Clifton is a dynamic and strategic finance executive and CPA with almost 20 years of progressive leadership experience serving in senior finance roles and/or CFO in both entrepreneurial and corporate environments across a variety of industries, including public accounting, health and wellness, e-commerce, professional sports, live entertainment, and healthcare. Clifton has demonstrated consistent success overseeing a wide range of fiduciary responsibilities in both early-stage startups and large corporate enterprises where he’s helped to secure over $500M in venture, private equity and debt financing.
Growing up with a mother and grandmother working in special education, Clifton got involved in volunteer work at an early age, assisting children with special needs. As a past professional sports executive, Clifton was actively involved in the philanthropic efforts of those organizations.
Clifton officially joined the Variety International team in 2024 as Treasurer and is excited to use his financial expertise and experience in the private sector to help children overseeing VI’s financial governance.
Clifton grew up in Houston, TX and has also lived in Chicago, California, and Australia. When away from the office, Clifton loves enjoying the outdoors with his dog and lives an active lifestyle with a particular passion for skiing.