Robert Clifford is a 30-year veteran of the construction industry and president of Building Pros, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 350-6438 or by email.

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With Robert Clifford of Building Pros, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DANVILLE − Host, Sarah Rutan: Before you embark on a home remodeling project, it’s important to understand what type of decision maker you are. Today we’re in Danville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Robert Clifford of Building Pros to learn more.

Decision-Making in Construction

By Robert Clifford of Building Pros, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DANVILLE − By their very nature, building projects are full of decisions, from how the design will look to what kinds of materials will be used. That’s why, before starting your project, it’s important to know what kind of decision-maker you are…Read More

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Robert Clifford: Building Heritage

  • Robert Clifford is president of Building Pros.

Robert Clifford: Building Heritage
“You could say building is in my blood.”

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.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?

A: Currently, it’s “The Profit,” but my all-time favorite is “Seinfeld.”

Q: Which “Seinfeld” character do you relate to the most?

A: I think I’m a mix of Jerry, Kramer and George. There’s the goofy side with Kramer; the insecure side with George; and the logical, confident side with Jerry.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Australia. I’ve heard great things—most of my friends who have been there say they didn’t want to come back, which tells me it’s a place I should visit.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?

A: Potato chips.

Q: What’s your favorite season?

A: Spring—we’re coming out of the fog of winter but it’s not too hot yet.

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