Clark, Stan | 2012
- Birth and Death Year | 1953 - Present
- Induction Year | 2012
- Profession | Entrepreneur
- Oklahoma Connection | Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clark made his home in Stillwater following graduation from Oklahoma State University.
- Hometown | Stillwater
Stan Clark is the founder of Stillwater's "jumpin' little juke joint" Eskimo Joe's.
"It’s incredible that you can’t go through any airport in the world without seeing an Eskimo Joe’s shirt." - Bill Burgess
A native Tulsan, Clark resides in Stillwater where he has built one of Oklahoma’s most recognized brands and become one of our state’s greatest ambassadors. The Stan Clark Companies known as the “Three Amigos” includes the flagship Eskimo Joe’s, Mexico Joe’s, Joseppi’s, and Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group. The Eskimo Joe’s logo, featuring the smiling cartoon Eskimo Joe and his canine friend, Buffy, was created in 1975 by a freshman art student at OSU.
In addition to sponsoring a scholarship at Oklahoma State University in the College of Education, The Stan Clark Companies donations include the South Entry Plaza of the Boone Pickens Stadium, the Stillwater Public Education Foundation, Coaches vs Cancer, Oklahoma Project Women, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Clark Companies also has sponsored the Juke Joint Jog since 1987 and the Three Amigos’ United Way Golf Classic since 1981, both benefiting the Stillwater Area United Way. The companies’ support of the Folds of Honor Foundation directly benefits the families of fallen and disabled veterans with post-secondary scholarships.
Clark received the 2012 Mike Synar Award for Special Olympics Oklahoma. Clark also has been recognized by the OSU Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumnus, had the honor of being Grand Marshall for the OSU Homecoming Parade, and inducted into the OSU Spears School of Business Hall of Fame and the Meinders School of Business Hall of Honor at Oklahoma City University. For ten years, and at the request of three governors, Clark served on the Tourism Commission. He has served multiple terms on the Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a longtime member of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, and has served on the boards of the Jim Thorpe Association and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Clark’s fun loving spirit and personal warmth has permeated every aspect of his company and brand, making Eskimo Joe’s a Stillwater institution, a statewide tourist attraction, and a globally recognized brand. Clark married Shannon Graham and they are the proud parents of three—Maguire, Gabi, and Hudson.