Donald Thompson is the owner of the High Country Grizzlies. A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Thompson has over two decades of successful experience in building world-class winning teams. The strategies, team mindset, and work ethic associated with American football have influenced his life personally and professionally, and many of the core methodologies translate to the boardroom, where Thompson excels.
Being the son of a Division I college football coach allowed Thompson a behind the scenes perspective on the characteristics and commitments required to build winning programs. The experience watching his father and his experience as a scholarship athlete at East Carolina University fueled a fire to one day own a professional team. Being the owner of the Grizzlies is a dream come true for the entire Thompson family and allows them to blend business with the sport they love.
Thompson built his career leading technology firms, and most recently has developed a consulting practice that combines business advisory services with angel investing. He maintains a personal philosophy of ‘continuous improvement,’ which is an approach to success he communicates and reinforces among his teams and imparts that same perspective and growth mantra to his football club.
Bryan Bouboulis, co-owner of the Grizzlies, came to Boone in 1988 to play football for Appalachian State University. He played one year for Coach Sparky Woods and then finished his football career as an outside linebacker for Coach Jerry Moore. Having earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, Bouboulis spent nine years working retail management for large corporations.
He later returned to Appalachian State to earn his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. After graduating, he married his wife Dorinda, and they started multiple entrepreneurial ventures in the high country, which he headed for a decade while also serving as a lecturer in finance for the College of Business at Appalachian State University. Looking for another challenge, Bouboulis served as a magistrate judge for Watauga County for two years before his alma mater offered him a full-time job as an educator in the finance department where he enjoys teaching students about money and how it can work for them.
Bouboulis was in search of another opportunity to get more deeply involved with the community and give back to the area that has given so much to him over the years. He and Dorinda and their three sons, William, Alexander, and Jonathan, are excited about being a part of this franchise in the High Country.
General Manager/ Director of Football Operations
William P. Thompson is the General Manager of the High Country Grizzlies. With over 20 years of experience, Thompson has a proven track record of outstanding results in the industry. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fayetteville State University, Thompson went on to coach football, track, and women’s basketball at the high school level and spent eight years as the Athletic Equipment Manager at Appalachian State University.
Thompson worked for both Riddell Sports and SpeedTracs America for over a decade providing sporting equipment to middle and high schools, collegiate sports teams, and professional sports organizations. In his first year with Riddell, Thompson was named National Sales Rookie of the Year. Thompson’s experience in the operational side of college athletics is well respected in the industry. He blends his desire for excellence with a high energy approach to getting results.
With strong relationships across both the professional and collegiate levels of the sport, Thompson is adept at scouting, coaching and contract negotiation. Thompson signed on with the Grizzlies for the opportunity to be part of an organization to introduce arena football to the High Country area. His passion and expertise in both the business and physical aspects of sports, position the Grizzlies for success on the field.
Steve White, the voice of the High Country Grizzlies, is familiar voice to many in the High Country. A graduate of Appalachian State University, White worked for the Appalachian Sports Network, serving as both a play-by-play announcer and analyst until 1998. From there, he moved on to WFMY-TV in Greensboro, working as a sports anchor, reporter, and photographer.
In 2002, White was hired as one of the original team members at News 14 Carolina in Charlotte. As the weekend sports anchor and reporter, he covered many events including Super Bowl XXXVIII. In 2006, White and his family decided to move back to the place they loved, the North Carolina High Country.
He worked for Appalachian State University as the Athletic Ticket Manager and Public Address Announcer for football and basketball until 2015. White is now a freelance voice talent working with clients worldwide and has narrated more than 20 audiobooks for Audible. He and his wife Amanda have two boys, Jack and Ben, and a 65-pound bulldog named Tank.