Written by Emily Glaser
Clark Communications Expands Its Footprint & Strategies
If there’s one thing entrepreneurs know, it’s that things don’t always go according to plan. But for Tom Clark of Clark Communications, that turned out just fine.
When the current president and owner of the printing and marketing company graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, he had his eye on a job in pharmaceuticals. “As I approached graduation from Tennessee, a pharmaceutical job that I thought was perfect for me fell through at the last minute after multiple interviews,” he remembers. “I headed home with a huge dose of humility and no job.”
There he found his recently retired father, Edward L. Clark, vested in a new business interest, a one-person printshop named Crowder Printing. The Clarks, Tom points out, were a family of entrepreneurs and business owners: His grandfather had founded the Clark Fowler Cigar Co., shortly after the Great Depression, and his father had run the business until his own retirement.
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