C-Suite: Steve Clark

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Class of 2019 C Suite Steve Clark President & CEO Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

Achievements: Clark has led the chamber for 10 years. Previously, he was the longest-serving attorney general in Arkansas, chief of staff for Gov. David Pryor, and assistant dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law. He was also a municipal judge in Brinkley and founded InnerCare, a national behavior health company.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support? It would all go to FARA, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

What is the best business advice you’ve received? Treat people as you expect to be treated. Listen carefully, make eye contact, show respect, [and] care about the person, not the issue.

What is the best business advice you have given? Listen carefully to a person, make eye contact, show respect, and care about that person, not the issue being addressed.

What keeps you up at night or worries you the most? The growing lack of civility among people.

What’s your favorite restaurant in NWA for a business lunch? Cheers at the OPO at Fayetteville Square.

If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you be doing? Teaching.

What’s the first website/app you launch on your smartphone each day? Check email, Fayetteville Flyer, and NWA Democrat-Gazette.

What is your “why?” Why do you get up in the morning, and what keeps you motivated? My “why” is Fayetteville. It is where my family lives, grows and thrives. My job is to get up every day and work to make Fayetteville a better place. It is my perfect job.

In one sentence, can you express the most important thing about being a leader? Listening is the most important thing since it permits one to know and understand before they act or choose not to act.