HPU Students Share Port Southern's Vision With Local Groups

Posted on January 21, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 21, 2010 ? High Point University students Steven Beck, Jeremy Hiatt and Nick Ruden, along with friend Zach Moore ? owners of the Port Southern clothing company ? recently made visits to local groups to help spread the message of their new company.

Beck and Hiatt visited Westchester Country Day School to speak to the school?s investment club. There, the 20-member group learned about the fundamentals of business. The men also took the opportunity to teach the youngsters about Southern hospitality.

“Because Port Southern is founded around the slogan of ‘Fine Clothing with Southern Hospitality,’ part of Port Southern?s mission is to spread Southern hospitality in many different forms,” says Beck, who serves as president of the company. “In order for this mission to be effective, we believe that we must first acquire followers who share the same passion for the South and the hospitality for which it is known. ? We hope that these young students look up to us, and that we can be a role model to them through our company.”

The four men also spoke to the Furnitureland Rotary Club in High Point about how they manage to run a successful company and attend college at the same time. The partners also spoke about the importance of social media in today’s time.

Beck says the company hopes to continue to make appearances throughout the area speaking to local groups about their fine clothing.

For more information about Port Southern, visit, or visit the company’s blog at

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