Frank Davis '82
Frank Davis '82 is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Horizon Group of Companies headquartered in Birmingham Alabama. Horizon has three primary businesses: Construction Services, Industrial Automation, and Program Management. Horizon is one of the top 20 minority owned businesses in Alabama and is the previous recipient of the South Region Minority Business Councils Corporation Of The Year Award.
Frank is a native of the 'rough and tumble' Anacostia area of Washington DC where he succeeded despite his challenging environment. He graduated with honors from the Washington D.C. public school system and had the distinction being Captain of the 1978 Ballou High School It's Academic Team, the 1978 Washington DC William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Scholar, and winner of the Harvard Book Award. Frank was also featured in articles in the Washington Post and Ebony magazine.
After graduating from High School, Frank ventured away from Washington and attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania where he continued to achieve excellence as President of the Black Student Alliance, student representative to the Bucknell Board Of Trustees, elected representative to the Bucknell student congress, a resident assistant, and night manager at the Office of Student Programs. Frank was also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and a charter member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service fraternity. Frank received his Electrical Engineering degree from Bucknell as a member of the Class of '82 with distinction as winner of the Susan Thomas Hensinger prize.
After graduating from Bucknell, Frank began a 20 year management career with corporations including Westinghouse Electric, Honeywell, The Invensys Group, and Johnson Controls. In his last position, Frank was the Director Of Planning and Acquisition for Johnson Controls and was a winner of the Presidents Inner Circle award. During his career, Frank continued his education and received his Masters degree in Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and also received his executive degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
In 2001, Frank began his life long dream of becoming a business owner as the President and majority shareholder of Horizon Electrical & Industrial. And although his first year in business was very difficult, Frank persevered and led Horizon to unprecedented growth. Today, Horizon has many businesses and does business with a number of major corporations including Honda Of America, The Southern Company, and Global Performance of South Carolina.
To this day, Frank continues to be active in the community as a member of The South Region Minority Supplier Development Council, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, The Georgian Club, and as a member of The Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Frank is also listed in Who's Who Among African Americans. Frank's rise in business and his business relationships have been chronicled in publications including the Birmingham News, Business Alabama, and Minority Business News USA.
Frank is an accomplished public speaker who chooses to be 'part of the solution' by regularly volunteering his time to speak to and inspire at-risk students in the Baltimore and Washington DC public school systems.
Frank is the father of a son (Michael) who is currently a student at Bucknell University.