Forty Under 40 memories: Dockery Clark
Partner, BlueCap Marketing
Selected to the Forty Under 40 class of 1999 when she was a senior vice president at Bank of America
What do you remember most about being named to Forty Under 40?
I believe I was in the inaugural 1999 class of honorees, which within itself was special. Back then, there wasn’t the hoopla of the black-tie celebration, so it was just the comfort of knowing that I was being recognized with other outstanding professionals for a job well done. Obviously, I was thrilled and honored.
What impact did it have on your career?
I had been in the industry since the early ’80s, which to a large degree was just golf and tennis athletes, the events they played in and their agents. We didn’t have big naming-rights deals or team sponsorships. The ’84 L.A. Olympics changed the sponsorship landscape quite significantly, which became the wild west in a lot of ways. I always appreciated that we now had a media outlet in SBJ dedicated to covering the industry, which brought more accountability to all involved. Being able to read about what others were doing, learn best practices and interact with fellow honorees even today has been incredibly valuable.
What does being selected for Forty Under 40 mean for professional development of young executives?
Well for one, I think any young professional should garner significant confidence that the work they are doing is special and standing out in a very cluttered environment. One is never too old to network, and now they have a built-in support group that will continue to allow them to learn.
Are there any other thoughts/memories about Forty Under 40 that you would like to share?
I always appreciated that SBJ didn’t forget their first honorees. We were recognized in front of our peers at the Thought Leaders conference, I believe, on the 10th anniversary of the award when we received our official plaque of recognition.