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Patrick Ford

VP / International Marketing Director at Ford’s Produce Company and Ford’s Gourmet Foods
Sea Gull

Years as a Staff Member/Positions held: 1990 – Motorboating and then U/A

Current Profession and Title/Years in role: Produce & Barbecue Sauce – Ford’s Produce Company and Ford’s Gourmet Foods – The Master Distributor of Bone Suckin’ Sauce. VP / International Marketing Director 25 years

Can you provide a brief overview of your job responsibilities? 

As a family business you get to do it all – I do everything from driving a forklift and sweeping the floor to doing international business.   We operate in over 80 countries now so it is a bit of everything to make it work on the day to day basis.

Do you have any career advice for members of our Camp community?  

Do something you absolutely love.  If you don’t love it then it won’t bring out the best in you.  If you love something then you will share that feeling with others and they will be able to see your vision too.

What do you believe have been some of your greatest personal and professional accomplishments?

Getting to work with family is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments personally and professionally. One thing that I am really proud of is being asked to testify in United States Congress.  It was great to share what I’ve learned with others on that stage about International Business.  

Is there a goal toward which you are currently working?

To serve people in the best way possible.  If you serve your customers they will reward you.  

How do the values or skills you learned at Camp show up in your everyday work and/or personal life?  

Camp Sea Gull was able to help me learn so many things that every young man or woman should know.  The four that come to mind are: Trust, Integrity, Hard Work & Self Confidence

Is there a person or a situation that had a huge influence on you while you were at Camp? How and why did they/it impact you?  

Getting up every day and going to work and doing it well. I enjoyed being part of a team and working together to accomplish so much together.  I always look back on my time at Camp and smile and laugh.  What a great time.

What advice would you give your younger self?  

Enjoy the moment.  It doesn’t last long.

All-time favorite skit memory: Talent Show was so epic.  I’m smiling as I’m answering this just thinking about how fun it was!

Favorite special event at Camp: Overnights to Morehead.

Do you have a hidden talent? Playing Piano

What profession other than your own would you like to try? Dog Trainer

What would you eat if you could only have one food for the rest of your life? Lasagna