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USC Upstate presented the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Todd Horne '05 who will give the graduation speech at the December convocation.

Todd Horne '05

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The University of South Carolina Upstate will present the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Todd Horne at its Convocation Honoring December Graduates on Tuesday, December 13 at 3 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Horne, who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2005, is vice president of business development at Clayton Construction Company, Inc. where he identifies and develops relationships with industry professionals to generate new business opportunities. Clayton Construction is a commercial construction company that specializes in turn-key construction projects in the Southeast.

In 2008, Todd Horne joined Clayton Construction Company, Inc. in Spartanburg as the vice president of business development where he identifies and develops relationships with industry professionals to generate new business opportunities. Clayton Construction is a commercial construction company that specializes in turn-key construction projects in the Southeast.

Horne was hired to expand the company’s focus by seeking out clients in the private sector: retail groups, large industrial enterprises, health care and churches. Clayton Construction has been named one of the fastest-growing in the state, with 32 employees and record revenues of $43 million in 2015 – up from about $8 million when Horne joined the team.

In addition to his role with the construction company, Horne took a leadership role with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He set a personal goal to achieve the position of chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors before he reached age 40. In 2016, Horne managed to fulfill his dreams of leading the Chamber at the young age of 33. Horne, working alongside Chamber President Allen Smith, put a youthful spin on leadership in Spartanburg, and showed potential residents and businesses that Spartanburg is a city on the rise. Serving as chair of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce has afforded Horne the opportunity to work with a variety of businesses throughout the Spartanburg community.

When the Upstate Business Journal sought nominations for its 2016 Who’s Who, which recognizes people and organizations that make an economic impact on the Upstate and go above and beyond their professional roles, Horne was an obvious candidate. Candidates are evaluated on 2015 accomplishments, overall resume, and ways in which they go above and beyond their professional roles. A top scorer in the competition, Horne advanced to the Wild Card Category that launched a social media campaign to determine the winner. Of the seven business leaders of the 2016 Class of Who’s Who, Horne was named winner of the Who’s Who Wild Card.

Horne is actively involved with the Spartanburg West Rotary, Hub Bub, Ten at the Top, and the USC Upstate Alumni Association. Horne has received numerous awards including Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Leadership Spartanburg Emerging Leader Award, Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year.

Born in Columbia and raised in Greenville, Horne attended the University of South Carolina Upstate where he met his wife, Stephanie Seedersʼ06 and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. The Hornes have been married for 10 years and have two children, Holton (1) and Harper (3)



The University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association is extremely appreciative of all the nominations that were submitted for our Distinguished Alumni Award. Submit a nomination for our 2017 award.

Past Recipients

2015
Tracy L. Jackson '90

2014
Wanda Fowler
Chris Hawkins '89

2013
Chris Crowley '11

2012
Dr. Sherwood Thompson '80

2011
Sonya Kay Ehrhardt '08

2010
Lee Ann Johnston '80

2009
Michael E. Meilinger ‘93
Penny D. Meilinger ‘92

2008
C. Dan Adams '83

2007
Milton A. “Chip” Smith, Jr. ‘78
Mary Lou Hodge, RN ‘82

2006
Dolores Anderson ‘81

2005
Stephanie Seay ‘91

2004
Lisa Leary ‘87
Jane Bottsford ‘69

2003
Ainsley M. Williams ‘93
Barney G. Gosnell ‘79

2002
William Robert Cobb ‘74

2001
Priscilla Joyce Lipscomb ‘89
Jonathan Taylor McClure ‘83
LTC (Ret) Barry G. Murray ‘82
Dr. Edward Homan Overstreet ‘91

2000
Debroah Ruth Shehan ‘96
Albert V. Smith ‘77
James Robert Smith ‘72
Mike Wood ‘77

1999
Johnny Mack Brown ‘76

1998
Reverend Robert Lee Brown ‘84
Wilson W. Casey ‘77
Henry Alexander Danis ‘83
Dr. Daniel Livingston Dreisbach ‘81
Rebecca Marion Grant ‘83
Harold Andrew May ‘95
Paul Lee Thomas ‘83
Darrell Edward Whitaker ‘92

1997
Kimberly Jean Ashby ’85 & ‘91
Tonie Gail Edwards ‘89
Toni Lea Nunsz ‘91
Jane V. Turner ‘78

1996
David Alan Bellew ‘80
Rev. Mary Jo Cartledgehayes ‘83
Steve Harvey ‘80
Duveen Karen Woolbright ’80 & ‘88

1995
Robert Meadow Carpenter ‘85
Kathleen Gibson Elam ‘83
Gloria Hope Graves ‘91
Vanessa Thompson ‘94

1994
Bonita B. Landers ‘84
Tyrone Sterling Toland ‘90

1993
Harry Howell Clyborne ‘80
Dr. Linda Claire Miller ‘81
Robert Lee Speer ‘83

1992
Lee Hunter Bender ‘82
Elaine Emory Bond ‘90
Paul Alan Gray ‘84
Carl Franklin Hyatt ‘81
Joni S. Phillips ‘90
Lou Lyn Turner ‘84

1991
Dr. Jimmy Arthur Ferrell ‘81
Jeffery Wayne Ray ‘88
John Carter Wallace ‘89

1990
Cynthia Ann Gardner ‘86
William Craig Newsome ‘88
Cynthia Denise Smith ‘81

1989
Janet Sue Kirby ‘83
Susan H. Krause ‘85

 

 

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