Reid Soles recently relocated back to Greensboro from Brooklyn, NY. Reid and her fiancé are both still working remotely for their NY jobs. Reid never thought she would be able to work from a NY fashion house while living back in Greensboro but it has worked out! She says, “The quality of living in Greensboro is unmatched. We have the best neighborhood, easy commutes to dinner and bars/breweries. Lots of things to do outdoors and parks to take our puppy to.”
Stafford Kelly and his family relocated back to Greensboro from Charlotte this April. Stafford grew up in Greensboro and left for boarding school, college in South Carolina and landed in Charlotte where he spent thirteen years in the banking industry. He has started a new career in commercial real estate as the VP of Development and Acquisition at Burkley Communities and his wife is working remotely from home.
Alex Buffington returned to Greensboro from Charlotte to serve as the new Vice President of Construction Operations at Whitewood Construction. Alex started working with Ardmore Residential, a partnered business of Whitewood Construction, as an intern during the summer of 2013 and continued working with the company through college. He was offered a full time position after graduation. After four years away, sharpening his skills in the fast paced construction industry, Alex says, “The hiatus is over and I am glad to be back!”
Ethan James relocated back to Greensboro from Raleigh, NC this spring. Ethan is a professional tradesman, writer and the star of popular YouTube Channel, The Honest Carpenter. Ethan is producing and growing his 283K followers at his new studio at the Nussbaum Center.
Olivia Chasse Helseth grew up in the Westerwood neighborhood and attended Saint Pius X Elementary School, Kiser Middle School and Grimsley High School. Olivia then ventured to Washington D.C. and attended Catholic University for her B.S.N. After 5 years working at Children’s National Medical Center in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU she moved to New York City. There she attended Columbia University, completing a Master’s of Nursing Anesthesia.
Alejandra Thompson de Jordan was living a life in NYC she describes as “kind of like The Devil Wears Prada”. Her jet-setting, high-powered professional life was filled with excitement, but personally, she always felt Greensboro calling her home. After returning to escape NYC lockdowns under COVID, Alejandra discovered she could have the life she wanted, both professionally and personally, right here in GSO. Meet Alejandra and see why she believes the possibilities and potential are endless in Greensboro.
Molly Brenner Harbaugh grew up in Greensboro and after graduating from Greensboro Day School, headed to UNC-Chapel Hill with her best friends, Carrie and Caroline. After completing her degree in 2009, she headed to New York City to work for ESPN and Disney. During her eleven years in the city, she met her husband, got married and had her daughter, Annie. Molly and her family traveled to Greensboro for what they thought would be a long weekend to attend the ACC tournament. When the tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19, they canceled their return flight and moved in with her parents indefinitely.
Jackson Hoggard moved back to Greensboro after years away in Wilmington, Orlando, Durham and Charlotte working in the construction industry. Jackson and his wife were happily building their lives in Charlotte when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. That’s when he got a call from his dad asking for help. His father wanted Jackson to move back to Greensboro and start transitioning into a position at his father’s 24-year old company, Double Hung. Jackson is now back in Greensboro, leading and growing his family’s company.
Ingrid Chen McCarthy was a respected Executive Chef living in Portland, OR. But the long hours and high cost of living made the choice to grow her family a difficult one. On a visit to her hometown of Greensboro, she saw what her life could be: more family time and less worrying about finances. She and husband Jeff made the move to GSO and found the community they didn’t know they needed. Now they’re serving up sourdough through their popular venture, Breadservice, and their family of four is thriving.
Page High graduate Elizabeth Wicker left Greensboro for NC State, earning a degree in apparel design. She spent nearly six years in New York where she worked for famed American fashion designer, Nanette Lepore. Elizabeth found her way back to Greensboro and now works for Bradshaw Orrell Interiors. “Though NYC certainly has a piece of my heart, this is definitely home."