18th Annual Cleveland Dinner of Champions
Paul Clark, Regional President, PNC Bank, Cleveland
Paul Clark received the Norman Cohn Hope Award, the most prestigious National MS Society award on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. An honoree exhibits vision and commitment to leadership, philanthropy and community service.
Paul Clark is Regional President, Cleveland for The PNC Financial Services Group. He is a 37-year financial services veteran, who joined PNC through its acquisition of National City Corporation in December 2008.
He joined the company in 1976 as a management trainee in Consumer Finance. Since that time he has served in a variety of capacities, including executive vice president of Retail Banking in Pennsylvania (where he led the integration of Integra Financial Corporation) and president/CEO of Michigan/Illinois (following the merger of First of America Bank Corporation). He also held the position of executive vice president of Institutional Asset Management and chair of the Investment Management Company until his appointment as president of Northern Ohio banking in 2004.
Clark is active in a number of civic and business organizations, serving on the boards of directors of Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland Rock and Roll, Inc., Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra), Neighborhood Progress Inc., Playhouse Square Foundation, Team NEO, The United Way of Greater Cleveland, University Circle, Inc. and University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc.
Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University). In June 2010 he was granted a doctor of humane letters degree from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University). He is also a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking.
Proceeds from Dinners of Champions have totaled more than $6 million and are used to provide programs and services to the 11,000 people with MS and their families in the Ohio Buckeye Chapter. Proceeds also fund the most promising research nationally and beyond to stop disease progression, restore lost function and end MS forever.
Past Cleveland Dinner of Champions honorees include:
2013 - Paul Clark, Regional President, PNC Bank, Cleveland
2012 - The Plain Dealer
2011 - Don Misheff, Northeast Ohio Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
2010 - Medical Mutual of Ohio
2009 - Christopher M. Connor, Chairman & CEO; The Sherwin-Williams Company
2008 - Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO; University Hospitals
2007 - Maria Miller; Samuel H. & Maria Miller Foundation
2006 - Henry L. Meyer III, Chairman, President & CEO; KeyCorp
2005 - Delos “Toby” M. Cosgrove III MD, President & CEO; Cleveland Clinic Health System
2004 - Robert J. King, Jr., President & CEO; Fifth Third Bank
2003 - Bishop Anthony M. Pilla; Cleveland Catholic Diocese
2002 - Kent W. Clapp, CEO, Chair & President; Medical Mutual of Ohio
2001 - David A. Daberko, Chairman & CEO; National City
2000 - Umberto P. Fedeli, President & CEO; The Fedeli Group
1998 - Alex Machaskee, Publisher, President & CEO; The Plain Dealer
1997 - A. Malachi Mixon III, Chairman & CEO; Invacare Corp.
1996 - Robert W. Gillespie, Chairman & CEO; KeyCorp
1995 - Floyd D. Loop, Chairman, Board of Directors & Executive Vice President; The Cleveland Clinic Foundation