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Steve Ford

Steve Ford

Steve is the son of President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, an accomplished Hollywood actor, and professional speaker.

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  • $9,000 - $11,000
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  • 28 Years
  • About

    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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    Keynote | Educational | Entertainment | Humorous | Inspirational

    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.

    Keynote OR Breakout

    What makes a great leader?

    History shows that those who have sought service over self-interest in times of indecision, turmoil and crisis are regarded as true leaders.

    On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the 38th
    President of the United States when President Richard Nixon resigned his 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.

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    “We knew you would be good, given your celebrity status with your family heritage and your background in film and television, but what surprised us most was your devotion to the outdoors and simplistic way of life – whether it be your time working on ranches in the western U.S., your major in college at Cal Poly being range management, or your deep conviction to the rodeo circuit as a team roper. Needless to say, we were all surprised by your attachment and sincerity to our industry. Would never have guessed that about you. Secondly, I hate after-dinner speakers (and you are not one) because you feel good for a couple of days then it all wears off. Not you!!!!! Your presence was cut to the chase, a feeling of being a part of us, no fakeness, but instead genuineness, sincerity, and the rare ability to make people laugh with you and not at you. Your down-to-earth approach was both refreshing and really engaging to the audience. Your PowerPoint slides, behind-the-scenes look at the White House, and stories never told in the press, left the audience spellbound and captivated. What a pleasant surprise!”

    Texas Agricultural Cooperative Tommy E.
"Both Jay and Barry did a great job. The group and myself appreciated the fact that both speakers were interactive and took the time to ask questions and allow the audience to participate. It was nice that both Jay and Barry took time to stay afterward and come early to allow some time for the group to have some good one on one time with them. The Audience appreciated not having the same old industry update. Thanks."
Manager Helena Chemical Co.