Jack FordĀ 

Jack brings a wealth of strategic and hands-on business experience to Smart State. He focuses on executive coaching, facilitating peer advisory boards and engaging in personal coaching and consulting. Jack offers expertise in strategic planning and growth strategies, business development, financial/cost management, staffing and team coaching.

Prior to joining Smart State, Jack was Managing Director of the US operation of a Belgian manufacturing company. Jack has held key executive management positions with Fortune 100 companies as well as mid-sized privately and family owned companies in the automotive/transportation, construction, electrical, electronic and coating industries.

In addition to Smart State, Jack founded a chemical sales company in 2002 specializing in providing a select group of plastic compounding customers with flame retardant additives. He currently works with both domestic and off-shore suppliers.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Jack moved to the Triangle from Baltimore, MD in 2005 with his wife, Marianne, and lives North Raleigh. He has two sons, both married with one living in Florida and one in Pennsylvania. Jack is a member of Christ Church Raleigh and is active in StepUp Ministry in Raleigh as a co-partner in their life skills program.

Jack has a BS degree in Accounting and Systems from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He enjoys golf, hiking and biking.