My youngest son was born with a rare genetic disorder and Autism. This became the ‘why’ for me to resign from my executive position in Corporate America and start J.D. Clark Professional Services, L.L.C. (JD Clark). The goal was focused on achieving a work/life balance while helping the community and also creating a legacy for my children. I wanted to position my company to support the pending fallout of the 2008/2009 bust of Real Estate.
Initially, the vision was to be the Premier Foreclosure/Real Estate Owned (REO) Property Manager in the Washington Metropolitan Region. I wanted to be a niche solution provider for REO services where my experience and knowledge would not only help my clients but give my company the ability to serve the community and local neighborhoods.
The vision evolved as we expanded into affordable housing and public works. Currently, the vision is ‘Transforming Communities Through Social Impact®. We do this by providing Construction, Consulting and Real Estate Services to Government Agencies, Housing Agencies, Non-Profits and Low to Moderate First Time Homebuyers by demonstrating reliability and expertise while building strong relationships in the communities we serve.
My company does this by leveraging local businesses and residents, to fuel the local economy, as identified by HUD as a Section 3 Business Concern. We serve as a niche mixed use and affordable housing solution provider impacting communities by improving them, evolving them, and establishing them. Our company’s culture exudes into the communities we transform.
A portion of each sale is funding supplemental services to support the community at large with business, credit and housing counseling support.
We provide courseware to educate, to include both live and on-demand courses, and programs. We work with existing community partners to obtain referrals and leverage social media ads to market and consult with local residents in navigating the options of their credit and housing options. The proceeds help offset the for our subscription-based portal on our website and provide scholarship to low to moderate persons to get on track with their budgets, finances, credit, refinancing and/or homebuying strategies.
Again, offering scholarships helps offset the course material reprographics cost. With existing partnerships, we also refer to appropriate community resources, creating one-stop network. We also plan to expand our business coaching to on-line courses (both in-person and on-demand) to help individuals pivot to entrepreneurship by assisting with the original set up of back office and leveraging our SBDC and SBA partnership.