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President's Executive-in-Residence to Speak


Timothy J. Clark, a partner of Elm Street Capital Partners LLC, based in Rye, N.Y., will share his experiences from investing in private companies in an open discussion during a visit as a President’s Executive-in-Residence at SUNY Cortland on Tuesday, April 12.

Clark, whose private equity firm invests in growing companies throughout the U.S., will begin the discussion at 4:20 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.

The Economics Club presentation, geared for economics majors, students, faculty and staff, is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer period will follow the open discussion.

Drawing on his own experiences, he will describe how he entered into an industry, finance, in which he had no prior contacts or relationships.

During his visit to the campus, Clark also will speak to students in Associate Professor of Economics Timothy Phillips’ Strategic Management class. There, he plans to discuss private equity investing and the benefits and risks of acquiring smaller, middle-market companies. He will meet with the students of Associate Professor of Economics Kathleen Burke and with SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum.

The son of former SUNY Cortland President James M. Clark, he has worked for several private equity investment firms during his 20 year career, including the Blackstone Group and Joseph Littlejohn & Levy. Most recently, at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking Partners, Clark was a senior managing director and a partner in its $1.5 billion private equity fund. He has specific investment experience in numerous sectors including food processing, auto parts, chemicals, building products, agriculture, energy services, technology and manufacturing.

In 2004, Clark started his own investment firm, where he focuses on making investments in owner-managed and operated businesses with revenue between $5 million and $50 million.

Clark received a B.A. from Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

The president of the board of directors of the YMCA of Rye, N.Y., he also serves as president of the board of directors of the non-profit Greater New York chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Clark’s visit as President’s Executive-in-Residence is supported by the President’s Office, Cortland College Foundation, Alumni Affairs Office and Career Services. For more information, contact Tina Aversano at (607) 752-2446 or via email.