Name: Michael Ford
Title: Financial Advisor, Raymond James
Current city of residence? Tuscaloosa
Family? One son, Alex (age 10).
What is your educational background?
Graduated from Altamont High School in Birmingham (1991); Undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME), 1996; Graduate Degree (MBA) from the University of Alabama, 2002
Where did you grow up? Grew up in Mountain Brook (Birmingham)
What was your first job? Regions bank as a management trainee
Why did you choose your profession? I have always been passionate about personal finance and investing, plus I like helping people, so this is a great combination of those interests. It’s a very gratifying career.
In 10 years you’ll be…? I’ll be a veteran financial advisor and will have completed my CFP.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office? I read the morning TACK that our Chief Investment Strategist, Jeffrey Saut, does every day.
What’s a Hot Topic in your industry? Volatility of the stock market and interest rate activity by the Fed
What’s the most influential book you’ve read, and how did it influence your career? Rainmaker by Matt Oechsli was a great builder of courage and confidence.
Number one item on your bucket list? To see Alabama play in the Final Four
What’s the first website you check in the morning? Raymond James Intranet website
If you had to choose another career, what would it be? Sports talk show host
What’s your guiding business principle? Always conduct myself with honesty, integrity, and professionalism.
What’s your local restaurant? I’d probably say Evangeline’s
What’s your favorite local or professional sports team? The Alabama Crimson Tide
Address: 200 Marina Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35406