Brandy M Ford is the epitome of a Proverbs woman. She serves so many students and athletics through her non-profit organization Game Changers 180. She does all this while working a full-time job. Learn more about Brandy and why she is our Boss Profile feature today.
Name: Brandy M Ford
Her 9-5: FM Global
Job Title: Client Processing
Her After 5: Game Changers 180
Location: Atlanta, GA
As a former athlete and student athletic trainer, Brandy has been in and around the sports athletics world for over 20 years, and doing ministry with athletes for over 16 years.
Brandy is a former Student Athletic Trainer of both Alcorn State University and Mississippi State University. She was first enrolled at ASU and went on to graduate from Mississippi State University. It was at MSU that Brandy Michelle received her Business Administration degree with an emphasis in marketing, management and international business. After completing her undergraduate studies she went on to attend the Atlanta School of Massage and obtained a certification in Neuromuscular/Clinical massage therapy.
During her sophomore year at ASU, Brandy was part of the core team that started a chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. While attending MSU, she was a Chaplain for both football and track and field. She also served as Vice President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been licensed in ministry since 2003 and was ordained as a minister in 2014 under Pastors Michael and Barbara Ford, Ambassadors for Christ Ministries International, Inc.
She has a sincere love and passion for God and sports. It is in that passion, that she reaches the lengths, depths and widths of the sports world to see athletes and coaches be everything God has called them to be, both on and off the court or field.
What services does your business offer?
Positively impacting the lives of Professional, Collegiate and High School athletes thru faith, encouragement and support. We provide individual and family counseling and chapel services for NFL players and wives. NCAA readiness and College prep for high school athletes and families and career mapping services for collegiate athletes.
Why did you enter into this industry?
I have been working in the industry for over 20 years and saw a need to support athletes not only on the field, but off the field as well. I lost a great college friend to suicide who was a great athlete and never wanted to lose another one if I could be of help.
What challenges did you face launching your business?
Startup challenges for me were working my full-time job and not able to be in multiple places at a time. I wanted to spend more time traveling and working hands on in the schools with my high school program and families that we serve.
Finances are always a challenge, but I grateful that we had support through donors and sports families who saw a need for our program. The budget was tight, but we were able to create miracles with what we have.
What experiences did you learn from corporate America?
All of my Corporate America experience has been a huge help from community relations, marketing, public speaking, networking and general administrative skills. Teamwork, deadlines, productive meetings, organizing, budgeting, etc. These are all things that contribute
What tools do you use to help manage your business?
MacBook Pro, office suite program, iPad, iPhone, Canon EOS Rebel t5i camera, filming lights and tripod, Squared Space.
These items help with filming weekly videos, taking pictures at our events and seminars, creating documents, sending emails, taking phone calls, sending text reminders to our clients and hosting phone conference bible studies.
Squared space is our website host that helps take donations, keep track of merchandise orders, etc.
“A good man is better chosen that great riches.” ~Proverbs 22:1
3 Things in your purse you cannot live without:
iPhone, Cosmetic bag and Wallet
Advice I would give to my younger self:
Start slow. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take time out for yourself, the hustle will always be there, but you won’t. It’s ok to take a break, don’t look at others success as a gauge for your success. In due time you will reap your harvest if you faint not!
Never give up on God’s promise
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