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Executive Profile , Mike Ford

Somewhere between helping grow company revenues by more than 400 percent in four years and coaching his four children in sports, Mike Ford still finds time for fantasy football.

In fact, Ford and a co-worker wrote a book on the topic. “Pimping Rights” is his novel that describes the bond that he and fellow co-workers have created during the past 16 years playing fantasy football, while they’ve all gone on to head successful companies.

As regional vice president of RoseRyan, a financial management consulting company, Ford manages the local office and opened the Orange County practice in 2005.

Having started out with New York-based Deloitte Haskins & Sells, now Deloitte & Touche, Ford says he gives the accounting firm a lot of credit for his success.

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“Being with a ‘Big A’ you receive an unbeatable upbringing, grooming for any type of business and working with people,” Ford said.


RESUME

Name: Mike Ford.

Company: RoseRyan.

Title: Regional vice president.

Education: Bachelor of Science, political science Bowling Green State University; Master of Arts/Master of City and Regional Planning , Ohio State University.

Birthplace: Bronxville, N.Y.

Age: 48.

Current residence: Fletcher Hills.

Family: Wife, Anne (married 24-plus years), and four kids.


BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY

Essential business philosophy: Have a “get it done” attitude.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Hiring the best people and developing the best team!

Guiding principles: Our clients always come first; our No. 1 asset is our people; leveraging people’s strengths through teamwork; providing the highest quality service to maintain a great reputation.

Yardsticks of success: Repeat business with clients.

Goals yet to be achieved: Having our newer Southern California office model San Diego’s success.


JUDGMENT CALLS

Best business decision: Joining RoseRyan , the firm really walks its talk.

Worst business decision: Joining a company started by a former colleague from Deloitte & Touche.

Toughest business decision: Turning down a regional director’s role due to the impact it would have on my family.

Biggest missed opportunity: The time not spent with my kids prior to achieving work/life balance in my career.

Mentor: Frank Panarisi, retired as president of Frank Panarisi & Associates management consulting firm.

Word that describes you: Leader.


TRUE CONFESSIONS

What you like best about your job: Work/life balance and the firm’s authenticity.

What you like least about your job: Administrative paperwork.

Pet peeve: Having to explain things multiple times

Most important lesson learned: Listening is more difficult than talking.

Person most interested in meeting: John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach.

Three greatest passions: Coaching, playing sports, fantasy football.

First choice for a new career: Sports agent.


PREDILECTIONS

Favorite quote: “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.” , John Wooden.

Most influential book: “In Search of Excellence” , Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman.

Favorite status symbol: To be “published.”

Favorite restaurant: Fillipis Pizza Grotto.

Favorite place for business meetings: Starbucks.

Favorite vacation spot: Sequoia Mountains.

Favorite way to spend time: Coaching my kids.

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