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New non-profit executive director is High Point’s major cheerleader

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — You could call Amber Williamson a professional cheerleader. She doesn’t cheer for a sports team. She cheers for the Piedmont-Triad’s third largest city. And she doesn’t yell, wear a uniform or wave pom-poms. She communicates through virtual and print media along with one-on-one meetings. “So I am High Point’s cheerleader,” […] → Read More

How a grandfather’s gift helped produce a national leader in the quick oil change business

(WGHP) — Talk about humble beginnings. C.W. Strickland was a chain-smoking, third-grade-educated tobacco sharecropper who could barely read or write. But a gifting decision he made in the early part of the last decade helped turn a fledgling idea into one of the nation’s more compelling business success stories. It was truly the gift that […] → Read More

New Greensboro assistant city manager has big responsibilities, vision

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — I just don’t see Nasha McCray spending a lot of time sitting behind a desk even though that’s probably the way most people would envision her new job. She’s one of Greensboro’s new assistant city managers who oversees multiple community services departments including workforce development, Creative Greensboro, neighborhood development, libraries, museums, […] → Read More

New Greensboro military park superintendent has strong vision for park’s future

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — There’s no doubt about it: Aaron LaRocca loves history. It started in childhood. He grew up in Arlington, Virginia and remembers, as a child, walking through all the museums in nearby Washington, DC. While majoring in American history at George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Virginia, he started volunteering with the […] → Read More

Greensboro business incubator CEO has big plans, and history backs him up

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Sam Funchess knows his local history. Just ask him about three of North Carolina’s landmark buildings: The Dean Dome The old R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company headquarters (the one used as a model for what would become the Empire State Building) The Greensboro Coliseum He’ll tell you they have something in […] → Read More

Craft hard cider company executive is ‘bullish’ on company, home community

(WGHP) — John Clowney is a numbers guy. It’s the first thing you notice when you research his background—which is what I do before every extended interview. From Wake Forest University, he has a bachelor’s degree in analytical finance and a master’s in accountancy. He’s a certified, but not licensed, public accountant. That means he […] → Read More

NC aviation industry veteran taking training to new heights

(WGHP) — What is it that you need? It’s a simple question. But it’s one many believe was critical in Boom Supersonic’s decision to build a manufacturing operation in the Piedmont Triad and create more than 1,700 new jobs during the next 8 years. “Basically, what I told them was very simple: ‘what is it […] → Read More

NC agriculture commission predicts year for state farmers

(WGHP) — I’m convinced Steve Troxler will always be, deep down in his heart, a farmer. He was certainly that more than 35 years ago when I, as a young reporter in my first months working at WGHP, met him several times at his farm in the Browns Summit community in northeastern Guilford County. Back […] → Read More

High Point museum namesake pushes play, education, inspiration as building opens

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Elegant. After spending a couple of hours with her recently, I can think of no other word that more accurately describes Mariana Qubein. The dictionary defines the word this way: “pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.” I would just replace the word “or” with the word “and” between […] → Read More

How a Greensboro woman went from dropout to executive

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Being a parent is not easy. I can only imagine what it was like to be Amanda Lefever’s parents. She was in her second year of a full-ride leadership scholarship at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, when she decided she wanted to become a business owner. “And so I dropped […] → Read More

‘Career fire’: Winston-Salem fire chief recounts what happened during fertilizer plant fire

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Winston-Salem Fire Chief Trey Mayo calls the Weaver Fertilizer Plant fire his “career fire.” Just about everyone can point to that one event: the most stressful, challenging, sleep-preventing, on-the-job happening unlike any other. For me, it was the interview I did with the husband of Sandy Bradshaw about a week after […] → Read More

New Greensboro city manager: Unconventional yet well-informed and determined

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — On Feb. 1, 2022, Taiwo Jaiyeoba became the new city manager of Greensboro. Prior to this position, he was Charlotte’s assistant city manager and director of planning, design and development. The FOX8 web team featured an extended “print” interview with him in late December which you can read here. What you […] → Read More

Cone Health administrator leads effort to combine healthcare, wellbeing with new MedCenter

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Deno Adkins has a really cool job! In simplest terms, he gets to go out and speak to people in the community about what they want when it comes to their healthcare and wellbeing. Then he takes that knowledge and turns it into something tangible. But it’s actually more complex than […] → Read More

History-making new Wake Forest University president is in the right place at the right time

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — These aren’t easy times to be a university president. COVID-19 mitigation on campus, coordinating online learning, staffing issues, the uncertain economy: they’ve joined forces with other issues to create a stressful stew that’s keeping a lot of higher education administrators up at night. But Dr. Susan Wente is handling it in […] → Read More

Volvo Trucks president rides new wave in his industry with all-electric truck

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — You could say it started when he was 12 years old. Peter Voorhoeve was asked to write one of those “What do you want to be when you grow up?” essays for a class assignment. “I happened to say, ‘I want to be a truck driver,’” he told me recently. “I […] → Read More

Guilford County set to open replacement for animal shelter: Why it offers so much more!

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Animal shelter. Just the sound of those two words conjures up negative vibes. But for the first time in more than 50 years, Guilford County’s about to throw out that term. In October, it will open the brand new 33,000 square foot Guilford County Animal Resource Center on Guilford College Road […] → Read More

No unrealistic dreams: High Point University opens new arena, conference center, hotel

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Don’t call it a basketball arena. “This is not a basketball arena,” High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein told me recently while describing the brand new $170 million campus complex major portions of which carry his last name. “This is a place where you can learn and grow, nourish […] → Read More

Triad infectious disease specialist talks about rising COVID numbers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — He’s among the Piedmont Triad’s most recognized COVID authorities. Just about every Thursday since the pandemic started, Dr. Chris Ohl, infectious disease specialist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, has briefed reporters on the latest COVID numbers, treatments, mitigation efforts and vaccines. He’s certainly qualified to do that. I’ve scanned over his […] → Read More

Highly-respected Triad hospitality industry executive talks reopening businesses

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Dennis Quaintance looks a lot like Thomas Jefferson these days. He could also pass for just about any of our country’s founding fathers. He’s walking around with his shoulder-length hair pulled back in a ponytail. And there’s a story behind it. “When we furloughed all those people back in March of […] → Read More

Losing the interim status: High Point’s new permanent police chief ready for the challenge

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — No one can argue Travis Stroud’s not experienced. Not many get a 9-month trial run at a job. But such was the case for him. In late April, Stroud became High Point’s new police chief after spending that amount of time serving as interim chief. Who knows what took so […] → Read More