Clemson Young Alumni Council names 2016 ‘Roaring 10’
CLEMSON – The Clemson University Young Alumni Council has recognized the 2016 Roaring 10 – young alumni who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.
Honorees were selected based on their continued efforts to uphold the university’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect and to demonstrate an “ever-loyal” relationship with Clemson University.
This year’s honorees are:
Keenan Adams of Denver, Colorado, Class of 2010
Adams received both a master’s degree in forest resources (2007) and a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries biology (2010) from Clemson. Adams is the supervisory wildlife biologist for the United Sates Fish and Wildlife Service of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Colorado. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Omega and participates in the Omega Leadership Academy Mentorship Program.
Manning Crapps of Lexington, Class of 2006
Crapps received a degree from Clemson in economics and went on to a successful career in banking. He works at First Community Bank, where he is the bank’s expert in solutions for business retirement plans. He was part of the group that created the volunteer nonprofit organization The Lexington Beautification Foundation, which is dedicated to beautifying the scenic and historic community. He is president of the Lexington County Clemson Club.
Lily Eyraud of Charlotte, North Carolina, Class of 2012
Eyraud graduated with a degree in financial management and accounting and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Duke University. She works as a financial planner at TIAA-CREF and as a high net-worth relationship manager at Vanguard. She has been a United Way Young Leaders Council member since 2013, is the communications lead for the Charlotte Clemson Club and is a Regional Recruitment Coordinator for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She was recently named the 2016 Clemson University Alumni Association’s Volunteer of the Year.
Capt. Nelson Faerber III of Tucson, Arizona, Class of 2009
Faerber holds a law degree from Florida State University to go with his bachelor’s degree in construction science management from Clemson. He attended Clemson on a full athletic scholarship and was named the Clemson Football 2008 Special Teams Player of the Year. Post college he served in Afghanistan and was recognized as company grade officer of the quarter and of the year. He currently serves in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps as a judge advocate general, providing legal assistance to a community of more than 20,000 Airmen and their families.
Jamilah Frazier of North Charleston, Class of 2015
Frazier received her master’s degree in public administration from Clemson and works at Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health, where she coordinates accreditation and quality improvement. She also owns her own business providing workplace CPR/first aid training. She is an advisory member of the Charleston County Clemson Club and works with the Clemson Black Alumni Council.
Paul Halphen of Greenville, Class of 2010
Halphen received his degree in financial management and joined First Citizens Bank and Trust, where he was ranked second out of more than 200 leaders for new portfolio volume. He is currently an investment manager with Kairos Holdings Real Estate. He volunteers for multiple community organizations, including Chamber of Commerce programs and Municipality Committees. He is on Clemson’s Library Leadership Board, is a long-time mentor for the College of Business and was Young Alumni Council president.
Ben Leader of Charlotte, North Carolina, Class of 2010
Leader received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Clemson and his law degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (2013). He served as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Hayes III of 16th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Since September 2014, Leader has worked for the Elrod Pope Law Firm as an associate. He is a member of the York County Bar, the North Carolina Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice and the South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates organizations. He has been an at-large member of Clemson’s YAC since 2014 and serves on the board of the York County Clemson Club in Rock Hill.
Maj. Brock Lusk of Walhalla, Class of 2015
Lusk completed Clemson’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, graduated with a degree in history (2002) and was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. He came back to Clemson and earned his master’s degree in 2015. In between, he served multiple deployments in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as the director of operations and assistant professor of aerospace studies for the Clemson Air Force ROTC. He is on the board of directors of the Clemson Corps, and seven additional names have been added to Clemson’s Scroll of Honor as a direct result of his research.
David Newton of Mount Pleasant, Class of 2010
Newton earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson in 2008 and a master’s degree in 2010 while competing as a member of the varsity soccer team. He is currently completing his master of business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a 2017 merit fellow. He has worked for Ingevity Corporation in Charleston since 2010 and has held several sales and leadership roles throughout that time. He currently serves as a marketing and product manager for Ingevity’s North American asphalt modification business. David has served on the executive board of the Carolina Youth Development Center and the Trident United Way Young Philanthropist Society steering committee.
Brian Park of Atlanta, Class of 2010
Park earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science in 2010 and a master’s degree in 2014 from Clemson. He attended law school at the University of Virginia, where he was elected president of the student body and served as an editor for the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He is a corporate associate at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, where he represents both publicly traded and privately held companies in mergers and acquisitions, capital-raising transactions and general corporate governance matters. He has volunteers his time serving several organizations, including the Blue Key Honor Society and Atlanta’s Youth About Business Program.
The primary mission of Clemson Young Alumni Counci is to support the goals of the Clemson Alumni Association specifically on matters pertaining to Young Alumni. Clemson Young Alumni Counci exists to connect Young Alumni with the University, assist Young Alumni in the transition from active student to alumnus, facilitate fellowship, personal growth and professional development opportunities for young alumni and formally represent Young Alumni interests to the Clemson Alumni Council. The purpose of these efforts is to affect seminal influence on young alumni so they may continue to be connected and contributing alumni for a better Clemson throughout their lives.