Visit High Point Board of Directors

The Visit High Point Board of Directors oversees the long-range economic strategies and fiduciary sustainability of Visit High Point. The eleven-member voting board represents diverse backgrounds and are appointed by the Guilford County Commissioners, High Point City Council, and Business High Point Chamber of Commerce. Interested candidates, should review the application and code of conduct. Completed applications will be sent directly to mburnett@visithighpoint.com for consideration by the Nominating and Board Development Committee of the board.

Visit High Point Board of Directors Application
Visit High Point Code of Conduct

Voting Members

Mr. Dave Nicoletta

Dave Nicoletta

Representing:
Restaurants Food & Beverage Service 

Chairman

Visit High Point has done some amazing work over the last several years and I am excited to join its efforts. We find ourselves balancing unprecedented and challenging times with tremendous growth and opportunity in our city.  I look forward to contributing to both the comeback and the continued progress and the realization of High Point as one of North Carolina’s premier destinations.

Ms. Chris Amos

Chris Amos

Representing:
Tradeshow/Convention Center

Vice Chairman

I’m proud to say I was born and raised in High Point, I have great passion for our great City and want to work collectively to make High Point strong for my family and future generations.

Mr. Jonathan Marquez

Jonathan Marquez

Representing:
County-At-Large

Treasurer 

Being part of this community and seeing how Visit High Point works tirelessly to showcase our beautiful city of High Point, gives me great joy to be a board member. Putting together a group of individuals from a variety of industries and aspects of life working towards a common goal, which is enhancing our community, is something that many other destinations and citizens wish they had. I am very honored to be a part of this transformational organization and group of amazing people!

Mr. James E McNeil

James McNeil

Representing:
County-At-Large

Assistant Treasurer 

Nelson Mandela said, It always seems impossible until it’s done. I always reflect on this statement as High Point continues to overcome obstacles aiming for impactful transformation that will solidify our bright future.

Mr. Derek Cress

Derek Cress

Representing:
Accommodations with fewer than 100 rooms

Board Member

Consistent feedback from community members and businesses is essential to the growth of High point as we continue to grow and reinvest in development throughout the city. I hope that I can be an asset to encouraging growth and community engagement through small business upstart and motivation of young professionals.

Commissioner Carlvena Foster

Carlvena Foster

Representing:
County Commissioner

Board Member

My work as a board member is to actively engage in and support a flexible, diversified, accessible, effective and well-marketed space to attract, educate, and create an amazing and memorable tourism experience for visitors, while working collaboratively with local stakeholders to increase revenue and promote continued economic growth in High Point.

Mr. Mark Connell

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Representing:
Accommodations with more than 100 rooms

Board Member

Hospitality is defined as, “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” I ask, can we host if we do not first serve? I humbly say no we cannot. This is why I am honored to now serve on the Visit High Point Board, as we humbly define and grow High Point Hospitality. 


Ms. Christi Spangle

Christi Spangle

Representing:
Chamber of Commerce

Board Member

High Point has so many wonderful opportunities for growth now and I am super excited about the newly formed HPxD and the First Tuesday event. This opens the door to our city for designers and retailers to come shop for their clients and stores year round! Now our guests can enjoy visiting High Point at a time that isn’t bustling with market attendees and can visit our restaurants, theaters, shops, museums and other wonderful amenities we now have.

Non-Voting Members

Ms. Jenni Lynch

Jenni Lynch

Representing:
Arts & Tourism Attractions

Past Chair

We want to position High Point as a destination that visitors will enjoy and that our community will want to promote.

Mr. A Doyle Early Jr.

Doyle Early

Representing:
Chairman Emeritus

Ex-Officio

Visit High Point will have a pivotal role in promoting and bringing visitors to newly developed events and activities at Truist Stadium, Congdon Yards, and the Nido and Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum, as well as the new HPU Arena and Conference Center.

Ms. Lyndsey D. Ayers

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Representing:
High Point University 

Ex-Officio

It is an honor to serve on the Visit High Point Board of Directors. This board provides key information and updates regarding our city and its growth and I have a strong desire to stay informed. I also look forward to connecting community leaders with High Point University.

Mr. Patrick Chapin

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Representing:
Business High Point Chamber

Ex-Officio

There has not been a more exciting time to live in or visit High Point. We are truly going through a renaissance of design, creativity and unique experiences.

Mr. Tom Conley

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Representing:
Market Authority 

Ex-Officio

The High Point Market Authority and Visit High Point are both bullish on our efforts to keep High Point thriving and striving. With High Point Market’s ongoing economic infusion into our city coupled with Visit High Point’s ongoing initiatives, High Point is well positioned to continue its upward momentum.

Ms. Dorothy Darr

Dorothy Darr

Representing:
Southwest Renewal 

Ex-Officio

Tourism is a vital part of High Point’s economy.

Ms. Sandy Dunbeck

Sandy Dunbeck

Representing:
High Point EDC  

Ex-Officio

Sharing all the assets of the great City of High Point with visitors is such important work.  Visit High Point staff and board members are excellent resources in positioning and promoting High Point 365 days a year.

Mr. Pete Fisch

Pete Fisch

Representing:
High Point Rockers Baseball

Ex-Officio

High Point has a wonderful story to tell. Each time we attract a visitor to High Point for whatever reason, we get another chance to tell that story.

Mr. Lee Tillery

Lee Tillery

Representing:
High Point Parks & Recreation 

Ex-Officio

I hope I can assist with partnerships between Visit High Point and High Point Parks and Recreation to enhance tourism utilizing our parks, venues and athletic complexes. This benefits us all and our dedication to working together only makes High Point even more of a destination.

Ms. Melody Burnett

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Representing:
Visit High Point President

Ex-Officio

Our work focuses on the transactional and transformational attributes of tourism and destination development. The need for our city to be competitive in the marketplace, is important for continued success.

Staff Non-Voting Members

Ms. Nancy Bowman

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Representing:
Director of Sales and Marketing

Visit High Point Staff

I love being a witness to the overall growth we are seeing in our city and excited that I can promote new experiences to the outside world as we invite visitors to “make yourself at home.”

Visit High Point Board of Directors Application

If you have any questions or concerns please email mburnett@visithighpoint.com

By submitting this form, you understand that you are committing to represent your business and professionally represent the Visit High Point Board on a local, regional, state, and national scope.

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