Notable Alumni in Entrepreneurship

Tiger Tracks for careers in Entrepreneurship

Adam O'DonnellAdam O'Donnell '12
Founder and CEO of Quantifize, Raleigh, NC and President of Cardinal Applications, LLC

Adam O'Donnell graduated from H-SC in 2012 with a degree in Economics. He has served as a resident advisor and a student senator, and is a member of ODK. Adam has founded two pressure-washing companies that operate in Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina. His senior year he founded, a service that delivers McDonalds to the H-SC campus. By the time of his graduation, Adam had plans to grow and expand his most recent venture, Cardinal Application, a smartphone application-development business.

Hampton Howerton '07Hampton Howerton '07
Music lawyer, Nashville, TN; President, Tour to Teach

Hampton majored in Economics and was a member of the Society of '91, a Hobbie Business Ethics scholar, and president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After college, Hampton through-hiked the Appalachian Trail before completing the JD-MBA program at Campbell University. He works in Nashville as an artist manager at The Artists Organization.

Justin Wisz '07Justin Wisz '07
Founder and CEO, AdvisorLeap, Inc., New York, NY

Justin majored English at Hampden-Sydney. Upon graduation, he moved to Silicon Valley to work with Fisher Investments, a money management firm for high net worth individuals and Fortune 500 institutions. He then relocated to New York to pursue institutional sales for SNL Financial. During his time there, Justin worked on a concept to provide an accessible marketing solution to the nation's 30,000+ independent investment advisors. AdvisorLeap, Inc. is the refinement of this concept. Justin is also a board member, co-founder, and investor with several technology start-ups aimed at further disrupting the financial services and fashion industries.

Jake DwyerJake Dwyer '05
CEO, Active Nutrition, Los Angeles, CA

Jake Dwyer graduated with a degree in Political Science. As a student he wrote movie reviews for the Tiger and The Farmville Herald. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began working in film production. Eighteen months later, 40 pounds heavier, broke, and over-worked, he decided to start a small nutrition consulting business. Five years later, he and his partners have 6 locations on the west coast, and they have plans for future expansion. "Because I'm my own boss," he says, "I get to travel, work when I want, and have an amazing lifestyle!"

Randy AshtonRandy Ashton '01
CEO, Collared Greens (American, Eco-Friendly Clothing Brand), High Point, NC

Randy majored in history and was an All-American lacrosse player at Hampden-Sydney. Upon graduation, he moved west to the Rocky Mountains to pursue his interest in photography; he published two books picturing rivers and fly-fishing around the world. HRH Prince Charles wrote the foreword to his second book. In 2008, he founded Collared Greens in Ketchum, Idaho, as an eco-friendly clothing company for trendsetting and fashionable folks. The thriving business employs several fellow Hampden-Sydney alumni. Randy relocated his headquarters to High Point, NC, in 2011.

Andy FreitasAndy Freitas '92
President, Colonel's Limited, LLC, Papa John's Franchisee, Washington DC.

Andy majored in psychology, was a student senator, and station manager at the Tiger radio station. Upon graduation, he and his father, who had just retired from the military (he was in charge of war plans during the Gulf War), became the first Papa John's franchises in the DC area. Over the next eight years, Andy and his father went to work nearly every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, but enjoyed the satisfaction of becoming the most successful Papa John's franchisee in the world while operating in one of the country's most competitive markets. Andy operates 54 stores in the Greater DC metro area. He is a Hampden-Sydney Trustee and a judge in the annual entrepreneurship contest.


Todd Flemming Todd Flemming '85
President and CEO, Advantor Systems, Co-Founder, Infrasafe

Todd double-majored in Economics and Biology and was the treasurer of Theta Chi social fraternity. He earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and began his career in management for companies in the security industry. Todd is currently the President and CEO of Advantor Systems, a company of approximately 180 employees which provides security products and services to the US Federal Government worldwide. Todd co-founded Infrasafe, the parent company of Advantor Systems, and now runs the subsidiary. He is also a managing member of Otis LLC, a private investment firm.




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