Kevin Clark, Class of 2009, will be honored with West Virginia University Potomac State College’s “Young Alumni Award” in recognition of his accomplishments.
The presentation will take place during the College’s annual awards banquet to be held Saturday, Sept. 28 where the Alumni Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards will also be presented.
Clark has served as the executive director of the Mineral County Development Authority since 2014. He directs all aspects of the development authority’s operations including strategic planning and implementation, program development, marketing, industrial park acquisitions and development, brownfields clean up, and coordination of incentive packages.
While in this role, Clark has coordinated a complete restructuring of the development authority’s operations resulting in a significant increase in revenue and growing the department from one to three employees. He also implemented an IRS 170 Charitable Exchange Transaction to negotiate the purchase of a warehouse appraised at $11 million for $1 million. Additionally, the warehouse had monthly revenue of $56,000. Clark also implemented a business retention and expansion program resulting in 830 new jobs and an investment of more than $100 million.
Clark is currently the co-owner of JBAK LLC, a Subway franchise in Fort Ashby, W.Va., and owner of Clarkments Student Housing and Clark Construction, both in Keyser, W.Va. He served as manager of Whisner Construction in New Creek, W.Va. from 2010 to 2013. He was a partner of Premier Homes and Development LLC that he started in 2016 and sold in 2017. He served as a project manager for Ridgecrest Investments, in Frederick, Md., from 2009-2010, involving the redevelopment of a former hospital with 340,000 square feet into commercial units.
Clark is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He plans to take the Certified Economic Development Professional (CEcD) exam in the spring of 2020.
He is also a 2009 graduate of WVU Potomac State College having earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in business management.
Clark is actively involved in the community serving in the following capacities:
Vice chair for the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Board of Directors; Community Trust Foundation, Mineral County Advisory Committee; WVU Medicine, Potomac Valley Hospital Board of Directors; Mineral County Chamber of Commerce member; Mineral County representative for the I-68 Regional Economic Development Partnership; West Virginia Economic Development Council member; Greater Cumberland Committee Economic Development Committee member; District Consortium Education/Economic Development member; Ag Action committee member for the Eastern Community and Technical College; Mineral County Day Planning Committee member; Local Emergency Planning Committee member; Region VI Workforce Investment Board of Directors; Mineral County Farmland Preservation board member; and Keyser Rotary Club member.
Clark and his wife, April, are the parents of Jack. The family resides in Keyser, W.Va.
The Awards banquet will be held in the Davis Conference Center; social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. The deadline for making reservations is September 24.
Reservations are required for the banquet and can be made by contacting Derek Artimez at 304-788-6870, or at PSC-Alumni@mail.wvu.edu. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.