Clay grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to the Triangle in 1985. He has three graduate degrees from NCSU, all earned at night while working full-time during the day. His graduate work includes courses in land development policies and real estate economics. A certified network engineer, Clay worked in RTP in the information technology sector for ten years as a corporate writer and trainer before spending the next ten years as a college instructor of History. He has additional professional experience in finance, public relations, executive speech writing, and ghostwriting. In his spare time, Clay and his wife enjoy international travel. He is a published novelist and continues to write. Clay joined Carolina Realty Solutions in 2015 and is is the Broker-in-Charge of the Triangle Office for the firm. He represents buyers and sellers in all areas of the Triangle.