South Carolina State University National Alumni Association President John Funny is the upcoming guest speaker for the university’s executive speaker series at noon Wednesday, March 7.
The event will take place in the fourth-floor auditorium of S.C. State’s Belcher Hall.
Funny will discuss his life’s journey as an S.C. State student and professional. He will also provide insight to students on how to maximize success after graduation.
He is the president and chief executive officer of Grice Consulting Group, which was formerly known as Grice and Associates.
Founded in 1995, Grice Consulting Group is an internationally recognized urban planning and traffic and transportation engineering consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company’s regional offices are located in Columbia, S.C., and Washington, D.C.
Funny is responsible for the daily oversight of corporate business matters within his company, such as strategic business development and growth, and serves as the technical advisor for major projects.
His company is a certified minority business enterprise that has managed and collaborated on major projects including the traffic improvement plan for San Jose, California; Wisconsin’s Intelligent Transportation System; several Georgia Department of Transportation traffic engineering design projects and a traffic management and operations study for the Atlanta Braves.
Before establishing Grice Consulting Group, Funny spent seven years with a San Francisco-based international planning and engineering firm. He was assigned to the firm’s Atlanta office, where he consulted with government agencies in the U.S. and abroad on urban transportation engineering projects.
Funny also worked as a project engineer, senior engineer, associate, senior associate and was responsible for managing projects with budgets totaling more than $750 million.
The Georgetown, S.C. native upholds his mother, the late Sadie Grice Funny, and her entrepreneurial passion as having the most significant influence on his life. Funny says that she instilled in him the importance of hard work and the value of determination and focus.
Always mindful of his mother’s commitment to education, personal sacrifices and will to succeed, Funny established the Sadie Grice Funny Scholarship Foundation in her honor in 2002.
“My mother was such an inspiration to me and all of my brothers and sisters. As I watched her while growing up, I realized that the things she accomplished were not typical. She was a model of what was good and right for me and this scholarship fund, as noble as its intent, pales in comparison to what a great woman she was and the motivating force she continues to be,” he said.
The foundation provides two scholarships of $2,500 each year to eligible students in the Plantersville community of Georgetown.
Additionally, Funny will award a $2,500 Sadie Grice Funny Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic school year to an S.C. State business student who has an interest in entrepreneurship. He will also provide a student internship for his Atlanta office during the summer of 2018.
Funny is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Intelligent Transportations Systems of America, Transportation Research Board, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Association of County Commissioners in Georgia and Georgia’s Traffic Operational Improvement Task Force.
He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology from S.C. State and a master’s in transportation planning and engineering from North Carolina State University.