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Curt Clawson attended Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana. Clawson graduated from Purdue University, where he played basketball. After graduating from Purdue, Clawson served a year-long Ambassadorial Scholarship for Rotary International, doing graduate MBA studies in Monterrey, Mexico, and taking some time to play for the local university basketball team. Clawson began his working career in manufacturing in 1986, as a supervisor on a muffler production line in Columbus, Indiana for Arvin Industries, the world’s largest maker of automotive exhaust systems.In 1988, Clawson entered Harvard Business School for a two year Masters of Business Administration degree, sponsored by Arvin. After graduating from business school, Clawson held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility at Arvin. In 1995, Clawson joined AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) as President of the Filters and Spark Plugs Group, which manufactured Autolite® spark plugs and FRAM® filters. Eventually, Curt Clawson became President and Chief Operating Officer of American National Can – the largest global manufacturer of beverage cans (soft drinks and beer).