Scott Clark pursues "giant step forward" for the Dallas-Fort Worth and the Raleigh, North Carolina, offices.
Ever since he was a kid, Scott Clark has been building things. Growing up he spent much of his time restoring classic cars with his dad — everything from Model As to Studebakers to Jaguars. These days he tinkers with his 1957 Indian motorcycle or the 1972 Datsun 240Z he's rebuilding with his 17-year-old son, Callen.
Since being named general manager of Burns & McDonnell offices in Dallas, Fort Worth and Raleigh, N.C., in January, Clark is now building something quite different - three regional offices.
While continuing his role as national practice leader for the firm's OnSite Energy & Power Group, Clark now manages regional employee-owners working within the Environmental Studies & Permitting, Construction/Design-Build, Global Facilities, Business & Technology Services, and Transmission & Distribution groups.
Building a Career
After graduating in 1987 from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Clark began his career at General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) working on the F-16, F-22 and A-12 programs. In 1991 he joined Carter & Burgess, a Fort Worth-based consulting engineering company. During his 19 years there he worked alongside Burns & McDonnell on projects at the University of Texas and the University of Chicago, and on master plan implementation for Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO).
"In working with Burns & McDonnell, I gained a high regard for the firm's capabilities," Clark says. "After being invited to visit the corporate office, I was impressed with everything I learned about the culture and the ownership model."
In January 2010 Clark and Jon Schwartz joined Burns & McDonnell. Together they opened the firm's Fort Worth office — in the game room of Clark's home, equipped only with two cell phones, two laptops and a printer. Since then Schwartz has become regional manager for OnSite Energy & Power in Fort Worth, where Clark now oversees 58 employee-owners occupying an entire floor of an office building. Clark also manages another 36 people in Dallas and 26 in Raleigh.
Building on Success
Clark assumed responsibility for the DFW office from Leslie Duke, senior vice president and general manager of the Burns & McDonnell Houston office. Duke says Clark's leadership skills and experience made the transition an easy one.
"What makes Scott such an incredible leader is that he knows how to build a business locally, regionally and nationally," Duke says. "He rebuilt a business, and his people respected him enough to follow him. It's an amazing and unique quality that's hard to come by."
During his early days as general manager, Clark met in small groups with all employee-owners in the DFW and Raleigh offices, gathering input for a strategic plan to guide the remainder of the year.
"I'm listening, learning and challenging each of our employee-owners to take a giant step forward," Clark says. "I'm encouraging everyone to add more value to the company."
Even as Clark's responsibilities continue to build, he remains committed to strong relationships. His work with TECO endures, now for Burns & McDonnell on the West Cooling Tower Replacement project.
"He's very knowledgeable, personable, and he takes the job very seriously," says Steve Swinson, TECO president and CEO. "He does a great job of listening, organizing and moving forward in a methodical way. He's very honest and straightforward and acts like he's a part of your organization."
When he's not on the job building relationships or in his garage building motors, Clark can be found at the race track, where he races a vintage open-wheel car — and often wins. In addition to his son, Callen, his cheering section includes his wife, Jana, and his 14-year-old daughter, Jessie.
Contact Scott at 817-840-1233.