Deem Employee Spotlight: Tom Clarke

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Tom Clarke is our Senior Director, Car Service at Deem. He celebrated his 9th work anniversary in July and resides in New York.

Describe yourself in three words.  Passionate, Determined, Transparent

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?  Family

Where’s your hometown and where are you based now?   I grew up in Yonkers NY, and now Riverdale, NY 

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?   Grand Canyon – You know why, and if you don’t, go.

What’s the best part about working at Deem and how long have you been here?   I have a long travel and IT background and my position at Deem combines the two worlds. I am part of a great team with a great sense of humor. My colleagues are passionate, smart and fun.  I joined Deem in 2008 when GT3 was acquired by Rearden Commerce.  Prior to GT3  I worked in managed travel both on the TMC and corporate side as VP at Travelong and prior to that Director of Travel at USA Networks.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday afternoon?  The golf course or the gym

What are you passionate about?  Aside from my work and my family, I am passionate about making decisions and forming opinions based on facts.

What does true leadership mean to you? Knowing your people – strengths, weaknesses both professionally and personality-wise. Leading by example and having the backs of your team. Also, the ability to not only hear what people’s input is but to act on it productively for the greater good.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?  Smartphones

Who do you look up to? My father and mother – parents of 11 children

What is the best book you have ever read?   Non-fiction is The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris and The Alienist by Caleb Carr is the best fiction book I’ve read.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.   I am the only left-handed sibling out of 11 brothers and sister and two parents. Draw your own conclusion.

If you could travel back and tell your younger self-anything, what would it be?  Spend your entire savings on FB stock during their IPO which was $19 and now is $183.17.