DANVILLE − Robert Clifford comes from a long line of construction professionals, so it only made sense that he would follow in the footsteps of his forebears. “You could say building is in my blood,” he affirms. “My great-grandfather was a cement mason, my grandfather was a CFO for various large construction firms and my father was in the construction lending business.” Yet, despite his building heritage, Robert’s professional path wasn’t always set in stone. “When I went to college, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. However, when I found out there was a construction management degree, I knew it would be a good fit for my background and abilities. After earning my degree, I got into the industry and the rest is history.”
Today, as president of Building Pros, Robert says his favorite part of his job is solving his clients’ design problems. “I love it when a client comes to me with an issue they’ve been living with for decades and never really known how to fix, and I’m able to create a design that not only addresses the issue, but also gives them a renewed appreciation for their home. That’s really exciting for me.”
A lifelong resident of Danville (where he lives with his wife, Kristi), Robert expresses his appreciation for the close-knit character of his hometown. “I enjoy the people in Danville and feel a genuine connection with my community,” he says. “We do the majority of our work right here in town, so it’s neat to be able to serve our friends and neighbors.”
Outside of work, Robert engages in a variety of primarily outdoor activities. “We live on a small ranch and have horses, so I enjoy horseback riding and doing competitive team roping,” he details. “I also like working on my house, as well as helping friends with building projects on their homes and ranches.” In addition to these active pastimes, Robert enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and their two daughters, Emma and Jillian.
In his life and career, Robert espouses a piece of wisdom passed down by his grandfather. “My grandfather was probably my biggest influence as far as shaping the person I grew up to be,” he remembers. “One of the most important things he taught me was to always do what you say you’re going to do. He was a model of reliability—if you made an appointment to meet him in one year, you wouldn’t have to call to remind him about it. So, that’s one of the mottos I live by, and it’s something our whole business is built around.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Robert says he’d refocus his building efforts homeward. “Working on my house is actually one of my favorite things to do, so I’d probably start a new home improvement project. I also enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and riding horses, so I’d probably do more of those things as well.”