Cliff Fitch was a founding member of the board of directors of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation in 2008, and he re-joined the board in 2016. A native of east Texas and the builder of Fitch Banjos, Cliff has been active as a musician in bluegrass music since the age of 15. Cliff built 85 professional-grade 5-string banjos before retiring from his banjo-building business in 2009. He is a licensed funeral director, the owner of Fitch Mortuary Transportation, LLC, and a resident of Azle, Texas. He has been married to his wife Paula since 1985, and they are the proud parents of Rachel Hollowed. Cliff’s other interests include playing electric bass, restoring and collecting antique tube radios, guns, and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle..