Brian Ford of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian A. Ford, Jr. just completed his 10th year with the organization after joining the Buccaneers in 2006 and in his role, oversees all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day business operations and community involvement. He works directly with team ownership to ensure that Buccaneers fans, season pass members and corporate sponsors receive a first in-class experience. Under Ford’s leadership, the Buccaneers have consistently earned top marks among NFL teams for customer service experience, ranking No. 1 in the league’s annual Voice of the Fan report for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
Ford is currently overseeing a comprehensive, multi-phase renovation of Raymond James Stadium that is expected to exceed $150 million. The first stage of this project was completed in 2014 and encompassed a complete redesign of the main level concession locations. The second phase was completed for the Buccaneers’ 2016 season and was highlighted by the installation of new, state-of-the-art HD video boards in each end zone and four HD tower video displays in each corner of the lower bowl, giving the stadium a total video display area of 28,416 feed – at the time, the third-largest in the NFL. Also included was a new, comprehensive sound system and concessions upgrades, in addition to the renovation of all luxury suites. The third phase of renovations – scheduled to be completed in time for the team’s 2017 season – will include a completely redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the highly successful Hall of Fame Club, and a new home team locker room. In addition to the stadium renovation project, Ford is also in charge of the planning and construction of the team’s new state-of-the-art indoor practice facility which is scheduled for completion by the start of the 2017 regular season.
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Ford was part of the team that opened Raymond James Stadium as the district manager with Fine Host Corporation in 1998. He remained in that capacity until 2006, when he began his career with the Buccaneers.
An active participant in and around the Tampa Bay area, Ford is a member of the Pediatric Cancer advisory board in addition to serving on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer, Sports Advisory Council for Special Olympics Florida, Saint Leo University Sport Business Advisory Council, and Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Foundation. Ford has also been a driving force and annual participant in the team’s annual Cut for a Cure event that has raised over $110,000 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation over the past four years. Prior to the 2016 season, Ford also became a member of the Honorary Commander 927th Air Refueling Wing, which allows business men and women from the local community an opportunity for an up close and personal experience of the policies, programs and overall mission capability of the United States Air Force.
Ford, a native of Miramar, Florida, graduated from Florida State University in 1989 with a B.S. in business administration. He is an avid runner and triathlete and competes in numerous events each year, including a marathon each of the past 13 years as well as several 70.3 Half Ironman events over that same period.
He and his wife, Judy, live in Tampa, and have two sons, Brian III and Brandon. The couple is celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary this coming August. Judy is an active member of the Buccaneer Women’s Organization, which hosts charitable functions and community service projects in Tampa Bay throughout the year. Oldest son Brian III is a senior at Florida State University while Brandon is entering his sophomore year at their parents’ alma mater.