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Glenn Layton
UNF Degree: B.A. – ’84
Employment: Division President, Woodside Homes

Layton gives back to Jacksonville community

 Glenn Layton has worked to build his community since graduating from UNF in 1984. He not only has built some of the finest homes in Jacksonville but also gives back to the community in ways great and small.


As the division president of Woodside Homes in Jacksonville and incoming president of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, Layton has embraced opportunities to help others while encouraging his children to do likewise.


Layton grew up in Sarasota where his father was a residential land developer. He learned the industry doing everything from sweeping houses to basic labor. Layton attended the University of Florida for two years but admits he was often distracted from his studies by campus life. He dropped out after his sophomore year and took a job arranged by his father doing framing in South Florida during the summer. "I knew after three weeks I had made a mistake and needed to finish college."


Despite not knowing a soul in Jacksonville, he visited UNF and said he was immediately attracted to the program because of the hands-on training provided. "UNF prepared me well by giving me the management skills I needed. We received first-hand experience about what really goes on in the business because we were actually out in the field." Layton excelled at UNF, doing better academically than ever before, and graduated magma cum laude.


The degree propelled Layton to a building career starting as an estimator for a track home builder and led to becoming president of North Florida Builders Inc. in 2000. With the sale of the company to Woodside Homes, he became division president in 2004. He has earned a reputation for contributing in some of the area's finest communities such as Marsh Landing, Deercreek and Palencia.


With his professional success, Layton has never lost sight of helping others less fortunate. He is active in Builders Care, the charitable arm of the Northeast Florida Builders Association. He has helped with everything from providing Thanksgiving turkeys to donating major home renovations for families in need. He has also been involved in Habijax, the Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, the Otis Smith Foundation and sponsoring renovation work at juvenile detention facilities in St. Johns, Duval and Nassau counties. He is also a committee member for Young Life of North St. Johns County.


That spirit of giving back to the community has been instilled in Layton's children. Mallory and Clark are involved in church youth activities and Young Life where they mentor younger students.


When not working, Layton and his wife Lynn love the outdoors, especially inshore fishing. They also enjoy traveling including to Chicago where he enjoys the Cubs playing at Wrigley Field.


To give other aspiring builders similar kinds of opportunities, Layton maintains contact with UNF by acting as a liaison between students and the builders association. For Layton it is merely another chapter in a continuing book of giving back to the community.