Prior to his role as COO, Clifford was President of the Heavy Carbon Division for Kloeckner Metals.
He has more than 28 years of experience in the metals industry and began his sales and marketing career with Ryerson Steel, a full line service center, selling 13 different product lines. While at Ryerson, Clifford held many different positions, including sales manager, merchandise manager, outside sales representative, and inside sales representative.
In 1997, he joined Olympic Steel as Sales Manager for the Chicago Division, and two years later, was promoted to General Manager of that division.
In 2002, Clifford joined Primary Steel as General Manager of Sales, Chicago, and in 2005, was named General Manager of the Chicago Division. Clifford graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication.
He has served on the Central States board of the Metals Service Center Institute since 1999 and is a past President of the Chapter.