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College of Business

Distinguished Alumni : Clark Daffern

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BA Business Administration, 1973

Partner, Pacific Rim Financial Group, Inc.

Before joining his partners in the establishment of Pacific Rim Financial Group (PRFG) in Seattle, Clark Daffern spent 17 years as a senior vice president for daily operations of 75 nursing homes and retirement centers, serving 6,500 clients and 6,300 employees.

At PRFG, he has become a specialist in the design and implementation of a variety of retirement plans, with the aim of allowing employers to create innovative retirement programs for their employees.

Daffern, a Vietnam War-era veteran, decided to come to CWU while attending Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake. He was determined to complete his four-year college degree in just two years. He did, graduating in 1973 with a degree in business administration from CWU.

"Besides getting a good education, I found a great wife (Cindi) at CWU," Daffern says, "and my daughter's now attending Central, too. So, it's become a family affair."

Noting that he felt an obligation to "give back to Central," Daffern has served as chair of the CWU Foundation and with the board of advisors for the university's college of business.

"There's a tremendous amount of joy in giving back," he says.

An active member of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Federal Way, Daffern also recently chaired the South King County Coalition, a project intended to address the needs of children at risk.