Dr. Shree Dorestant has accepted a position as the city's first Chief Sustainability Officer! Shree feels it's "calming" to be back, and it makes her happy thinking about how her late mother would be proud of her for returning. These days, you can find her hanging out with her kids at LeBauer Park or enjoying some comfort food at Biscuitville.
William Gibson says he's glad to be "back on his own dirt." William, along with his cat and two dogs (one of whom is a rescue pup), is settling in nicely in the Lindley Park neighborhood. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, you may see him running or biking around the area at least 6 days out of the week Last but not least, William is proud to have just joined forces with nonprofit organization Helps Education Fund as its Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he will focus his efforts on educational equity.
Kate Sykes has returned to her home city and is working for Marie Oliver as the Director of Marketing. Kate calls Greensboro “the Kevin Bacon of cities” and believes “that the six degrees of separation (or sometimes less) are real... I've been sat next to someone at a bar in New York, only to find out within a few minutes of conversation that my father dressed the groomsmen at her son's wedding! Proof that the world is a small place (so be nice).”
Although Hill, Bess, and Bill DuBose just moved back only a few weeks ago, they’re settling in nicely. Joined by their pup, they’ve already become regulars at Johnson Park. They’ve also discovered some favorite restaurant spots, including 1618 Midtown and Green Valley Grill. Hill owns Clean Wheels Car Wash, with locations in Chapel Hill, Havelock, and Jacksonville... with a new location coming soon to GSO!
After 6 years in Asheville, Demp Bradford followed an opportunity with the Greensboro Sports Foundation back home. He’s even living in the same apartment building as before, right in the heart of his beloved downtown. Demp shared that he especially missed Greensboro’s downtown while he was away, reflecting fondly on all of the changes and transformation he’s seen take place in the area.
This past June, an amazing professional opportunity brought Bonita back to Greensboro, when she linked up with Black-owned construction and cabling company C2 Contractors, LLC as the organization’s Executive VP of Finance & Strategic Relationships. Bonita is passionate about the development of minority-owned (woman, Black, Brown) businesses and shared, “It’s time these groups are at the forefront.”
As a SCUBA diver - certified since the 8th grade - Ben is excited to be home in a city not far from the ocean. In addition to the physical proximity to beach and mountains, he's loving the momentum for businesses and young professionals here in Greensboro and is enjoying discovering all of the new spots that popped up while he was away.
Eleven years in NYC didn’t take the Greensboro out of Tyler, and now he’s home again. As the Director of Strategy & Business Development at Global Denim Manufacturing, Tyler is taking advantage of Greensboro’s continued growth and the ensuing economic opportunity. He’s pleased to note that the city has managed to retain its “ease of living” despite its expanding proportions.
As much as Neal loves the natural beauty of his former surroundings in Seattle, he’s glad that he, his wife, and their daughter are now calling Greensboro home again.
She left Brunswick, Georgia to return to Greensboro, a home she can truly afford to invest in. Lauren told us that while living in Georgia, she hit a point where she was “over the commute from the mainland to Jekyll Island where I was working. I was also looking at moving and rents were climbing down there. Very difficult to find affordable housing and a community of locals in an area geared towards tourist dollars.”