High Point Market Authority

We Make High Point
Market Happen.

High Point Market is known as the place where the latest home furnishings styles, trends, and products are introduced. It is where the latest ideas in how home furnishings are designed, created, made, sold, and shipped are introduced, discussed, and developed. It is the place where home furnishings professionals meet and make meaningful connections with the individuals who become the most important contributors to their career success.


What we do:


Deliver vital information to our industry throughout the year


Support industry trade and consumer media


Manage medical, safety, transportation, information, and hospitality services for 75,000 guests


Sponsor and hosts educational, entertainment, and networking events


Support a multitude of buildings owners and exhibitors


Provide comprehensive customer service for our guests as they prepare their visits

Tammy Covington Nagem

“We are uniquely positioned as the largest
platform for our industry to engage, interact,
and connect. High Point Market is the
conduit by which the global home
furnishings industry is actively and
continually reimagining the future of home.”


Organization and Funding

High Point Market Authority is a 501(c)(6) corporation, funded by our exhibitors and by the State of North Carolina, Guilford County, and the City of High Point. We are governed by a Board of Directors representing all of the Market’s stakeholders, including:

  • Home furnishings manufacturers and retailers
  • Interior designers
  • Home furnishings industry suppliers and service providers
  • Local government officials

Each year, the board elects a seven (7) member executive committee. This committee is comprised of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Treasurer. Ex Officio members include the Immediate Past Chairperson and the President/CEO of the Market Authority, who acts as the board’s Corporate Secretary.

Economic Impact

Every year, High Point Market brings billions of dollars to the state of North Carolina. It creates jobs, generates hundreds of millions in tax revenue and attracts worldwide attention. In fact, Market makes the biggest economic impact of any event in the state.

Masket Economimc Impact


Our Partners

Presenting one of the world’s largest events, attended by approximately 75,000 people, twice each year, requires commitment, cooperation, and effective execution by a range of organizations. While most of our work with these partners takes place during the two weeks each year in which Market is active, it requires a full year of communication, cooperation, planning, and preparation. We are grateful for each of these partners. They are an essential part of our success.

General Assembly
Authorizes funding for the High Point Market transportation and communications programs

Department of Transportation
Our comprehensive shuttle service receives its funding from the Department of Transportation’s annual budget

Department of Commerce
High Point Market’s year-round promotional program receives funding from the Department of Commerce’s annual budget

Economic Development Partnership of NC
Assists with international outreach to U.S. Foreign Trade Representatives positioned in field offices around the world

Works with Market Authority staff to coordinate free shuttle service

County Commissioners
Authorize funding for a portion of the Market Authority budget

Department of Emergency Management
Advises on appropriate responses to a wide range of emergencies, from hazardous weather conditions to the SARS, H1N1, and COVID-19 health crises

Emergency Medical Services
On-street EMS Bike Team and Bomb-sniffing dogs

Works with Market Authority staff to coordinate free shuttle service

City Council
Authorizes a portion of the Market Authority’s funding, as well as in-kind services from various city departments

Office of the Mayor
Authorizes funding and in-kind services, serves on the Market Authority board of directors, represents the Market Authority in the community

Police Department
Provides on-street security and safety

Fire Department
Primary emergency management partner, bike EMS and showroom fire inspections

Department of Transportation
City-wide traffic and parking management

Public Service
Waste collection and recycling

City Manager

Full-service concierge, providing guests with expert in-person and online assistance in booking their accommodations and flights. Manages and staffs the International Buyers Center, providing a full suite of travel services and on-site amenities for guests from outside the United States.

Our convention and visitors’ bureau facilitates the Market’s relationship with various tourism organizations

Promotes and facilitates a strong relationship between the Market and local businesses

State Medical Assistance Team Unit

Works with Market Authority staff to coordinate free shuttle service

Preferred airport for the High Point Market

Our Staff

The people who work behind the scenes all year long to make sure our exhibitors and guests have a great Market experience.

  • Tammy Covington Nagem | President and CEO
  • Ashley Grigg | VP of Strategic Growth/Partnerships
  • Ben Muller | VP of Marketing/Communications
  • Terry Venable | VP of Operations/Finance
  • Stephanie Jonas | Director of Exhibitor/Sponsor Engagement
  • Mark Murphy | Director of Innovation
  • Susanne Purnell | Director of Technology Systems
  • Patty Russo | Director of Registration/Support Services
  • Jessica Wynn | Director of Guest Experience
  • Lindsay Martin | Senior Manager of Marketing/Communications
  • Whitney D. Swaim | Operations Manager
  • Chris Crawford | Executive Assistant
  • Anyjah Andrews | Operations Coordinator
  • Katie Nance | Registration Coordinator
  • Nathan Sprinkle | Marketing/Communications Coordinator
  • Lenette Mason | Senior Market Advisor
  • Melody Sharpe | Senior Market Advisor

Board of Directors

The people who devote their passion for home furnishings to help drive High Point Market forward.

Board Members

  • Christi Barbour* | Chair of the Board
    Founder/Partner, Barbour Spangle Design
  • Jeremy Hoff* | Vice Chair of the Board
    CEO, Hooker Furnishings
  • Alex Shuford III* | Immediate Past Chair
    CEO, Rock House Farm Family of Brands, Century,
    Hancock & Moore
  • Doug Bassett*
    President, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture
  • Dorothy Belshaw*
    President, ANDMORE
  • William “Dudley” Moore, JR.
    President, Otto & Moore
  • Patti Carpenter
    Principal and Global Trend Ambassador,
    carpenter + company
  • Carol Gregg
    Owner, Red Egg Resources
  • Heinz Kattenfeld*
    COO, 220 Elm
  • Neil MacKenzie
    CMO, Regina Andrew
  • Griffin McClure
    President, Green and McClure Furniture
  • Blake Millinor*
    CEO, Valdese Weavers
  • Joni Burden
    President, J Banks Design
  • Cyril Jefferson*
    Mayor, City of High Point
  • Taylor West
    Partner, West Design Group

Ex Officio

  • Tammy Covington Nagem* | Corporate Secretary of the Board
    President/CEO of HPMA
  • Tasha Logan Ford
    City Manager, City of High Point


  • Melody Burnett
    President, Visit High Point
  • Rachel Collins
    CEO, Business High Point/High Point Chamber of
  • Jane Dagmi
    Managing Director, HPxD
  • Peter Bishop
    Executive Director, High Point Economic Development
  • Hon. J. Carlvena Foster
    Vice Chair, Guilford County Board of Commissioners
  • Jeri Barutis
    Senior International Trade Manager
  • Steve Allegrezza
    President, International Home Furnishings
    Representatives Association
  • Mark Schumacher
    President, Home Furnishings Association
  • Britt Moore
    Member, High Point City Council
*Executive Committee Members