Druid City Living Business Spotlight: Michael Ford

This week’s Druid City Living Business Spotlight is on Raymond James Financial Advisor, Michael Ford. Thanks, Michael, for taking the time to answer all of our questions so thoughtfully.

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

Phone: 205-464-2057

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.raymondjames.com



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