The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce the election of Paul Carrier, Adam Clark and James W. Coupe, Esq. to its board of directors. All three will assume their duties beginning January 1, 2023.

Mr. Carrier is a Corporate Development Manager at Azenta Life Sciences. He has years of experience presenting thematic research, competitive intelligence and partnership and Mergers & Acquisitions theses to investors, boards, and senior leaders. As an MBA Intern from 2021 to 2022, he acted as an extension of the CEO & Chief Commercial Officer of Elucid, a Series B advanced cardiovascular diagnostic startup. Previously, Mr. Carrier was a strategy and corporate analyst for Paraexel and an Associate at Nautic Partners in Providence, Rhode Island. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Carrier held various positions at State Street financial services. Mr. Carrier received his MBA from the Questrom School of Business, Boston University, in 2022. He graduated from Hamilton College with a B.S. in government in 2014.

“Paul was an AHI Undergraduate Fellow and co-founder of Enquiry: A Publication of the AHI Undergraduate Fellows in 2013,” said AHI’s President Robert Paquette.  “I remember him as a sharp and courageous student. He has always been committed to AHI.  We are most glad to have him on its board of directors.”

Mr. Clark is CEO of family-owned Clark Equipment Rental, a company specializing in rental of high-quality heavy equipment. He began his career in 2000 as a project control engineer with Bechtel Power Corporation. He was a financial analyst and assistant to the CFO at Herbst Gaming in Las Vegas in 2005. He then returned to Syracuse in 2005 to work at Clark Rental Equipment, where he held several positions and now leads the business. Mr. Clark received his BS from SUNY Albany in 2000, where he majored in finance and marketing. He received his MBA in 2005 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Through the courtesy of Mary Grabar, I met Mr. Clark, a family man, at AHI’s headquarters at the end of 2020,” affirmed Paquette.  “Since then, we have communicated frequently about a wide range of issues, including declining standards in education and other searing issues in today’s debased cultural climate. We hit it off, and I like his no nonsense approach immensely.”

Mr. Coupe is a lawyer, an independent arbitrator and a consultant in film production and post-production as well as in copyright & trademark matters. Mr. Coupe’s professional experience includes a variety of legal positions in film and television financing, production and distribution in New York and Los Angeles.

Mr. Coupe was admitted to the Bar in the following jurisdictions: Tennessee (1995), California (1982), New York (1975). He is a member of the AAA ICDR (international), Commercial and Consumer Panels, the Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Ct., Central District of California, and the Arbitration Panel of the Financial Industry Neutral Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He is also a member, USCIB/ICC USA Arbitration Committee; Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Users’ Councils: State Bar of California; Los Angeles County Bar Association where he is on the Executive Committee of the Business & Corporations Law Section and was Vice Chairman (2000-2010) & Treasurer (2000-2022). Mr. Coupe is the author, “Guarantying a Hit (or Miss),” which was published in 2 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice 137 (Spring 2000). He has participated in Bar Association and Film Festival Panels on Completion Bonds and Independent Motion Picture Production, Financing and Distribution and team-taught a film financing course at UCLA Extension.

Mr. Coupe graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D 1974) where he was Student Government Representative, an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal Transnational Law and listed on the Dean’s List; His undergraduate degree is from Hamilton College (B.A 1971) where he majored in European History and was listed on the Dean’s List. During his junior year, he studied at the Sorbonne, The Universite de Paris (1970) and is fluent in French. After graduation from law school, Mr. Coupe was a law clerk to Hon. Lloyd F. MacMahon, Chief Judge U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1974-1975.

“Jim, a distinguished alumnus from Hamilton College, has been part of AHI’s legal advisory board since its founding,” observed Paquette. “Now he moves in to assume a much larger role with AHI’s operation.  From his home in California, he has been a frequent visitor to AHI and wholeheartedly supports its mission.”

AHI extends a hearty welcome aboard!