Horace D. Allen ’85 will return to campus on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as the keynote speaker for the Colleges’ Ninth-Annual Academic Excellence Dinner. A former marketing representative and product manager for IBM Corporation, Allen is an entrepreneur who successfully formed a technology integration company and, with his sister, formed Team Pact, an organization aimed at improving the success of young men of color.
The dinner is held annually in honor of Alger L. Adams ’32, the first African-American graduate of Hobart College and recognized as a man who laid the foundation for students to surmount major societal obstacles to attend and excel at Hobart and William Smith.
Adams excelled in the classroom, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with three majors, in Greek, English, and psychology. He did so at a time when racial stereotypes and barriers impeded many students of color nationally.
“Alger Adams’ story inspires students to follow their dreams knowing success is more than possible,” says James Burruto, Director of Academic Opportunity Programs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “Horace Allen is the perfect example of Alger’s lasting legacy and just one of the many success stories of Hobart and William Smith graduates. Allen has been a strong advocate and supporter of many students through his philanthropy.”
While at the Colleges, Allen majored in economics and minored in religious studies and sociology. He was named to the Dean’s List, was a four year varsity winner in football, and one of the first African American students in the history of Hobart College named to the International Honor Society of Economics.
After graduation, Allen was recruited from Hobart College by IBM Corporation, where he served as a marketing representative and product manager from 1985 – 1993.
Allen co-founded Total Solutions Group, a technology integration company with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. Total Solutions Group was recognized as the second fastest growing privately held company in the state of Minnesota by “City Business Magazine” in 1998 and Allen was recognized as one of the top 40 executives under age 40.
In 2005, he and his sister Vickie Allen founded TeamPact. The company is aimed at improving the lives of young men of color through their “Road Map to Success” program. Its objective is to compete head-to-head with dysfunctional street alternatives (i.e. drugs, gangs, crime, teen pregnancy, etc.) for America’s young men of color by providing recognition through financial and in-kind rewards for high levels of academic and extracurricular performance.
Allen serves on the board of directors of the Greater Minneapolis YMCA, Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities and Greater Minneapolis Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also a devoted member of the Young President’s Organization, the International Honor Society in Economics for Hobart College and the Rites of Passage Leadership Program for the Development of African American Men who are seniors in high school. Allen is currently the president of the Hobart and William Smith Afro-Latino Alumni and Alumnae Association; he served on the Colleges’ Board of Trustees from 2004-2008.
The Ninth-Annual Academic Excellence Award Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the Faculty Dining Room of the Scandling Campus Center.