Businesswoman of the Year – Mena Parrish Promotes Teamwork

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The High Point Chamber of Commerce has named Mena Parrish our chairwoman of the High Point CVB and general manager of the J.H. Adams Inn and Hampton’s Restaurant, as its 2014 Businesswoman of the year. The Businesswoman of the Year Award is presented annually to a Chamber member who has demonstrated and exemplified a commitment to superb service and selflessness to their profession and their community.

Under her leadership, the J.H. Adams Inn has consistently been ranked the #1 hotel in High Point on Trip Advisor. The hotel remains booked consistently above 80 percent and continually has broken its own booking records, experiencing its best July in its history.  We invite to you come and stay at the J.H. Adams Inn and see for yourself what makes it so appealing.

Mena’s employees call her a great leader and mentor, noting that her success is based on her never ending search for non-traditional markets and delivering impeccable service. A master at establishing partnerships, Parrish partnered with J. Gallery Fine Art, which is housed at the J.H. Adams Inn. This partnership has blossomed into the first Piedmont Plein Aire Paintout that will be held next week, September 18-21, at the inn.

As our chairwoman, Mena has helped us to successfully move to the High Point Chamber of Commerce Building and to launch our new state-of-the-art Regional Visitor Center. She is not afraid of challenges and deadlines and does not make excuses when it seems that the unthinkable challenge has been presented at her doorstep. She plans, organizes, and tackles it head on. One of her employees said that being good to people is good business.

Mena is a phenomenal community leader who knows how to build consensus and move the needle.  She applies the same combination of people skills and taking a creative approach to the Inn by making everyone feel special, even the gentleman from New York whose favorite snack is peanut butter and he always finds it waiting in his room. Mena knows that the fruits of her labor will pay off in word of mouth advertising to keep the Inn booked and through extensive community involvement.

Mena loves her community.   A High Point native, Mena always presents her home city in the best possible light. She will gladly take the time to tour a newcomer on a 45-minute excursion anytime. When she recently met a guest at her hotel who had been hired by a local company, the guest asked many questions about relocating to the area. Mena invited the guest to go on a personal tour in her car and showed her the charming neighborhoods, manicured golf courses, and boutique shopping opportunities in High Point. But, that is Mena’s nature and I know she was glad to do it. As a result, the guest decided to live here.

For more information about the J.H. Adams Inn, or to book a room visit their website

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