Local Businesses Honored by HPU for Their Service
HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 9, 2016 – Local business leaders gathered at High Point University on Dec. 8 to celebrate the strong partnerships they’ve developed with the university to increase vitality in the city.
The event, known as the annual Community Partner Luncheon, honors their dedication to welcoming 80,000 visitors HPU attracts to the city each year, including prospective students, their families and guests attending major events.
“One of the greatest motivations of High Point University is to continuously enhance our city,” said Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president and keynote speaker. “This is the season for gratitude and joy, and we have gratitude for you. You are a small business person and we know your job is tough.”
Qubein noted that in addition to major university events such as Commencement, which brings 10,000 visitors to town, there are up to 75 families on any given day visiting HPU. That makes partnerships such as the HPU Passport Program, which consists of 160 businesses that allow HPU students, faculty and staff to make purchases using their HPU ID card, as well as organizations who fly HPU flags, attractive to those families.
“On a daily basis these families are flying into the airport, staying at local hotels and eating in restaurants,” he said. “These families like to visit businesses that shout, ‘We support High Point University.’ They love their child, so they’re going to love places that support their university.”
Additional speakers included Sandy Dunbeck, executive vice president of the High Point Economic Development Corp.; Molly Jordan, executive director of the High Point Community Clinic; Marie Carter of Carter Brothers; Lyndsey Derrow, HPU chief concierge; and Barry Kitley, HPU’s director of community relations.
“We have HPU students circling our clinic to provide services to patients every day,” said Jordan, who operates a clinic that provides medical care to adults without health insurance. “I can’t emphasize enough the work they do for us, along with faculty in your pharmacy school. They are our heroes.”
Each year at the event, several businesses are honored for their dedication to moving the city forward. The following awards were presented:
HPU’s 2016 Most Innovative Partner Award – University Kitchen- Clayton Ramsey, one of three owners that opened the restaurant this year, accepted the award. He and his business associates chose the name of their restaurant to share their pride in having HPU located in the city.
“We have received support from students, faculty and all of you,” Ramsey said. “We wear purple every day – we even sleep in it. Thank you, everybody, for supporting us.”
HPU’s 2016 Spirit to Serve Award – Sir Speedy – In addition to a strong business relationship, Larry Shaw, owner of Sir Speedy, has also donated printing services to major university events such as HPU’s Veterans Day Celebration and Community Christmas.
“I’ve lived my entire life in High Point not too far away from the university and remember when there wasn’t much here before Dr. Qubein,” Shaw said. “Everything we do for HPU is first class, no matter the size of the job, and I appreciate our relationship.”
HPU’s 2016 Student Philanthropy Partner of the Year – The Twisted Vine/Zeko’s Food Truck – Through Zeko’s Food Truck and Twisted Vine, a new restaurant, Lovie Zeko has offered HPU students numerous opportunities to host philanthropic events that direct a portion of the proceeds to nonprofit organizations.
“I came to this luncheon in 2012 and was challenged that day,” Zeko said. “My husband and I had started a food truck that had a loud generator on it. When I came to this campus, I thought, ‘Is this truck really what I want to represent my business?’ When I left, I knew it was time to step up our business. My husband built a new food truck that won the state championship last year. When you say you do business with HPU, it attracts business from all across the state.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South. HPU was named the No. 4 private school in N.C. for the best return on investment, and it is a 2016-2017 College of Distinction. The university offers 48 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.