Mark Ford – Your Growth Coach
Everyone can use a coach sometimes, but it’s especially true in the business world. Business owners, company leaders and managers often find themselves in isolated positions without mentors or peers to discuss challenges and opportunities. That’s where working with a business and sales coach can really help. I’m Mark Ford, owner of The Growth Coach of Harford County, and I launched this business because I saw an opportunity to help business leaders in all kinds of positions to build more successful businesses and more balanced lives.
Over the years, I’ve earned the nickname “Coach” – not just because of my love for athletics, but also because of the effort I’ve always put into training my staff members and then putting them into positions where they can be successful. In some ways, it’s a lot like playing sports. Everyone has different strengths and, once you find someone’s strengths and help them amplify those strengths, they can be extremely successful. I’m looking forward to using that same philosophy to help small business owners, managers and other company leaders as a Growth Coach.
Prior to becoming a Growth Coach, I built my career in sales, management, staff training, team development and business planning. I spent more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. I have been known for building high-performing sales teams throughout my career. In my last role with Shire GI, I led a team of eight sales specialists who became the top-performing team in the business unit. Prior to that, I worked as a District Sales Manager for Altana Pharma and Savage Laboratories. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany and I own The Growth Coach with the support of my wife, Linda, and our two daughters – one who is in an undergraduate program for nursing and one who is working on her occupational therapist master’s degree.
On an international level, The Growth Coach is the largest provider of affordable group coaching workshops. Coaches around the world offer group and one-on-one coaching for sales professionals, managers, management teams, self-employed professionals and more through three distinct series – the Foundational Series, Fundamental Series and Fast Forward Series. As The Growth Coach of Harford County, I serve the greater Harford County area as well as some of Baltimore County in Maryland. As a Growth Coach, I am certified in The Strategic Mindset coaching process, which adheres to the standards, practices and policies that the International Coaching Federation has set forth in their Code of Professional Standards and Ethics.
The Growth Coach is unique because it allows me to combine my own experience and my passion for coaching with the Growth Coach’s exciting, proven coaching method and materials. I want to see my clients through to success – not just give them a few suggestions and walk away – and The Growth Coach empowers me to do that by focusing on accountability, progress and continuous improvement. Let’s talk about how I can help you reach your goals, both for your business and for your life.