Steve Ford

Steve Ford

Actor, Speaker and Son of Former US President Gerald Ford
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INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE AND HOLLYWOOD - GETTING TO THE TOP WITH CHARACTER
Inside The White House and Hollywood
Getting To The Top With Character
On August 9, 1974 Gerald R. Ford assumed the reins of the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Suddenly, Steve Ford was thrust into the role of "First Son."

Steve's unique perspective on life as the President's son encompasses a broad range of subjects: being 18 years old and having 10 Secret Service agents....his father's pardon of President Nixon....two assassination attempts on his father's life plus inspirational stories how the family dealt with their mother's bouts with alcoholism and also how Steve conquered his own alcoholism. Steve's focus is on such issues as character, integrity, overcoming adversity and leadership while helping the audience rethink their own role in those areas. He will give a behind the scenes view of the White House and the insider anecdotes.

Steve spent 25 years as an accomplished actor and appeared in over 25 major motion pictures such as the hit Transformers, Blackhawk Down, Contact, Armageddon and playing Meg Ryan's boyfriend in When Harry Met Sally. He has served as Chairman of the President Gerald R. Ford Foundation and currently serves as a trustee on that board.

LEADERSHIP
What makes a great leader?
History shows that those who have sought service over self-interest in times of indecision, turmoil and crisis areregarded as true leaders.

On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States when President Richard Nixon resignedhis office in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal.

Today, most historians and political observers agree that President Ford's difficult (and, at the time controversial) decision to pardon Nixon was the right thing to do and was in the country's best interest. His leadership with character helped heal a nation and restored confidence in the office of the President of the United States.

President Ford's son, Steve, talks about what it takes to be a good leader and some of the traits of leadership.

Why Book Steve Ford?

  • He talks about his life in the White House as the son of a president and the lessons he learned from that experience.

  • He shares the messages of courage and confidence he learned from his mother and the leadership he saw in his father.

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    On August 9, 1974 Gerald R. Ford assumed the reins of the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Suddenly, Steve Ford was thrust into the role of "First Son."

    Steve's unique perspective on life as the President's son encompasses a broad range of fascinating subjects: being 18 years old and having 10 Secret Service agents as constant companions.....his father's pardon of President Nixon to help put an end to the infamous Watergate affair.....two assassination attempts on his father's life.....his mother's bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer.

    During Steve's non-political presentation, you will learn the tools of his success in and outside Washington, DC. With a focus on such issues as the value of a strong family unit, living life with values and character, setting and juggling priorities, and making the right choices in life, Steve's presentation is entertaining, enlightening, insightful and inspirational.

    Steve is also an accomplished actor. For six years he starred as Detective Andy Richards on the Emmy Award-winning THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Much to the delight of his fans, Steve has now returned to Y & R in that same role. His television appearances include SUDDENLY SUSAN, DR. QUINN, J.A.G., 18 WHEELS OF JUSTICE, BABYLON 5-IN THE BEGINNING, WALKER TEXAS RANGER, and THE SENTINEL. Steve also hosted the prime time NBC series SECRET SERVICE.

    He has appeared in more than 30 feature films. Most recently Steve appeared in the hit movie BLACK HAWK DOWN. Steve's other credits include CONTACT with Jodie Foster, HEAT with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, ARMAGEDDON with Bruce Willis, STARSHIP TROOPERS, ERASER with Arnold Schwarzenegger and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY as Meg Ryan's boyfriend.

    Before becoming an actor in 1979, Steve worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper and still ropes today in his spare time. He owns a ranch in California. Steve was involved in the thoroughbred race horse industry for years during the 1980's and 90's as an owner, breeder, racing manager and race track executive. In 1994, Steve returned full time to his acting and speaking career.

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    Reviews

    "Steve Ford is a dynamic and personable speaker. He uses humor where appropriate and has a great message about his life as the son of President Gerald Ford and Betty. His integrity shines and the care for our nation shows through. Our event had 300 people and everyone was engaged while he was speaking."
    --Fresno County Economic Development

    "Steve Ford was an outstanding speaker! He made us laugh, and several of us shed a few tears as well. Our audience was absolutely mesmerized by him and they're not always easy to please. He was open, relaxed and thoroughly engaging. He exceeded all expectations. Thank you so much!"
    --National Motor Freight Traffic Association

    "Steve Ford was a wonderful speaker. Attendees connected with his message and came up to talk with him later about his topic, to thank him for his message and to have photos taken with him... I was very happy with his talk and so were our attendees based upon the evaluations and comments we received. We would have Steve back again."
    --Northwest Public Power Association

    "Steve Ford is very personable. His presentation was superb! We couldn’t have written his script any better. We have had nothing but favorable comments and everyone enjoyed meeting and talking with him! My grade for his performance would be an A+."
    --Residence Treatment Services of Adamance

    "Steve's session was captivating and applicable to any audience."
    --Electronic Security Association, Inc.

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