Clark Rathman

Nebraska Volleymitten Association
Clark Rathman

Clark Rathman

Hometown: Farwell, Neb.
Major: Agribusiness
Minor: Animal Science, Entrepreneurship, & Agronomy
Graduation Date: May 2016

Nebraska Volleymitten Association

What is your story?

I'm a small town farm kid who was the runt of the litter. My parents raised cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans, alfalfa and whatever else my dad felt like planting that year. After closing down the Farwell elementary school after 6th grade, I finished my education at St. Paul Public where I was active in just about everything but women's sports. My life of a farm kid led me to UNL where I have submerged myself in learning more about agriculture and having fun. I have many interests and enjoy finding out how everything weaves itself together. I plan on continuing to be a lifelong learner after I graduate and am excited to see what the world has in store!

What is your business?

My business is the National Volleymitten Association, which hosts tournaments, camps and events for the sport of volleymitten. I also have my own cow/calf operation back home and have started to dabble in investing, money management, and financial planning.

Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?

My parents have played a large part in making me who I am today. Growing up on the family farm allowed me to see the amount of work, passion, and resilience that it takes to make a successful business. They encouraged me to continually be curious and try to find new and better ways to do what needs done.

If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?

I think Johnny Depp would be a good actor to play me. He does a great job of capturing the persona and mindset of his role and has a unique way of making his roles entertaining. I think that he would do a great job of capturing my story.

What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?

Life is rough, but it's a lot harder if you do it alone. Find yourself some good friends/partners and create together. Don't overthink stuff, but make a solid plan and adjust it as you go along. Things change and you need to be able to adjust with the time. Also, be creative and have fun!