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Ulysses Ford

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Chief Executive
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Do The Things That You Fear And The Death Of Fear Is Certain.

Birthplace

Born:
9/28/1943
Birth Location:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Chief Executive
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Collard Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Do The Things That You Fear And The Death Of Fear Is Certain.

Birthplace

Born:
9/28/1943
Birth Location:
Charlotte
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Biography

Ulysses Grant Ford, III was born September 28, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina to Roberta and Ulysses Ford, II. Ford graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1961. Moving to Talladega, Alabama to attend Talladega College, Ford pursued his interest in mathematics and received a B.A. in 1965. That year, he married Beverly Odom Ford, who now owns the consulting firm ASM & Associates. They have three sons.

From 1965 until 1968, Ford worked as a math teacher and basketball coach at Charlotte Catholic High School. In 1968, Ford became an accountant and worked for Allstate Insurance and Equitable Life Insurance. In 1972, he began his career in civil service as an administrative assistant for the public works department of the City of Charlotte. In 1978, Ford left Charlotte to become the Director of Solid Waste Management for the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ford went on to hold the title of Director of City Services for seven years in Fort Worth, Texas. Then he moved to Houston and served as Director of Public Works until 1992.

At this point in his career, Ford moved from government service to business and became responsible for marketing as the Vice President of Waste Management, Inc., a post he held for six years. In 1998, Ford founded SDC Consulting, Inc. in Macon, Georgia. SDC represents private companies, helping them increase their access to local governments across the country and thus combines the two main areas of his life's work.

Ulysses Ford, III has been a member of 100 Black Men of America since 1998 and served as president of the Municipal Waste Management Association of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Ulysses Ford passed away on March 20, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford describes his maternal grandfather's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford describes his maternal grandfather's first job
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford talks about his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ulysses Ford describes his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ulysses Ford describes the difficulties his family faced after his father left
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ulysses Ford talks about his household chores
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ulysses Ford describes his mother's personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ulysses Ford describes his mother's personality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ulysses Ford describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Ulysses Ford describes his segregated childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Ulysses Ford describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ulysses Ford describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ulysses Ford talks about his experience at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford talks about his experience as a Boy Scout, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford talks about his experience at West Charlotte High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford talks about his experience as a Boy Scout, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford describes his pride at receiving his Eagle Scout badge
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford describes his mother's and grandfather's reactions to his receiving his Eagle Scout badge
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ulysses Ford talks about his childhood athletics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ulysses Ford describes receiving a scholarship to Talladega College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ulysses Ford describes being a good student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ulysses Ford talks about deciding to attend Talladega College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ulysses Ford describes his mother's interest in his athletics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ulysses Ford talks about growing up without a father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford talks about his mentor and teacher at West Charlotte High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford discusses the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford remembers his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford remembers meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford describes his Civil Rights activism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ulysses Ford describes his Civil Rights activism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ulysses Ford describes his mother's reaction to his Civil Rights activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ulysses Ford discusses his grandfather's reaction to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford talks about overcoming his fears about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford describes meeting his wife at Talladega College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford describes his wife Beverly Ann Odom's personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford talks about looking for jobs after college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford describes becoming a high school teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ulysses Ford describes his experience teaching at Charlotte Catholic High School in North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ulysses Ford talks about being hired as an underwriter for Allstate Insurance Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ulysses Ford discusses his experience as an underwriter for Allstate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford discusses the racism he encountered at Allstate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford discusses becoming an insurance salesman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford discusses his alcoholism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford discusses starting work for the Public Works Department in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford discusses someone he inspired
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ulysses Ford discusses his experience in the Public Works Department, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ulysses Ford discusses his experience in the Public Works Department, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ulysses Ford discusses recovering from his alcoholism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ulysses Ford discusses recovering from his alcoholism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford discusses leaving the Public Works Department of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford discusses his experiences in the Public Works Department in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford talks about the difference between a strong mayor and council manager forms of government
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford discusses privatizing garbage pickup in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford discusses his growing reputation in Public Works Departments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ulysses Ford reflects upon his grandfather's passing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ulysses Ford discusses his move into the private sector
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ulysses Ford talks about his experience at Waste Management
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ulysses Ford talks about launching SDC Consulting
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ulysses Ford reflects upon his motivations and mentors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ulysses Ford discusses books that have inspired him
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ulysses Ford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ulysses Ford narrates his photos