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BRIAN CLARK
CVO AND TRUSTEE

BRIAN FIRST DISCOVERED HIS PASSION FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP WHEN HE GOT HIS FIRST JOB IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS 13TH BIRTHDAY (LEGAL WORKING AGE) DOING GENERAL MAINTENANCE AROUND THE OWNER'S DAIRY QUEEN STORE.  "THE OWNER AGREED TO HIRE ME OVER THE PHONE BECAUSE HE WAS DESPERATE FOR HELP.  HE DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I WAS ONLY 13 SO HE WAS A LITTLE SHOCKED WHEN I SHOWED UP ON MY BICYCLE",  BRIAN CONTINUED, "HE WAS EITHER IMPRESSED WITH MY EAGERNESS TO WORK OR HE JUST FELT SORRY FOR ME, BUT REGARDLESS HE HIRED ME!"  FROM THERE BRIAN WORKED AS A BARTENDER AT HIS DAD'S BUSINESS AND WOULD LATER GO ON TO OWNING A BUSINESS WITH HIS FATHER.  PAYING HIS OWN WAY THROUGH COLLEGE WITH GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, PART-TIME JOBS AND STUDENT LOANS, BRIAN GOT HIS FIRST "RESUME WORTHY" OPPORTUNITY AS AN INTERN WITH THE US BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA.  HE RECEIVED HIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT FROM JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY IN JACKSONVILLE, ALABAMA.  HE THEN SPENT THE NEXT 25 YEARS WORKING IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR MULTIPLE FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES AS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER, RELATIONSHIP MANAGER, FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND AUDITOR FOR INSTITUTIONAL, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL CAPITAL MARKETS .  ONE OF HIS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS WAS SERVING AS TRUSTEE AND BEING PART OF A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS THAT HELPED MERGE TWO STATE ENTITIES CREATING CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION.  CITIZENS IS THE INSURER OF LAST RESORT FOR THE THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND, AT THE TIME, WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST ISSUERS OF CATASTROPHIC FINANCINGS OF ITS KIND.  BRIAN RECALLS, "BECAUSE WE WERE DOING SOMETHING SO BRAND NEW AT THE TIME, MOST PEOPLE THOUGHT WE WERE CRAZY SETTING UP RESERVE CONTINGENCIES WITH A TRADITIONAL TAX-EXEMPT BOND FINANCING."  BRIAN ACKNOWLEDGED THIS AS A PROUD ACCOMPLISHMENT BUT ADDED, "I AM MOST PROUD OF THE RELATIONSHIPS, I WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT BUILDING AND MANAGING DIVERSE TEAMS WITH A COMMON DESIRE TO SUCCEED AND IT WAS THESE COLLECTIVE TEAMS THAT MADE EACH OF THE START UP VENTURES SO SUCCESSFUL."  BRIAN HAS ADVISED HUNDREDS OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST ORGANIZATIONS, NONPROFITS, GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING, HOSPITAL SYSTEMS AND PRIVATE ENTITIES ALONG WITH INDIVIDUALS, EXECUTIVES,  ATHLETES AND ENTERTAINERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.   BRIAN HAS SERVED ON MULTIPLE BOARDS IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES INCLUDING TREASURER AND DIRECTOR FOR THE JACKSONVILLE SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER, THE FIRST COAST YMCA WILLIAMS ADVISORY BOARD, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ST. AUGUSTINE ADVISORY COUNCIL, PRESIDENT OF JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY NORTH FLORIDA ALUMNI BOARD OF GOVERNORS, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CENTRAL FLORIDA AND IS A MEMBER OF SIGMA NU, MOOSE INTERNATIONAL AND SWITZERLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH.  HE RESIDES IN ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA WITH HIS COLLEGE SWEETHEART AND WIFE, SHARON, AND TWO CHILDREN RYAN AND SYDNEY.

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