Clayton began his career as a professional pilot with the goal of flying for the major airlines. At that time, the airlines were furloughing pilots, rather than hiring them, so he headed back to college and obtained his degree in Accounting from Central Washington University. After becoming a CPA and working in public accounting for a few years, he moved to the private sector and worked in the corporate aviation and real estate industry as Chief Financial Officer for 15 years. In 2003, Clayton returned to public accounting and by 2014 became the sole shareholder of a CPA firm in Encinitas, California. It was during this time that the business relationship with Jason Labrum was developed, resulting in today’s formation of IDA Tax.
Clayton spends much of his free time on the golf course and enjoying hiking and bicycling.