Bob Clark

Executive Chairman and Founder

Bob started Clayco with the goal of finding new, better ways to do business, and hasn’t looked back since. Over the past 30+ years, Bob has grown Clayco into one of the top full-service building firms in North America while building Clayco’s commitment to the communities in which they work and becoming a national civic and business leader. Bob has established and nurtured a culture of innovation, collaboration and a can-do attitude that continues to make Clayco the best option for clients, and one of the best places to work in the country.

What Inspires My Team?

I have three key attributes of the business that I never veer from and I talk often about them.

At Clayco, we surround ourselves with the “Best and Brightest.” Our company is full of over achievers, most smarter than me. They are a group of ambitious, thoughtful, diverse people that want to make a difference in the world and an impact every day.

Secondly, my dad, Harold Clark, instilled in me to think about the golden rule every day – “to treat people how you want to be treated.” This applies to how we partner with subcontractors and vendors and basically set us apart as a true partner to the supply chain.

And thirdly, if you do the first two things religiously, you can be selective about where you apply your craft. YOU chose where you spend your time, so choose carefully and get yourselves in a position to be able to decide your own fate.

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Educational Affiliations
Advisory Board Member, Washington University Medical – National Scientific Council
Board Member, Central Institute for the Deaf (Past President of The Board)
Advisory Board Member, Urban Health Initiative University of Chicago
Board of Trustees, University of Chicago Medical Center
Former Saint Louis University Trustee
Board of Trustees, Loyola University Chicago
Board of Directors, After School Matters

Civic Affiliations
City of Chicago – Committee on Design
National Finance Committee Member for Senator Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign and served as the Missouri chair for the “Committee for Change”
National Finance Committee Member for Vice-President Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign
Presidential Appointment to the White House Preservation Committee
Member, Economic Club of Chicago
Director, Children’s Memorial Hospital Physical Facilities Subcommittee

Business Affiliations
Member, Forbes Real Estate Council
Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Member, Young Presidents Organization (Past Chapter Chair)

Cultural Affiliations
Board Member, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Board Member, Forest Park Forever
Board Member, Chicago Architecture Biennial