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Clay Ramey

Clay Ramey, 36

Partner-VP Capital Markets

Tempus Realty Partners

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
• Recipient of a Wharton Leadership Certificate.

Community involvement
Member, Sam M. Walton College of Business Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council; member, Fellowship Bible Church.

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Think like an entrepreneur from an early age, find your passions, and do not fear failure. At such a young age, the risk of failure pales in comparison to the potential upside.”

Professional inspiration
“To have a meaningful impact on the community and my colleagues that extends well beyond any sort of financial value.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“I believe Arkansas has a lot to offer, and we just need to market it better. Arkansas’ balance between opportunity, lifestyle, cost of living and access to the outdoors is fantastic when compared to larger metro areas.”

Most valuable lesson
“Character and relationships matter above all.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“I believe the top challenge Arkansans face today is education. Capitalizing on any initiatives to improve primary and secondary education will make Arkansas more attractive to future employers and create sustained job growth.”

First job and lesson learned
“As a financial analyst at Windstream Communications, specifically in the FP&A group, I learned the value of creating a financial model that provides meaningful information to decision-makers.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Surround yourself with colleagues who share the same values both professionally and personally and are willing to push you.”

Learning from a mentor
“Dabbs Cavin, the value of relationships and getting out of your comfort zone.”

Professional “aha” moment
“Working for a growing company naturally brings you the opportunity to stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone.”

Career dream as a child
“Professional golfer.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“Being hired as one of Tempus’ first employees and contributing to its growth over the past six years.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“Access. Access to community, access to opportunity and access to the great outdoors.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“I see myself at Tempus in 10 years and chasing around kids in all sorts of sports events.”

How you define success
“Success is having a very positive impact in your career and community without sacrificing the most important aspects of life, including character, family and other relationships.”

One word to describe you
“Relational.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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