FLORENCE – Clifton L. Reynolds of Sumter has been named the Francis Marion University School of Business Outstanding Alumnus for 2000.
Reynolds is a 1975 graduate of FMU with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Don Kelley, a professor of business administration at FMU, presented Reynolds with the award during homecoming festivities in April.
“He’s excelled at everything he’s done,” Kelley said of Reynolds. “He’s really one of the outstanding graduates we’ve ever had out of this program.”
In 1982, Reynolds started Carolina Security & Fire Inc., a company he owns and operates in Sumter. In 1995, the company purchased a 4,000-square-foot building that houses offices and a warehouse.
Much of Reynolds’ early work involved fire and security installations for the federal government. He has had contracts with all branches of the military, as well as many government agencies, including the National Park Service, the Public Debt Department, the General Services Administration and the Veterans Administration. The company has also monitored 25 U.S. Army Reserve Centers throughout Georgia and Florida.
Carolina Security & Fire has installed fire alarm systems in high-rise dormitories at the University of South Carolina and is installing panic systems throughout the state for the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Center.
In addition, the company has installed and maintains fire alarm and security systems for many large industrial customers including G.E. of Florence, Bosch Braking, Peace Textiles, MetoKote, MidWest Stamping and H&R Metals.
Reynolds also leases camera and security systems throughout the state. His company currently monitors more than 2,000 customers in South Carolina and others in North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Georgia.
The company also has a contract with the federal government to install fiber optic lines and cable to link computers.
While a student at Francis Marion, Reynolds was president of the Student Government Association and the Interfraternity Council. He was also a founder and president of the Theta Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at FMU. He was a student marshal during his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, and served as vice president of the S.C. Student Government Association. He is a graduate of Lamar High School.
“When he was here as a student, he was the student leader on campus,” Kelley said.
In the 25 years since he graduated from Francis Marion, Reynolds has maintained his ties to the university. As a Pi Kappa Alpha chapter adviser, he works closely with the fraternity to stress academics and citizenship.
His civic contributions include service as the president of the Maxton, N.C. Jaycees. He is also a member of Kiwanis International, the American Legion and the Sumter Cablevision Board.
Reynolds and his wife, Dottie, have a son, Gabriel, who is currently a student at FMU majoring in business administration.
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