Name: Michael Ford
Title: Financial Advisor
Company: Raymond James & Associates
Current city of residence? Tuscaloosa
Family? Spouse - Caroline; Son - Alex, 13
What is your educational background? The Altamont School in Birmingham for grades 5-12; Bachelor in Arts from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Alabama
Where did you grow up? Mountain Brook, Alabama
What was your first job? I worked at the Golden Rule Bar-B-Que in Irondale, Alabama, as a busboy for a few summers while I was in high school. It was an eye-opening experience, but I enjoyed it!
Why did you choose your profession? I believe everyone desires financial peace of mind. I was in a small business which was hit hard by the Great Recession and experienced first-hand what’s it’s like to lose sleep at night worried about finances. Since I had an interest in personal finance, financial planning, and providing solutions, I decided to pursue a career as a financial advisor, drawing from my experience to help others attain financial peace of mind and sleep well at night. It’s very gratifying to work with families, business owners, and professionals every step of the way in their pursuit of their financial goals.
In 10 years, you’ll be… Continuing to serve passionately in my role as a financial advisor and in leadership board positions for several charitable organizations. I would also like to be teaching financial planning on an adjunct basis.
What is the first thing you do when you get to the office? I prioritize my tasks for the day and make final preparations for client and prospect meetings.
What is a hot topic in your industry? How the mid-term elections and other factors will affect the stock market in 2019.
Number one item on your bucket list? To travel more in Europe with my family. Among the countries I would like to visit are Greece (since I am half-Greek), Italy, Ireland, and France. Another bucket list item would be to attend the Final Four - preferably to watch Alabama!
What’s the first website you check in the morning? I check ESPN.com before I get to the office.
If you had to choose another career, what would it be? I would choose to go into sports radio, since I have been told for many years I have the voice and knowledge for it.
What’s your guiding business principle? Always put the client first.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Live life with honesty and integrity and exhibit good manners.
What’s your hidden talent? I can remember college football and college basketball statistics with the best of them.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Evangeline’s
What’s your favorite local or professional sports team? Alabama Crimson Tide. Roll Tide!
Address: 200 Marina Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406