Richard Ford began his career in 1969 when he was selected to participate in a management training program at Disneyland. When Walt Disney World opened in 1972, he was transferred to park operations. Later, he joined Disney Imagineering in California to participate in the design, planning and construction of EPCOT in Florida. After completing his undergraduate studies in Business Administration, Richard joined LucasFilm at the Project Manager for the Skywalker Ranch – George Lucas’s film production and resort facility in Northern California.
Richard’s experience includes the design and management of major international projects in Japan, Germany, Korea, Mexico, France and China. He has also worked on large-scale attractions for major corporations such as Coca-Cola North America, Old Navy, Volkswagen AG, Sanrio Corporation, Samsung and the San Francisco Giants. Over the last 35 years he has worked on projects for Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland California, LucasFilm Ltd, Landmark Entertainment Group and The Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco.
In 1997, Richard collaborated with Gerard Howland to form The Floating Company that designed the German Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover and Paul Allen’s “Experience Music” Project in Seattle. Richard Ford provides comprehensive consulting services for the design, planning and project management of major theme parks and resorts all over the world. Recently he has developed master plans and completed development studies for three major projects in China, the Calgary Stampede, Levi Strauss & Co and the San Francisco Giants.