ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Tom Clark
He helped bring 45,000 jobs to the metro area last year
CEO, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
Working the phones for 24 of the past 30 years, Clark has overseen Denver’s economic development ascendance. He helped bring 45,000 jobs to the metro area last year, and that number could top 50,000 by the end of 2015.
Denver has transformed from a “district town” to a “headquarters town,” Clark notes, marked by wins like Arrow Electronics and DaVita. The phone started ringing off the hook in late 2014 and hasn’t let up much since, he adds. “There’s a perpetual motion machine when you become a top-tier option. You’re on everybody’s list.”
He’s quick to point out that it’s a team effort involving “vision, tenacity, and a lot of luck.” Landing Panasonic’s new facility near DIA was “a culmination of the Tokyo flight we spent 27 years trying to get and focusing on Japanese companies,” says Clark, adding that FasTracks was also critical.