“At the heart of true leadership is mentoring and giving back.”
Dwayne J. Clark, Founder and CEO
Dwayne J. Clark is Aegis Living’s Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. With more than 35 years of senior housing experience, Dwayne is nationally known for redefining the industry – from innovative, programmatic design of senior living communities to novel approaches to employee engagement and retention. In more recent years, he has made his mark as a longevity expert and established author.
When Dwayne founded Aegis Living in 1997, he recognized an industry that had great potential and intentions but was ultimately failing older adults. He coupled his personal experience with best practices from world-class companies such as Costco, Nordstrom, and Starbucks to create a new model for senior assisted living centered on helping residents live life to the fullest. He grew Aegis Living from a concept to a company that now has nearly $250 million in annual operating revenues, 2,400+ staff members, 32 communities, and nine additional properties in development. Through his leadership, Aegis Living is on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on the latest science and medical research to shape the future of senior resident care.
Aegis Living has been recognized with a number of industry and organizational accolades over the past 24 years such as: Best Assisted Living by Seattle Business magazine, Eastside Fastest Growing Company and top Corporate Philanthropist by Puget Sound Business Journal; Best Retirement Facility by 425 Magazine; Best of Assisted Living Design by Senior Housing News; Top 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor.com’s Employee Choice Award; among others.
After overseeing the care of more than 60,000 Aegis Living residents, Dwayne developed a lifelong passion for wellness and longevity. With his wife Terese, he has traveled to over 80 countries exploring different healing modalities – from working with doctors and alternative health specialists, to engaging in mind, body, and spirit practices. These discoveries inspired his newest book and Amazon Best Seller “30 Summers More.”
An experienced author, Dwayne has also written two books about his mother and her journey with Alzheimer’s, “My Mother, My Son” and “Saturdays with G.G” as well as “A Big Life,” a combination book/game to inspire families to connect and reflect on the powerful wisdom of older generations. “My Mother, My Son” is being made into a major motion picture film to be released in late 2021.
He is the founder of True Productions and produced multiple documentaries, including one about NBA legend Spencer Haywood, “Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story.” His first play, “Seven Ways to Get There” premiered in early 2015 at Seattle’s ACT Theatre.
Dwayne came from humble beginnings and remains dedicated to helping others. In 2020, The Clark Family Foundation and Aegis Living established Seattle Seniors Strong – an initiative that has raised over $300,000 to provide resources for homeless and homebound seniors during the global health crisis. Aegis Living has also dedicated $1 million to seniors facing homelessness in the Seattle area through the Plymouth Housing PROOF campaign. Further, Dwayne supports more than 70 local and global charities and has founded five of his own, including: The Potato Soup Foundation, The Queen Bee Cafes, The D-One Foundation, The Clark Family Foundation, and The March for Civility.
Prior to forming Aegis Living, Dwayne was Executive Vice President of Sunrise Senior Living, and spent seven years with Leisure Care. More information can be found at www.dwaynejclark.com