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Worker feted for 40 years with phone company
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CenturyLink Vice President and General Manager Durand Standard recognizes David Clark for 40 years of service. - photo by Photo provided.

CenturyLink recently recognized David Clark for 40 years of service to the company and the Liberty County community.
Clark began his career with Coastal Utilities Inc., working as a technician in the company’s central office. Recognized as a talented and dedicated employee, Clark began receiving promotions and served in several roles including operator services and equipment engineering. He currently is the engineering and construction manager for Georgia and South Carolina.
Aside from professional development with the company, Clark is known as a dedicated volunteer, community advocate and goodwill servant. In November 2011, he received a 23-gallon pin award from the American Red Cross in recognition of the blood he’s donated to the organization throughout the years. Clark’s dedication to the cause began after his wife nearly lost her life during childbirth. He donates blood every eight weeks, or six times per year.
On the civic leadership front, Clark serves as president of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association and is on the Liberty County United Way board of directors. He also has served the American Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Blood Services and Silent Witness, the Seacoast Workforce Development Board and Coastal Private Industry Council for Region 11.
 As an employee of CenturyLink and its predecessor companies (CenturyTel and Coastal Communications), Clark has been at the forefront of many technological firsts in the United States. In July 1977, the first digital switch in the nation was installed in Richmond Hill. In early 2000, the company deployed DSL in Georgia. In 2007, CenturyLink achieved the highest penetration rate of DSL for residential service across the nation.
Clark led the combining of the Richmond Hill and Keller rate centers to allow customers freedom to move in south Bryan County without changing their phone numbers.
“We’ve achieved so much by actively listening to our customers. That’s what we’ve always done best as a company. On a daily basis we ask ourselves what is in the best interest of our customers and how can we meet their needs,” Clark said.
 His commitment to CenturyLink goes above his day-to-day responsibilities. He actively participates in CenturyLink’s Pioneer Club and leads an employee campaign to raise funds for the United Way.
Clark and his wife, Mary, have four children and eight grandchildren. He is among the sixth generation of his family to attend Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

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