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Dwayne J. Clark

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Dwayne J. Clark - Vulnerability, Authenticity in Senior Living Leadership

Boomer Living Senior Living Broadcast

Dwayne J. Clark founded Aegis Living to offer breakthrough design, disruptive operational concepts and transformative living experiences that bring joy, comfort, and meaning to the lives of seniors. With more than 30 years in the senior housing arena, he is an established leader nationally known for his creativity, innovation, and independent thinking in the development and management of standard setting senior living communities. Under his leadership, Aegis has grown to more than 30 locations in the Western U.S., employs more than 3,000 staff members, and to date has served more than 60,000 residents.In his capacity as CEO, Clark is a sought-after speaker and guest of the media, appearing regularly in print and broadcast with The New York Times, Today, Inc., Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, and NBC. His many personal awards and recognitions include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award from Senior Services.Clark has a strong belief in active philanthropy, the importance of building community and creating an opportunity for others. Clark and his company Aegis Living contribute to more than 70 local and global charities, with Clark founding the following:The Potato Soup FoundationSeattle Seniors StrongThe D1 FoundationThe Queen Bee CaféThe March for CivilityDwayne lives in Seattle with his wife, Terese, who shares his commitment to active philanthropy.Dwayne's LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwaynejclark/


27 Sep 2020

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Dwayne J. Clark: CEO of Aegis Living

The Tyler Wagner Show

Dwayne J. Clark joins us on The Authors Unite Show! This episode is brought to you by Authors Unite. Authors Unite provides you with all the resources you need to become a successful author. You can learn more about Authors Unite here: https://authorsunite.com/ Thank you for listening to The Authors Unite Show! Tyler --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/authorsunite/support


13 Mar 2020

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Promoting Longevity Through Health And Wellness With Dwayne J. Clark

Adventures in Health

Everyone dreams of living longer. Today, Sean Entin and Taylor Smith talks to Dwayne J. Clark, the Founder of Aegis Living, about how to live longer in this fast-paced world. Dwayne shares many of his personal health strategies that he applies for his own well-being. He believes that creativity is directly related to health and wellness. Having been to many countries, he compares the different kinds of foods from different continents and shares interesting food discoveries across the world. He also talks about his daily routine and how meditation is one of the most vital areas of health and wellness. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join the Adventures in Health Community today: adventuresinhealth.tv Adventure in Health Facebook Adventures in Health YouTube Adventures in Health Instagram


30 Dec 2019

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Dwayne J. Clark On Hiring for Company Culture

The Driven Entrepreneur with Matt Brauning

Ep #133 - Dwayne J Clark, the co-founder and CEO of Aegis Living, joins me on The Driven Entrepreneur today for an interview where we dive into business development and hiring for company culture among other topics. Aegis Living has developed into a high-end and sought after provider of assisted living facilities across the country. With Dwayne leading the way, Aegis expanded to more than 30 locations in the United States and now employs more than 2500 staff members. Over the course of the company’s history, Aegis Living has served more than 60,000 residents in total. Aegis has been recognized and won awards for its company culture and leadership. Some of the awards include Best Retirement Facility by 425 Magazine for three consecutive years, Best Assisted Living Design by Senior Housing News, and the Family Business Growth Award by the Seattle Business Magazine. As CEO of the company, Dwayne is a sought after speaker and frequent guest of the media. He has appeared within The NY Times, Forbes, Inc, The Hollywood Reporter and NBC. In 2007, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Beyond his company work, Dwayne is the founder of True Productions and has produced several documentaries and films. He is also an author and playwright having written 6 books including his upcoming release of “30 Summers Left” which we discuss in our interview. He has written 6 books and we will discuss his upcoming book, “30 Summers Left,” during this interview. During our conversation, we will explore Dwayne’s childhood, his start as an entrepreneur, and how he hires to build the right culture for his businesses. Dwayne says that you can't teach heart so you need to find it in the beginning. It’s a great interview so listen in and enjoy the episode! Learn More about Dwayne J. Clark: Visit Dwayne's Website: https://dwaynejclark.com/ Check Out a Sneak Peak on Dwayne's Upcoming Book "30 Summers Left:" https://dwaynejclark.com/30-summers-more/ Get Dwayne's Book "A Big Life" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/099929010X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i2 Follow Dwayne J Clark on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aegislivingceo/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwaynejclark/ Whether you are new to The Driven Entrepreneur Podcast or are a fan, please don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to the show. Your support and your reviews help this show to attract prolific guests and to provide the best listening experience possible. Also, I love to hear from the fans and listeners. Please share your feedback, guest suggestions, or ideas for show topics with me on social media. Follow Matt Brauning on Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattbrauning Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattbrauning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattbrauning Visit Matt Brauning's Websites: www.mattbrauningpodcast.com www.fireboxbook.com Get a copy of my brand new book, "The Firebox Principle," on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Firebox-Principle-Drives-Every-Entrepreneur-ebook/dp/B07FDKK9QW


18 Jun 2019

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GET YOUNGER NOW! Roll Back Years & Find More Energy! Plus a Mindfulness Guided Meditation | Dwayne J. Clark

Inspire Nation Show with Michael Sandler

If you’ve ever wanted turn back the clock and feel more youthful than ever before, then do we have the 30 Summers More, show for you! Today I’ll be talking with Dwayne J. Clark, philanthropist, playwrite, producer, co-founder and CEO of Aegis Living, and the author of a beautiful book, for rolling back your life, 30 Summers More. And that’s just what I want to talk with him about, how to get younger at any age, and find greater health, sleep and energy!!! Where did Dwayne grow up and what was his childhood like? What was it like growing up impoverished (and sometimes without food)? How did his childhood fuel him to great wealth and success??? How did he end up studying with Wayne Dyer??? How did he end up becoming a prison guard in a SuperMax prison? How’d he go from a Prison Guard to Senior Housing? What was his big health scare and how did it shift the direction of his life? What’s the Japense term Karoshi (literally “Overwork Death”) have to do with all of us? What can we learn about longevity from the 60,000 older people Dwayne has worked with? What does sleep have to do with getting younger? What’s the danger of NSAID’s like Ibuprofen and Motrin? What are the challenges we’re all running into with sleep? What’s the harm to the brain if we don’t get enough sleep? What’s an aura ring??? And what does it track??? What can we learn from your heart being elevated at night? What’s the advantage of wearing a “wearable”? What’s the importance of drinking water or hot water first thing in the morning??? What is Dwayne’s morning routine? What’s the difference between exercise and movement? Why is it movement that’s so important??? What does it mean to trick yourself to get moving? What’s the importance of standing? Why is balance so critical to your health? How can we practice balance while brushing our teeth? What’s a big-bird exercise? What can we learn from Dr. Becky Su??? What’s the importance of preventative medicine, rather than medicine to treat disease??? What’s the importance of getting your stress levels down, and why is it so important for our body? What’s the danger of sleeping pills??? A beautiful guided meditation to get back in touch with our bodies. To find out more visit: DwayneJClark.com Dwayne J. Clark of Aegis Living on How to Get Younger at Any Age & Find Greater Energy, Vitality, Fitness and Happiness Too! Self-Help | Law of Attraction

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14 May 2019

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074: Turning Employees Into Lottery Winners With Dwayne J. Clark

Do Well & Do Good

Dwayne’s obsession with health and longevity led him on an incredible journey of research into finding every conceivable way to live a richer, healthier & more fulfilled life. He’s the CEO of Aegis Living, which is one of the most sought-after assisted living facilities in the US with over 30 locations. He’s also the producer of two Award-winning films, and author of several books including his most recent, ’30 Summers Left’, which shares the “lessons from longevity” that Dwayne has amassed from the latest health and wellness research on living the best life possible. Places to Find Dwayne: Dwayne’s personal website. On Facebook, at A Big Life On Instagram, @dwaynejclark Show Notes: [3:25] minute: What is the context for your story, what was life like growing up and what was the mindset around money instilled in you? Youngest of 4 children by eight years. Going to “Poverty School”. His Mother moved them while he was in High School to get him in a better school, but that caused them to run out of money. The potato soup moment that led to a foundation later in life. Good companies need for sensitivity. [9:20] minute: You mentioned fulfillment, I think that at the end of the day comes from the degree to which we feel like we are contributing, would you agree with that? We are all the best cheerleader on our own bandwagon. Having empathy matters. [11:20] minute: Could you expand on how your Mother instilled confidence in you? How she did that and the way it influenced you and your vision for yourself? Modeled the behavior. Comparisons to famous families to create that ambition. Entrepreneurial ventures in High School. Confidence is the best gift a parent can give a child. [15:00] minute: Our mindsets are malleable. Fixing it is the only real way to get to where you are trying to go. All the good CEOs believe they are going to succeed no matter what. The ones who don’t succeed have trouble with self doubt. “Part of being a great leader is getting people to do above and beyond what they think they can do.” “You’ve got to elevate them in a way that they didn’t think they could possibly do that.” Jack Welch lesson on being bold. [17:10] minute: What habit or set of habits has had the most significant impact on your results as you’ve grown Aegis. Trusting your gut. Explanation of the company’s Lottery System for employees. “When you believe in something that’s really true and you think no this can work if we do it this way, you’ve got to follow through on it.” [20:20] minute: How many of these grand prize winners have you had so far? The day after the interview was recorded was the 5th one of $50k. [21:10] minute: Your staff are the lives you can impact the most. What does it mean for you to be able to do something like this lottery for the people that work for you? It’s everything. Our Customer is #2, behind the staff, you’ve got to delight your staff. The Seattle secret. His company was impacted by all the other big companies around him being so great in the service industry and learning from them. [24:30] minute: Tell us some of the ways you compete on that service front, I was reading about soft benefits? What does that mean? Hard benefits are your paycheck, medical, retirement funds. Soft benefits are everything else. Transportation passes, good food at a low price in the office, partnerships with other companies to get discounts and perks. One of your jobs is advocating for our employees every day, it’s a mindset. [27:45] minute: Think about this from the start, think about how you can keep your employees happier so that they can keep your customers happier. Point of delivery. The person touching the customer, doing the exchange with the customer. Learning from the Ritz Carlton training staff. [29:00] minute: Who has been the most impactful person in your journey to do well and achieve financial success? His Mother. [29:15] minute: Who has been the most impactful person in your drive to do good and have a positive impact? His Wife. [29:30] minute: When you are having a bad day or in a negative headspace what do you do to get yourself out of the funk? Meditate. Transcendental Meditation explanation. Effectiveness of meditation in his life. [32:00] minute: What is the book you find yourself recommending to to others the most often, and then can you tell us about your book, 30 Summers More? The Popcorn Report by Faith Popcorn. 30 Summers More goes deep on living long, great lives (book comes out Father’s Day weekend). Has traveled to 82 countries asking people what the secret to longevity is. [34:45] minute: What is the best piece of advice related to happiness you’d give our listeners? “I’ve been poor in my life and I’ve been wealthy in my life. Neither has an effect on happiness.” Longest study ever done on longevity (from Harvard) showed the biggest impact was being in a loving relationship at the age of 50. Do Well & Do Good Challenge Nominee: The Potato Soup Foundation Website | Donate Web Description: Though Clark is now one of Seattle’s best-known and most successful CEOs, he grew up poor with often not enough money for food. The family solution was to make a potato soup meant to last the week. Clark says that something his mother said to him about those times has stuck with him and guided his entire life: “Dwayne, no matter what you do, don’t ever forget where you came from and that you had to eat potato soup every day for a week. When you have employees, be there for them, and they will always be there for you.” The Potato Soup Foundation is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of Aegis Living line staff and their families during times of crisis. The Foundation has helped people with emergency medical treatment, emergency housing, funeral expenses and a variety of other crisis situations. Where to Find Dorothy: Visit Do Well and Do Good’s free Facebook community here and arrange a one-on-one with Dorothy herself! Follow Dorothy on Instagram @dorothyillson to keep up with the latest Do Well & Do Good news!


6 May 2019

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Ep. 108 – Dwayne J. Clark – From growing up poor to employs more than 3k staff members that served over 60k residents. Dwayne believes that good always trumps evil.

REACH OR MISS - Entrepreneurial Marketing Success

Dwayne J. Clark Show Notes Under his leadership, Aegis has grown to more than 30 locations, employs more than 3k staff members, and has served over 60k residents. Dwayne grew up poor with often not enough money for food. The family solution was to make a potato soup meant to last a week. Today, he supports more than 70 local and global charities and has founded four of his own including: The D1 Foundation, The Potato Soup Foundation, The Clark Family Legacy Foundation, and The Queen Bee Café. His book, ’30 Summers More’ contains the “lessons from longevity” that Clark has amassed from a front-line view as the CEO of Aegis Living, combined with the latest health and wellness research on living well as we age. Download My Powerful Cheat Sheets to adopt today A Daily Routine of Successful Entrepreneurs Most passionate about AI don’t lack for passion! I have a book coming out called, 30 Summers More. I’ve been working on the book with a medical doctor and a PhD for almost 5 years now. I’ve taken care of 65,000 elderly in the course of my career and I thought, I’ve got to get some wisdom out of this experience, and maybe there are some things I can pass on to people. About 6 months into writing the book, I had a medical issue and ended up in the hospital for 3 days. I asked my wife to bring in the manuscript because I wanted to work on it. And as I sat there, working on the manuscript, I had this epiphany and said, “You know, this book is not about the 60,000 elderly people, this book is about changing the lives of 30, 40, 50, and 60 year olds.” The book took a turn at that point, as did my health. So, I changed my diet, my exercise program, I lost almost 50 pounds over the next couple years and totally changed my lifestyle, right down to the TV programs I watched. I started studying longevity programs all over the world; I would read research papers 2-3 hours a day, everyday. I traveled to different countries, talked to people who were 100 years old, I talked to people about their longevity practices. It’s fascinating. What I’ve done in 30 Summers More is brought back all the best practices and the things that we’re doing wrong that maybe killing us. Even though we’re highly educated, highly wealthy country, we’re still not even in the top 30 in terms of our health practices. We need to get better. Dwayne’s best advice about customer focus, marketing, and sales When we started the company, we had tee shirts and slogans that say, ‘Our customers are number two’. People would ask why we would say that. Well, it comes at the point of service, the interaction between the staff and the customer. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a restaurant, a hotel, the phone company, whatever it is, that person who is talking to the customer, that exchange, has to be phenomenal. That’s one of the things that I think are incredibly important: you have to focus on that interaction. Our new president, he oversaw $18 billion in revenue and 182,000 staff. Really successful companies focus on that point of contact. So, if your staff think you are a rotten company and don’t like their pay, their benefits, or culture, then that point of service, that view point, gets conveyed in that point of service with that customer. So, that’s the most important thing: you really have to focus on that interaction, that point of service between the line staff and the customers. Biggest failure with a customer I think, sometimes, you can choose the wrong partners. We get caught up in peoples’ resumes: maybe they have a lot of money, maybe they’ve done one thing right. I think what’s critically important for your delivery of service to your customer is the alignment of thinking. I’ve made one mistake where I didn’t choose someone well. I think because of that, it creates a cultural misalignment. I was impressed by one aspect of this person, and it was early in my career. What you get caught up in is they can bring this to the table. You get all excited about that. At the end of the day, I think what entrepreneurs always have to be rooted in is ‘what’s my value? What is my ethos? What’s my brand, ethically? What do I want to be known for? What kind of culture d I want to have?’ And then only bring in people that align with that. Sometimes that’s hard because you’ve got some venture guy or some capitalist that says, “I bring you this much money and I don’t care about your culture or how you treat your people.” You may need that money; you can be very tempted. It’s a trap. The capitol in the world today is abundant. People are begging to place money in good companies; not in all companies, but in good companies. So, hold out for the right people. Biggest success due to the right customer approach 12 years ago, we were on a tear in terms of development and growth. We were voted by Ink Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. The same year, we were also voted one of the best companies in America. I think that’s very incongruent normally. So, what that says is we never lost sight of our customers. That our cultural filter and focus was so strong that not only did it not go down, it went up! That is a really proud accomplishment, because you don’t hear that very often. You don’t hear people say, “I was voted as one of the best companies the same year I was the fastest company.” And we were. I think it speaks to the fact that we really focus on both resident customers and our staff customers and don’t let distractions get in the way. Dwayne’s key success factor I think everything that I try to do in the world results in good. I think too many people get wrapped up in their ego in terms of making money or how big their companies are or what kind of material things they have. Everything that I do has to resort back to good. Last month, I had a private meeting with the Pope. He’s an incredible man. Everything he does, he does with tremendous humility and making good in the world, making people feel good in the world. So, what I want to do in my life is whether it’s through helping my residents or helping my staff, or writing books that help people, it’s about promoting good. I always tell my staff: good always trumps evil. Dwayne’s mountain I’m not a mountain climber. I did set my treadmill to a 12% grade this morning, if that counts. But I do have a mountain climber story. I have a good friend, named Fred, and he’s a CEO of one of the largest latex glove companies in the world, very successful company. 10 years ago, he said to me, “I’m going to become a mountain climber.” When your friends say things like that, you often shrug them off, right? The following week, I see him walking 10 miles with a 100 pound pack on his back, and he told me he was practicing to climb a mountain; one of the highest peaks in the world. Over the course of the last 10 years, he’s climbed 6 of the 7 peaks, and been to Everest basecamp. And he took his 12 year old son with him to the Everest basecamp. He also climbed Kilimanjaro with his son. He’s trying to install this stellar attitude about pushing through pain. Book 30 Summers More – Lessons from Longevity The best way to connect with Dwayne: Website Instagram More resources for Entrepreneurs Don’t Miss – Customer Focus Strategy & Execution: Market Analysis for Fundraising Hayut Yogev’s Latest post: It has never been easier to build a brand! As entrepreneur your biggest marketing asset today is you. Former interview: Dan Gingiss is an author, speaker, and expert of customer experience who built his personal brand while still working full time in executive positions Download My Powerful Cheat Sheets to adopt today A Daily Routine of Successful Entrepreneurs Contact Us


29 Apr 2019

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461: Why You Need a High Tolerance for Failing | Dwayne J. Clark

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Grab your FREE 7 Day trial at Blinkist Get started with your FREE account right now at Combin Dwayne J. Clark is that rare and unique entrepreneur, filmmaker, author, and playwright. But today we are talking to the entrepreneur in him. Following a brief career in criminal justice, he discovered assisted living for the elderly, and his path was changed. Nearly 20 years ago, after working at two companies in the industry, he co-founded Aegis Living, one of the most sought-after assisted living facilities in the country. Under his leadership as CEO, Aegis has grown to more than 30 locations in the Western U.S., employs more than 2,000 staff members, and to date has served more than 25,000 residents. In this conversation, we cover: Why you need to believe in yourself as an entrepreneur (but not be stubborn) The 3 pillars that became the foundation of Aegis Why you should branch out into other businesses (and markets) Now, let's hack... Dwayne J. Clark.


11 Apr 2019

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#19 – Dwayne J. Clark: Founder and CEO of “Aegis Living” on Making Every Moment Count

Words 2 Success

Dwayne J. Clark is a philanthropist, creative entrepreneur, executive producer, author and theater producer with a passion for telling true stories that inspire and uplift audiences. Clark is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Living. This company was the first in the industry to ever be ranked in the Top 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor in 2017.Dwayne is also an entrepreneurial leader who has founded True Productions, a production company producing films, plays and books based on his passion for telling true stories. Dwayne is also an author of several books, including "My Mother, My Son" which was later brought to a motion picture produced by Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films. Inspired by his mother’s philanthropic heart and her cooking, Clark launched the Seattle area’s first not-for-profit Queen Bee Cafes in Seattle. They are one-of-a-kind coffee and crumpet shops with 100% of the profits supporting neighborhood charities. Today on Words 2 Success (W2S), Dwayne J. Clark unveils his clever wisdom from all his various business activities as well as he answers interesting questions such as:  How do you get where you are right now? Bring me back to your early 20's how was Dwayne J. Clar and how did you evolve the be the man you are right now (very successful CEO, entrepreneur, producer & author)?... I will start even before: I will go I was raised in a dysfunctional house... We were poor... poor... For two weeks we ate potato soup... Probably one of the best business school I've ever had: My mom would say to me, You are going to reach a level of greatness, you are going to do something amazing in this world, but never forget that you looked up for your potato soup... Passion for Life & Integrity and with these come Confidence... Who did you have to become before you start with your foundation?... Always over prepare for your interviews... What are the key elements that people use to impress?... What I did: What are the clues this person is interested on... Send a thank you later with something inspirational... Based on your previous talk: What are some little tricks that people (under 25) can start applying in their lives?... Prepare them for fame, prepare them for success... for tragic falls... You have to prepare for the down as for the ups... What would you say is the difference between how did you used to set your objectives & your goals to now? Different process?... It's like a ladder... What's the next round?... I want to have gratitude about that round... You climb the ladder in small achievable jumps... What is the applicable way of taking inventory? How do you coach someone?... Listen to what people say I am good at... Define your weakness... Read business books... You need to take the initiative!... How do you keep yourself informed to do great decisions in all your businesses?... Surround yourself with really smart people... How do you manage your daily 24 hours to be as efficient as possible?...  I love, what I called, door jam conversations... I hate wasting time!... If I lose time, it infuriates me... Is a similar way how you treat your energy?... Get great sleep... What are you really passionate right now?... I love writing... Educate the world... What is your passion for film? The reason to get involved? What is Success for Dwayne J. Clark? What are your "Words 2 Success"? One of His Top Read Books: The Popcorn Report:Faith Popcorn On The Future Of Your Company by Faith Popcorn Some recommended books written by Dwayne J. Clark: My Mother, My SonA moving story of growing up in a loving but struggling family with a single mother whose life lessons left a lasting impression. Soon to be a major motion picture.A Big LifeA book/game combination that gets families talking and uncovers a treasure trove of everyday wisdom and perspective often lost in our digital world.Saturdays with GGHow do you explain Alzheimer’s to a small child? An educational tool to assist parents with a difficult discussion with their little ones.30 Summers Left (coming OUT SOON)Combining extensive research with practical application, this book explores the most important health lessons we need to live our best life, as we grow older. Be sure to tune in to Dwayne J. Clark’s episode, and listening to his great value. As well as head over to the additional information about him: Dwayne J. Clark's WebsiteAegis LivingYouTubeIMDb Social Media:TwitterLinkedInFaceBook VAMOS!!VAMOS!!VAMOS!!


1 Apr 2019