Staff


Melissa Bocci, Office and Destination Website Manager

Melissa BoccciMelissa begin working for Forward High Point in August of 2017.  Born in Syracuse, NY, Melissa and her family moved to Greensboro, North Carolina over 27 years ago. Since then she has worked as an office administrator with several non-profits and other establishments, including working with Ray Gibbs as an office manager for over 7 years for Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI). She brings to her current position over 38 years of experience in office management and over 16 years experience as an event planner. Melissa has also spent many years in downtown revitalization efforts beyond DGI and Forward High Point. During her tenure in other positions, she volunteered as the event chair for the Stokesdale Business Association, where she served on their Board of Directors in the capacity of Vice Chair for over 2 years. She then co-founded the Four-Corners Chamber of Commerce which is still in existence to this day. During that time, she also served as the Treasurer and Secretary for the board of ROADS (Revitalizing Our Ancestors Dreams in Stokesdale). The mission of all three of these volunteer organizations has been on building upon the hope and dream of making a vibrant downtown in Stokesdale. Since her son and his family reside in High Point, she now feels an intense need to make sure that they reap the benefits of what a strong and prosperous downtown looks like. She believes that based on the leadership of Forward High Point, downtown High Point will be a place where the community will want to live, work and play! 

For additional information, please contact Melissa Bocci at: melissa.bocci@forwardhighpoint.com.

 

Michael Wallace, Creative Branding Designs

Michael grew up in the High Point area and has called North Carolina home for 29 years of his life, including receiving a degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. As a social media and marketing consultant Michael has been integral to the expansion of Forward High Point's social reach and web presence over the past 4 years. Michael's long history of partnering with non-profits to tell compelling stories and engage with targeted audiences has helped to craft an intentional path forward as our downtown area has continued to grow and develop. In addition to supporting Forward High Point, Michael is an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at High Point University and his company, Creative Branding Designs, manages social media platforms, websites, email marketing, brand development and more for companies both locally and beyond the High Point area. As a High Point resident he is thrilled with the continued advances that our downtown has the privilege of enjoying. 

For additional information, please contact Michael Wallace at: creativebrandingdesigns@gmail.com.

 

Ray Gibbs, Gibbs Urban Advisors, PLLC

Ray Gibbs

Ray Gibbs is President & CEO of Gibbs Urban Advisors, PLLC.  GUA has agreed to provide Forward High Point with consultation services based on FHP's mission and GUA years of economic development experience and expertise. 

GUA is a Boutique Design & Development Consulting Firm, specializing in downtown/urban revitalization projects.   Mr. Gibbs, individually and through strategic partnerships with other professionals, provides a variety of professional services, based upon his substantial experience in the development and revitalization field.  A Professional Landscape Architect, he brings 40 years of experience, not only as a design professional, but as a private real estate developer, a city planner and code enforcement officer, a Downtown/ Main Street Manager, a Community Development Corporate president, non-profit director and consultant.  Mr. Gibbs has worked in both large and small communities and designed or managed small projects, on a shoestring budget, to large multi-million-dollar projects. Mr. Gibbs has been a mentor to many young downtown professionals over the years and has been a professional resource to communities throughout North Carolina.   He is a frequent speaker and panelist on downtown revitalization topics for local, state and national organizations.  Clients include individuals, real estate companies, other design professionals, cities and non-profit organizations. 

To see a list of services offered by Gibbs Urban Advisors, please click here!

You can reach Ray at:Rgibbs.asla@gmail.com - 336-420-2677