‘Do the right thing,’ 10 years and running

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Ten years ago, Chris Clark placed a bet on the two decades of automotive experience he had gained working for respected industry mentors, and went all in on his own venture, opening Clark’s Tire & Automotive at 16010 E. Sprague Ave.

Since that day on Aug. 8, 2010, he’s built a business around serving the community and has been blessed to see that community support him back. Clark’s philosophy is simple: “Do the right thing.” Emphasizing integrity, customer service and a one-stop automotive care philosophy, his business has grown rapidly, including the addition of a second location at 710 W. Francis Ave. in Spokane.

Along the way, Clark’s has picked up awards from local Chambers of Commerce and recognition from the dozens of sports teams, school fund-raisers and nonprofit causes the business has supported.

His favorites are the times he has been able to help connect people down on their luck with a vehicle or discounted service, or donating proceeds from special events to a favorite nonprofit like SNAP or Meals on Wheels. He is also proud of his partnership with the Washington State Patrol, maintaining and repairing many fleet vehicles over the years.

Clark defers a lot of credit for his success to his team of longtime employees.

“I just have a really good crew,” he said. “It’s almost like hand-picking the best of the best.”

Away from the business, Clark loves everything outdoors and his beloved Seattle Seahawks. His first love is his family, including wife, Erin, and their five children.

NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook.

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