Cliff began his working career as a box boy at a local grocery store while still in high school. Cliff was an all-state football player for Grants Pass High School and was part of the state championship team. After graduation, he continued working for the store for 15 years. This experience led him to opening and managing his own store.
He operated his own store for 10 years. He then went to work for a variety store chain, beginning as a manager and finishing as a District Manager, overseeing 17 stores. After the company went out of business, he was hired by a small electrical stores chain as the Operations Manager. After retirement he turned his hobby of working with wood furniture into a part-time business. He found that he still had time on his hands, so he became a driving instructor and loves doing it. His goal is to help young people become good drivers so that they can enjoy a long safe life.