Our CEO, Andy Clark, recently presented at 1 Million Cups Daytona on the topic “Company History & Overcoming Adversity”. Several entrepreneurs, community leaders, and even quite a few All Aboard Properties employees attended the presentation held at Cinematique Theatre off of Beach St. in Downtown Daytona.
So what goes into building a lasting company? Some businesses start with an idea from one person. Others might start off with a group of people coming together with a common goal.
In our case, All Aboard Properties began as Clark Properties in 1952 from the hard work and dedication of Douglas Clark, who began building houses in Illinois, and then moved down to Florida, bringing with him the passion to keep building properties. The family business began to slowly grow over the decades and continues to this day as a family business with Doug’s son, Andy Clark, at the helm and continuing to grow the company.
Much of the Port Orange area would probably look very different if the Clark family had not moved down and gotten involved in real estate. It’s only natural that when you live in an area, you want to improve that area and make it nice for you and everyone else living in that area.
All Aboard Storage started becoming the company’s focus in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and is now the main driver of the company with a goal of opening 1 new local storage facility a year.
Being an entrepreneur and building a business (even a family business) is not always an easy thing and comes with ups and downs. Some things that make Andy Clark’s story different and compelling is the plane crash that changed their lives, the death of his father in 2009, and the painful recession that all happened at the same time.
If you haven’t heard the story, it’s well worth it to watch his presentation below:
(the entire presentation was recorded, but a few minutes on the end got cut off due to the camera)
Also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Eas8cmMuTUw