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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Crimson
Favorite Food:
Corn (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is, So Now What? Well Done Is Always Better Than Well Said.

Birthplace

Born:
10/3/1959
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Crimson
Favorite Food:
Corn (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is, So Now What? Well Done Is Always Better Than Well Said.

Birthplace

Born:
10/3/1959
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Senior vice president and chief information officer of information technology for American Airlines, Inc., Monte Ford, was born October 3, 1959, in Washington, D.C.; his mother Charity Hunt’s Georgia ancestors were written about in a book entitled Ambiguous Lives. Ford's father, Nathaniel Ford, was from Waycross, Georgia. Growing up in Southeast D.C.’s Stronghold neighborhood, Ford was inspired by his older brother who attended Wilberforce University; finishing Jackson Elementary School, he attended Augustus Paul Junior High School, Linton Hall Military School and graduated from co-educational Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1977. Ford earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston in 1982 where he met his future wife.

Ford worked for Digital Equipment Corporation as a marketing representative and in other positions from 1982 to 1990, while occasionally working as a disc jockey. From 1990 to 1994, Ford worked for the Bank of Boston, becoming senior vice president for technology. At the Associates First Capital Corporation, Ford served as the executive vice president and CIO from 1997 to 2000, when he was named senior vice president and CIO. In 2001, Ford became the chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology for American Airlines, Inc., which is a subsidiary of AMR Corporation; in this context, he was in charge of the information technology services group. From 2006 to 2008, Ford also served as the director of Moneygram International Inc.

Action oriented, Ford promoted the concept “Well done is better than well said;" his articles, True Colors and Be A King, Not A Joker, remain widely read in CIO circles. Active in youth programs, church leadership groups, and the Children’s Medical Center, Ford maintained a long history of community service for which he received numerous awards. Ford and his wife raised three children, settling in Southlake, Texas.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Monte Ford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Monte Ford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Monte Ford states his mother's name, place of birth and birthday
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Monte Ford describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Monte Ford talks about the tradition of storytelling in his maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Monte Ford explains his mother's migration to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Monte Ford states his father's name, place of birth and birthday
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Monte Ford talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Monte Ford talks about his family's values and his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Monte Ford describes his childhood neighborhood of Stronghold in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Monte Ford describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Monte Ford describes the influence of his two brothers on his worldview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Monte Ford describes his elementary school experience in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Monte Ford talks about being sent to Linton Hall Military School in Bristow, Virginia for eighth grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Monte Ford talks about transferring to Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Monte Ford describes his experiences and friendships at Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Monte Ford describes his favorite teacher at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Monte Ford explains his decision to attend Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Monte Ford recalls courting his wife while they were students at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Monte Ford recalls courting his wife while they were students at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Monte Ford recalls accepting his first full-time job at Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Monte Ford talks about graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1982
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Monte Ford describes his experiences and supervisors at Digital Equipment Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Monte Ford talks about his career transitions from Digital Equipment Corporation to the Bank of Boston to the Associates First Capital Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Monte Ford talks about his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Monte Ford recalls becoming the chief information officer of American Airlines in 2001
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Monte Ford recalls the reaction of American Airlines executives to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Monte Ford reflects upon the process of rebuilding American Airlines' brand in the wake of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Monte Ford reflects upon his experience being an African American executive in corporate America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Monte Ford recalls overreacting to a colleague's comment which he perceived as racialized
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Monte Ford talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Monte Ford explains his leadership philosophy and talks about workplace diversity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Monte Ford shares an example to illustrate one of his favorite quotes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Monte Ford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Monte Ford reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Monte Ford talks about his future career plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Monte Ford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Monte Ford reflects upon his parents' pride in his career success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Monte Ford describes how he would like to be remembered