My Loyalty to Ford
I still remember the smell of the interior as I climbed into the cab of my 1975 F-100. It was a hot summer day in 1993, when I got behind the wheel of that truck for the first time. Being only thirteen, it was an excitement I had never experienced before. A faded blue long bed with a “three on the tree,” manual steering, and no air conditioning. It wasn’t fancy, but after owning dozens of Ford vehicles in the years since, it still holds a special place in my memory. I think of this truck often as I climb into the cab of my new Platinum F-150 and am still amazed by the technological advances that now surround me.
In many ways, my life has been intertwined with the Ford Motor Company brand. Starting with that first truck, which I used as a building block, from learning how to work on it, to understanding the value of reliability. As the years passed, and I purchased newer, fancier Ford trucks, reliability became one of my strongest attributes, as well. I made my way through life assuring people that I, like my Ford vehicles, could be trusted.
After college in 2004, I started my own electrical company with nothing more than my know-how, determined work ethic, and my Ford truck. Twelve years and a few gray hairs later, I am proud to say that I have created a business environment that allows employees to flourish. I currently employ nearly 100 people, among four businesses.
Staying true to my roots, as my business grew, so did my fleet of Ford vehicles. Many with over 200,000 miles, they continue to provide an exceptional value to my business. Several have taken on identities of their very own, with nicknames such as Bob, Steely Dan, and Cheap Thrills. In fact, when I offer newer vehicles to employees, many choose to remain in their current vehicles.
When I’m not working, I can usually be found turning a wrench on one of my classic Ford vehicles, I have acquired over the years. One of my favorite memories was what my dad called “looking for a diamond in the rough.” My father and I would drive down back roads on weekends combing the countryside for forgotten treasures. This could be anything from a classic Mustang to a Super Duty. On more than one occasion, we would be told no or even worse, be chased off of someone’s property. But that didn’t stop us, we often found that persistence paid off.
Coming across barn finds taught me “the art of the deal.” All of the negotiating skills, learned while purchasing the Ford vehicles in my past, have been essential to the success in my business’ past, present, and future contract negotiations. One interesting negotiation occurred on my wedding day. I successfully negotiated a deal between my best man, my father, and myself. In which, we traded our ford trucks to each other in a 3-way trade. Needless to say, we all ended up satisfied and I am still happily married!
I have always been a motorsports enthusiast and big supporter of the blue oval. Over the years, I have enjoyed attending many types of racing including: drag, circle track, and monster truck. When Ford announced it was going to return to Le Mans 50 years after it dominated the "24 Hours of Le Mans" in 1966, I vowed to be there. I am extremely excited about cheering the Ford GT to victory in Le Mans this upcoming June.
This unique Ford GT application process has allowed me the chance to tell you how much the Ford Motor Company means to me. It's provided me with an opportunity to reflect on all of the wonderful memories I associate with the Ford brand. Please take the opportunity to visit my webpage and view pictures of my memories.
In closing, I would like to thank you, the Ford Motor Company, for providing me with American made, quality products that I have proudly and passionately built my life around.