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Obsidian Spotlight: Craig Clark

Craig Clark currently lives in Pearl River, LA. He began his adult life in the USAF as an F15 Crew Chief. During that time, He served in Desert Storm. Following that, he worked for Boeing as an F-15 trainer for a foreign country, where he spent 3 years. He moved into IT in the mid 90’s and has never looked back.

1. What is your role at Obsidian? How long have you been here?

I am a Senior Solution Advisor on the DHS DCCO Contract. I have been at Obsidian since July 10, 2022, however, I have held various technical leadership roles as a contractor within DHS for the last 13 years.

2. What has been one of your proudest moments while working with Obsidian?

Anytime I can show meaningful value to the Prime Contractor, I show Obsidian in a positive light which makes me proud to be part of this organization. Personally, I feel like meaningful value is outside of your “day-to-day” expectations. Meaningful value is doing something outside of what is expected and being able to articulate that value either in terms of OpEx or CapEx improvements and/or cost savings. Automation is a key factor in driving improvements, costs, and accuracy.

3. How do you define success?

Success can be defined in so many different ways….Did the team meet your SLA? Did the team meet a project deliverable? Did the team win a new contract?

While these things all equal short-term strategic successes, long-term strategic success requires you to think tactically on a daily basis. Try to do one thing each day to make you better, focus on solutions to problems rather than the problem itself, listen and embrace constructive criticism, and lastly take extreme ownership of all things.

4. Who inspires you?

As time passes, I have gotten inspiration from a number of different individuals. Here is the shortlist as of late:

Jocko Willink, David Goggins, and Simon Sinek

5. What is your favorite way to spend the weekend?

Earlier this year I bought a 1969 Airstream RV. I am doing a full shell-off restoration I spend most of my weekends working on and while I love the traditional look of the inside before I totally gutted it and took the shell off, I plan on making this a custom, one-of-a-kind, interior.

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