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Soon after joining Open Road, he found


the business to be relationship driven. “It’s nothing for me to meet a safety


director in Tennessee, another in Nebraska and a third one in Maryland, and find out they know each other,” Clark said. “You’d be surprised at how small the industry is. No matter the size of the carrier — organizations with 15,000 drivers and organizations with 150 drivers — they share ideas across the board. They work together. Everybody shares their expertise and ideas.” The spirt of camaraderie extends to many areas. Clark is involved in a number of state organizations that benefit the industry, such as American Trucking Association and Truckload Carriers Association. He also interacts with the community as Open Road sponsors events and teams up with carriers to honor drivers through the presentation of items such as gift cards or during celebrations, such as cookouts. Clark’s penchant for making a difference


doesn’t end at 5 p.m. As an active member of his community, he’s involved in his local church. He said it’s a small congregation that performs a “number of outreach efforts, some of which are to the homeless.” “We reach out to people who live in


underserved neighborhoods, people who are having struggles in their lives. This involves a lot of food and a little preaching,” Clark said. “Through serving, we’ve found that often they feel nobody ever sees them. And it’s true. We often pass by people and don’t think about their situations.” The group’s decision to go out into the


community is often spontaneous. Some days, he said, they’ll arrive at the church only to have the pastor announce that they’re having service by serving others. “Nothing gets people’s attention — especially the homeless — like food, and people really appreciate it that we’re not ‘selling church.’ We talk about Jesus, but our purpose isn’t to add names to the church’s


roll. We just want to offer hope,” Clark said. He and wife Debbie live in Overland Park,


Kansas, where they’ll soon welcome a fifth grandchild.


“It’s true, what they say, it’s a lot easier being a grandparent,” he said, laughing. At 60, Clark said, he loves what he


does and wouldn’t want to do anything else, although growing up, he considered becoming a lawyer. “I was an argumentative kid,” Clark


said, laughing. “In fact, my friend’s mother thought I’d be an attorney. My middle initial is Z. She joked that my firm’s name and motto would be A to Z Clark, where we handle everything under the law from A to Z.”


These days, Clark said, he tries to be


pretty straight forward. “I’m honest with everyone. I let


them know what we can do for them, and if we can’t do something, I tell them that too.”


Sometimes People Must Come Together for a Mission


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