Maxine Clark

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Maxine K. Clark
Maxine Clark from Build-A-Bear at Disney Social Media Moms Conference
Clark in 2014
Born Maxine Kasselman
(1949-03-06) March 6, 1949 (age 68)
Nationality American
Occupation Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop

Maxine Clark (born: Maxine Kasselman on March 6, 1949, in Coral Gables, Florida, United States[1]) is founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, an American retailer that sells customizable teddy bears and other stuffed animals.

She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1971.[2] She holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Louis University. In 2006, she published her first book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart”.

After college, she worked at Hecht's, a division of the May Company department store chain, and in 1976 was promoted to the corporate offices in St. Louis, Missouri.[3] In 1992, Clark became the president of Payless Shoe Source, and left the company in 1996.[4]


  1. ^ "Maxine K. Clark". 
  2. ^ "UGA Alumni Association : Women of UGA : Amazing Women of UGA". Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Eng, Dinah (March 19, 2012). "Who Built Build-A-Bear?". Fortune. 165 (4): 49–51. 
  4. ^ "Build-A-Bear's Founder Shares Her Story". Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 

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