President of Paramount Properties, and Member of FundingSage Board
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A seasoned entrepreneur, Dave has been a founder or principal in over a dozen start-up companies including computer services, medical personnel and services, restaurant, and consulting.
In addition to FundingSage, Dave is the President of Clark & Company, a real estate development and construction services company and Managing Partner of Katharine Square Partnership a commercial real estate venture based in Kingsport, Tennessee.
He served a four-year term to the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Other service includes: Kingsport Regional Planning Commission, the Economic Development Council; a Mountain States Healthcare Advisory Board; and the regional Bank of America Advisory Board. He also served as a Chamber Vice-President and Chairman of the Kingsport Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE). Writes a bi-weekly opinion column for the Kingsport Times-News.
Dave is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
He served for 23 years in the U.S. Army in various command and staff positions. As an Associate Professor at West Point, he taught Strategy and National Security Policy. He retired from U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Matthew has a background ranging from hard labor to executive management. He has worked with many industries including construction, chemical, coal, power, manufacturing, radio and Information Technology.
Matthew’s career began with Eastman Chemical Company in general operations. During his time with Eastman, Matthew became a trainer and custom application programmer creating systems to automate many manual processes. In 1999, Matthew took an opportunity working with Tele-Optics to develop a high-end technology division.
Mr. Cleek is an entrepreneur involved in multiple, active ventures including:
- theEclassifieds – a regional classifieds organization
- Theme Spectrum – an online shop for premium WordPress themes
- Spectrum 20 – a managed hosting services company
In addition to FundingSage, Mr. Cleek serves as President and co-owner of Intellithought. Matthew was a founding member of Intellithought in 2001. Intellithought is an award winning multifaceted firm based in Kingsport, Tennessee providing IT services and solutions to companies throughout the Southeastern United States.