Paul and Christina Potter are innovative leaders and local business owners with strong business roots for generations. They are Global Entrepreneurs in the Health and Wellness industry.
Residing currently in Ashe County, Paul is a native of Watauga County. Christina was born in Romania. She called the world her home until 12 years ago when she fell in love with the beauty and the people of the High Country and made this her permanent home.
They are a community oriented family, as well as avid sports fans and proud parents of five children whose lives are immersed in sports and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, skiing and traveling. During their off time they are supporting, volunteering and coaching various organizations and sports teams in the high country. They are true believers and supporters of helping others achieve their dreams and goals.
Together, they envision the High Country Grizzlies team as a supporting part of the community, not just thru athletics but thru altruism.
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.