Clayton Lainhart

Estimator/Vendor Relations

As only an eighth grader, Clayton accepted his Nashville middle school’s prestigious Most Athletic Award to tumultuous applause, extensive media coverage and lots of confetti. Fifteen years later, after graduating from Georgia Tech in 2011, this local celebrity joined the team as an estimator.

Here at Advent, Clayton ensures the office kitchen Goldfish crackers don’t go stale with regular taste tests. He also interfaces with vendors to negotiate prices, minimize lead times and fabricate innovative designs they have never produced before. He’s working on finding someone to make a 3D food printer — so much potential for pranks — but progress has been limited.

In his spare time, Clayton likes to take apart cars and promise his girlfriend he will put them back together, even though he probably never will.