Graduates with Clark Associates

Penn State grads play critical roles in maintaining the exciting, energetic, and productive work environment here at Clark Associates. Many Penn State grads hold prominent leadership positions that provide the drive, direction, and results that contribute to our rapid growth. In addition to all their hard work, they also have a lot of fun working at Clark Associates! Check out some of the bios below to meet a few of our Penn State grads!

Meet the Alumni

Dan

Purchasing Manager

Emily

Assistant Buyer

Katelyn

Purchasing Assistant

Melissa

Marketing Manager

Will

Disposables Buyer

Dan

Purchasing Manager

"The company continues to grow and open even more opportunities for existing employees and new hires..."

After graduating Penn State in the winter of 2010, I joined Clark Associates as a Jr. Buyer. I applied my background in restaurants and what I learned from Business Management courses to earn a promotion to Countertop Equipment Buyer. Two years after that I was lucky enough to be promoted to my current position and provide a positive impact on a rapidly growing company. Today the company continues to grow and open even more opportunities for existing employees and new hires. The Purchasing department handles sourcing, pricing, inventory control, and many aspects of marketing across three distribution channels. I enjoy being in control of product categories and seeing the results of hard work in the form of increased sales and margin. As a manager, I enjoy helping my employees grow in their careers here at Clark Associates and providing guidance to achieve the company’s initiative. I am thankful I was given the opportunity to start my career here and plan on many more great years!

Emily

Assistant Buyer

"...there is no limit to what you can do and learn. "

I graduated from Penn State in 2015 and started working for Clark Associates in 2016. One of my friends actually mentioned Clark Associates to me; he was an intern at the time, and within a week of applying I received an interview! I worked all 4 years of college in the healthcare industry, so to switch and start working in the foodservice industry was definitely out of my comfort zone - but well worth it in the end! One of things that Clark Associates recognizes is hardworking employees that take the initiative to learn and grow within the company. That’s one of the things I love about this company; there is no limit to what you can do and learn. I started out as a Purchasing Analyst, but within my first year I was promoted to an Assistant Buyer where my focus is on new items, inventory control, and market research. I enjoy working in the Purchasing Department because there are endless opportunities to grow as an individual – both personally and professionally.

Katelyn

Purchasing Assistant

"I enjoy working at Clark Associates for many different reasons, and look forward to what the future brings at such a great company!"

Before I began my career at Clark Associates I did not have any experience in the Procurement division. Shortly after starting, I was able to use many of the skills and experiences from Penn State to be effective within this new field including training new employees and maintaining an organized system to manage vendors. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to be promoted to a Purchasing Assistant role and take on new responsibilities, allowing me to be the most useful while still being challenged and engaged. Within my position, I enjoy being able to work closely with my co-workers to solve problems, implement new systems, and find the most efficient approaches to processes on a day-to-day basis. What I like about working at Clark is their consistent support of employees through new trainings, employee recognition, and continued support of employees moving toward their best career path. Another responsibility I have recently taken on is to work with a group to coordinate fun events for our employees including food trucks for lunch, fitness classes, and a summer Luau. These events help promote a positive work environment and provide ongoing incentives to keep working hard. I enjoy working at Clark Associates for many different reasons, and look forward to what the future brings at such a great company!

Melissa

Marketing Manager

"Clark Associates really takes the time to find great employees, and help them succeed within their field..."

I graduated from Penn State in 2010 and started as the Lead Graphic Designer at Clark Associates later that summer. Over the next couple years, I was given increased responsibility and was promoted to Marketing Manager. My department is responsible for a number of tasks including the creation of monthly mailed flyers, coding weekly email advertisements, designing packaging for the items we sell, and putting trade show displays together! This wide variety of projects keeps every day unique and exciting. Through my time at Clark, I learned so much that could never be taught in a classroom – hiring skills, business communication, management techniques, and all about the food service industry. Clark Associates really takes the time to find great employees, and help them succeed within their field. With our fast-paced, rapidly-growing environment, there is no way I could ever get bored here. It's the perfect transition from the PSU community.

Will

Disposables Buyer

"It was clear that after exploring the company, Clark was the right fit for me..."

I enjoy working for a company that is growing and changing with the market. As a supply chain major, I knew that buying and procurement was my main interest, and I wanted to work with a group of professionals that also enjoyed finding the best suppliers in the industry. It was clear that after exploring the company, Clark was the right fit for me once I graduated from Penn State. Today, I am constantly searching for new connections, faster supply, and negotiating prices with a great team. Clark is also invested in my professional growth. I am offered many opportunities to meet with vendors worldwide, and strategize with others all over the nation. I couldn’t see myself working for any other company

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