Alumni

CEO and Founder Lanford Holloway '02 Leads TerraStride to an Inc. Top 5000 Ranking for Second Year in a Row

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Wednesday, October 20, 2021

CEO and Founder Lanford Holloway '02 leads TerraStride to an Inc. Top 5000 ranking for the second year in a row.

TerraStride was #1,015 on the list, with 475% growth in revenue and was the 14th fastest growing software company in SC, NC, and GA combined. They were also just recently named one of the 25 Fastest Growing Companies in SC.

"It’s really been a pleasure working with so many bright and dedicated people. Software is one of the few industries where you can go from a discussion about a concept to an actual functioning new feature being used by lots of people within a few weeks. Being able to address real-world problems on a large scale nearly instantly is extremely interesting and incredibly rewarding.

Heathwood is a really special place. I spent many of the best years of my life there and have so many great memories and friends. As a student, I really valued the connection to the outdoors that’s so pervasive at Heathwood.”

Christopher Metzger '12 Spent Summer in Kenya as an Impact Fellow for "Hello Tractor"

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Friday, October 15, 2021

This past summer, Christopher Metzger '12 had the opportunity to work as an Impact Fellow for Hello Tractor, an agricultural and technology startup based in Nairobi, Kenya.

"I’ve been interested in visiting Kenya ever since there was a Winterim trip there working with a Maasai community when I was at Heathwood. Much of the news surrounding the continent of Africa tends to be focused on active civil conflicts or humanitarian crises with less attention given to the thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem developing in East, West and Southern Africa. The startup scene in Nairobi has been nicknamed 'Silicon Savannah' and is full of young people looking to start companies that have a positive impact on their communities. Hello Tractor is often referred to as the 'Uber for Tractors' because smallholder farmers are connected with tractors in their area through the app, but its business model is more centered around helping tractor owners monitor their tractor's activity remotely and receive affordable financing to purchase more tractors. Escaping the DC bubble, working directly with Kenyan farmers, and getting to travel to the beach, mountains, and a number of nature reserves throughout Kenya made the summer truly one to remember."
 

Shawn Blake '04 Inducted in the Inaugural Class of SC State University's "Forty Under 40"

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Friday, October 8, 2021

Shawn is a 2008 graduate of SC State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. Upon earning her Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University, Shawn was hired at The Boeing Company where she is an Industrial Engineer in the Enterprise Supply Chain team.

She is a leader at work and in the community as the focal of the Boeing-SC SCSU Alumni Group and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Society of Black Engineers.

Patrick Michael Kelly '01 Accepts Instructor Position at USC

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Patrick Kelly '01 recently became an Adjunct Instructor in the Univ. of South Carolina Department of Theater and Dance.

"The best part about my current role is that I get to impart my love of theater to student actors while working with them on expressing themselves fully and clearly, articulating their desires and sharing in their joy as they grow together individually and as an ensemble.

My favorite memory of Heathwood has to be performing in 'Grease' my Senior year with what must have been half the class of 2001 on stage. It was a wonderful experience!"

Harrison Floyd '05 Received the Henry Adams Medal and Edward Allen Student Award from Clemson University

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Henry Adams Medal is given annually to the top-ranking M. Arch student selected by the school to recognize academic achievement, character, and promise to professional ability.

The Edward Allen Student Award is the highest honor given by the Building Technology Educators’ Society, recognizing students who, over their academic career, have demonstrated commitment, passion, curiosity, and excellence in the integration of building technology and architectural design.

After completing the Masters program in May of 2021, he currently teaches in the Clemson School of Architecture.

Serena Parmar '21 & Elizabeth Burns '23 Swam the Hudson River

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Monday, August 30, 2021

This summer was the 17th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim.

This event raised over $35,000 for improvements for a community river pool. The 20-foot floating pool was originally proposed by folk music legend and River Pool co-founder Pete Seeger. The design of the partially submerged pool is environmentally sensitive with the Hudson River flowing through it.

Sky's The Limit for Kelly Turbeville '13

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Not only is Kelly Turbeville the Associate Director of the PEAK program at Heathwood, but you can find her jumping out of airplanes, yes that's right, SKYDIVING.

"After doing my first tandem, I was hooked! I began the program in 2017 and have never looked back. Over the last year I have received my Coach Rating and C-License. This October, I will be heading to Arizona with just over 400 jumps to compete at Nationals for two different events: 4Way FS and 8Way FS."

Peyton Bryant '06 Featured in SC Biz News "Coffee With" Series

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Columbia Regional Business Report has an ongoing “Coffee With” video series, which features executives sharing insights about the industry in which they work and the community in which they live. Recently, SC Biz News publisher Rick Jenkins had coffee with Peyton Bryant, Senior Broker and Principal at NAI Columbia.

Peyton and Rick talked about a variety of topics, including how with over 200+ years of combined local experience in commercial real estate, among eight partners, they bring unparalleled success to clients and the community. As a true broker-owned firm, they do business differently.

"I was honored to have a chance to sit down with a media executive and tell our company’s story. We’ve come a long way in 55 years, and I am grateful to have a small hand in our success." - Peyton Bryant '06
 

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