Thomas (Mack) McLarty is currently President of McLarty Associates, a Washington-based strategic advisory and advocacy firm for U.S. and multinational businesses involved in Mexico and Latin America formed in 1999.
McLarty has a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three Presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
McLarty was affiliated with the Clinton White House from 1993 through 1997, during which time he acted in several capacities. He was "special envoy to the Americas", in which capacity he was a key mover and shaker in the creation of NAFTA and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), which originated from the Council of the Americas, established by David Rockefeller in 1965. He was a top official at the 1994 Miami Summit of the Americas, which laid the groundwork for this Trade bloc; as well as serving as a key liaison to Clinton for Rockefeller's Council in the implementation of this trade agreement. McLarty was also White House Chief of Staff from 1993 to 1994.
McLarty worked with President Carter as a member of the Democratic National Committee and was appointed to the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Environmental Quality. He also served for five years in on the National Economic Council. Mr. McLarty began his political career in 1969 when he was elected to the State Legislature of Arkansas and served as chairman of the state Democratic Party from 1974-1976. He was also treasurer in the successful gubernatorial elections of Senator David Pryor and President Clinton.
McLarty began his business career building the company his grandfather founded, McLarty Leasing Systems (McLarty Companies), into one of the nation's largest transportation companies. In 1976, he became the youngest member ever elected to the Board of Directors of the Arkla Gas/Arkla, Inc., a Fortune 500 natural gas company. In 1985 he became Arkla's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and served in that position until joining the White House in 1993. During his tenure, the company was recognized by Forbes, The Wall Street Transcript, and The Financial World for management excellence.
McLarty is also non-executive Chairman of McLarty Companies, a five-generation family business, with interests ranging from truck leasing to automobile dealerships. Prior to April 2005, McLarty was the Chief Executive Officer of the McLarty Companies.
McLarty also continues his public service and business leadership through various corporate and non-profit board memberships and affiliations, including Union Pacific Railroad, the Acxiom Corporation, and on the boards of the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, the Council of the Americas, the Inter-American Dialogue, Religions for Peace, Ford’s Theatre, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, he serves as a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group, as a Senior International Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
McLarty has received several honors including the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal, presented by Madeleine Albright, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, presented at Los Pinos by Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, and the Fair Share Award from the NAACP for Arkla's efforts to promote minority business growth and to enhance the company's efforts to employ minorities during his tenure as CEO. McLarty graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas.