Board of Directors


Bill Bencini
Chairman of the Board for FHP
Sales Representative
Why I became involved with FHP: "To serve in the effort to make downtown High Point a more livable and more prosperous community…a community of opportunity that retains and attracts talented young people!"
Heidi Majors
Vice Chair of the Board for FHP
Executive Director
Why I became involved with FHP: "I am excited about the revitalization, as it will provide a thriving gathering space for our community to enjoy our city and will attract new business and more visitors to the downtown area. The revitalization of High Point will have a positive impact on our economy and will help foster a greater sense of community!"
David Covington
Treasurer of FHP
Why I became involved with FHP: "If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you will remain. ~ (St. Augustine of Hippo Northern Africa). High Point’s future is bright and will continue to thrive as long as its citizens keep on advancing to make it a better place for all."
Dr. Lenny Peters
Secretary for FHP
Why I became involved with FHP: "I want to give back to the city that has shaped myself and my family. I want to aid in downtown revitalization and make this city a location the citizens are proud of."

Committee Chairs

Jordan Lessard
Chair, FHP Marketing & Events Committee
Financial Advisor
Why I became involved with FHP: "I chose to join the efforts of Forward High Point in order to give back the the town that has given me so much. High Point has a rich history of Philanthropic leaders that have sacrificed time, capital, and energy in order to advance and better this town. I feel that my generation owes it to those leaders to step up and carry the torch that has been passed on to us. I cannot think of a more appropriate way to do so than to be a part of the incredible change that forward high Point is bringing to our town."

Board of Directors

Christi Barbour
Founder & Partner
Why I became involved with FHP: "I see a city filled with creative individuals who are impacting people around the world with their crafts and their products. High Point serves as the launch point for countless ideas that eventually find a home somewhere in the world, improving lives and bringing happiness. It’s the reason that the Market Square building has etched in its stone wall: A City With All The Eyes Of The World Upon It. That same energy and enthusiasm is happening here in the heart of High Point as we witness, first hand, this Renaissance of our city and I’m excited to be part of the narrative."
Randy Carda
Senior Vice President
Why I became involved with FHP: "I’ve lived in High Point longer than any one place in my life. It is my home. I am committed to enhancing my home, making it as good as it can be. Forward High Point gives me an avenue to accomplish that goal."
Patrick W. Chapin
President and CEO
Why I became involved with FHP: "Forward High Point is truly making things happen. The combination of Ray’s expertise, the City’s support and the Board’s leadership will transform our downtown for generations to come. It is an exciting time to be a High Pointer!"
Tony M. Collins
Chief Development Officer
Why I became involved with FHP: "INFLUENCER: As a Fourth Generation High Pointer serving as the Neighborhood Leaders Council representative on this board, I believe that it is vitally important to bring a Center-City destination for All residents to enjoy. Indeed, the Catalyst Project is that opportunity and the resulting rewards hopefully shared in community. “Embracing our City for Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Change” as we “Create the Single Most Livable, Safe and Prosperous City in America."
Tom Conley
President and CEO
Why I became involved with FHP: "The continued success of the High Point Market will greatly depend on a vibrant downtown High Point."
Sandy Dunbeck
Executive Vice President
Why I became involved with FHP: "High Point is moving “Forward” through the efforts of so many dedicated people. I believe that having a vibrant downtown is a key part of being a place where people want to live, work and play."
A. Doyle Early, Jr.
Why I became involved with FHP: "The stadium catalyst project is the best opportunity in decades to produce economic development in the core city. It is a great example of a public-private partnership that will produce long term benefits for all the citizens of High Point."
Pastor Michael A. Ellerbe
Senior Pastor
Why I became involved with FHP: "I became involved with FHP because of its desire to advance the Core City of High Point and also because I am interested in moving all of High Point forward. I wanted to be a part of the new energy and synergy that will help transform High Point into a city that doesn’t have to take a back seat to any other city!"
Greg Ferguson
Assistant City Manager - Community Services
Why I became involved with FHP: "Downtown's are the heart of any city and I believe we must work diligently to make our downtown viable in all ways for a stronger economy."
Carlvena Foster
County Commissioner - District 1
Why I became involved with FHP: "As a native High Pointer, born, raised and educated, Forward High Point gives me the opportunity to bring a different perspective to the table based on my experiences and allows me to actively support exciting positive changes in our City that will promote equity, inclusion and prosperous futures for ALL citizens through strong, flexible connections, cultivating and moving High Point forward."
Dr. Patrick Harman
Executive Director
Why I became involved with FHP: "I believe in High Point. I know that brighter days are ahead for our city. I want to have a positive impact on this growth and being on the board of directors for Forward High Point is one of the best ways to achieve this goal."
Sims Hinds
Vice President of Development
Why I became involved with FHP: "I fully appreciate the positive difference that downtown revitalization can have on a community. We need this for our High Point."
Barry Kitley
Director of Community Relations
Why I became involved with FHP: "It is a wonderful time to live and work in the city of High Point. Our community is poised for growth, and I am thankful for the dynamic leadership in our city government, business sector and community. There are wonderful opportunities that lie ahead for High Point. We don’t need to look far for inspiration with both a world-renowned furniture market and nationally ranked High Point University in our midst."
Michael E. McNair
Director for Community Development and Housing
Why I became involved with FHP: "This is an exciting opportunity to help bring High Point’s future to fruition."
Alex Moore
Senior Partner
Why I became involved with FHP: "I am excited to contribute to the growth and development of new opportunities within High Point. Forward High Point is an essential catalyst for change within our city and I intend to help the organization contribute to making the city a vibrant place to live, work, and play!"
Monica Peters
Why I became involved with FHP: "I am passionate about core-city revitalization in High Point! We have so much potential and am honored to serve on Forward High Point's Board. I want to help keep the momentum going and to watch our downtown attract more professionals and families to call downtown High Point their home!"
Clark M. Pierce
Senior Partner
Why I became involved with FHP: "Having lived in High Point all my life, I have witnessed the steady decline of the core city. I am ready for a renewed vitality. I believe the stadium catalyst project gives us the best opportunity to achieve that renewal."
Leah Penry Price
Market President
Why I became involved with FHP: "My desire to be involved is because I love High Point and want it to be the best that it can be for its citizens and businesses. I believe that a vital downtown is critical to economic viability of High Point, the success of its companies and their the ability to attract and retain talent, and for the quality of life of its citizens."
Jay Wagner
Why I became involved with FHP: "A town is not a town without a downtown. Downtown is not just about what happens in buildings, but about city life that happens between buildings. I have a vision for our city where living in and visiting an exciting and vibrant downtown becomes a part of our lifestyle, and THAT is what Forward High Point is all about and is making happen."