionalism and Cross-border Collaboration award to the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance. That award recognized “innovative approaches to fostering, governing, and sustaining regional and cross-border collaborations.” Under the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance, the High Point and Greensboro economic development agencies “work together jointly: managing projects, sharing leads, handling marketing, conducting research, holding staff meetings, and maintaining a countywide buildingand-site database,” said Brent Christensen, President of the Greensboro Chamber.

Overseeing the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance is its Leadership Group, which is composed of the High Point mayor, the High Point city manager, and the chairman and President of the High Point Economic Development Corporation, the Greensboro counterparts for those four positions, and the chair of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the county manager. According to Hill and Christensen, in the first few months of its existence, the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance has been proud to announce several major projects, including: • Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses adding 416 jobs; • Aviation company HAECO Americas adding 147 jobs at its new High Point facility and announcing 500 jobs and the construction of a new hangar on the grounds of Piedmont Triad International Airport; • Ralph Lauren Corporation completing its fifth local facility – a new $34 million distribution facility; • furniture company Heritage Home Group opening its 300-employee corporate headquarters;

High Point and Greensboro organizations now collaborate and work together as if they are one entity: working seamlessly with clients, the public, and the media – in concert with the three governments.


• Qorvo – a global provider of radio frequency solutions for mobile, infrastructure, and aerospace/defense applications – building a new facility and expanding by 100 jobs; and • Creative Snacks building a second facility and growing by 100 jobs. In addition, High Point University began construction on a $88 million pharmacy school / health sciences facility and announced $160 million in other new building projects.


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Brown Truck Brewery (BTB)


February 2016


John Vaughan, Britt Lytle, Co-owners & Ian Burnett, Brew Master & Co-owner Brown Truck Brewery @browntruckbrew



Best part of the job:

We’re a craft brewery with a wide variety of brews. Our patrons drink hand-crafted beer and quality wine in a relaxing, welcoming and accepting environment. On the weekends – Thursdays included in the summertime – we have live music and food trucks. From the purchasing of the ingredients to the final product, our brew master, Ian, puts his heart and soul into the beers. Here, you’ll experience something unlike anything else in High Point.

When somebody says to us, “I’m proud of what you have done. Thank you for doing this for High Point.”

What makes your business unique? The evolving of our flavors and freedom to explore recipes sets us apart. Ian is a master chef. He has free reign to design delicious, creative and exceptional brews. He is constantly tweaking and improving to ensure our customers drink the absolute best beer in town.

Why High Point: Our thought was, “We live here, why not make it better?” Breweries can ignite revitalization because of their character and deep community ties, making them a gathering place and a source of pride.

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Best moment since opening: The shock of people when they walk in and see our interior. They say, “Wow, this is in High Point?!”

What else should High Point know about your business? They should know about Chris Borsani who owned the building before us. The building wasn’t for sale, but we loved the location. We met with him, presented our idea and he said to us, “I’ve got to sell you my building because High Point needs this.” He relocated his business, At Your Service Appliance Repair, after 18 years because he knew this location was perfect for Brown Truck Brewery. Chris chose the greater good of our town over himself. Without him, Brown Truck Brewery wouldn’t be here.


TO THE FUTURE HIGH POINT The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes you to our full-service Regional Visitors Center. Featuring 21 galleries complete with touchscreen kiosks. We’ve got the information you need to find everything from buffet lines to zip lines. Stop by today for information on all the hot-spots and best kept secrets in dining, activities, arts, furniture shopping and more! 1634 N. MAIN ST., SUITE 102 | HIGH POINT, NC 27262 336.884.5255 | HIGHPOINT.ORG


About: eMuWave provides engineering design services to commercial enterprises and the construction industry. We bridge concepts with designs for building owners and investors. We design building systems and certify infrastructure meets building codes or regulatory mandates focusing on electrical (‘e’) , mechanical (‘M’ including plumbing & HVAC) as well as life safety and telecommunications (Waves).

What makes your business unique? We meet customer demands more efficiently than large firms with streamlined operations. Our customer experience from international projects in Asia, Mexico and the Middle East foster diverse business relationships.

Why High Point: My ancestors came here at the turn of the century to operate textile machines for entrepreneurs. However, the future machines will be the internet of things (IoT) using ‘Waves’, thus, eMuWave is one seed for growing empty factories and buildings into design centers producing engineering designs and maybe one day robots and drones.



APRIL 1, 2016


Chris Horne, Owner & Principal Engineer

Best part of the job: I enjoy right and left brain activities so meeting new people or studying architectural plans is just as satisfying to me as leading technical projects or managing a start-up business.

Best moment since opening: A client’s note with payment that said, “Thank you for the professionalism.”

What else should High Point know about your business? eMuWave, PLLC is personal with its clients and returns their trust by solving problems and producing high quality products.

Courtyard by Marriott provides the TLC you need during your stay in High Point Experience world-class hospitality and special events in a warm & inviting atmosphere. We offer newly renovated guest rooms, the Bistro serving breakfast, dinner and Starbucks coffee 24/7, full bar, free high-speed internet, fitness center, pool, & meeting event space.

1000 Mall Loop Road, High Point, NC (P) 336-882-3600 • (F) 336-882-3622 • / Courtyard Marriott High Point




Freddy’s is a customer-centered, family-oriented, communityinvolved restaurant. Our concept is based on high quality food that is prepared fresh daily. It’s a simple, but delicious, American menu.

BUSINESS NAME: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

What makes your business unique?

ESTABLISHED: November 18, 2014

NAME & TITLE: Brad Horton, Area Manager It’s our entire environment: the Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 1950s diner feel, the RockN-Roll music that plays, and Best moment since opening: the family-friendly feel. We also strive for community partnerships with local churches, schools, The day before the grand opening, we had a friends and family night in businesses and non-profits. To us, it’s vital to build a lasting relationship partnership with Southwest Middle School. The turnout was amazing; with every person that walks through our door. there was a line around the entire building. That night, we raised close

Why High Point: All of our locations are based on the potential for partnerships. We don’t want to be just a restaurant. We want to serve the community. High Point is so community-centered, it was a natural fit with our brand.

Best part of the job:

to $2,000 for the middle school’s security program. We knew then High Point was the right place for us due to the overwhelming community support.

What else should High Point know about your business? We give and give gladly. We want to partner with schools, business and charitable organizations.

Definitely meeting our customers and making them happy. We do that through random acts – like giving a custard cake for someone’s birthday. We look for those little opportunities throughout the day to make our customers’ day.

BUSINESS NAME: Marley’s Kitchen


September 25, 2015


Denise Marley, Owner Marley’s Kitchen @marleyskitchens



Why High Point:

Marley’s Kitchen serves comfort food with an upscale twist. We’re the place for soup, salad, sandwiches & hot plates for lunch and dinner. We also serve brunch on Sundays and cater. We offer a comfortable, friendly environment for families, friendly get-togethers and individuals. We strive to know our customers – what you like to drink, where you like to sit.

Food brings people together and also provides an opportunity to give back to the community. I wanted to do my part and felt High Point was the place to do that.

What makes your business unique? We have some pretty unique food offerings – we might serve Nicoise salad one day and fried chicken the next. Also, our signature color, “Marley Green.” Our color was always going to be green. My daughter’s friend designed our logo and he chose this shade. We loved it. Based on the logo, we then matched the linens and the trim to it in the restaurant. Marley Green creates a clean and fresh feel, which is exactly what we wanted. 30| HIGH POINT MAGAZINE 2016 | 2017

Best part of the job: Every day I get to work side by side with my daughter, Kate. She does a great job and is really fun to work with.

Best moment since opening: When I’m standing in the kitchen window and I see a plate of food delivered to a table and the people at the table pull out their phone to take a picture of the food.

What else should High Point know about your business? We were voted Best New Restaurant in the Southern Triad by the High Point Enterprise for 2016. Come see us!





Nancy Arredondo, Owner Persnickety @persnicketyhp

BUSINESS NAME: The Car Wash Company

ESTABLISHED: February 26, 2016

NAMES & TITLES: Keith Thompson & Sam Echols, Co-Owners


The Car Wash Company



Persnickety is an upscale furniture and accessories boutique with new and refined consignment items located in uptowne High Point in the historic Lyles Chevrolet building.

The Car Wash Company offers a car wash concept built around the exterior express model. We can have you in and out in 5 minutes or less. With the purchase of a wash ($6-$20) the customer has access to our free vacuums, mat cleaner and use of micro-fiber towels and window cleaner. Our greatest value is a club membership where the customer pays one fee per month and can wash their car as many times as they would like. Our motto is “>cars” (greater than cars) which means we hope to make a positive impact on our customers and the community.

What makes your business unique?

The business is a fulfillment of my vision. I didn’t set out to intentionally be “unique;” I just knew what I wanted to provide – a consignment store unlike anything else in High Point. I wanted to create an outlet for old, beautiful pieces that were manufactured here and are in need of a fresh, new home.

Why High Point:

Mainly to fulfill a need and also because I wanted to do business with my friends and colleagues. High Point deserves this store.

Best Part of the Job:

To hear the stories behind the beautiful craft furniture pieces my consignment customers bring in. Each piece has its own history.

Best moment since opening:

The Chamber ribbon cutting was truly a high point for me because of all the ambassadors and staff that came out to support. They were so happy to have this business here and open. Also, each day, when I look around and think “Wow, I get to work here!”

What else should High Point know about your business?

We have something for everyone, whether it’s a $5 candle holder or a $6,825 Ralph Lauren croc-embossed chest that we sell for $1,500.

What makes your business unique? Our differentiator is speed. Our wash is capable of producing a very clean, shiny and protected vehicle in mere minutes.

Why High Point: Being from Georgia, we relied heavily on market research – the High Point area displayed great demographics and did not have an exterior express model nearby.

Best part of the job: One is watching our team members grow personally and professionally, and another is interacting with customers so that they feel better after doing business with us than when they arrived.

Best moment since opening: We have had multiple customers say to us, “We’re so glad you’re here because it often feels like South Main is left behind. Thank you for investing in this part of High Point.”

What else should High Point know about your business? Each month we donate 10% of a day’s profit to a local charity to help community members in need.




Wright Cremation & Funeral Service


University Kitchen


December 14, 2015


July 7, 2016


Larry Wright, Owner & Brad Wright, Manager/Funeral Director

Mike Tsambounieris, Emmanuel Talarantas & Clayton Ramsey, Co-owners Wright Cremation & Funeral Service

University Kitchen



We specialize in homemade cooking with fresh ingredients at an affordable price. Our menu offers a little bit of everything – pizza, pasta, ribs, wings, salads, sandwiches, burgers and more. We’re located around the corner from HPU, hence our name.

We are an affordable, family-owned funeral and cremation company. We help people during the worst time of their life. We have 65+ years of combined experience in this industry. With us, it’s not about a transaction; it’s about the relationship we establish with our families.

What makes your business unique? The customers make us unique – they come in, they love us, they come back with their families. We succeed because of the people of High Point.

Why High Point: We opened University Kitchen, our second restaurant in High Point, after seeing the untapped potential that was evident from our first restaurant here, Pizza Wing King on Fairfield. University Kitchen is where Libby Hill Seafood used to be; we want to honor that legacy by providing High Point with another 40+ years of great food.

Best part of the job: Interacting with the customers – building not only relationships, but also friendships. Namely, Rick Vaughan, without him we would not be here.

Best moment since opening: Our grand opening with HPU was truly extraordinary. The support we have received from the University and all its patrons, plus the support of our loyal customers from Pizza Wing King and all our new customers has really made us feel welcomed.

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What makes your business unique? We try to make everything simple and affordable for the families we service. We don’t have much paperwork. We’re small & family-owned. When people come here, they either see me or my dad. My dad and I have always dreamed of having a business together. He came out of retirement to make this dream a reality.

Why High Point: This is our home. We both grew up here. This is the only place we want to be.

Best part of the job: More times than not, we get a hug from the families we service. One client said to us, “You’re part of our family now.”

Best moment since opening: When somebody actually calls us and wants our help – what a feeling that is for us! That they think enough of us to take care of their funeral or cremation services. We’re brand new, but people are starting to recognize us and that means a lot.

What else should High Point know about your business? That we are committed to High Point. We want to see High Point succeed. We want High Point to know we will always be here. If needed, we’re a phone call away and walk-ins are welcome.




Education: John Adams High School in New York & online college courses for my industry About your job: My dayto-day is supermarket management: ordering foods, daily operations, payroll/ bookkeeping, customer service, marketing, advertising and human relations. Favorite thing about High Point: The potential. I have this feeling that I get to be a builder of this city. And I do that through food – growing and selling quality food for and to our citizens. How can High Point attract more young professionals

like you? Loosen the requirements order for businesses. When it comes to food, all the red tape hurts us. Also, better resources to help businesses open is something we desperately need. Community involvement: I’m involved with the Greater High Point Food Alliance, the Millennial Taskforce and various urban agriculture efforts. I’m the treasurer for the Historic Washington St. Business Association and I helped with the initial construction of the West End Community Garden. Fun fact: I enjoy the opera and classical music.



Education: BA in Strategic Communications from Elon University About your job: I’m responsible for the development and implementation of an effective marketing and communications plan including: graphic design, developing communications materials, producing a powerful campaign video, managing engaging social media content, and coordinating year-round public relations and advertising strategies that foster the community’s understanding of United Way’s mission. It’s a little bit of everything and I love using my marketing experience to make our community better. Favorite thing about High Point: High Point citizens truly care about their neighbors and I see that in my job every single day. That’s the sign of a great place to live and raise your family.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? We need a climate where businesses that appeal to young professionals can be created and thrive. We have the basics already, like great parks and our convenient Triad location. We just need more places to go! Brown Truck Brewery is a great example of what is successful and desirable to young professionals. Community involvement: I’m so proud to be involved in Young Leaders United of High Point. We meet each month to network, grow in leadership, or volunteer with local organizations. Fun fact: I’ve never been slow about taking big life steps. I married my husband at 21, had my daughter at 24, and will have another little one to love in January 2017!


Education: BS in Sociology from Appalachian State University About your job: I investigate and determine compensability of Workers’ Compensation Claims and also direct and coordinate medical care for our insured’s injured workers. I work to ensure that the Workers Compensation claims process goes as smoothly as it can for both the Insured and their employee. Favorite thing about High Point: My favorite thing about High Point would have to be the strong sense of community that is felt throughout the city. High Point is filled with people who are passionate about the growth of the city and are devoted to making High Point a great place to live and work. How can High Point attract

more young professionals like you? I was attracted to High Point through my current employer, so I believe that by promoting the present business opportunities, as well as all of the exciting events and activities that are happening in the area, High Point will be able to attract more young professionals. Community involvement: I am relatively new to the High Point Community but I am currently involved in the 2016 Leadership: High Point class, Big Brother Big Sister Program of the Piedmont Triad, and I am constantly looking for more ways I can become more involved. Fun fact: I lived and studied in London for a semester of my college career.


Education: BA in Print & Online Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism and a minor in Creative Writing from Elon University.  About your job: As a feature writer, I work to bring a sunny side to our newspaper with inspiring, energizing and feel-good stories. But I regularly cover crime and general news, too. I also create graphics (and occasionally design pages) for The Enterprise and handle all of our social media.  Favorite thing about High Point: Definitely the Bicentennial Greenway, especially in the spring. I’ll easily admit I’m a tree-hugger, so the greenway is the perfect place for me to get some woodsy fresh air without driving out of the city. It also offers a nice refreshing break from busy streets and buildings.  How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point can attract a huge number of millennials if showroom managers

leased their buildings along Main Street to business that could use it when the High Point Market isn’t in town. A year-round busy downtown would be wonderful. I’ve interviewed a few showroom tenants that have created this sort of partnership and it seems to have a positive effect so far.  Community involvement: Between writing for The Enterprise, working part-time at the Conservators Center in Burlington and a heavy running schedule, I usually don’t have much time leftover. But as a reporter, I get to witness and share the great things organizations in our community do, and that’s incredibly satisfying.   Fun fact: I’m thrilled to have qualified to run the Boston Marathon in 2017!

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About your job: My role consists of planning strategic activities, and forecasting for the NC campuses for Ralph Lauren. I manage the coordination of product flow from the Distribution Centers to the customer while utilizing the proper Transportation scheduling that is in compliance with routing requirements. Favorite thing about High Point: I was born and raised in High Point, my family roots are embedded in the city’s soil. My most favorite thing about High Point is the pace; it’s not too congested but just right for a growing family. Growing up in High Point gave me the opportunity to learn so much about its history and the impact

it had in our nation’s furniture industry. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? A more lively night life in the downtown area with small retail chains, art galleries, and cafés with live musical performances would draw more young professionals to this area. Community involvement: My community involvement is mainly through Ralph Lauren. I participate in its “RL Gives Back” annual initiative. The program gives its employees the opportunity to go out into the community and volunteer our support to help others. Fun fact: I’m one of the drummers for my church.


Education: Associates in Early Childhood Development from Randolph County Community College About your job: I work with local companies to help them grow their business by advertising and grow continuous business relationships. Favorite thing about High Point: High Point has so much history and potential. Just in my few short adult years High Point has gone through many changes for the good. There is something for everyone in the family to do, just explore!

destination for younger people. We have lots of younger people in the area keeping them here in High Point to start a career is the challenge I feel. Community involvement: Leadership: High Point Class of 2016 & anything around the community I can find. Fun fact: Even on my worst day, no one around me will ever be able to tell. I pride myself in choosing to see everyday as a new day.

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Education: BS in Accounting & BS in Business Administration from College of Charleston About your job: As account manager, I am responsible for managing existing customer accounts as well as creating new business. I focus on sales of specialty chemicals serving the following industries: textile, oilfield, coating additives, personal care, agriculture, paper processing, metal working, mining, specialty surfactants, and construction. Favorite thing about High Point: I love to see how excited and willing to participate everyone is with the revitalization and improvement efforts of our city. It is a topic that always seems to quickly come up whenever I am out in the town. Not only does everyone seem to enjoy the early improvements and additions that have already been made, but they are looking forward to what

is coming next. There is great momentum here in our city. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? People my age are looking for jobs in cities that have vibrant, centralized parts of the city where they can live, shop, and find entertainment. Something like this could be found in the Uptowne district. This area already has some great restaurants and shops and could become an even better location with improved walkability, continued growth of shops and restaurants, and the addition of apartments or condos. Community involvement: Member of the Millennial Taskforce Fun fact: I have had family in and around the High Point area for over 200 years.


Education: BA in Communication Studies & BA in Religious Studies from UNCG About your job: As a small business owner, I wear many hats. My job allows me the chance to be a part of something bigger than myself by making an impact on the lives of others. There are a lot of duties that come with being owner, but none of those can compare to being able to help others create, achieve and celebrate their goals. Favorite thing about High Point: High Point is a great town located in a great state in the greatest country on earth, and we have some of the most dedicated community members you will ever meet. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? It is not one secret ingredient but a mixture of

multiple things: more job opportunity, continued urban revitalization, quality of living, opportunity for community involvement, and fun amenities. High Point must continue to focus on cultivating all of these ingredients. Community involvement: I’m on the boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont and the American Cancer Society Triad Executive Leadership Council. I’m a member of the Millennial Taskforce and the Junior League of High Point. I’m a graduate of the 2015 Leadership: High Point class and am actively involved in the United Way of Greater High Point. Fun fact: On a volunteer trip after college, I spent two weeks in Zimbabwe volunteering at a hands-on lion conservation project.


Education: BS in Psychology and BA in Criminal Justice from High Point University About your job: I answer both 9-1-1 and NonEmergency calls for service for the City of High Point. I also dispatch for both the City’s Police and Fire departments. Favorite thing about High Point: I have really enjoyed the community here and the small town feel. It is such a stark contrast for me, having grown up in Northern Virginia. I like that everyone treats you like family and is so welcoming. How can High Point attract more young professionals

like you? I think continuing to revitalize the downtown area would help greatly. The addition of businesses like the Brown Truck Brewery have added more appeal for young professionals and college students to want to get together in their own backyard as opposed to driving to Greensboro or Winston Salem. It’s always amazing to see the city come alive during Furniture Market and it would be great to see it vibrant like that all the time. Fun fact: I used to play ice hockey as a goalie and I have season tickets to the Washington Capitals.

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Education: Hope: BA in Global Studies from Colorado Christian University About your jobs: Blake: As manager, I oversee all of the Wash Associates, monitor our equipment for optimum performance, choose marketing avenues, perform community outreach, manage the finances, and strategize with the owners to make The Car Wash Company the best it can be. Hope: As a wash associate, my job duties are educating our customers about wash options, providing customer service as well as quality control & helping Blake with general office duties. Favorite thing about High Point: Blake: I like how close we are to everything – the beach, the mountains. High Point is a central location to everything

you need. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? Hope: It’s about jobs, but more so activities. A livelier downtown with restaurants and events and nightlife would make people want to be here. A concert venue would be fun!

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Community involvement: We volunteer for World Relief, which helps refugees. We attend Harvest Bible Chapel and also host charity fundraisers at the Car Wash where we donate the day’s proceeds to a local charity. Fun fact: We got engaged after three months of dating and were married seven weeks later!

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Education: BS in Exercise Science from High Point University About your job: I am responsible for management of the University’s alumni relations program and the University’s efforts to build more purposeful, meaningful, and impactful relationships with its alumni. I oversee the process of strengthening the University’s existing regional alumni and reunion/affinity programs, as well as the planning and execution of Alumni Weekend (October 7-9, 2016!). What’s your favorite thing about High Point? There are so, so many things to love about High Point. My favorite aspect

however, is the overwhelming sense of community and support that I feel. High Point’s people are among the most generous, sincere and kind people I’ve ever met. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point is moving in the right direction! I’ve loved watching it grow over the past 5 years. Downtown High Point is a unique area, and it would be wonderful to see that alive and thriving outside of Furniture Market. Fun fact: I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, who I began dating when I was just 15 years old!


Education: BA in Communication and Marketing from Campbell University. About your job: Every day I enjoy keeping the community updated on current events, programs, and accomplishments through our website and social media accounts. Day to day, I coordinate our annual community events, organize volunteers, interact with local donors develop fundraising plans and nurture media and donor relations. Favorite thing about High Point: I love being able to witness first-hand how supportive and generous the members of the High Point Community are through my work at The Salvation Army. From volunteering at our annual harvest festival to donating goods to our family stores, it is truly uplifting to experience how friends and neighbors come together to help one another and “Do The Most

Good”. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point is doing an excellent job of attracting new businesses, emphasizing community groups, and promoting local organizations who are anxiously waiting for you to get involved. High Point University is setting a great example by encouraging their students to volunteer and join community groups as an undergraduate. No matter your age, I challenge you to seek out these wonderful opportunities and join the many efforts to make a difference in our community! Community involvement: Marketing Chair for Young Leaders United (YLU), a United Way organization for young professionals ages 18-40. Fun fact: Gardening, canning, and hunting are some of my favorite hobbies!

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Education: BS in Accounting & BS in Business Finance from High Point University About your job: I am the contact between clients and our engagement team. I am responsible for managing the day to day operations of audit engagements to lead and direct staff members to the successful completion of an engagement. We provide assurance services to companies of all sizes. With that, my position brings opportunities every day which are rewarding and stimulating. Favorite thing about High Point: High Point has the best of both worlds with large organizations headquartered here, but yet a small town feeling that promotes community involvement and a friendly atmosphere. High Point is primed for growth to

provide additional opportunities for young professionals to help retain and attract top talent to our area. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point can make sure young professionals know there is a place for them within our city. With large organizations to help attract talent, it’s our duty to promote the City and share what High Point has to offer to encourage young professionals to live in our community. Community involvement: Leadership: High Point – Class of 2016, High Point University Young Alumni Council, Young Leaders United Fun fact: As a student at HPU I was a member of the group that wrung the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.


Education: BA in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Science from UNCG About your job: As a manager, I am responsible for ordering supplies and products, maintaining our social media, marketing, training our staff, and booking artist for monthly art shows. As a barista, I am responsible for properly constructing beverages to serve to our community. Favorite thing about High Point: In the 16 years I have lived in High Point, I have found my favorite aspect to be the smiles. These smiles have turned into familiar faces and many into friends. From my neighborhood to the grocery store, these familiar faces and friends give me a sense of community and place.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point can attract more young professionals by continuing to include the younger generations in community events and entertainment. If millennials are provided with the proper tools to benefit High Point, the ideas, creativity, and ingenuity of the generation can shine in a positive light. Community involvement: For the past year, I have been the trivia host at Claddagh Irish Restaurant and Pub, which has been a great way to educate participants and myself. Fun fact: Due to the love I have for animals, I began dog and cat sitting for friends in the fall of 2014. Through word of mouth, this has become a side business of mine that I enjoy thoroughly!


Education: BA in Communication Studies from UNCG and Masters of Health Care Administration from Pfeiffer University About your job: Mostly, I plan and execute our fundraising events such as the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, annual Employee Giving Campaign, Heart & Sole 5K and Fun Run and LoveLine Celebration. This position gives me a wonderful opportunity to interact with our incredible donors, board members, physicians, staff and volunteers. The Hospital truly is an amazing place and being able to share the messages of hope, compassion and exceptional care to our community keeps me motivated daily! Favorite thing about High Point: High Point is a special place where the residents truly love our city and no matter where you go, you always see

a friendly, familiar face! How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? As a family of three (soon to be four!) who live and work in High Point, I feel the more local attractions, restaurants and retail that continue to flourish will better our community. The more we have to offer young professionals, the more High Point will be a city where people can live, work and play. Community Involvement: The 2016 Leadership: High Point class, which of course is the BEST class ever! I’m also an adjunct professor at High Point University, teaching the Event Management Practicum in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. Fun Fact: I have danced in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!


Education: Currently enrolled in the GTCC Business Management Program About your job: My job is great because I do a bit of everything. I go from waiting tables to cleaning bathrooms to making the work schedule for the staff, to training to bar tend, to paperwork, to training new employees, to ensuring the general upkeep of our restaurant appearance – at 98 Asian, we work to create a unique experience for our customers and our aesthetics are a major part of that. My favorite part of the job, however, is getting to know our customers. Favorite Thing About High Point: The furniture market! I never knew there were so

many opportunities in High Point. Market enables our city to expand. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? Word of mouth! We have to be involved ourselves and then invite our peers to join in what we’re doing. We need to utilize Facebook and Twitter for promoting volunteer opportunities and events in our community. I also think sports is a good way to get people to High Point. Community involvement: I volunteer at Jamestown Middle and Elementary Schools. Fun fact: One of my longterm goals is to become an anesthesiologist.


Education: BS in Business & Economics from Wheaton College About your job: I help clients with their personal investment decisions, along with working with them to develop a tailored financial plan. I find a lot of personal satisfaction in helping people achieve their life goals. Favorite thing about High Point: My favorite thing about High Point is ultimately what brought me back to High Point from Chicago, and that is, the community. I love the small, tightknit feel to High Point and all the generosity and hospitality that make up our town. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? I believe that High Point is already making great strides in attracting young

professionals like myself, through its revitalization efforts in the uptowne and downtown areas. I also think that the successful entrepreneurs in town, such as Britt Lytle, Paul Riggan, David Riedlinger and David Couch, have begun to create a great atmosphere for our generation through their new developments in High Point. Community involvement: I am on the board of Forward High Point Inc., Pierced Ministries, the High Point Young Professionals, an ambassador for High Point Regional Health and I partner with my father, Paul Lessard, on the Lighthouse Project in Guildford County. Fun fact: I am a die-hard fan of the Carolina Panthers and the Wesleyan Academy Trojans.


Education: BS and MS in Accounting from UNCG About your job: In my current role, I provide assurance and attestation services to financial institutions and renewable energy developers in North Carolina. My main areas of focus include: financial statement audits and audits of internal controls over financial reporting. Favorite thing about High Point: The Leadership: High Point (LHP) program through the Chamber of Commerce, where I met my fiancé this past year. LHP was an amazing experience where our class was able to learn about the community, one another, and engage in community driven events and projects.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? I believe that High Point would benefit from further development of the downtown district. Young professionals like myself might prefer to work, dine and live downtown, as some young professionals do in other large cities in North Carolina. Fun fact: I am an avid golfer and always looking for ways to merge work and golf. My fiancé is also golfer and while we were attending the 2016 Masters I took the opportunity to propose to her in Amen Corner.

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Education: BS in Journalism and Communication from North Carolina A&T State University & MBA from University of Phoenix About your job: As Unit Director I plan and manage all operations assigned to my site to ensure the organization’s goals, policies, and procedures are understood and followed. I am responsible for ongoing operations and fiscal management with the primary concern for outreach activities, programs and service delivery, human resources as it relates to club personnel, community relations, and facility management. Favorite thing about High Point: What I admire most about High Point is the community involvement and uplifting attitude people provide to each other. I like how people are always finding

ways to improve children’s lives either through programs or daily activities, which I witness regularly. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point can continue to attract young professionals and the right talent by offering a vibrant downtown and home feel. These individuals are searching for apartments that fit their lifestyle, restaurants and bars for social gatherings, and opportunities to network with others that offer a diverse atmosphere for future growth. Community involvement: High Point Jaycees Fun fact: I enjoy traveling and have visited 40 states so far, along with touring the Caribbean and Mexico.


Education: BA in Corporate Communications from Elon University & MBA from High Point University About your job: I am involved in the development of our department’s workflows through a five-year modernization process to transfer our systems from our current IBM AS400 to a custom Oracle-based model. I help identify key areas for improvement in current processes and implement solutions for future and continuous development. Favorite thing about High Point: All the mattress stores! I am kidding. My favorite thing about High Point, hands down, is the people. I lived in Melbourne, Florida after college and quickly realized that High Point was special and the sense of community High Point has cannot be found everywhere. How can High Point attract more young professionals

like you? I can’t speak for everyone, but I know many young professionals want to be involved in something where they can be a part of the positive change and enjoy the fruits of their labor. So, community involvement is key. Also, as a city, we need to do a better job of advertising the sense of community, opportunities and benefits we have in order to make young professionals want to be in our city. Community involvement: Hartley YMCA board member, United Way Annual Corporate Campaign Chair for Old Dominion, Heart and Sole 5K Race (previously Rives Race) committee member, member of the 2016 class of Leadership: High Point, and Millennial Taskforce committee member. Fun fact: I have run two marathons and might be crazy enough to do another one in the future.


Education: BA in Economics from the University of South Carolina About your job: I work with a global team supporting our 5 distribution locations on development & strategy initiatives, communication, and monthly metric statistics. In addition, I support all businesses for Supply Chain on Retail based initiatives and manage Supply Chain related activities for our two Brazil retail stores. I am continuously challenged and enjoy the diversity in all the areas I support.

supporting offices. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? Continued revitalization and development of areas that allow young professionals to work, live, eat and play all in one location. Community involvement: 2016 Leadership: High Point Class Fun fact: I enjoy scuba diving and travelling to new locations to explore under water.

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Education: BS in Business Administration from UNCG About your job: I work with a group of insurance agencies across multiple states in order to write and retain profitable Worker’s Compensation insurance policies. Each day brings new opportunities here. I have the privilege of learning about new and occasionally unique businesses and industries all the time. It’s a career that continues to educate. Favorite thing about High Point: The community. The people of High Point that work so hard to ensure this city stands tall and stands out from the rest. Specifically, individuals that work for a better environment, safer school system and efforts to reduce local hunger. How can High Point attract more young professionals like

you? Local entrepreneurship. There needs to be incentives for individuals looking to create new amenities and attractions for the younger demographic. The appeal should be towards recent college graduates. Local breweries, dog parks, and sporting events/fields are magnets for millennials and can facilitate growth. Community involvement: Leadership: High Point (LHP) Steering Committee, LHP Alumni Association Chair, 2014 LHP graduate & Valedictorian, Boys & Girls Club, and Annual Robert McInnis Memorial Golf Tournament committee member. Fun fact: I’m excited to say I just got engaged and am looking forward to the future with my fiancé, Caitlin.


Education: BA in History from Virginia Tech About your job: I manage the manufacturing team which includes safety, quality, manufacturing, procurement, and scheduling. I also work with our executive team to develop and execute our strategic initiatives and growth plans. Favorite thing about High Point: I like that High Point is a city with a small town feel, there is a feeling of community here. The location is also great. You can easily get to the mountains, beach or any number of lakes. There’s something for everyone.

locate here and support young entrepreneurs getting started. A more vibrant main street/ downtown area with more restaurants, shopping and event venues can do a lot to attract young professionals Community involvement: I recently worked with Mickey Truck Bodies to organize participation in the Great American Clean-up and next we will be a sponsor for the Folk Festival. Fun fact: My family and I have 8 chickens, which means fresh eggs every day.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point could do more to incentivize business to


Education: Associates degree in Horticultural Science Technology About your job: We’re a family business - I grew up working here and have had a management role for about 10 years. I oversee greenhouse and nursery growing operations. I make sure incoming and outgoing orders run smoothly. I manage customer service, which includes advising customers on best gardening practices, and helping with project ideas. Favorite thing about High Point: It’s the interesting and creative people here, the ones who posses more grit than in larger cities. Also, the many independent businesses here that have a cultural or ethnic niche.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? This is the million dollar question. The suggestion of having more entertainment and local restaurants has always been there. There has to be a plan for a future that we can all rally behind. Encouraging any sense of community, as well as enabling community leaders is important. HPU will be a part of High Point’s future. Community involvement: The Greater High Point Food Alliance and the Millennial Task force. Fun fact: I was once introduced to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, while working with family in Europe.


Education: BA in Political Science from NC State & MBA from High Point University About your job: I manage the contract administration process and related commercial contracts for North State, working with legal counsel and appropriate team members to initiate, negotiate, approve and execute contracts. I also manage the corporate record keeping function, working with corporate personnel and the executive team to organize and maintain corporate governance documents such as organizational charters, articles of incorporation, bylaws, operating agreements and corporate minute books. Favorite thing about High Point: High Point is a great place to raise a family – it’s safe, has good schools, is home to many great businesses and is ideally situated geographically.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? Young professionals want to feel that the city provides them the opportunity to grow professionally. Social gathering places and networking events provide them the opportunity to connect with local professionals, resources and ideas. I am confident the new energy of Business High Point, Inc. will inspire action that will result in, for example, continued revitalization of Uptowne High Point as a social hub for the city. Community involvement: The 2016 Leadership: High Point class. Our class service projects benefit the Community Clinic of High Point and the Cedar Street Community Garden.  We also adopted the offramp of Business-85 South at South Main Street through the Adopt-AStreet program in efforts to support the City’s initiative to Keep High Point Beautiful. Fun fact: I am the third generation in my famly to work at North State.



Education: BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University About your job: I currently oversee all of the sales, fundraising, and marketing within the High Point University Athletic Department. I also am the sports supervisor for the baseball team, track teams, and cross country teams. Additionally, I assist with scholarship allotment, financial aid, housing, taxes, and anything to ensure that each coach and student athlete has the best experience possible at HPU. What’s your favorite thing about High Point? I love the close knit community feel within High Point, and the fact that the city still has everything you need. If you are looking for a “mom and pop” restaurant, there are plenty. If you want a normal

chain restaurant, we have those too. For being a smaller city, the community has a lot of local pride, and the area has really embraced the University. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? High Point needs to continue to provide career, not just job, opportunities in different fields of work. Obviously, a lot of that centers around being able to attract new companies to the area. Moreover, providing easy, safe, and fun social activities always helps attract and keep young professionals within an area. Community involvement: I am currently involved with the 2016 Leadership: High Point Class. Fun fact: I am a black belt in Taekwondo.

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Education: BSBA & MS in Accounting from Appalachian State University About your job: I work in the audit practice of our firm, specializing in manufacturing and distribution clients, along with working in our employee benefit practice. The word audit can often be daunting to clients, so I strive to make them feel comfortable with our firm and explain how our processes are beneficial for all involved, which sets us apart. Favorite thing about High Point: High Point is home; this is where my wife and I grew up. We chose to move back here and raise our family here as High Point provides us with proximity to the larger cities around us while still providing the small town atmosphere. It’s a great feeling to see familiar faces around town.

How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? Continued growth and development of the City, particularly in the ‘downtown’ region will significantly aid the City’s efforts to recruit and retain young talent. We need to set ourselves apart from surrounding cities, so that High Point appeals to all young professionals regardless of what life stage they may be in. Community involvement: On the boards for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater High Point and High Point Firefighter Relief Fund. Fun fact: My wife and I dated in high school before going our separate ways for nearly 10 years. We moved back to the Triad around the same time, and the rest is history. We’ve been married 4 years and stay plenty busy chasing around our 2 year old daughter.


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Education: BA in Geography and a Master’s in Public Affairs both from UNCG. About your job: We work to attract and locate new businesses to the city while at the same time assisting local companies with expansion. There is also a good deal of work done to retain existing businesses by working with our partners to strengthen our workforce and keep High Point the business-friendly environment it is. Favorite thing about High Point: It’s a big city with a lot of amenities yet it maintains a small-town charm. People are very personable here and have a lot of pride in where they live. You won’t always find that in similar cities of this size. How can High Point attract more young professionals like you? There are a lot of great ideas and projects that

the city and others are working on that will help, but folks should also know that we have a lot of great assets already in place. High Point is a very affordable and safe place to live, with great parks, and a growing restaurant/retail sector. We should continue to share the message. Community involvement: I’m involved in the Leadership: High Point program organized by the High Point Chamber of Commerce. It has been a great experience so far. Fun fact: In 2007/2008 I went to Japan for 10 days during New Year’s and on New Year’s day I was at a celebration with thousands of people welcoming the New Year with Japan’s Imperial family. When they came onto the palace balcony everyone screamed, “BANZAI!!!!” and waved Japanese flags.



ARTS COUNCIL Keeping the Arts on Track! Originally functioning as a freight train station in the 1930s, the Centennial Station Arts Center is now the permanent home for the High Point Arts Council and its five affiliated arts organizations. The facility features two rehearsal studios, two lobbies, offices and a dinner theatre with dressing rooms, dance floor, bar and catering kitchen. The main lobby features the Arts Council’s permanent art collection including a painting of the Arts Center by High Point artist, Mary Bogest. Since the acquisition of the Arts Center in 2012, the Arts Council has introduced an Arts & Entertainment Series from October through May that includes concerts, open mic nights, dinner theatres, dance socials, and holiday events, all of which have given residents and visitors more reasons to spend time and money in High Point. With five theatres within a 1-mile radius, the Arts Council is doing its part to revive downtown! The dinner theatre at the Arts Center is also rented for private events such as wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, school dances, corporate parties, and other nonprofit luncheons or fund-raising events. The rustic floors, vintage architecture and historic Pullman train car create great photo opportunities for special events. The train car’s windows feature silhouettes by local artist, Rebecca Lasley, representing passengers riding the train 100 years ago! Other organizations also utilize the theatre for their performances, such as the High Point Ballet, High Point Community Theatre, Ledford High School, Piedmont Artists, Triad Pride Men’s Chorus, amongst others. This past year, over 25,000 people participated in an event, meeting, class or performance at the Arts Center. The arts are indeed growing in High Point! In addition to arts and entertainment events at the Arts Center, the Arts Council also sponsors free outdoor events during the summer that truly make the arts accessible to everyone in our community. The Arts Splash concerts are expanding to eight concerts in summer 2017 and will be held in different locations around town and feature various genres of music. The annual Day in the Park festival in September is the longest running arts festival in the county! As a united arts council, the High Point Arts Council also has five affiliated arts organizations under its umbrella — Carousel Theatre, High Point Ballet, High Point Community Concerts, High Point Community Theatre, and Piedmont Artists — that present programs and performances throughout High Point. Together, they contribute to a vibrate community where we live, work and play. For information about arts programs in High Point, visit or call the High Point Arts Council at 336-889-ARTS. Get on board and keep the arts in High Point on track!




PUBLIC LIBRARY The High Point Public Library is open for business—literally.

The High Point Public Library is more than a place to rent a book; it’s a place to start your business thanks to the opening of its Business Center in August 2016. Space on the second floor of the Library has been renovated to create the new Business Center, which is the ultimate resource for any small business. Features and service options offered by the Business Center include: • Space for business workshops and presentations using smartboard technology, as well as one-on-one consultations • Personalized business librarian sessions to offer individualized business database navigation using SimplyMap, and Reference USA among other powerful database products • Staff assistance finding print and digital business books, journals and financial information • Computers, a printer/scanner and assistance with graphics software to help clients start, grow and thrive in High Point • Educational classes such as How to Start a Business, Financing Your Business, Introduction to Lean Business Modeling, Basics of Bookkeeping and Marketing Your Business among other various topics

It’s as simple as picking up the phone and calling the Library’s Business Center at (336) 883-3660. All services offered through the business librarians are complimentary; only tangibles such as printing, copying and faxing have fees. Our business librarians can schedule a time to come to you, assist you with your business research needs and deliver a portfolio of research reports tailored specifically to you. We help small businesses and startups find needed information and deliver it electronically or in person. Our community liaison librarian connects small business owners to the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) along with City of High Point departments best suited to help them navigate city ordinances for building, zoning and inspection permits to make selection, renovation or building office and retail space a smoother process. The Library also offers online continuing education courses in accounting, business communication, career training, computer software, customer service, office skills, team building and more.

Business classes offered in partnership with Guilford Technical Community College Small Business Center in collaboration with the High Point Chamber of Commerce help small business owners find the The business librarians at the High Point Public Library information and business networking connections they have a long history of providing excellent resources and services to assist our small business community. The Library need to keep their fingers on the pulse of business in High Point. prides itself on recognizing business practices change as technology advances and is therefore committed to adapting The High Point Public Library is located at 901 North the resources and services offered to assist small business Main Street. Come by, visit us and let us know how owners and motivated entrepreneurs. we can better serve you as we focus on new ways The High Point Public Library has new service features which to deliver first class business assistance to the small business community in Greater High Point. make getting assistance more convenient than ever before.

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MUSEUM Unlocking the Mystery of the Museum What is a museum? The American Association of Museums (AAM) defines a museum as “an organization and permanent non-profit institution, essentially educational or aesthetic in purpose, with professional staff, which owns and utilizes tangible objects, cares for them, and exhibits them to the public on some regular schedule.” For most people a museum is a place of wonder. A place for uncovering secrets. A place to learn. A place to experience the past. And that’s exactly what awaits you at the High Point Museum. Walking into the High Point Museum is like stepping into another world. A world where visitors can discover, explore and learn the history of High Point from our earliest residents to the present. Meet early entrepreneurs and business people who helped shape our city. Explore artifacts from the hosiery and furniture industries. Drive our big yellow school bus and discover how changes in transportation influenced the development of High Point. There are a variety of images, objects and stories to see and explore at the High Point Museum. On the weekends, visit the Museum’s Historical Park which includes the 1786 Haley House, the oldest home in High Point, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on the property is a blacksmith shop, which is equipped as it would have been during the years John Haley was a practicing blacksmith, where live demonstrations are held several times a month. The other house on the site is the 1801 Hoggatt House where visitors learn about various early American chores including open-hearth cooking and candle dipping. The park offers visitors the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences.

Recently, High Point’s beloved Little Red Schoolhouse was moved to the campus of the High Point Museum. It is being restored and programming soon will be available in that space. The Little Red Schoolhouse, designed by High Point architect Louis Voorhees, served as a one-room public school for first graders between 1931 and 1961. It served as the first High Point Museum from 1964 to 1971. The High Point Museum Store sells a variety of local merchandise including Seagrove pottery, jewelry, books, miniature furniture, games, puzzles, novelties, T-shirts and CDs. Free gift wrap and gift certificates are available. Proceeds from Museum Store purchases support the ongoing acquisition, care and preservation of our artifacts and other special Museum projects. The High Point Museum, located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave., is open Tuesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30 PM and the Historical Park is open Saturday 10AM to 4 PM. Admission is free. For more information, call (336) 885-1859 or visit our website www.highpointmuseum. org. A division of the High Point Public Library, the High Point Museum is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.




GALLERIES TAG Sparks Creativity in Downtown High Point

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) is a non-profit organization nestled in the center of the Furniture District in High Point. In the space TAG shares with the High Point Theatre, it offers four galleries of visual art. The Main Gallery, located downstairs beside the theatre, is a wonderful place to browse whenever you come to see a show. If you have time, you will never be disappointed visiting the other three galleries located upstairs. The Hallway Gallery greets you at the top of the stairs with 45 feet of display space. To the right you will find Gallery B, almost as large as the Main Gallery, it is a beautiful space that is kept filled with great examples of regional art. To the left of the Hallway Gallery you will find the Kaleidoscope Gallery where work done by local students throughout the school year is displayed. All of the galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 PM. For those wanting to make art, not just look at it, please join TAG in its many enrichment activities. Art classes are offered for children and adults inside the Kaleidoscope Gallery as well as at local schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs of High Point. In summer 2016, TAG offered 12 summer camp activities both in-house and out in the community. One of these camps, through collaboration with Millis Regional Health Education Center, allowed local elementary students to design and paint a lasting mural inside of the Millis Center promoting health. Throughout the year TAG also offers various Lunch and Learn activities and field trips that allow adults to gather together to learn about and enjoy artwork with like-minded people. To learn more or to sign up for a class today, visit the website at

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THEATRE Proudly Celebrating 41 Years of Service to the High Point Community On October 6, 1975, the High Point Theatre and Exhibition Center officially opened its doors to the public. For forty-one years the Theatre has provided continuous economic and cultural contributions to the community. The City of High Point, through the Theatre, has brought world class entertainers to the Triad, provided a state-of-the-art performance venue for local arts groups, and hosted events as diverse as the Miss NC USA Pageant, to body building to dance competitions, and so much more. The 930 seat auditorium has first class lighting and sound equipment as well as comfortable continental seating. The Theatre is also home to Theatre Art Galleries (TAG), a non-profit organization that displays and promotes visual arts. Twice a year TAG is transformed into the Media and International Buyers Lounge during Furniture Market. The Theatre’s Passport to Entertainment series offers the community a diverse and exciting lineup of professional concerts and shows. The 2016-2017 season will feature a total of 15 concerts, dance and comedy performances. The award winning Billy “Crash” Craddock, featuring Michael Cosner and The Malpass Brothers, kicked off the season with an early performance in mid-July. Comedians Jon Reep with MollyAnn Wymer start the fall portion of the season in September, followed by classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva, a sponsored High Point Community Concert performance, in early October and An Evening with George Winston in November. High Point Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker in December will round out the 2016 portion of the season just in time for the holidays. The 2017 winter/spring lineup is set to feature Artregous!; Peter Yarrow; Robin Spielberg; Ken Lavigne: The Road to Carnegie Hall; The Summit: Manhattan Transfer & Take 6; The Blackpack: All Laughs Matter; The HillBenders: The Who’s Tommy, A Bluegrass Opry; Will Downing; 3 Redneck Tenors; and Dr. Elliot Engel’s presentation of Beyond the Muddy Cloak: The Brilliance of Sir Walter Raleigh. The Theatre will also serve as host for two thrilling adventure/ exploration film festivals, three High Point Community Theatre productions and much more. Citizens and visitors are encouraged to check out the Theatre’s website at for these and many more events scheduled throughout the coming seasons. The High Point Theatre is proud of its professional staff and serviceoriented volunteers, all dedicated to a common goal and true to the facility’s mission “To enhance the quality of life for the community as a hub for the arts and to provide a gathering place for diverse events.” 2016 | 2017 HIGH POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | 45



UNIVERSITY An Innovative Campus and Culture

“ At High Point University, we are blessed to do what Innovation is part of High Point University’s DNA. That’s evident in the decade of transformation that’s taken place, including tripling enrollment and faculty and a campus that’s growing exponentially.

street from campus. Their goal is to serve the underserved.

It’s woven through every part of the university’s growth, too, like a new four-story health science and pharmacy complex and the programs that will be housed inside. Those programs are bringing hundreds of people to the city of High Point to become physician assistants, pharmacists and physical therapists or educators who contribute to their future.

That’s part of HPU’s commitment to innovation – both on campus and in the community – that began when Dr. Nido Qubein became president in 2005, and it’s continued ever since. This year, Dr. Qubein announced another wave of construction, this time totaling a $160 million investment.

In spring 2017, these students and faculty will have a new Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy complex. More than 200 contracted workers are building the 224,000-square-foot facility on the southern side of campus. At $120 million, it’s the university’s single largest investment in history. When it opens, students and faculty will open a pro bono physical therapy clinic in partnership with High Point Regional Health just down the

They’ll make phenomenal contributions to the field of science. But they’ll also contribute to the vitality of the city.

The $160 million expansion includes: • Arena and Conference Center — A $70 million Arena and Conference Center will be built on the university’s main campus, with construction set to begin during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The Arena will become the home of HPU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as a venue for major ceremonial events, speakers, concerts, entertainment and recreational activities. It will seat 5,000 spectators and include suites, locker rooms, staff offices, concession stands, a merchandising area, media suite, film room, press conference room, weight room, athletic training room, hospitality area, high tech audio and video equipment, ticket office and practice gym. The Conference Center will provide event space for growing undergraduate and graduate programs, student groups and community organizations. It will seat up to 2,500 individuals and have the ability to be subdivided into smaller venues with lighting, sound and video for state-of-the-art presentations.

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seems impossible, especially during one of the greatest recessions of our time, people questioned us. But we know that when you have faith and when you have courage, anything is possible. And today, our institution is poised for continued success and endless opportunity on the horizon.



• Undergraduate Sciences Building — A $60 million undergraduate sciences facility will accommodate growth in majors including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, actuarial science and more. These programs complement HPU’s new graduate programs in physician assistant studies, pharmacy, athletic training and future physical therapy program. The building will also house a planetarium and may include a conservatory. Construction will begin in spring 2017. It will be located next to the $120 million Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. • New Residence Hall — A 150,000-squarefoot residence hall will accommodate the growing study body at HPU. The $23 million facility will house 310 students and be constructed near Cottrell Hall. With construction in progress, it will be the tenth residential facility HPU has added to campus since 2005.

HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein shakes hands with Ernie Bovio, President of High Point Regional Health at the announcement of the University and Hospital’s partnership to open a new community clinic.

• In addition to the projects above, several million will be spent on site preparation. It’s a testament to the work that began over a decade ago — work that was so vastly different from what other universities had done in the past, that some couldn’t help but stop and take a second look. But Dr. Qubein knew then like he knows now that paving the way requires a certain kind of spirit. It demands vision. It requires growth, discomfort and perseverance. Just like new faculty and students leading inaugural classes and doing things that have never been done on campus and in High Point.

CHANGE. WITHOUT IT, THERE’S NO GROWTH. ONLY STAGNATION. “At High Point University, we are blessed to do what seems impossible, especially during one of the greatest recessions of our time,” Dr. Qubein says. “People questioned us. But we know that when you have faith and when you have courage, anything is possible. And today, our institution is poised for continued success and endless opportunity on the horizon.” 2016 | 2017 HIGH POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | 47


HIGH POINT CAMPUS GED Graduate Overcomes Past to Change His Life

“ In my past, I was living in the fast lane. … Everything was based off of impulse, but my future is going to be wellplanned out.


Two years ago, Tyree Fate left his home and his school, and started living on the streets. He believed he had no other choice.

they are academically. He then took the four portions of the GED exam and passed with honors.

To survive, he sometimes sought refuge in abandoned houses and did things that led to a few arrests — something he said he’s not proud of. What he remembers about that period of his life is how eerily quiet the empty house was and how insecure he felt at night when he was alone in the dark.

“To be able to do that with a GED, to graduate with honors … it lets me know that I’m not missing out on anything,” he said. “I’m still doing as good as I would have been in a regular school.”

“You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face,” said Fate, 19 of High Point. “I always slept in the furthest room in the back of whatever house I slept in.” But now, thanks to opportunities through the High Point Campus of GTCC, Fate is rewriting his story and leaving the past in the past. On June 9, Fate graduated with honors from Guilford Technical Community College’s General Education Development (GED) program. Numerous people have helped Fate reach this milestone. But the catalyst who set everything in motion was his girlfriend, Monica Bennett, 19, who reunited Fate with his oldest sister who wasn’t aware her brother was living on the streets. Fate’s sister took him in and immediately began encouraging him to get his GED. “She’d say, ‘GTCC is right up the street. I’ll pay for your classes. I’ll pay for your tests,’” Fate recalls. In June 2015, Fate attended GTCC’s Preparing for Success Orientation, a four-day program that introduces prospective students to standardized reading and math tests to gauge where 48| HIGH POINT MAGAZINE 2016 | 2017

When Fate first came to GTCC, he wasn’t convinced he could improve his life, until he met Tawanda Carpenter, program assistant in GTCC’s Adult Education program on the High Point campus. “I just informed Tyree, ‘This is your life. You write your own book,’” Carpenter said. “’It’s up to you. So here’s your pen. What would you like your life to be like?’” These conversations motivated Fate. “Just her telling me that I needed a plan — that was enough for me to change my life,” Fate said. “It’s like, you can want it, but you have to have that push to take the steps necessary to get everything that you want. … Sometimes it takes somebody on the outside to give you that.” In the fall, Fate will pursue an associate degree in business administration. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree and start a trucking business. “In my past, I was living in the fast lane. … Everything was based off of impulse, but my future is going to be well-planned out,” he said. “I’m not just taking random steps and hoping for the best anymore. I’m planning it out.”





High Point Regional Health & UNC Regional Physicians

High Point Regional Health has a long standing reputation for providing exceptional health care services and patient experiences. Our highly qualified and compassionate staff is here to meet you and your family’s needs with the most advanced approaches in health care. Over the last few years, High Point Regional Health has undergone many exciting changes including merging with UNC Health Care, welcoming Ernie Bovio as the new CEO and more recently the expansion of their physician practice group – UNC Regional Physicians. High Point Regional Health is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 2,500 staff. High Point Regional offers 351 private beds for medical and surgical patients, serving over 120,000 patients each year. High Point Regional Health has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Esther R. Culp Women’s Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center. High Point Regional Health has been providing award winning health care for over a century. Thanks to support from UNC Health Care and our hospital friends, much of the last year has been focused on the expansion of the health care facilities and patient care services including: • Opening a new inpatient pediatric unit to meet the needs of our youngest customers. The 6-bed unit provides state-ofthe-art pediatric care in a family-centered care environment. Parents and family members of our pediatric patients have the comfort of knowing their child is being treated with expert care, close to home. • Renovating 21,653 square feet on the main floor of the hospital in the Emergency Department creating the addition of five new exam rooms and a new triage, registration area and waiting room expansion. • Completing a major expansion and renovation of the hospital cooling plant, emergency power plant, and electrical distribution.  This upgrade and expansion replaced aging equipment that was approaching failure, improved energy performance, improved reliability and resilience, and provided additional capacity for future expansions.  

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• Updating the Hayworth Cancer Center with the latest in detection and recovery technology, including the installation of a new Linear Accelerator (LINAC) used for radiation and radiosurgery treatments. • Beginning stages of the Third Floor OR/CATH Renovation project which will consolidate all of High Point Regional’s cardiovascular services together in one location while expanding and modernizing our operating rooms. This transformation will provide streamlined care that is timely, patient centered and state-of-the-art. In addition, over the last 18 months UNC Regional Physicians, our physician practice group, has grown dramatically with the addition of 50+ providers. UNC Regional Physicians is a multi-specialty group of physician practices, a whollyowned subsidiary of High Point Regional Health. They have been serving the needs of individuals and families in greater High Point, Asheboro, Jamestown, Thomasville, Lexington and southwest Greensboro areas for more than 12 years with more than 30 locations including specialties such as urology, orthopedics, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, diabetes care, neuroscience, neurosurgery, ENT, infectious disease, oncology, cardiology and occupational health among others. In addition, UNC Regional Physicians has two convenient urgent care locations available to serve you and your family. For more information please visit or


Cornerstone Health Care is a multi-specialty group of physician practices committed to providing patient-focused, preventative, timely and efficient care for people throughout the Triad and western region of North Carolina. Formed in 1995 with 42 providers, 16 offices, all with privileges at High Point Regional Health System, Cornerstone Health Care has grown to 275 health care providers, with more than 75 sites and privileges at 12 health systems. In May 2016, Cornerstone Health Care became a wholly owned subsidiary of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Cornerstone continues to operate as a separate health care entity and maintains a leadership position as one of the top performing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the country. “This is an excellent opportunity for Cornerstone to deepen its long-standing relationship with Wake Forest Baptist,” says James Anderson, MD, chairman of the Cornerstone board of directors. For patients, this provides reassurance that Cornerstone is poised to be successful, offering a broad range of services focused on high quality, affordable care. Wake Forest Baptist’s investment in Cornerstone sends a powerful message that this world-class academic medical center has embraced value-based care and that a number of care models, pioneered by Cornerstone, are here to stay.

Nothing can bring your daily activities to halt quite like a bum knee. Today, many with chronic pain are opting for knee replacements.

In a Patient-Centered Medical Home, health care providers are committed to giving patients necessary care when and where they need it and in a manner they can understand. Coordinated care allows Cornerstone providers to view a patient’s medical history seamlessly through the organization-wide electronic medical records system, eliminating the need to repeat details such as obtaining medication lists, requesting repetitive tests and reviewing previous patient visits made anywhere within the Cornerstone practice family. Convenient care, including walk-in, extended and weekend hours are available allowing patients greater access to the health care services they need if they cannot see their doctor during the day. Cornerstone patients have 24-7 online access to their health care information through the secure patient portal, MyCornerstone.

Bashore said he performs 100 knee replacements a year on average, mostly for sports-related injuries. A good candidate for total knee replacement surgery would be someone who has arthritis of the knee, loss of joint space or collapse of the joint, or when conservative options are no longer providing relief. “Conservative options may involve weight loss, activity modification, the use of antiinflammatories or the intermittent use of injections,” said Bashore.

We are proud to be nationally recognized by the American Medical Group Association as the 2015 winner of its Acclaim Award. This award celebrates the success Cornerstone has achieved in improving quality and lowering the cost of the services we offer. It is an honor to be recognized as the country’s leading large medical group provider of value-based care. For more information, visit or call the Cornerstone Patient Care Advocate Team at 336.802.2700.

More than 700,000 knee replacements are performed each year, and the rate of total knee replacement from 2000 through 2010 grew 86% for men and 99% for women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The procedure is most frequently performed on adults aged 45 and older, according to the CDC. Older patients can especially benefit from the pain relief and increased function. “Commonly, what we hear is the patients can’t play with their grandkids or play tennis or golf,” said Dr. Christopher Bashore, orthopedic surgeon at Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - High Point. “Now, they can get back to those activities. Once they’re able to have the mobility, they’re able to get out of the house and socialize, and enjoy their retirement years. Or, in some cases, people in their 50s and 60s are still working, so they’re able to be functional in their jobs.”

What he doesn’t see a lot of is a double knee replacement. This surgery is less common and is not for everyone, cautioned the orthopedic surgeon. Bashore attributes the uptick in knee replacements to the baby boomers. “They are reaching the age where we typically see arthritis,” said Bashore. “Often arthritis is a result of alignment issues that are genetically determined.” A variety of nonsurgical measures can help patients find relief with their knee pain. “I think there is a natural tendency to wait for something to improve, and people might believe their only option is surgical, but we can find other measures that work for the patient.” Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - High Point is located at 6431 Old Plank Road. To schedule an appointment, call 336-8756540. To learn more about knee replacement surgery or minimally invasive knee and hip procedures offered by Novant Health, visit

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