Commercial Real Estate Studio Success

ACBR CRE Studio with Michael Ford, Microsoft

We had a great event for our 6th CRE Studio event, proudly presented by ACBR and the Empire Board of Realists. This year, the event featured Michael Ford, General Manager of Global Real Estate & Security for Microsoft. He shared his journey from Alabama to Accounting Controller, to the current head of real estate and security for Microsoft. He revealed the keys to his success through the life lessons that his parents instilled in him and the necessity of courage to step outside of one's comfort zone (often pushed by his wife). He gave the audience a sneak peek into the future with the real estate technology that Microsoft is integrating into their buildings around the world. Most importantly, he shared the long road that still remains to create a diverse, inclusive workplace in both technology and real estate. We appreciate the contribution of T. Dallas Smith, who was a wonderful Program Coordinator and Moderator for the discussion.

Featured Guest

Michael FordMichael Ford

Head of Global Real Estate & Security at Microsoft

As the General Manager of Global Real Estate & Security at Microsoft, I'm focused on enabling every person and every organization at Microsoft to achieve more through delivery of environments that fosters collaboration, inspiration, productivity, creativity and a growth mindset.

Successful in driving strategy, analysis and process improvement which leads to operational excellence. Personable and motivated business leader with several years of proven experience in strategic leadership, business analysis, P&L responsibility, operations management, corporate real estate and increasing shareholder value.

Critical thinker who enjoys challenges and opportunities to demonstrate leadership along with problem solving capabilities. High level of Corporate governance and risk awareness. Take great pride in ability to deal with associates on all levels in managing towards a common business goal.

As a leader, I get the most satisfaction from inspiring teams and individuals across Microsoft to recognize the need to shift their mindset to achieve more for themselves, the company and in the new world of work.

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