Clifford grew up in the small town of Alpha, Illinois. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance. After college, he went through Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a rifle platoon commander with 3rd Battalion 8th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and finished his active career as a captain.
Clifford is continuing his education and focusing on obtaining his project management professional certification and Six Sigma black belt certification. Clifford believes there is nothing stronger than a group of people who trust and respect one another. Together, they can move mountains. He works to protect and build trust by being reliable and doing things the right way to get the right results.