Our MISSION

With our unique and unapologetically rose-colored perspective, we share life-filled stories that celebrate our city, cultivate a sense of pride, and empower those who are changing our city for good. We are High Point’s storytellers, and we tell the stories that help people fall in love with High Point.

Our VALUES

Authentic Transparency

We believe every person in our community deserves to be treated with respect and honor. We are all equals, so our platform is used as a safe space to tell the stories that empower the inherent beauty within every person through honesty and transparency.

Hopeful Vision

We recognize the future, the opportunity, and the potential of those in our city brimming with life and hope. We lift up others and shine a light on their unique abilities. to push newcomers into the spotlight.

Enlightened Innovation

We tell stories about visionary thinking applied to a number of disciplines, sectors, and organizations teaming in our city. We are determined to highlight, propel, and sustain the innovation that High Point citizens embody – through our own innovative storytelling.

Pride of Place

We are definitely proud of this city we call home, and through sharing our stories, we have learned that each of you rival this sense of pride. Together, we celebrate our rich heritage, and all that High Point offers our local, national, and global community.

Enthusiastically Happy

We share every aspect of our city through unparalleled enthusiasm. Our never-ending passion for what’s coming in our city means that, by nature, we are overjoyed to share what we see as cause for celebration happening every day in our hometown.

Vividly Unique

We set out to disrupt how people perceive High Point. We saw our city filled with that same disrupter mindset, influenced by our global culture and steeped in our Creative City identity. We depict that story of High Point in a way wholly different to any other team before us.

Giving Spirit

Our community is overflowing with people who possess deep compassion, a kind heart, and a willingness to help others through action. We partner as a catalyst with changemakers, entrepreneurs, artists, students and more to achieve their goals. 

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Our VALUES

Authentic Transparency

We believe every person in our community deserves to be treated with respect and honor. We are all equals, so our platform is used as a safe space to tell the stories that empower the inherent beauty within every person through honesty and transparency.

Enlightened Innovation

We tell stories about visionary thinking applied to a number of disciplines, sectors, and organizations teaming in our city. We are determined to highlight, propel, and sustain the innovation that High Point citizens embody – through our own innovative storytelling.

Enthusiastically Happy

We share every aspect of our city through unparalleled enthusiasm. Our never-ending passion for what’s coming in our city means that, by nature, we are overjoyed to share what we see as cause for celebration happening every day in our hometown.

Giving Spirit

Our community is overflowing with people who possess deep compassion, a kind heart, and a willingness to help others through action. We partner as a catalyst with changemakers, entrepreneurs, artists, students and more to achieve their goals. 

Hopeful Vision

We recognize the future, the opportunity, and the potential of those in our city brimming with life and hope. We lift up others and shine a light on their unique abilities. to push newcomers into the spotlight.

Pride of Place

We are definitely proud of this city we call home, and through sharing our stories, we have learned that each of you rival this sense of pride. Together, we celebrate our rich heritage, and all that High Point offers our local, national, and global community.

Vividly Unique

We set out to disrupt how people perceive High Point. We saw our city filled with that same disrupter mindset, influenced by our global culture and steeped in our Creative City identity. We depict that story of High Point in a way wholly different to any other team before us.

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<b>Christi Barbour</b> | Founder & Chairman
Christi Barbour | Founder & Chairman

Today we embrace and celebrate the fact that High Point Discovered is indeed transforming the way people see High Point. Our vision is becoming our reality as we continue to empower people by elevating the voices of our community through thoughtful storytelling and beautiful imagery. We connect people and serve as an economic catalyst for our city. We partner in the launch of countless ideas that improve lives and bring happiness, all from a place called High Point. So what are you waiting for? Let’s discover High Point together.

Our WHY

A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

As a lifelong resident of High Point, I have witnessed the evolution of this city I call home. Yet many people in High Point often overlook the growth and progress taking place right before our eyes. I used to be baffled by this, until one night around my family’s kitchen table during dinner, all of that changed. My husband and our two children began asking ourselves, “What if people could see High Point through our eyes? What if they could see the hardworking small businesses, the growing university, the generous changemakers, the global High Point Market, the thriving artists and creatives? What if they could see High Point through a rose-colored lens?”

That night an idea was born. Our community is filled with artists, makers, families, entrepreneurs, educators, and places worth discovering. Maybe we just needed to bridge the gap between what needed to be discovered and the community of High Point.

Board Of Directors Founding Members
Board Of Directors Founding Members

Today we embrace and celebrate the fact that High Point Discovered is indeed transforming the way people see High Point. Our vision is becoming our reality as we continue to empower people by elevating the voices of our community through thoughtful storytelling and beautiful imagery. We connect people and serve as an economic catalyst for our city. We partner in the launch of countless ideas that improve lives and bring happiness, all from a place called High Point. So what are you waiting for? Let’s discover High Point together.

Board Of Directors Founding Members
Board Of Directors Founding Members
<b>Christi Barbour</b> | Founder & Chairman
Christi Barbour | Founder & Chairman

Our WHY

A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

As a lifelong resident of High Point, I have witnessed the evolution of this city I call home. Yet many people in High Point often overlook the growth and progress taking place right before our eyes. I used to be baffled by this, until one night around my family’s kitchen table during dinner, all of that changed. My husband and our two children began asking ourselves, “What if people could see High Point through our eyes? What if they could see the hardworking small businesses, the growing university, the generous changemakers, the global High Point Market, the thriving artists and creatives? What if they could see High Point through a rose-colored lens?”

That night an idea was born. Our community is filled with artists, makers, families, entrepreneurs, educators, and places worth discovering. Maybe we just needed to bridge the gap between what needed to be discovered and the community of High Point.

Our TEAM

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CHRISTI BARBOUR

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Inspired by the city that she calls home for both her family and her interior design business, Christi Barbour founded HPD as a “love letter” to High Point. She continues to use her creative vision, idea generation, and innovative storytelling to lead the HPD team to transform our city.
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HANNAH RAY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
A storyteller at heart, High Point-native Hannah wanted to find a way to tell the everyday stories of people all around her. At HPD, she is motivated by the idea that her writing and creative decision-making can elevate voices in the city and empower people to recognize their value through their own stories.
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MARIA WEST

DIRECTOR OF VISUALS & PHOTOGRAPHY
Through her lens, Maria of Maria West Photography adds depth, dimension, and life to each High Point Discovered story. With an eye for beauty and a passion for people, Maria captures the beautiful individuals and sites that make up our city, as well as the authentic story behind our subjects.
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ARIANA EARNHARDT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
It takes the perfect blend of attention to detail and a friendly demeanor to manage the variety of tasks that ensure HPD keeps running smoothly. Ariana Earnhardt brings both to the HPD team with her administrative expertise and community-facing outreach and communication.

Our CONTRIBUTORS

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CABELL WEST

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
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DAWN BRINSON

MARKETING CONSULTANT
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CHRISTI SPANGLE

COMMUNITY CONNECTOR & VICE CHAIRMAN

Our TEAM

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CHRISTI BARBOUR

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Inspired by the city that she calls home for both her family and her interior design business, Christi Barbour founded HPD as a “love letter” to High Point. She continues to use her creative vision, idea generation, and innovative storytelling to lead the HPD team to transform our city.
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HANNAH RAY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
A storyteller at heart, High Point-native Hannah wanted to find a way to tell the everyday stories of people all around her. At HPD, she is motivated by the idea that her writing and creative decision-making can elevate voices in the city and empower people to recognize their value through their own stories.
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MARIA WEST

DIRECTOR OF VISUALS & PHOTOGRAPHY
Through her lens, Maria of Maria West Photography adds depth, dimension, and life to each High Point Discovered story. With an eye for beauty and a passion for people, Maria captures the beautiful individuals and sites that make up our city, as well as the authentic story behind our subjects.
Untitled design (5)

ARIANA EARNHARDT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
It takes the perfect blend of attention to detail and a friendly demeanor to manage the variety of tasks that ensure HPD keeps running smoothly. Ariana Earnhardt brings both to the HPD team with her administrative expertise and community-facing outreach and communication.

Our CONTRIBUTORS

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CABELL WEST

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
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DAWN BRINSON

MARKETING CONSULTANT
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CHRISTI SPANGLE

COMMUNITY CONNECTOR & VICE CHAIRMAN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CHRISTI BARBOUR

CHAIRMAN
Christi Barbour, HPD Founder and Chairman is a partner at HPD’s founding organization, Barbour Spangle Design. As an Executive Committee member, she leverages her deep understanding of High Point’s business community and a belief in the City’s future to craft and execute HPD‘s long term strategy.
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CHRISTI SPANGLE

VICE CHAIRMEN
As a partner at HPD’s founding organization, Barbour Spangle Design, Christi Spangle serves as Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee. She provides expertise in business management and leadership, as well as knowledge of the High Point business sector.
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JACK HENDRIX

TREASURER
Managing partner of High Point CPA firm, Hendrix Barney & Co. CPAs, Jack Hendrix brings 40 years of accounting and finance industry experience to High Point Discovered. As treasurer on the Executive Committee, he ensures HPD is tax compliant and on-budget.
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MEGAN OGLESBY

SECRETARY
Executive Director of High Point’s Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation, Megan Oglesby is our Secretary on our Executive Committee. She also provides HPD with non-profit expertise and fundraising development to increase our reach.
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BRIAN KUPPELWEISER

As a business attorney at High Point law firm, Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, Brian Kuppelweiser serves on the board with legal insight and a mind for decision-making.
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CYRIL JEFFERSON

Business owner, consultant, and city councilman, Cyril Jefferson, brings a wealth of insight to our Board alongside deep-seeded care for our city’s students, educators, entrepreneurs and city leaders.
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RYAN FERGUSON

High Point City Marketing Manager, Ryan Ferguson, heads High Point Discovered’s Marketing Committee, providing city-driven insight and marketing know-how to grow the power behind our voice.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CHRISTI BARBOUR

CHAIRMAN
Christi Barbour, HPD Founder and Chairman is a partner at HPD’s founding organization, Barbour Spangle Design. As an Executive Committee member, she leverages her deep understanding of High Point’s business community and a belief in the City’s future to craft and execute HPD‘s long term strategy.
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CHRISTI SPANGLE

VICE CHAIRMEN
As a partner at HPD’s founding organization, Barbour Spangle Design, Christi Spangle serves as Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee. She provides expertise in business management and leadership, as well as knowledge of the High Point business sector.
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JACK HENDRIX

TREASURER
Managing partner of High Point CPA firm, Hendrix Barney & Co. CPAs, Jack Hendrix brings 40 years of accounting and finance industry experience to High Point Discovered. As treasurer on the Executive Committee, he ensures HPD is tax compliant and on-budget.
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MEGAN OGLESBY

SECRETARY
Executive Director of High Point’s Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation, Megan Oglesby is our Secretary on our Executive Committee. She also provides HPD with non-profit expertise and fundraising development to increase our reach.
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BRIAN KUPPELWEISER

As a business attorney at High Point law firm, Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, Brian Kuppelweiser serves on the board with legal insight and a mind for decision-making.
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CYRIL JEFFERSON

Business owner, consultant, and city councilman, Cyril Jefferson, brings a wealth of insight to our Board alongside deep-seeded care for our city’s students, educators, entrepreneurs and city leaders.
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RYAN FERGUSON

High Point City Marketing Manager, Ryan Ferguson, heads High Point Discovered’s Marketing Committee, providing city-driven insight and marketing know-how to grow the power behind our voice.

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