Mr. Thomas F. McLarty is president of McLarty Associates, an international advisory firm based in Washington DC. He is also chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business based in Little Rock, Arkansas, which includes a major automotive retail endeavor – RLJ-McLarty-Landers – as well as activities in Brazil, Mexico, and China. Additionally, Mr. McLarty serves as senior advisor to the law firm Covington & Burling, and is a Board member and advisor to a number of private and nonprofit organizations, including Union Pacific, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, and the Council of the Americas. He is also a senior international fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. McLarty served in the White House under President Clinton in several key positions: Chief of Staff, Counselor to the President and Special Envoy for the Americas, with over five years of service in the President's Cabinet and on the National Economic Council. While serving in the White House, he was awarded the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. McLarty also worked with President Carter as a member of the Democratic National Committee, was appointed to the National Petroleum Council and the National Council on Environmental Quality by President George H.W. Bush, and served on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 until joining the Clinton Administration in 1992.
Prior to his White House tenure, Mr. McLarty served as chairman of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. The company was recognized by Forbes and Wall Street Transcript for management excellence, and by other national organizations for environmental initiatives and minority enterprise development. Mr. McLarty began his private sector career in the McLarty Companies, where he helped build the business his grandfather founded into one of the nation's largest transportation companies.
Born in Hope, Arkansas, Mr. McLarty and his wife, Donna McLarty, divide their time between Washington DC, Little Rock, and Hope. Mr. McLarty graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas with a degree in business administration, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University in 2000.