Vernon Clapp, center, stands with winners of the first two ACC CEO Entrepreneur contests. Pictured left to right – Ervin Allen of the ACC Small Business Center, Marvin Seabrooks, Winner #2 who is manufacturing a vinegar based health drink, Vernon Clapp, Dr. Algie Gatewood President, and Winner #1 Kimberly Johnson, who has completed and will begin marketing her Ninja Gym Trailer. Both Seabrooks and Johnson won $10,000 in the Clapp CEO Contest to start their businesses. The ACC Small Business Center offered help in developing the original business plan and through the first two years of business.
The ACC Foundation’s brick installation is on the move. Its new location will be near the front of the campus. Don’t worry all bricks have carefully saved and will be reinstalled.
It wasn’t long ago that my husband and I were struggling financially and unsure what our next steps should be after he lost his job in New Orleans.
Coming home to North Carolina and enrolling at ACC was a major turning point for both of us. My husband earnedhis GED and a new trade in machining. Culinary Arts was the path for me, allowing me to transition into the industry with confidence.
My all-inclusive ACC education provided me with the skills necessary to transform from a cook to an entry-level pastry chef at Delancy’s in Burlington. Since earning my degree in July 2014, I’m running the bakery department at Delancy’s. ACC has definitely been a stepping stone for me and my growing family.
Rafe Martin is an 1995 ACC Alumnus in the computer systems technology curriculum. While at ACC, Rafe was instrumental with helping the ACC Foundation transition to computerized record keeping and helped establish systems to facilitate the process.
In 2002, Rafe co-founded Appian Digital, rated as one of the Triad’s Top Web Development Firms, for its work in delivering web and e-business solutions to a diverse range of North Carolina businesses. Rafe served as President and Director of Business Development until 2007.
Rafe was honored by The Triad Business Journal in 2007 as one of the Triad’s Top 40 Business Leaders Under Forty for his efforts in business development and community involvement. Also in 2007, Rafe was nominated for Alamance Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Rafe was among a handful of nominees honored by the College at the 2007 Celebrating Excellence Awards, hosted by the ACC Board of Trustees and the ACC Foundation Board of Directors.
In 2005, the distinction of Business Advocate of the Year was awarded to Rafe Martin by the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce for supporting the development of area businesses.
Rafe is a published author of a self-help book titled, Your Life is Waiting. Rafe’s passion is helping people overcome life disrupting stress and anxiety.
Rafe was selected as the August 2007 Cook of the Month by The Times News, an accolade that seems to have gained him more notoriety than all of the above combined. Rafe is currently the Business Development Manager for Infinite Group (IGI), a systems integrator based in Pittsford, NY. Rafe’s focus is developing IGI’s Microsoft Gold Partner practice to serve state and local government in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Rafe lives in Burlington with his wife Sherry and their children Lucy, age 5 and Max, age 3.