For more than 50 years…
Clarke has been a cornerstone of the appliance industry in New England. In 1955, Jim Clarke Sr. opened his own appliance store…The Clarke Electric Company, in Stamford, CT. Four years later, he went to a trade show in Chicago and met Westye Bakke, the founder of Sub-Zero…he soon became their number one independent sales rep.
Fast-forward to 1991, when Tom Clarke (Jim’s son) launched Clarke Distribution Corporation when he was chosen as Sub-Zero’s first wholesale distributor in New England. From just 6 employees and one small showroom, Clarke has grown to be the nation’s most exemplary distributor with three award-winning showrooms (known as the region’s ultimate kitchen resource centers), a Culinary Center teaching cooking to homeowners throughout New England, a nationally known appliance service company and a network of stellar independent retail dealers. Clarke now represents high-performance brands including: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko, Best, Dawn, Waterstone, and Scotsman. Tom Clarke has won various kitchen industry honors and the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New England.
With Tom as Clarke President and CEO, his son, Sean, joined Clarke as general manager of the company and has continued his father’s reputation as an innovator in the industry. Under their leadership, Clarke has reinvented the Clarke Experience for the design trade so that architects, designers and developers no longer just specify appliances, they redefine the luxury residential experience with Clarke’s help and innovation. Sean was distinguished with a New England Real Estate Journal “Industry Leader Spotlight” and named one of DealerScope magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” business leaders.
The Clarke family’s approach to business has never changed. Their passion for excellence has been unwavering since 1955. As Tom Clarke says, “I think my dad would be very proud of what we’ve done, because we do business the way he did business.”