Meet Our Team

Linda Clifford, CIC/AAI/CPIW

President

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Phone: 352-245-5455

Fax: 352-245-9866

I began my career in insurance in 1968. I have held positions as typists, customer service rep, Underwriter, sales representative and finally agency owner. In my 52 years I have owned three agencies and partnered with four individuals to start scratch agencies in various cities. My greatest love is teaching insurance. I taught at CFCC for 23 years both the agents and life courses. I also taught for Florida Association of Agents for their CPIW courses and Project Invest in the high schools. I served on their education committee for over 15 years.


In 1993 I sold my agency to Barnett Bank which resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision giving banks the right to solicit insurance. I served as National Sales Director for the Hartford Insurance and traveled the nation teaching banks how to sell insurance. Also, I worked for Staff Leasing as their President of Insurance where I learned the many facets of the employee leasing industry.


On a personal note, I have been married to Dale 40 years; we have two daughters Alicia and Melanie, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. We are currently semi-retired living in Ocala, Fl. and Franklin NC, where we have offices set up in both residences to keep in touch with my offices and insureds. 

My hobbies are stained glass, gardening, camping and home renovation projects. I volunteer through programs for the homeless and humane society.

Austin Rutledge

Treasurer / Commercial Lines Agent

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Phone: 352-245-5455

Fax: 352-245-9866

Austin started with Clifford Insurance his senior year at Belleview High School in 2010. He focuses on all lines of commercial insurance and handles day-to-day operations of the agency. In 2018 he became co-owner alongside his grandmother Linda Clifford. In his free time he enjoys relaxing at his home in Ocala and spending time with his beautiful wife Jenna, son Grayson and his two dogs Luna and Duke.

Margaret Schneider

Licensed Agent

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Phone: 352-245-5455

Fax: 352-245-9866

My career in the insurance industry began in 1970 with my first job at Crow's Insurance in Belleview, Florida. Within the first year, l was trained to quote Auto Insurance and Mobile Home Insurance. In 1977 l successfully passed the insurance licensing exam for the State of Florida and became a licensed agent. The past 50 years have been an adventure through Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and teaching this fascinating business. Spending time with my family and friends is how I enjoy my leisure hours.

Alicia Clifford-Sturges

Vice President

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Phone: 352-245-5455

Fax: 352-245-9866

I have been in the insurance industry for 32 years (a little more if you count me working in the summer while in middle and high school). I am proud to have raised 4 beautiful, loving and strong children and also having 2 great step­children. I am blessed with 2 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren. My interests include music, camping in our 5th wheel, kayaking, target shooting, going to the lake, collecting revolver guns, the love or Harley Davidsons, spending time with my family and watching western movies. I also enjoy being a volunteer for the Ocala National Forest. I am proud to be the President of BNI Pace Setters chapter, which is the largest networking group. What I like most about insurance is the passion to education people on the importance of insuring their assets against possible law suits and/or protection from a loss. I love that our agency is now 3 Generations strong - carrying the legacy that Linda Clifford, my mother, has built for her family!

Ashley Rutledge

Office Manager

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Phone: 352-245-5455

Fax: 352-245-9866

Skylar Semons

Licensed Agent

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Phone: 352-245-5455

Fax: 352-245-9866

Skylar, Linda's one of four grandsons, has always enjoyed helping out at Clifford Insurance ever since he was a young child. He would come in on his days off of school to come stamp mail, answer the phones, file paperwork, and greet clients at the entry of the establishment. In September of 2018, he earned the Registered Customer Service Representative (RCSR) designation, and officially became an employee of Clifford Insurance Center. He currently handles the commercial lines renewals, and is studying for his General Lines Agent license, in order to become a commercial lines underwriter. He strives to provide the best customer service possible, ensuring the customer's insurance needs are always met.