Nov. 19 2018 01:09 PM

Steve Clifford, a long-time advisory board member, joins the 71-year-old company during a period of growth and increased market share.


The employee-owners of PBI-Gordon Corp., Shawnee, Kansas, have announced Steve Clifford has joined the company as chief operating officer effective July 31, 2018. He was previously an audit partner and the managing partner of Ernst and Young’s Kansas City office from 1999 through his retirement in 2015.

Clifford, who has served as an advisory director on the PBI-Gordon board of directors since his retirement in 2015, is an experienced senior executive who successfully led several organizations during his career. In addition to his duties at PBI-Gordon, he also serves as a director on the board of Ferrellgas Partners, an U.S. supplier of propane.

In the newly created position of chief operating officer, Clifford will direct operations of PBI-Gordon’s three business units: Pest Management, PetAg, and Pegasus Laboratories. Additionally, he will oversee the company’s information technology and enterprise resource planning teams. Clifford will report directly to PBI-Gordon CEO Don Chew.

“Steve Clifford is a proven business leader and will be an outstanding addition to the PBI-Gordon management team,” says Chew. “His experience in helping companies make their businesses better through strategic development, a focus on financial performance metrics, and attainment of immediate and long-term growth objectives will be vital as we continue to grow and increase market share across all the sectors we serve.”

In addition to his current roles with PBI-Gordon and Ferrellgas, Clifford serves as a member of the board of the Archdiocese of Northeast Kansas. He is also the former chairman of the board of both Cristo Rey High School and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Steve is also a former director of the Boy Scouts of America and Rockhurst High School, among others.

With a line of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, growth regulators and other products, PBI-Gordon is a leader in professional turf and ornamental management industry. The company also develops and markets products for the consumer lawn, garden, and farm and ranch markets, as well as animal health and grooming products for consumers and veterinarians. Based in the Kansas City metro area, PBI-Gordon has been in business since 1947, and is 100 percent employee-owned.