HPU Honors Community Partners with ‘Thank You’ Luncheon

High Point University President Nido Qubein welcomed area business owners and city of High Point leaders at today’s annual Community Partner Luncheon.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 7, 2020 – Today, High Point University welcomed local business owners and city of High Point leaders to celebrate the partnerships that are committed to growing 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.

“We are thankful for all of the business owners here today who create commerce in our city, take risks to manage your business every day and create economic impact for this community,” said HPU President Nido Qubein to the group of guests in Congdon Hall Ballroom. “We thank you for doing all of that and for being community partners with HPU.”

Kenneth Lile (pictured third from left), general manager of the Courtyard Marriott, and his management team accepted the Town Gown Award.

Qubein noted major events and construction that help attract visitors to stay in area hotels and eat in local restaurants that boost economic impact and help keep the city of High Point growing.

“We host many events throughout the year that attract thousands of parents, students and their families to the area,” Qubein continued. “They come in, stay the night and take a tour of our campus. HPU Commencement and Convocation ceremonies attract 18,000 to 20,000 people to the city. This generates so much for our city.”

Each year at the event, several businesses are honored for their dedication to moving the city forward. The following awards were presented:

HPU’s 2019 Town Gown Award – Courtyard Marriott

Kenneth Lile, general manager of the Courtyard Marriott, and his management team accepted the award for Courtyard Marriott. They work closely with the university to welcome HPU families for a comfortable stay.

Dr. Rebecca Slivka, CEO and medical director, and Jonathan Marquez, CFO and business manager of Northwood Animal Hospital, accepted the Spirit to Serve Award.

“HPU sets the bar and is the gold standard we follow to welcome visitors to the city,” said Lile. “Many times, our business is the first impression, and we serve as the front porch to the university. I feel being recognized as one of the partners in business in the community is extraordinary, and we look up to HPU and the goals they set each and every year.”

HPU’s 2019 Spirit to Serve – Northwood Animal Hospital

 Jonathan Marquez, CFO and business manager, and Dr. Rebecca Slivka, CEO and medical director, accepted today’s award. Northwood Animal Hospital provides internship opportunities to many HPU students along with care for their furry friends.

“HPU is one of the biggest pillars in High Point,” said Marquez. “Without the vision and aggressive growth of the university, this would be a completely different town. It is a competitive market and about premier life skills which are taught at HPU. Being out in the community and feeling that sense of pride and ownership, that is what I believe HPU has greatly contributed to our community since Dr. Qubein has taken leadership.”

Javier Amaya, general manager of Giannos, accepted the Crowd Favorite Award at today’s luncheon.

HPU’s 2019 Crowd Favorite Award – Giannos

 Javier Amaya, general manager of Giannos, accepted today’s award. Giannos serves the university by catering many on-campus events that include meals for thousands of volunteers, student organizations and athletic events.

“We get a lot of business that includes Greek Life events and sport teams that visit the area,” said Amaya. “When HPU families are in town, we get a lot of business that brings a big boost to our restaurant.”

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