In business, Curt Clawson always started with a plan. In congress, he’ll start with The Clawson Growth Plan: reducing spending, reforming the tax code, reining-in Obama’s bureaucracy, and repealing Obamacare.Read the Plan
Curt Clawson is a business leader, former college basketball player and hardworking American who is fed up with the revolving door of career politicians, lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington, D.C. He is running for Congress in the Florida District 19 Special Election to change the direction of our country and improve opportunities for future generations.
Clawson attended Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana – a typical small Midwestern town and a hotbed of Indiana high school basketball. As a senior in high school, Clawson led the state of Indiana in scoring and was recruited by Purdue Head Basketball Coach Gene Keady.
Clawson attended Purdue from 1981 through 1984. While at Purdue, Clawson served as a senior captain on the 1984 Big Ten Championship Team. He is known for making the first 3-point basket in Purdue history and making two clutch free throws to clinch the Big Ten Championship.
After graduating from Purdue, Clawson served a year-long Ambassadorial Scholarship for Rotary International, doing graduate MBA studies in Monterrey, Mexico, and taking some time to play for the local university basketball team. Clawson began his working career in manufacturing in 1986, as a supervisor on a muffler production line in Columbus, Indiana for Arvin Industries, the world’s largest maker of automotive exhaust systems.
In 1988, Clawson entered Harvard Business School for a two year Masters of Business Administration degree, sponsored by Arvin. After graduating from business school, Clawson held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility at Arvin. In 1995, Clawson joined AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as President of the Filters and Spark Plugs Group, which manufactured Autolite® spark plugs and FRAM® filters. Eventually, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of American National Can – the largest global manufacturer of beverage cans (soft drinks and beer).
Curt’s mom, Cherie, will always have the most cherished spot in Curt’s heart. She has been a huge inspiration in his life.
Growing up, Curt saw his mom’s constant examples of kindness and generosity: an open door or hot meal for someone alone or in need, tireless volunteer work for a pregnancy adoption hotline for unwed pregnant teen girls and always a kind or sympathetic word to share.
Cherie was always Curt’s biggest fan, attending countless ballgames, ready with her trademark Clawson yelp when Curt sank a basket.
Curt Clawson spoke at the Nasdaq stock exchange to celebrate the first day of trading for shares of stock of Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. Founded in 1908, the company has a proud history tracing back to the earliest days of the automobile industry and manufactured wooden spoked wheels for the Ford Model T.
Curt learned the importance of team while growing in a large family with six brothers and sisters. While at Purdue University the message was reinforced by legendary Coach Gene Keady who taught Curt that sacrificing for the group was the foundation of team success. Help your teammate on defense and pass the ball on offense.
Curt took these important lessons to heart and implemented a similar philosophy in the business world. This team play was critical in the success of companies in very difficult times and helped save thousands of jobs.
Curt has always been very close to his father, Jack Clawson. Jack moved to Bonita Springs 20 years ago and Curt followed after his business career.
Jack was an anti-aircraft gunner and was on a troop ship in the Pacific when World War II ended. He always had great conservative values and principles of hard work and sacrifice for family and country. He instilled those values in Curt at a young age and this helped Curt become the leader he was on the court and in business.
He is currently 87 years old and still lives in Bonita Springs with Curt’s mom Cherie. They have been married for over 60 years and have 7 children and 21 grandchildren.
After graduating from business school, Clawson held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility at Arvin. In 1995, Clawson joined AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as President of the Filters and Spark Plugs Group, which manufactured Autolite® spark plugs and FRAM® filters. Eventually, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of American National Can – the largest global manufacturer of beverage cans (soft drinks and beer).
From 2001 until 2012, Clawson was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., the world’s largest maker of steel and aluminum wheels for cars and trucks, with facilities in over a dozen countries around the globe. Customers include benchmark auto and truck manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Freightliner, Wabash National, Utility Trailer, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Toyota and Honda.
Clawson guided Hayes Lemmerz through a period of dramatic change and upheaval in the global automotive industry. Clawson and his team reduced costs and improved productivity to remain competitive and strategically refocused the company’s manufacturing facilities and customer base to more closely match economic growth around the world. His leadership during the recent global financial crisis saved the company and thousands of jobs across the country and around the world.
Playing under Coach Keady proved an important part in Curt’s development as a man and a business leader.
On the court, with Coach Keady as a mentor, Curt lead their team to a Big Ten Championship.
Off the court, Coach Keady helped instill many of the values, including an appreciation for hard work, that would help Curt succeed as a business leader after school.
Curt and Coach Keady remain close friends to this day.