In life, one thing is certain: change is constant. For Indiana State University radio, TV and film graduate Clyde Harris, ’85, change is the underpinning of his success.
Harris’ career experience is as diverse as imaginable. A door-to-door pool cue salesman; cable news and TV technical director; political speech writer; magazine editor; and advertising salesman turned executive recruiter: helping other people reach their career goals was his calling.
His entrance into the executive-recruitment industry was based on the premise that he needed to make a change. Harris accepted a promotion with the advertising company he was working for, which was looking to expand to Indiana but shortly-after filed bankruptcy. Harris then found a new job and career path as a corporate recruiter.
Beginning with Indianapolis-based Century Personnel, Harris was soon known as the guy who helped grow new personnel companies.
It was the passing of his mother and a vacation in Mexico; however, that helped Harris realize his dream of owning his own business. In April 1999, Harris’ first company, Diverse Staffing Services, was established. In its first three years, Diverse Staffing Services was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as the fastest growing business in Indianapolis, with more than 662 percent growth. However, Harris admits that his success did not come easily.
“I’ve had a lot of crazy experiences, but faith has gotten me through,” Harris said with a big smile, as he told the story of having to sell his mom’s car to make payroll early on with the startup of his first company.
Harris says he believes the secret to his success lies in Diverse Staffing’s corporate values — people, plans and processes.His optimistic spirit and competitive nature are credited with giving him the fortitude to embrace the challenges and setbacks that come with being a business owner.
He has brought his beliefs into other business ventures and has become an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. Harris owns several other companies, including Indianapolis-based Diverse Tech Services, DSS Consulting, Inc. DSS Consulting, Inc. has evolved into a global provider for information technology business solutions and is the largest locally-based minority-owned business in Indiana. He is also co-owner of Prime 47 restaurants located in Indianapolis, Carmel and Cincinnati.
Harris met his wife, Tracy (Lowe), ’86, at Indiana State. The couple has three children: Zachary, Madison and Alyssa.
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Harris was recruited to be on the Track & Field and Football teams at ISU. However, he did not participate in either because of career-ending injuries. During his time on campus, Harris was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, participated in the Sycamore Tricycle Derby and played the trombone in a student-organized jazz ensemble. He also held a part-time job as a camera technician at WTHI while in school.