Beyond Buildings

As a builder, one of the greatest impacts that my industry can have is to shape the environments and the spaces that we live in. Although I do this in my work with Clayco, it is also important for me to work on extra projects to create spaces for community enjoyment.

Some of the key choices we get to make in this life are the things that we prioritize, both with our finances and with our efforts. Over the course of my life, my priorities have shifted immensely, and I now spend a large amount of my time focusing on the work that our foundation is doing, as well as being engaged in impactful community efforts.

On this page, read more about the projects I’m involved in to do with the arts, rare diseases, diversity and inclusion, and leadership.

THE ARTS

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Situated in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States. At any given time, the museum houses various collections that are sure to capture the interest and imaginations of art...

Arts Initiative—Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Arts Initiative—Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Both in my personal engagements and at Clayco, I do what I can to support and promote the arts because I believe they are crucial to our success. One of the newest initiatives we are taking on through the Clayco Foundation is a Future Leaders...

RARE DISEASE

The Lesser-Known Reality of Rare Disease

The Lesser-Known Reality of Rare Disease

Memorial at the Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza, Washington University School of Medicine.The pandemic has demonstrated a lot of things about the medical community and the reality of disease in this day and age. For one thing, when something like COVID...

Rare Disease

Rare Disease

Rare disease, and in particular cerebroretinal vasculopathy (CRV), is acutely personal for my family, having lost two beloved family members to this devastating illness. The first member of the family to succumb to CRV was David Lending, Ellen’s...

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Recognizing the Women in Clayco

Recognizing the Women in Clayco

Clayco is more than just a design-building firm, we are strongly driven by social impact and what we can do to make a difference both Within and Beyond our Walls. We are well aware of the statistics related to women in construction. While women make up 47% of the U.S....

Clayco Rising — A Hub for Diversity and Inclusion Impact

Clayco Rising — A Hub for Diversity and Inclusion Impact

In building, everything starts from the ground up. 25 years ago, we started building diverse and inclusive practices into our company, while also shifting things in the industry. We were the first to introduce a diversity and inclusion program, and have continued to...

Diversity and Racial Equality

Diversity and Racial Equality

My real wake-up call to racial inequality and the lack of diversity in my industry occurred on the very first day I opened the Clayco office in St. Louis. It was in a disadvantaged part of town and an 11-year-old African-American boy approached me asking for a job....

LEADERSHIP & EMPOWERMENT

Inspiring Trust — An Interview with Jason Hartman

Inspiring Trust — An Interview with Jason Hartman

As part of my series about the “Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times," I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob Clark. Bob Clark is executive chairman of Clayco, which he founded in 1984. The enterprise ranks...

Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE

Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE

A couple of months ago, I was asked to join BisNow’s Webinar on Racial Equality, Diversity and Mentorship in CRE (commercial real estate). I was joined by four other industry leaders and pioneers in racial equality, including Damona Strautmanis who...

Mentorship, Empowerment, and Leadership Development

Mentorship, Empowerment, and Leadership Development

Building the world that we want to live in is our responsibility, and this goes beyond just constructing buildings. If we only focus on creating opportunities for ourselves alone, the industry and the community suffer, which in turn limits the...

Make an impact today.

Below, you can find a few valuable organizations that are making a real difference, in a variety of areas. Join me in creating an impact beyond our walls.