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Captain Joseph Branch II '05 - The Roaring 10

Captain Joseph Branch II ’05

Captain Joseph Branch II is a 2005 Clemson graduate and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. He has been deployed eight times since graduation in 2005. Over the years he has been selected for the most coveted duty positions in his profession and his outstanding performance in the U.S. Army Special Operations command led to his selection as an Army Inter-Agency Fellowship with the National Geo-Spacial Agency where he is assigned today.

He remains active in local veteran affairs initiatives in the military communities where he resides. He was responsible for over 20 community engagement events annually in the Savannah area for Ranger families and the local communities. He and his family are also very active in their church community.  He is an avid supporter of Clemson’s ROTC program and Tiger athletics. He is able to provide both formal and informal mentoring to Clemson alumni in the military. When able, he and his family travel back to Clemson for athletic events.

Jessica Barron Martin '07, M'09 - The Roaring 10

Jessica Barron Martin ’07, M’09

Jessica Barron Martin is a 2007 undergraduate and 2009 graduate of Clemson University, this honoree is an engaged and active member of her community.  She graduated from Clemson’s Masters of Real Estate Development program and began her career with Wells Fargo as an analyst in the real estate group in Central Florida. When in Florida, she was a weekly volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, served on the Key Initiative Board for Ronald McDonald House, and was President of the Greater Orlando Clemson Club.

Now serving as Vice President in Wells Fargo’s real estate group and living in Charleston, she is a Board Member of the Carolina Youth Development Center (the oldest publicly funded orphanage in the United States), President of Clemson in the Lowcountry, a Board Member of Clemson University’s Real Estate Alumni Society, and former Co-Chair of Wells Fargo Lowcountry Volunteer Chapter.

Harrison Trammell ’06

Harrison Trammell is a 2006 graduate of Clemson University in Civil Engineering, this honoree is an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP in Charleston, SC. After graduating from Clemson, he continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He has numerous professional credentials to his name including his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP credential and he is a part of the U.S. Green Building Council in the South Carolina Chapter.

His dedication to his community is evident in his service to his church, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian, where he is on the Stewardship Campaign Committee and part of the Net Ministry Team.

He was highly dedicated to Clemson as a student and has continued his commitment to Clemson after graduation. During his time at Clemson, he was a member of Blue Key Honor Society and was the Tigerama Director in 2005, one of the nation’s largest student-run pep rallies. He was also a member and President of the Student Alumni Council. After graduating he was an at-large member of the Clemson Alumni Council from 2012-2014 and President of the Clemson Young Alumni Council from 2013-2014.

Dr. Darris Means M’07

Dr. Darris Means is highly committed to post-secondary education and Clemson University. He graduated from Elon University in 2005 with his Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology, and graduated from Clemson in 2007 with his Master of Education degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Following that, he received his PhD from North Carolina State University in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with concentration in higher education.

He then went to work with the Elon Academy, a university based college access and success program at Elon University for high school students with a financial need and no family history of college. He helped gain a 100% rate of the students in the program being accepted and enrolled in college. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services and College Student Affairs Administration Program. He has received numerous awards over the years including Clemson University’s Outstanding Alumni for the Master of Education/Student Affairs Program. He currently serves Clemson on the Higher Education/Student Affairs advisory board.

Matthew Bundrick ’07

Matthew Bundrick is a 2007 Clemson graduate in Graphic Communications who currently serves as the Director of University Web Services at Clemson, managing a team of talented professionals who design, develop, and support www.clemson.edu. In his previous position as assistant director, he played a critical role in the website’s redesigns and success with strategic initiatives such as the Degrees Site, Newsstand, ClemsonTV and the Master Calendar. He has also been highly involved with the Staff Senate since 2010 and served as President from 2014-2015.

While representing Clemson University staff, he led efforts for Clemson being recognized as a “Mother-friendly Employer” by the SC Breastfeeding Coalition and which contributed to staff giving dollar amount increasing 20% in a single year. He is a certified member of Clemson Young Professionals. He is dedicated not only to his Clemson University community, but also his local community where he serves as a volunteer firefighter in Oconee and Anderson counties.

Matthew Pencek ’10

Matthew Pencek graduated #1 from the Calhoun Honors College in 2010 with a 4.0 GPA in Accounting. He passed his CPA exam immediately after graduation and started post-grad at a Big 4 accounting firm, KPMG. He was later recruited by MorganFranklin Consulting where he now leads teams of consultants that advise businesses who are transitioning from private to public companies.

He is a leader in the field for MorganFranklin and has been an integral part of many high profile IPOs. He has been nominated as a ‘Top Consultant Under 35’ by trade associations. He has a heart for service and works with Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, and Junior Achievement where he has served as a fundraising lead for MorganFranklin in order to teach financial literacy to underprivileged youth.

He stays involved with Clemson through the Baltimore/DC Clemson Club where he has coordinated volunteer events. He is also a CBBS mentor through the Tiger Ties program and currently advises a junior business student, putting his mentee in touch with his professional contacts. He also stays involved with Tiger Brotherhood and Blue Key Honor Society, organizations with which he was involved while in Clemson.

Scott Sampson ’08, M’10

Scott Sampson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies in 2008 and received his Master in Human Resource Development in 2010 from Clemson. He started working for Clemson University five years ago where he started as the Phonathon Director in the Annual Giving office for the first 2.5 years.

During this time, he helped to increase the program’s revenue by 32%. He then moved into a position as Young Alumni Annual Giving Officer where he has put together many events that bring young alumni together, teaching them the importance of private giving. Young alumni giving has increased each year while he has been in this position. He volunteers at his local church and is highly involved in the student chapter of the Clemson Fellowship of Christian athletes. He served on the student leadership team as a senior in college and this fall, he will join the Adult Chapter of FCA to better serve this dynamic organization.

After volunteering in the Alumni, Annual Giving, Public Affairs and Donor Services offices while in school, he now serves Clemson University both as an employee and as an ambassador with passion and devotion to the school. He enjoys giving campus tours to prospective students and families.

Stephanie Sox ’07

Stephanie Sox graduated from Clemson in 2007 in Agricultural Education and then began working for the SC Department of Agriculture as a Market News Reporter. She worked closely with Clemson Extension agents across South Carolina to present the program at local and regional Cattemen’s meetings. In 2011, she accepted the position of Executive Director of the South Carolina Soybean Board. She works for the 1800 soybean farmers of the state and is responsible for administering the soy checkoff program. She also serves as the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series project manager where she acts as the liaison between Clemson and Carolina sports marketing departments and SCDA.

Because of her dedication to the agricultural industry, she was selected as a 2014 National Top Ten Finalist for the American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award. She is involved in many philanthropic endeavors including being an active member of Farm Bureau, a member of Spring Hill Young Farmers, and an active member of her church where she plays the flute in the church orchestra. She continues to give back to the university by being a guest lecturer for an agricultural education class each year since graduation. She is also a College of Agriculture Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) Alumni Board member.

Rick Joye ’97, M’07

Rick Joye graduated in 1997 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and again in 2007 with his Master in Business Administration (4.0 GPA). He is an executive at Michelin North America where he has held a variety of leadership and managerial roles. He is currently a supply chain manager responsible for ten manufacturing plants in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. From transforming the industrial supply chain to managing the Greenville plant through the 2008 downturn, he has had a significant impact on Michelin’s business throughout his career.

He is the founder, chairman, and executive director for Sustaining Way, an interfaith non-profit that brings together diverse individuals and organizations to find and proliferate affordable ways to care for people while caring for the environment. They do this through working with their partners in the purchase and upgrade of an underutilized property in a strategic location and the employment of an individual with skills and passion for sustainability.

This individual lives in the home and serves as the house coordinator.  The home and landscape is sustainably remodeled to serve as an education center, demonstration site, and base of operations for the coordinator in working with the community to proliferate sustainable practices.  With over 35 partners, their initial project, Annie’s House, is located just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail in the historic downtown Greenville, SC neighborhood of Nicholtown.  Rick also serves on the board of directors for Genesis Homes, an affordable housing provider in the Upstate. While in college, he was dedicated to Clemson by serving on Clemson’s Student Engineering Advisory Council. After graduation, he served on the Clemson’s MBA Corporate Board.

Brian Collie ’04, M’06

Brian Collie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson in 2004 and then received his Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson in 2006. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate at Charleston School of Law followed by his Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law. He now leads the tax, estate planning, and real estate practice for Buxton and Collie, LLC, a boutique law firm in Mount Pleasant. He was recently recognized by the Charleston Regional Business Journal as one of the Charleston Region’s 2015 “40 Under 40.”

He has also achieved an AV peer review rating as an attorney, the highest rating of national legal service provider, Martindale-Hubbell. He is a sponsor, donor, and ambassador for The Clemson Emerging Scholars Program. He also spends time in service with the Charleston Kiwanis Club, where he holds a chair on their Board of Directors. He has also served as a member of the Clemson University MBA Alumni Council.