Alexa Hone relocated to adidas North American headquarters, learning new company position


Alexa Hone, third from the left, has been relocated by adidas from its Spartanburg distribution center to its North American headquarters in Portland, Ore.

Staff Report
The Carolinian

Alexa Hone, (Class of 2016) has been relocated to the adidas North American headquarters at Portland, Ore., and has been selected to represent the global sports apparel giant in a new position.

Hone, who began her career with the adidas distribution center in Spartanburg, was relocated to Portland after only a few months in its public relations department.

“Things have been amazing, I honestly feel like I am living a dream, though not one I dreamed of for myself,” Hone stated in an email exchange.

Hone is learning to become a talent partnering, coordinator, which is akin to being the face of learning for North America.

Two years ago the company announced its expansion in Portland purchasing another building near its campus.  “We are growing,” adidas Group North America President Mark King said in a statement. “Our business is up, we’re seizing opportunity and we’re expanding our visibility in America. Our rapid growth is driven by our aspiration to be the face of sports culture in America.”

The move has given Hone a view of a different culture. “I have loved every minute of it and not to mention Portland is amazing,” Hone said. “I live a half mile from work, so I literally walk into work every morning,” Hone said.

Hone caught the nation’s attention last year when she was selected one of five finalists for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizen Cup, an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes. The award represents the character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sport and society.

“I had Alexa for senior seminar and you kind of knew she would be a star,” said Robyn Zimmerman, an adjunct professor and renowned former television personality and public relations specialist.

Hone was captain of the Upstate’s soccer team three years and started every game in her career. She was awarded virtually every ASUN season and post-season award and served in a variety of community service roles at Upstate that mentored underclassmen and her peers.

Most notably, it was Hone’s service in the Spartanburg community helping children and families that were in need. She frequently enlisted the soccer team to contribute their time to a number of non-profits.

Hone was awarded the Communication Department’s top award her senior year.