HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 9, 2019 – Local business owners and city leaders gathered at High Point University today to celebrate the strong partnerships they’ve developed with the university to increase vitality in the city.
The annual Community Partner Luncheon honors the dedication of businesses and organizations to welcome the 100,000 visitors HPU attracts to the city each year, including prospective students, their families and guests attending major events.
HPU President Nido Qubein welcomed town councilmembers and commissioners in attendance, including High Point Mayor Jay Wagner, and addressed the more than 100 attendees. Qubein highlighted the importance of the partnership between HPU and the city and gave an overview of Downtown Revitalization efforts and how downtown catalyst projects will impact local business.
“We’re so glad to see you there for a whole host of reasons,” said Qubein to the crowd. “I’m very proud that you are all partners with High Point University. You welcome our students, our faculty, our staff and I hope that in some small way we are impacting your business, too, by sending you customers. Directly or indirectly, you’re benefiting economically from the presence of this university.”
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.
“You’re not just a partner with us because you own a restaurant or a beauty shop, or whatever it might be that you do, but because we are really trusting you with our students. We are trusting you with our parents. That’s why we love it when you take great care of them and welcome them to the city. They go back to their neighborhood and tell five more families, which means we get five more students, and that makes for five more customers for you. That’s how it works. Thank you for all you do.”
Each year at the event, several businesses are honored for their dedication to moving the city forward. The following awards were presented:
HPU’s 2018 Most Innovative Partner Award – Wicked Taco
Co-Owners Fagg Nowlan and Jeffrey Lord, accepted the award for Wicked Taco, a Southwest taco shop that has HPU students excited.
“I’d like to thank High Point University, because any time you can get recognized and supported by an icon in the community this early in a business is a huge plus. We definitely thank you and thank the students of HPU.”
HPU’s 2018 Spirit of Service – Beamer Tire and Auto Repair
Doug Beamer, owner, accepted the award. In addition to a strong business relationship, Beamer Tire and Auto Repair has worked closely with the university to accommodate students and provide excellent service.
“I appreciate the recognition here in our 10th year of business,” said Beamer. “We are blessed in our partnership with High Point University because it instills in us the desire to be extraordinary just like this university.”
HPU’s 2018 HPU Crowd Favorite – Shinko Grill
Brandy Loftus of Shinko Grill accepted the award. Shinko Grill has developed and maintained a friendly relationship with the staff and students of HPU, inviting them in each school year and assuring that they feel welcome in the community.
“I’d just like to thank HPU for the continued support throughout the three years that we’ve been open for business,” said Loftus. “It’s greatly appreciated, and we undoubtedly miss the students when they’re gone for the winter and summer. We can’t wait until they come back.”