Clark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Occom Ridge Partners, LLC, a consulting and advisory firm focused on counseling businesses on strategic, operating, and transitional opportunities. Clark has a broad background in roles focused on advising executives and influencing decisions. Spanning from law and investment banking to management consulting and corporate roles, Mr. Khayat has engaged in countless opportunities to formulate strategy, lead merger and acquisition transactions, direct outcomes, and influence executives on how to run their businesses more effectively. Clark’s hands-on operating experience came from role as Group Head of Commercial Payments at KeyCorp. In that role, he was able to apply his consulting and advisory experience directly into day-to-day management decisions of running a business while redesigning and implementing a new strategic direction for the business. Much of his approach to business and consulting was formed while working at McKinsey & Company. He applied many of the principles learned at McKinsey to his roles running strategy and corporate development for several large financial institutions, including KeyCorp (prior to his Commercial Payments role), Progressive, and National City Corporation. Mr. Khayat is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University and a board member of BuyerQuest, a Cleveland based, SaaS Company in the procure-to-pay space. He’s also served as a Board Observer at SaaS companies, Avidxchange, a Charlotte-based accounts payable automation provider, and Instamed, a Philadelphia-based provider of healthcare payments solutions and was a board member at the Payment Company (“PayCo”) of The Clearinghouse, a financial services consortium comprised of the nation’s largest 25 financial institution. Included in his PayCo Board role was a spot on the executive steering committee for TCH’s “Faster Payments” initiative. Mr. Khayat holds a A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was a 4-year letter winner and captain of the Dartmouth baseball team and is active as a board member and coach in youth sports. He lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Tricia, and 3 boys, Charlie, Peter, and Patrick, and their dog, Griffey.