Brent ClaymonJet Linx Indianapolis
Outside of his involvement with our private jet operation, Brent S. Claymon is currently a Principal of Encore Sotheby’s International Realty and Claymon Investments. His entrepreneurial business career spanning almost three decades has a very common theme, finding a “Better Way…”
After several years of very intentional start-up business planning and entering business plan competitions, in 1993, as recent graduates of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Brent and his two brothers founded Pac-Van, Inc., a leasing and sales distribution company for mobile offices, modular buildings and storage solutions. Coming from an entrepreneurial upbringing and understanding that nothing takes the place of hard work, the Claymon brothers changed the paradigm in a rather mundane and basic industry. They simply found a way to “Do it Better” than their huge competitors by implementing high product quality standards and offering unparalleled service which usually exceeded customer’s expectations. The company grew substantially over 13 years to a footprint of 21 locations in 14 States spanning from Nevada to Florida. The Claymon brothers ultimately sold Pac-Van to a Private Equity Firm in 2006 after realizing over 100% average annual revenue growth during the entire 13 year run.
Six months after exiting Pac-Van, Brent acquired an independent automotive dealership. Park Place Motors was a “boutique” sales and service dealership with a focus on pre-owned European automobiles. Park Place was “a Better Way to Buy a Car” which was exemplified by filling an under-served and much desired niche. Park Place Motors was ultimately sold in late 2012, but filled the “entrepreneurial time gap” between Pac-Van and his next venture which was the purchase of Tyson Onsite in February 2012.
Tyson Onsite was founded over 50 years ago and was doing business in the same industry as the Claymon’s previous company, Pac-Van. Competing against a company that Brent co-founded was interesting, and is what propelled him to acquire the company and find ways to differentiate from old paradigms and grow while being a responsible adversary. After almost six years of growth, expansion, and positioning Tyson Onsite as the clear leader in the markets the company served, in early January 2018 Brent sold Tyson Onsite to Williams Scotsman, the largest player in the mobile office and modular building industry.
Brent is also involved in several private equity investments: Encore Sotheby’s International Realty, a residential real estate brokerage franchise, which he co-founded in 2009 and maintains and active strategic role; SalesVue.com, a sales prospecting automation software company; and Bloomerang, a software company that helps nonprofits reach, engage, and maintain the donors and stakeholders they require to be viable.
Higher education and community involvement are very important to Brent as exhibited by the following non-profit boards he has been involved with; Gleaners Food Bank, Child Advocates, Indiana University Varsity Club, Butler University College of Business Board of Visitors, Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series, Indiana Golf Association, and the Indiana University Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Brent received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Finance and Real Estate and Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Butler University. Brent is an avid tennis player and despite his many business and community interests, he continues his tennis passion by coaching Varsity Tennis at Brebeuf High School in Indianapolis, where he has helped coach five individuals to State Championship Rings in the past eight years.
Some recognition has come Brent’s way as evidenced by the following – The Indiana Heartland Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Indiana University Growth 100 Award, The Indianapolis Business Journal’s 7th Fasted Growing Company & “40 Under 40” awards, Kelley School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Indiana Economic Development Commission’s Companies to Watch Award, Butler University Hilton U. Brown Alumni Achievement Award, “Inc 500” fastest growing private companies award, and the #1 fastest growing private Company of the “Inc Magazine Inner City 100” Award.
Brent is married to Sarah Claymon and has four children.