WICHITA – Bob Baker is the new president of Clark Investment Group, but that doesn't mean former president Steve Clark is going anywhere. He's still chairman of the board of the real estate and investment firm.
"We need to start looking ahead," says Clark, who is 71. "There's still a role for me to play, but I need to be mindful if something happens to me."
Clark says he wants "to have strong leadership in place."
"They need to be able to operate without me, but I intend to contribute," he says.
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"Bob is a very hard working, very smart guy. He's earned the right to move up and lead our company."
Clark's father, Layman, started the company in the 1950s. Clark began working there while he was in college in the 1960s.
"He mentored me and got me started in real estate investments," Clark says.
He's since expanded the company considerably. About 85 percent of the company's focus is on real estate.
"We're also entrepreneurial in terms of investing."
Clark's son, Stephen Clark II, also works at the company, but his father says he's a little young to take over.
"There's nothing like experience, and he's getting some good experience now," Clark says. "If he continues to grow, his time will come."