Mr. McLarty has a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton, G.H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter.
Mr. McLarty is president of the international advisory firm, McLarty Associates. He is also Chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business, including a major automotive retail endeavor – RLJ-McLarty-Landers – which he operates in partnership with Robert Johnson and Steve Landers. Additionally, Mr. McLarty serves as senior advisor to the law firm Covington & Burling.
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. 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 G.H.W. Bush, and served on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 until joining the Clinton Administration in 1992.
While serving in the White House, Mr. McLarty was the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal; the highest civilian honors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela; and the Center for the Study of the Presidency Distinguished Service Award.
Prior to his tenure in the White House, Mr. McLarty served as Chairman of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. During his tenure Arkla grew into the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, with customers in 11 states and significant exploration and pipeline operations. 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 business career as a third generation participant in McLarty Companies, where he helped build the business his grandfather founded into one of the nation’s largest transportation companies.
Mr. McLarty serves on the boards of a number of corporate and non-profit institutions including Union Pacific, the Acxiom Corporation, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, the Council of the Americas, the Inter-American Dialogue, Ford’s Theatre, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, he is senior counselor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Senior International Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.