Horace H. Horn Jr.
HORACE H. HORN JR. is a Crenshaw County, Alabama, native who for three and a half decades—and counting—has contributed to and championed rural economic development across Alabama.
A 1969 Troy University graduate with a business management degree, Horn began his career selling animal pharmaceuticals and poultry supplies but entered the poultry business in 1979, with operations in Crenshaw and Blount counties.
Poultry production was not his sole entrepreneurial undertaking during the ’80s. He also founded and was president of Southeastern Structures Inc., a Montgomery-based commercial construction company, and of Southeastern Bio-Gro Inc., a commercial cooperator with Auburn University and the Tennessee Valley Authority in pioneering the development of organic lawn and garden products from poultry litter.
In 1990, he joined the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin, D-Alabama. Three years later, President Bill Clinton appointed him state director of USDA’s Farmers Home Administration, later renamed Rural Development as part of a USDA reorganization.
He was named Troy University’s Alumnus of the year in 1996.
In January 2000, Horn joined Alabama Electric Cooperative—now PowerSouth Energy—as director of government and economic affairs. He was promoted to vice president of external affairs in 2003 and is responsible for all government and public affairs, communications, advertising and public relations in Alabama, Florida and Washington, D.C.
He is on the boards of several energy and economic development associations, is a member of three statewide waterway organizations and serves as Alabama State Port Authority chairman. He is a past Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce chairman.
As a steward of conservation and natural resources in Alabama, Horn is past president of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, serves on the Forever Wild Land Trust board and achieved Treasure Forest and Stewardship Farm designations for the family farm.
He is a past vice president of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, past Alabama Poultry and Egg Association president and past board member of the Alabama Feed and Grain Association, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Farm Credit Bank of Texas and Federal Land Bank Association of South Alabama.
He and his wife, Linda, live in Greenville and have two children and six grandchildren.