Adam Clarke Named 40 Under 40 Award Recipient

by | Oct 16, 2023 11:08:35 AM | News

This award recognizes and honors 40 emerging business leaders who have played a pivotal role in creating a positive influence on the West Michigan community.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – 1 Bold Step is thrilled to announce that its President, Adam Clarke, has been recognized as a 2023 recipient of the Crain’s Grand Rapids Business prestigious 40 Under 40 award. This award acknowledges and celebrates 40 emerging business leaders who have been instrumental in making a positive impact on the West Michigan community.

The 40 Under 40 awards, now in their 21st year, have consistently honored young professionals who have achieved remarkable success in their careers while simultaneously contributing significantly to the betterment of the local community. To date, the award has celebrated the accomplishments of over 600 dynamic individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to personal and civic growth.

Adam Clarke's journey has come full circle, reflecting his unwavering commitment to the Grand Rapids community. He began his career as an intern at Local First, where he played a pivotal role in promoting and supporting local businesses. However, his journey did not stop there. With a technology background, Adam has ventured into the tech community and brought his expertise to 1 Bold Step to collaborate with numerous software and IT firms, specializing in customer software and ERP solutions.

Now, 1 Bold Step into a thriving company with a team of over 16, and working diligently to purchase and completely renovate office space in downtown Grand Rapids, further solidifying his commitment to the city's growth.

"I've always had a passion for Grand Rapids and the development of local businesses," Clarke shared.

"It's incredible to see how I've been able to help build something that is making a real impact on the community, just as I had envisioned years ago. Beyond that, creating a positive work culture where our team members feel secure, respected, and valued, has been a top priority. The culture we've cultivated at 1 Bold Step is a place where individuals can thrive and feel comfortable being their authentic selves. Watching my team members grow, both professionally and personally, has been an incredible honor. Whether they are starting families, pursuing further education, or undergoing personal growth, it's a humbling experience."

In the past year, 1 Bold Step has experienced remarkable growth and continued success. The agency was recognized as one of Michigan's Top 50 Businesses to Watch in 2022. The agency also achieved HubSpot Onboarding Accreditation, expanding 1 Bold Step’s capabilities and services for clients who utilize HubSpot or are considering the CRM platform. Only 30 other companies in North America have earned this accreditation. Most recently, the agency won the 2023 Best of MichBusiness award in the Marketing & PR Prophets category. 

Clarke added, "Seeing my team support one another and witnessing the flourishing of our business is more than just a professional accomplishment. It's a testament to the positive impact we can have on people's lives, and it continues to fuel my dedication to nurturing the culture at 1 Bold Step and building up this business and my community."

Clarke, and the 39 other recipients, will be celebrated at the annual 40 Under 40 awards party on October 18, 2023.

About 1 Bold Step

At 1 Bold Step we believe that everything can be more efficient, but especially marketing. Acting as an extension of a client’s marketing department (onsite or virtually), we help create systems, order, and accountability. With a focus on increasing sales and proving return on marketing investment, we’re determined to change marketing from overhead to value add. 


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