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 experiences: being 18 years old and having ten 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...even his mother’s bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer.
This presentation will focus on the tools of Steve’s success in and outside of Washington, D.C. In an insightful and inspirational way, Steve will cover issues such as leadership, living life with values and character, setting and juggling priorities and making the right choices in life.
In 1974, when Gerald Ford became the 38th President of the United States, Steve Ford suddenly assumed the role of “First Son” which gave him a unique outlook on life and taught him leadership lessons that he has incorporated into his speaking and acting careers. Steve is a highly-sought motivational speaker and is also an accomplished actor. With a long history on the Emmy Award-winning show The Young and The Restless, as well as appearances in more than 30 feature films including Black Hawk Down, Contact, Armageddon and When Harry Met Sally, Steve has shown longevity in Hollywood. Before becoming an actor in 1979, Steve worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper. Steve was involved in the thoroughbred race horse industry for years during the 1980s and 90s as an owner, breeder, racing manager and race track executive.