Tim Grant will be honored at Sowing Seeds for Life’s fifth annual Celebrity Golf Tournament for Charity Oct. 7 at Glendora County Club.

Among the celebrities scheduled to appear at the tournament are UCLA football announcers Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens, which is appropriate.

Grant is a UCLA alum (class of ’82) and avid fan of the Bruins. One of Tim’s graduation presents was UCLA’s victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl, the first of four Rose Bowl appearances under Terry Donahue during his tenure as head coach.

Donahue had originally agreed to be a part of the tournament, particularly after hearing a fellow Bruin was being honored. But he had to bow out because of a business obligation on Oct. 7. But Donahue hosted Grant and tournament committee members Al Snow and Larry Stewart for lunch in Newport Beach prior to the tournament.

Tim comes from a strong UCLA family and graduated from UCLA with a BA in economics. Tim went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Western State, plus a MBA from Pepperdine.  He also did post graduate work at Harvard in International business and negotiations.

Since 2004 he has served as president & chief executive officer of  Actronix,  Inc., a manufacturer of engineered cable and wire harnesses for large medical diagnostic equipment, U. S. defense equipment and other industrial applications.

The company, based in Arkansas, has more than 300 employees and brings in excess of $45 million annually in sales. One of his manufacturing plants is inside the walls of a maximum security women’s prison as the result of a unique partnership between Actronix and the Arkansas State Department. of Corrections.

Grant grew up in Mission Viejo and was student body president at Mission Viejo High before heading off to UCLA on an academic scholarship. He and his family, which includes Laird, his wife of 21 years, and children Bryce, 9, and Carleigh, 7, live in Fallbrook in northern San Diego County.

Grant has a long and impressive background in business. He started his career in the semiconductor industry and held line, division and corporate positions at Kierulff (a division of Ducommun), Arrow and Avnet.  At Avnet, Tim, as vice president of mergers and acquisitions, participated in over 20 deals around the world. He has been featured on MSNBC and the Forbes Financial News Network.

The corporate secretary of Actronix is Al Snow, an independent corporate accountant who has some 45 clients. He and Grant have been doing business together since 1990.

A longtime client of Actronix is DPI Labs, the aerospace manufacturing company now located in La Verne. DPI Labs is also one of Snow’s clients.

Sowing Seeds for Life, or SSFL for short, was founded in 2007 by Vicki Brown, the CEO of DPI Labs, which also serves as the headquarters for Sowing Seeds for Life.

Brown, along with Snow and Chris Roberts, posed with Grant for the photo that accompanies this story. It was taken at a promotional luncheon at Glendora Country Club on Sept. 5.

Grant and Snow have been co-chairmen of the golf tournament since its inception in 2009.

Without Grant and Snow, there would be no golf tournament; nor would Sowing Seeds for Life be what it has become.  Grant and Snow have provided accounting and business advice to Vicki Brown for years and assisted her in her efforts to grow Sowing Seeds for Life.

Thus Tim Grant is a very deserving special honoree.