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USC Upstate presented the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Todd Horne '05. Todd delivered the graduation speech at the December convocation.
Todd Horne '05
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)
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