Sean Clarke is president of Clarke, New England’s exclusive distributor of high-performance appliance brands including Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, ASKO, Best, Scotsman, Dawn Sinks and Waterstone Faucets. He has been with the company since 2000, and held positions as trade sales representative, builder sales representative, and general manager before being named president in 2015, to oversee all product distribution, as well as showroom operations.
In 2017, Sean was named one of the “Top 50 Innovators” in the kitchen and bath industry by Kitchen & Bath Design News. This distinction came on the heels of his being named a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in New England. Six years earlier, he was named as one of the “5 Under 40” to watch in New England’s commercial real estate industry, cited for “pioneering the commercial design experience in New England” with collaborations that reached from Boston to Newport and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Under Sean’s direction, Clarke built key relationships with developers and builders throughout New England. His tenacity and innovation helped deepen and enhance Clarke’s standing as one of the most successful independent distributors in the kitchen industry.
Sean drove the company’s Boston showroom initiative, spearheading the research and strategy for Clarke to purchase and develop its first urban-based showroom. The location, which is known as Seven Tide, opened at 7 Tide Street in the Boston Seaport and incorporates not only Clarke’s showroom, but also synergistic residential design resources into this inspiring residential design destination. After orchestrating this innovative project, Sub-Zero and Wolf invited Sean to become the co-chair of their new Distributor Marketing Advisory Board. Clarke now has 3 locations (Boston and Milford, MA, as well as South Norwalk, CT), which are known as New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen.
Prior to coming to Clarke, Sean worked as an associate producer at Warner Brothers/Time Television in California. From there, he sought to hone his sales skills and moved on to Red Hook Ale Brewery in Seattle, Washington. While steering the Clarke organization, he is also in an elite forum for innovation and leadership as part of the rigorous MIT Executive MBA program.