Clay graduated from Texas Tech University with a Petroleum Land Management degree in December of 2006. During school Clay did an internship for BP in Houston, TX. He then began his professional career after graduation with ConocoPhillips, working the Barnett Shale from their Midland office. In August of 2008, he took a position at Concho Resources as a landman on the Texas Asset team. He spent the next 4 years working on the Texas, New Mexico, and Exploration teams at Concho. In August of 2012, Clay took a landman position at CrownQuest Operating, LLC primarily working the Wolfberry play.
Clay and his wife, Leslie, have been married six years. They have two daughters, Delaney and Kanon.