With John Henry of Cofound Harlem, and Harlem Capital Partners
Dwayne J. Clark is the co-founder and CEO of Aegis Living, one of the most sought-after assisted living facilities in the country. He redefined an industry and grew Aegis Living from a dream to a company that has over $2.6 billion in real estate assets, over $240 million in revenue, over 2,000 staff members and seven projects currently under development in the Seattle area.
In this episode, Dwayne shares with us his business insights as one of Seattle’s most successful CEOs who was inspired by his very humble beginnings. He was raised by his mother, and never forgot what it was like to be raised in poverty. Today he supports over 70 charities and founded three including The Potato Soup Foundation and the Queen Bee Cafe.
His advice about how to hire the right people, the importance of company culture, and unheard of 100-day training programs are valuable insights for business owners. For anyone interested in business in general, Dwayne talks about how he achieved his success building a brand and how he acquired real estate assets.
Dwayne isn’t just an accomplished businessman and philanthropist – he is also an author and playwright. His first play, “Seven Ways to Get There” premiered in early 2015 at Seattle’s ACT Theatre.
Dwayne is married to Terese, who owned a nurse consulting practice and previously ran a luxury day spa known as Spa Agio. He has two successful children, Adam and Ashley, who both work for Aegis Living.
In this episode you’ll learn:
Dan Lok: Welcome to another episode of Dan Lok show. Today we are in actually New York City, and I’m with John Henry. Now John not only is an entrepreneur, but also a real estate investor as well as owns a venture capital company.
John Henry: That’s right.
Dan Lok: Now before we even talk about John’s story, I want to talk a little bit about this space.
John Henry: Let’s talk about it.
Dan Lok: Let’s talk about this space. Like what makes this space, co-working space, so special?
John Henry: First things first, thank you for having me on.
Dan Lok: Welcome man, welcome.
John Henry: Appreciate you. And look, what makes this space special is this is the proof right here. Like you’re on a one day trip, you came, you interviewed with Faiza, this content, that content lined up. We connected and it’s central in the city, a lotta energy here, there’s six floors.
Dan Lok: You can feel the entrepreneurial spirit.
John Henry: That’s right.
Dan Lok: The minute you walk in you can feel the hustling.