Interview with Lance Clark, CEO and co-founder of Ident Solutions
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Lance Clark understands the challenges businesses face when it comes to the safety of their employees and workplaces. He spent decades helping people overcome those challenges by applying comprehensive security technology.
Clark is the CEO and co-founder of Ident Solutions. He grew the company from an idea on a whiteboard in his living room to a successful company where employees work together to bring innovation to the security industry.
Ident Solutions is a homegrown security technology company based in Farmington, Utah, that provides instant data that helps businesses and individuals make informed decisions. The company is a technology pioneer that provides instant background checks that help businesses make quicker and safer decisions. They do this through a combination of agile engineering, dataology and innovative technology. Their products help organizations identify threats by reviewing criminal records and translating commonly used jargon.
How did you get started in the industry?
I have more than 30 years of experience in the public safety software industry. Before Ident Solutions, I was the president and CEO of Spillman Technologies, Inc., a $64 million software corporation that developed and sold innovative public safety software. My understanding of the security and safety industry led me to see what was missing in the security space. I co-founded Ident Solutions to disrupt the industry and fill the gap between traditional security protocols and innovative technology solutions.
What recent professional accomplishments are you most proud of?
I was honored and humbled in 2014 to be awarded the CEO of the year by Utah Business magazine. However, an even more significant achievement is being named a Best Company to Work For by the same publication from 2010 through 2019. I truly believe that happy and satisfied employees make for happy and satisfied customers.
What do you like most about living in Utah?
I am a Utah native and love everything about the outdoors. Every chance I get to escape to my cabin in the mountains, I take it! I enjoy fly fishing, hiking, riding ATVs, snowmobiling, and even curling. Our state’s gorgeous surroundings are home to me.
Utah has that “small town” feel, so always make sure to give back any way you can.
What do you like most about doing business in Utah?
Utah provides an amazing environment for startups. It’s very business-friendly, has affordable office space, and has a vast community of talent from college graduates to senior executives.
What advice do you have for individuals considering starting a business, or relocating their business, to Utah?
Do your research and make sure you know the market. It’s a smart, hardworking state, and you will quickly get to know a lot of the local players in your industry. State and local government agencies are incredibly supportive of bringing new and innovative businesses to the state.
What is your primary challenge of doing business in Utah?
One challenge is hiring a diverse workforce. Some talent moves out of state to find their next opportunity. Our company strives to create an inclusive and innovative culture to help attract more diverse talent to our teams.
What is your business philosophy?
Take pride in your products and stand behind your brand. Everyone should deliver the best customer experience possible.
What do you like most about being CEO and co-founder of Ident Solutions?
I love the people I am fortunate enough to get to work with every day. I especially love our clients. Nothing energizes me more than hearing stories about how Ident Solutions helps people feel safer. Especially in the climate we find ourselves in today. It’s important to feel safe when returning to work.
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
I am living proof that you can live a wonderful life without a spleen.