During his Army career, he was assigned to 10th Mountain Division and Special Operations Task Force 17. He earned his Airborne and Air Assault wings, and graduated as the Honor Graduate from the US Army Ranger School. His military decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal. Clayton medically retired from the Army as a Captain due to critical wounds sustained during an improvised explosive attack while conducting a night raid to kill or capture Al Qaeda in Iraq.

As a private sector businessman, Clayton Hinchman is the former Founder, President and CEO of USi. After successfully building a strong company, USi was acquired by the company Ignite in 2016.  He now serves as the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for all new business growth of the company.

Clayton’s belief in strong education to power public service led him to earn his undergraduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Masters from Georgetown University, continuing executive education certificate at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, and graduate from the Goldman Sachs Small Business Program at Babson College.

Within his local community, Clayton is a member of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Huntsville Rotary Club, Business Council of Alabama, Employee Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA) and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

Clayton is proud to call North Alabama home and has been married to Leslie Hinchman for over 11 years raising their two daughters.