HPU Students See Global Economics In Action During Hanes Brands Tour

Posted on April 15, 2011.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 15, 2011 ? High Point University assistant professor of Spanish Teresa Parker has seen globalization?s impact in the world of business.

That?s why she takes students in her Spanish business class each year on a trip to Hanes Brands, Inc., in Winston-Salem, where the company is headquartered. Hanes Brands, Inc. employees 55,000 people in 100 different facilities in more than 25 countries.

During the recent trip, the group was met by David Richards, director of Global Learning at the company, who led a presentation in Spanish and English and explained the company?s strategy of selling more, spending less and generating cash. The students also learned about Hanes Brands? effort to ?go green? by utilizing thermal and wind energy and also rebuilding communities in places where their facilities are located abroad.

?Our trip to Hanes Brands was quite educational,? says Sam Petrini, a freshman at HPU. ?I ended up seeing the company in a very different light because of their international approach to business. Its aspirations of world leadership in apparel sales are astounding, and I especially admired its global ideals.?

Richards made the point that although English is used extensively in international business, knowledge of a country?s native language and culture is indispensable for success.

?Our classes have visited Hanes Brands, Inc. for several years now and it has become a tradition in business Spanish,? Parker says. ?The company has been most gracious in encouraging our Spanish language students and continuing this important relationship. We truly appreciate the learning opportunity that Hanes Brands extends to our students.?

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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