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Kieran Clarke '84 - Meredith Video Studios
Until Kieran Clarke stepped foot on the Curry College campus as a freshman back in 1980, he had yet to fully realize the power of networking. Today, the practice of building professional relationships is essential to his career.
"Going to college, succeeding, and then graduating from Curry was totally a game changer in my life. I never really appreciated what kind of opportunities existed out there in the world until I got there. My education and degree opened a lot of doors to new ideas for me."
Born in the Bronx and raised in Sayreville, New Jersey, Clarke '84 is now the Executive Vice President of Meredith Video Studios - a media and marketing firm that creates and distributes content using almost every type of medium under the sun, including television, cable video on demand, web, mobile and magazines.
"I love working here. It's a great company that has strong assets in publishing - Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal and many more - and Meredith also owns a dozen local television stations across the country, made up of CBS, Fox, NBC and MyNetwork affiliates."
He was integral in launching Parents.TV, a sub-brand of Meredith which transforms their award-winning print content into video programming for the web and Comcast Cable On Demand, which reaches over 15 million homes across the country.
Clarke boasts a ton of experience in the realm of media sales since graduation, which prepared him for eventual success at Meredith. But he also credits the curriculum, specifically his Management studies at Curry, for putting him on that path to success.
"The liberal arts foundation taught at Curry was really meaningful to what I do now. I remember that Curry wasn't the prototypical academic environment where you had a large class with lectures translated strictly from a textbook. Instead, there was real world language being communicated in a way that students could understand what the professional landscape was going to be like in three or four years."
The intimacy of the college and its proximity to Boston were both very appealing to Clarke when looking at schools.
"The size of Curry met my needs at the time. It wasn't overwhelmingly big to the point where I would get lost and it was in the right geographic location. Its close proximity to Boston was attractive to me and my parents as well."
The opportunity to play sports at the college level was also high on his list of priorities. Clarke played defensive back for the Curry Colonels Football squad.
Attending Curry was also a Clarke family tradition of sorts back then. His sister, Kate '86 [Management], would eventually join the ranks of Curry alum. He also met his wife, Edie (Ambrose) Clarke '85 [Management], while studying here.
He recently made a trip back to Milton to catch up and see the some of the recent changes on campus.
"I already had a very positive feeling about this setting 30 years ago when I was a student. Only now it is so much more substantial, so much more of a modern campus. It's thrown me for a loop, it's absolutely beautiful."
Walking through Curry's recently constructed 84,000 square foot Student Center, Clarke couldn't believe he was on the same campus he had called home for 4 years.
"We had [the] Drapkin [student center] at the time, and I loved it back then, but now you have this state-of-the-art restaurant, sports facility and fitness center. What an incredible difference. "
As a proud Curry alumnus working in the world of Media, he runs into fellow, successful Colonels all over the country. In his business trust is essential to getting any deal done, and when speaking with Curry alums Clarke feels that any potential deal is already half done.
"It's an instant link when I run into a Curry alum at a meeting or an event. There is a trust or familiarity advantage. In business, that saves money and time. It can make a deal come together much quicker."
Clarke lives in Darien, Connecticut with Edith and their four children.
Update: In 2010, Clarke was invited back to campus and gave the keynote speech at Curry College's annual New Student Convocation, welcoming the incoming Class of 2014.
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