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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
In any case...

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
In any case...

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Business executive Frank Clark is the perfect example of an American success story. He was born on September 3, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois. He married his wife Vera at age twenty, and was hired in the mailroom of ComEd, an Illinois electric company, shortly thereafter. In 1967, Clark was drafted into the military and his career at ComEd was interrupted by a tour of duty in Vietnam. His first son, Frank M. Clark III was born later that year.

Clark would return to ComEd after his tour of duty and go on to a distinguished career with ComEd. Clark has served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Western Division Commercial Manager, Public Affairs Manager, and Senior Staff Attorney to both the Rate and Regulatory Affairs Departments, in addition to holding several positions in the Purchasing Department. In 2001, Clark was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President of Exelon Energy Delivery (ComEd's parent company) and President of ComEd. Clark holds degrees in law and business administration, both from Chicago's DePaul University.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Family Services, Governor State University Foundation, the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, and the Chicago Legal Clinic. He also serves on the board of the Adler Planetarium. Clark and his wife, Vera, who he met in grade school, reside in Hazel Crest, Illinois and have two sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frank Clark interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frank Clark's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Clark discusses mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Clark talks about his mother and grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Clark talks about his father and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frank Clark remembers his early childhood and elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frank Clark describes some childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frank Clark discusses his childhood dreams
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frank Clark describes some early educational influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Frank Clark discusses his interest in poetry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Frank Clark describes meeting his future wife
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Frank Clark discusses his early career choices
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Frank Clark discusses his Catholicism and racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Frank Clark descibes the connection between his marriage and career path
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Clark is drafted and sent to Vietnam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Clark describes his military training and Vietnam experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Clark talks about racism in Vietnam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Clark describes his Vietnam experience and early career goals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frank Clark discusses adjusting to life after Vietnam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frank Clark describes his first promotion at ComEd
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frank Clark discusses race at ComEd
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frank Clark talks about other African-American executives at ComEd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Clark discusses civil rights in Chicago and at ComEd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Clark moves through the ranks at ComEd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Clark recalls receiving his college degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Clark discusses law school and his rise at ComEd
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Clark describes his experiences lobbying in Springfield, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Clark discusses the Restructuring Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frank Clark expresses pride in his career at ComEd
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Clark discusses African-Americans in the corporate world
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Clark talks about his hopes and concerns for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Clark reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - Frank Clark with his siblings, 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Photo - Frank Clark in his school photo at Wadsworth Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, 1952
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Frank Clark's Army photo from Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1967
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Frank Clark with his wife and son, 1972
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Frank Clark on his way to Fort Gordon, Georgia, September 1967
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Frank Clark in the Army at An Khe, Vietnam, 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Frank Clark with his mother and son, ca. 1969-1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Frank Clark in his home, Calumet Park, Illinois, October, 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Frank Clark vacationing with his family in Washington, D.C., September, 1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Frank Clark with coworkers at a forklift company, Hazel Crest, Illinois, 1973
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Frank Clark celebrating the birthday of his son, Steven Clark, July 2, 1985
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Frank and Vera Clark toasting their 18th wedding anniversary, December 4, 1983
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Frank Clark speaking at an Exelon Corporation event, January, 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Frank Clark with colleagues playing golf, ca. 1995-1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Frank Clark and others celebrating the opening of a computer lab at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 2000