Four Alumni Honored by Young Alumni Council
On Friday, October 24 the Clemson Young Alumni Council recognized ten individuals for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors and for demonstrating an “ever loyal” relationship to Clemson University. The College of Business and Behavioral Science is proud of our four alumni who received the 2014 Roaring 10 award.
Hannah Hopkins Pittman
A loyal Tiger in Columbia, S.C., Hannah’s service to Clemson remains strong through her work on Clemson Women’s Alumni Council, Columbia Clemson Club and the National Alumni Council. As treasurer of the Columbia Clemson Club since 2011, Hannah led efforts to fund a $25,000 scholarship endowment that revitalized the involved of Clemson alumni in Richland County, South Carolina. As a member of the Women’s Alumni Council since 2010, Hannah planned and coordinated “Bring Your Daughter to Clemson Day,” raising almost $10,000 for the Anna Marie Calhoun Clemson Scholarship Fund.
In her professional career, Hannah is the Director of Professional Development for the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and because of her work, the SCASA has experienced more than 50% growth during the past five years and is recognized as one of the top associations for school administrators in the country.
In her spare time, Hannah also serves at the Recruitment Panhellenic District Director for 14 chapters of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.
Thomas is a 2006 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and minor in entrepreneurship. During his time as an undergrad, Thomas was involved in Student Alumni Council, Student Senate, the Inter-fraternity Council, Sigma Nu fraternity, the Thomas Green Clemson Bicentennial Celebration Committee and acted as Chairman of the 2006 Senior Council.
Since graduation, Thomas is proud to oversee his family business, Rhodes Graduation Services, which has grown over 85% since 2006 and continues to expand. As a Jostens representative, Thomas is said to be shining example of best practices and business integrity across company and highly praised by numerous professional partners. A natural entrepreneur, Thomas is also the owner of Sumter Advertising Company and Chief Operating Office of Custom Bike Rings based in Sumteron, S.C.
Thomas’s service to Clemson is quite unique. In 2014 Thomas was honored to be chosen to design the 2014 Clemson Orange Bowl Ring for Coach Dabo Swinney – making Thomas the first person to design a BCS ring for Clemson. Last year, Thomas worked with friend Steve Bond to establish the Distinguished Clemson Athletes award to honor former athletes making a difference in their communities through non-athletic endeavors. Though Steve passed away after a battle with cancer, Thomas will continue the awards program in his honor.
In his community, Thomas is an active member in the Columbia Clemson Club, serves as an IPTAY representative and his business is a proud Prowl and Growl sponsor. He is also active in his church as an usher and his family supports Rexanna’s Foundation for Lung Cancer Research, Palmetto Health and other charitable organizations.
Tia Nicole Williams
Currently, Tia is the owner and operator of the SERVPRO franchise entity specializing in fire and water cleanup and restoration services in Cayce, West Columbia and Lexington, S.C. Under her leadership managing $1.5 million volume, her business is currently at 25% growth from August 2013. She also began her own media business as both the owner and editor of the Lexington Anchor, a monthly online publication with more than 600 monthly email subscribers. Tia remains dedicated to alumni relations for Clemson as the former secretary and current treasurer of the Columbia Clemson Club and key organizer of club events including Clemson’s Prowl and Growl.
She is also active in her community through a number of professional organizations and community events. To name a few, Tia is a Leadership Lexington County graduate, currently Communications Chair of the State Chamber Small Business Council, a Company Advisor for State Chamber Business Week teaching high school students about business AND every year, Tia manages and executes the American Red Cross Golf Classic in her community, raising more than $29,000 to date and counting.
Tripp came to Clemson on a four-year athletic scholarship for golf and helped Clemson’s team earn two ACC championship titles. As a student he also represented the team for the Student Athlete Advisory Board and Student Athletes for Career Advancement. Tripp completed his Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 2002 and his Master of Business Administration in 2004.
Since graduation, Tripp has founded, operated and harvested several successful small businesses across various industries and currently serves as the Small Business Programs Manager for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Tripp applies his entrepreneurial expertise to lead programs for small businesses, including a lecture series designed to help small business connect, learn and grow, which is now one of the Chamber’s most successful and highly-attended series. Tripp has also been named the Greenville Chamber Ambassador of the Month three times.
Trip is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and has heavily invested his time and talent to grow Greenville’s young professionals organization, PULSE.
Tripp’s ties to Clemson remain strong as he serves as a member of the College of Business and Behavioral Science Alumni Loyalty Board, a Tiger Ties mentor for current students of the college and a member of IPTAY.