On the Rise: Carter Clark
Mobile tire tech | Clark Tire Center Inc. dba Clark Tire Pros | Age: 20
What was your first job in the industry?
Working part-time for my grandfather and father installing passenger and light truck tires, making repairs on small farm tires, and organizing the tires, tubes, and wheels.
What attracted you to the industry?
Family business opportunity and the desire to continue the family business as well as an interest in the tire industry. An immediate career opportunity upon graduation was also quite attractive to me.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
The position and responsibilities are not eight to five and not just five days a week. During our busier times it can be long days and nights. Plus keeping up with the tire industry standards is a challenge.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
My Father and my grandfather. Being able to watch them both over the years and how our business has changed over time.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the industry?
I feel my biggest accomplishment is running our service truck which requires a lot of knowledge of different types of equipment, wheel and tire assemblies, and correct applications. I also completed the Basic Farm Tire Service Program provided by the Tire Industry Association. At just 20 years of age, gaining the trust of our farm and commercial customers has been a priority.
What’s the biggest issue facing the industry today?
Finding people who want to work and work hard, and finding people with dedication and a good work ethic.
Tell us about your family.
My parents are Dave and Dawn Clark, owners of Clark Tire Center, Inc. I have one sister, Emily who is in middle school, and I have twin brothers who will be 4. Plus I have a black Lab that keeps me busy.
What’s your favorite weekend activity?
Deer hunting, fishing, golfing, and being outdoors.
What keeps you up at night?
Service calls, fire calls, and an energetic black Lab.
Tell us something about yourself others might not know.
I am a volunteer fireman.
If we took your cell phone away and said it would cost you $1,000 to get it back, how long would you survive until you paid the ransom?
Not long. I have a lot of customers who have my cell phone number and it also is a way I keep connected to my family and friends.