Thomas L. Rhodes, III

thomas-rhodes-bodThomas Rhodes is the President of Rhodes Graduation Services Inc. Rhodes is a family owned and operated business that has been representing Jostens since 1975. With more than 40 staff members and four office locations in South Carolina and Florida, Rhodes is the largest Jostens representative in the U.S., providing rings and graduation supplies to more than 40,000 customers annually.

Thomas was raised in the small town of Summerton, SC. The son of a school teacher, he was very active in high school sports and activities, serving as Student Body President, Captain of the Football and Basketball team his senior year, as well as the State Student Government President. After high school, Thomas attended Clemson University pursuing a degree in Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. While at Clemson, Thomas was a Student Senator, an officer of Sigma Nu fraternity, the Student Alumni Council, the Inter-Fraternity Council and served as the Chairman of the Class of 2006 Senior Council. Thomas was recently honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Roaring Ten Award, the honor is given to ten individuals who exemplify Clemson University’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect.

After Clemson, Thomas joined his father, Dusty Rhodes at Rhodes Graduation and since 2006 they have been able to expand their business substantially, achieving over 75% growth in the last 9 years. Thomas is a Member and Usher at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia and serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Visitors at Clemson University, and the Board of Directors of the Rexanna’s Foundation for Curing Lung Cancer and is also a participant in the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program. Thomas is also an avid saltwater fisherman, waterfowl hunter, sailor and private pilot. Thomas’ best accomplishment was convincing his wife Caroline to marry him, they live in Columbia with their two children, Lee and Virginia and their Boykin Spaniel, Bailey.