Sports Nutrition Specialist Laya Clark Joins HORN Nutraceuticals


Clark to Provide Strategic Support for HORN’s Growing Business Segment

LA MIRADA, Calif. – Feb. 23, 2017 – HORN, North America’s premier distributor of specialty ingredients and raw materials, today announced Laya Clark’s hire as strategic business manager for HORN Nutraceuticals, the industry source for science-based innovations and best-in-class ingredients.™ Clark brings to HORN an 18-year career in fitness and sports nutrition, with a unique insight on the industry. He provides sports marketing expertise in addition to manufacturing and retail distribution.

“Laya has already proven himself as a valuable resource for the HORN team and our partners,” said Adam Ernst, vice president, HORN Nutraceuticals. “His expertise is not limited to the traditional ingredients distribution model. Laya’s vast network of industry thought leaders offers great value-add not just for HORN, but also for our suppliers and customers. In addition to his credentials, Laya also conveys a positive energy which naturally attracts collaboration. His energy is infectious and we are glad to have him onboard.”

As a member of the HORN Nutraceuticals sales force, Clark will help build strategic alliances to further grow the company’s sports nutrition business. He will be instrumental in identifying unique and marketable ingredients targeting sports nutrition formulators and assist in expanding the company’s national reach with brands and manufacturers alike.

“I saw something special in HORN even when I first had the opportunity to work with the team back in 2013,” said Clark. “On the technical side, HORN offers superior ingredients and a refreshing innovative pipeline. But what’s truly impressive is the company itself – the HORN culture fosters creative thinking and embraces meaningful alliances and teamwork. It’s an environment I sought to be part of. HORN is already an established industry leader and its progressive approach to partnership will only open greater opportunities for continued growth in the sports nutrition industry. I’m really honored to be part of the HORN family.”

Prior to joining HORN, Clark provided consulting support for key players in the fitness and sports nutrition industries. He was once the sports nutrition business development manager at Solae, a subsidiary of DuPont, where he helped in the expanded use of soy protein and other ingredients across core sports nutrition companies industry-wide. Over the years, Clark developed partnerships with industry leaders to help penetrate key distribution and retail channels throughout the U.S. As publishing director at Weider Publications where his career began, Clark was responsible for the operating performance of Muscle & Fitness, FLEX and Muscle & Fitness Hers.

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About HORN

Established in 1961, HORN is North America’s premier distributor of specialty ingredients, chemicals and raw materials. Originally founded as a specialty chemical distributor, HORN remains an entrepreneurial-driven company with a team of technically-expert and trained professionals. Headquartered in La Mirada, Calif., its specialized market segments encompass six distinct distribution business units: Nutraceuticals, FoodTech, Care Elements, Advanced Materials, Coatings and Building Materials and Animal Wellness.

As an employee-owned/ESOP company, HORN’s unique approach to customer service embraces challenge and opens opportunities to reinvent and improve on traditional business models. HORN ranks in the ICIS Top 10 list of North America Chemical Distribution Leaders.

Contact 800-442-HORN or visit for more information.