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William A. Clement, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Potatoes, Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Don't give in, don't give up, and don't give out.

Birthplace

Born:
1/22/1943
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Potatoes, Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Don't give in, don't give up, and don't give out.

Birthplace

Born:
1/22/1943
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Entrepreneur and corporate chief executive William Alexander Clement, Jr. was born on January 22, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia to politician Josephine Dobbs Clement and Executive Vice President for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company William Alexander Clement, Sr. Clement received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1964, majoring in mathematics and business administration, and his M.B.A. degree in finance and insurance from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967.

Clement worked as a credit analyst for NCNB Corporation (predecessor to Bank of America) in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a registered representative for Bache & Company as well as a representative for The Robinson-Humphrey Company prior to becoming vice president and senior loan officer of Citizens Trust Bank in 1973. In 1977, Clement was a political appointee in the Carter Administration and served as an associate administrator of the United States Small Business Administration. While in this position, he served as senior management officer for the federal government’s largest minority business development program. Clement also received a presidential appointment by President Jimmy Carter to join the board of directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank in Washington, D.C. In addition, he was founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of DOBBS, RAM & Company, a systems integration company. Founded in 1981, DOBBS, RAM & Company was engaged by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to maintain its E-Filing System.

Clement became an outside director of Atlanta Life Insurance Company in 1992, and in 2001, the board of directors named him chairman. In 2008, Clement was elected president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., and worked in this position for three years. He also served on the boards of two publicly-traded companies, Radiant Systems, Inc. and TRX, Inc.

Clement has been active in numerous civic and community organizations. He was former chair of the board of Opportunity Funding Corporation, a trustee of the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, and a former trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center. He served on the board of directors of The Commerce Club and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Clement was also a charter member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a former co-chair of the Atlanta Action Forum and a former chair of the Atlanta Business League. He has served as a member of the trustee board ministry of Antioch Baptist Church, as co-grantor of the Brown-Clement Endowed Scholarship Fund at Morehouse College, and a member of the Society of International Business Fellows.

Clement is married to R. Ressie Guy-Clement and is the father of two daughters and the grandfather of two grandchildren.

William Alexander Clement, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William A. Clement, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William A. Clement, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his maternal family history, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his maternal family history, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his father, William Clement, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William A. Clement, Jr. remembers his grandparents' farm on Edisto Island in South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his childhood neighborhood of Buttermilk Bottom in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - William A. Clement, Jr. recalls his childhood memories of Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his mother, Josephine Dobbs Clement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his father, William Clement, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - William A. Clement, Jr. begins to talk about his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his grandfather's emphasis on education, and his mother's sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William A. Clement, Jr. continues to describe his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William A. Clement, Jr. remembers his childhood neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his five siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William A. Clement, Jr. remembers attending majority white summer camps in Boston, Massachusetts as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William A. Clement, Jr. recalls his activities during his junior high years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William A. Clement, Jr. remembers his favorite teacher at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his decision to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about sit-ins in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his experience with segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William A. Clement, Jr. remembers his senior prom at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his experience at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes Dr. Benjamin Mays and his professors at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his jobs in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about working for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company as a college student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William A. Clement, Jr. recalls the desegregation of Rich's Department Store and hearing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes working for Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his experience at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his first job out of graduate school with the NCNB Corporation and the bank's history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his first wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - William A. Clement, Jr. recalls working for Bache & Company, and for Robinson-Humphrey Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about Maynard Jackson's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - William A. Clement, Jr. recalls working with Herman Russell and Jesse Hill during Maynard Jackson's mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about the history of Citizens Trust Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - William A. Clement, Jr. details his tenure as vice president of Citizens Trust Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his work as an associate administrator of the Small Business Administration in the President Jimmy Carter Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about the benefits of his experiences in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about the beginning of The Dobbs Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his company, DOBBS, RAM & Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his second marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about how he became the chairman of Atlanta Life Insurance in 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his work on the board of Radiant Systems, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about the national reach of Atlanta Life Financial Group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his church, Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his participation in 100 Black Men and the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his work on the Opportunity Funding Corporation and Friends of Morehouse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his parents' deaths and managing Maynard Jackson's estate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about politicians in his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about his grandchildren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William A. Clement, Jr. shares his advice for future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William A. Clement, Jr. shares his business advice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William A. Clement, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William A. Clement, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William A. Clement, Jr. talks about what he would do differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William A. Clement, Jr. narrates his photographs