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After 28.5 years in product development, I have retired from the Ford Motor Company. As I'm currently 51 years old, I will continue to work as I found employment with an automotive supplier, Kumho Tire. I was planning to work another 6 to 8 years at Ford, but what was offered to me as well as an opportunity to do something else forced a sooner retirement date. I have a lot of fond and a few not so good memories and being born in Detroit and raised in Dearborn, I have been associated with Ford for most of my 51 years. My family has worked at Ford continuously for well over 85 years starting with my maternal grandfather and includes a great uncle, uncles, cousins, second cousins, brother-in-law and my brother (There is still a younger cousin working as an engineering supervisor at Ford, and she could keep the streak going to 100!). I've met my wife of 20 years, Kathy, while working at Ford engineering. I have worked on several vehicle programs over the years starting with the late '70's car products (Granada) all the way through the current F-Series & Super Duty trucks. To some extent, I see an end of an era. Will Ford survive in the future? I'm not sure, but the top management team that's in place (yes including Mark Fields) understands what needs to happen and have the courage to take the steps to institute what's required. (OK, accuse me of drinking the Kool Aid and eating the corn bread :lol:).
I just wanted to share my personal history with all of you on this site. I'm not looking for any sympathy as I'm only switching companies in an industry I've wanted to work in since I was 8 years old. And switching jobs is no where near what some of you have gone through during the last several years. I'm very grateful for the opportunities I had at Ford and it provided very well for my family and me.
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Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on. :lol:


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PS: The '08 Bullitt was programmed before August '06.
 

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Congrats Greg. At least you will still be working around autos to some extent. Now that you are no longer with Ford can we get any other Bullitt secrets??? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Good Luck Greg!

Monday I start my 29th year at Hewlett Packard, and at the same time, March 5th thru to March 23rd there's an offer on the table for early retirement, all in all a pretty good package. Initially I thought I would try to ge on the list but now am leaning to get 30 years in, and then what comes along.

Again, Good Luck and congrats to a great career!
 

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Congratulations! You have done what allot of people would have liked to do for a employment. I certainly had wanted to be employed by Ford from the time I was a teenager. I suppose that applying myself to a career field that Ford might have be interested in me would have helped. As well as applying for employment with Ford would have probably done wonders as well!:badgrin:
Just the other day I had a retirement (employment specialist is the actual title) counselor work up a estimated retirement benefits package for me. I now have 30 years with the FAA, the greater part as a Automation Technican. Looking over the monthly/annual benefits I have concluded another 4-5 years and I'm outta here! I will be 56 next April.:cool:

I wish you well in your coming career. I believe that Ford will be around in one form or another for some time to come. It maybe with a different set of stockholders/owners. And only time will tell.:wink:
 

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ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on. :lol:
Greg, Now that you're retired, we'll have to do coffee some time. Talk about Mocsem and Bullitts, `01's and `08's. JIM on Wayne Rd.
 

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Greg,

Best of luck in your new work with Kuhmo. I hope that you write your book on your experiences at Ford, particularly those dealing with the Mustang!
 

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Greg, Conrats on a great run. Hell you've been working at Ford since I was 11 years old. DAMN! Rest assured you wont get any sympathy from me....ever..... :D

But seriously, all the best to you in your Golden Years, it was great hanging out with you in January and looking forward to doing it again. You know you'll be hearing from me soon.......pm's only......I can keep a secret...... :wink:
 

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Congrats on a long and interesting career.

Yesterday the owner of my dealership retired and that is after 20 years wuith Ford and 10 years as a LIncoln Mercury dealer.

He said " I bleed Ford blue" and he still has a desire to be a part of the companies future. I suggested he become a salesman!

Good luck to you - you probably made a very good move.
Change is good.
 

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Congrats on your retirement greg, and best of luck in your new job. I am retiring from northwest airlines in july but will not stay idle.
 

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Thanks, everyone. For all of you contemplating retirement in the next couple of years, best of luck and I hope you all find what you are looking for either seeking other employment or just enjoying yourself.

Congrats Greg. At least you will still be working around autos to some extent. Now that you are no longer with Ford can we get any other Bullitt secrets???
Congrats on your long stint with Ford and the new job. Does this mean we get discounts on tires??? Come on Greg,,, You can tell us all about the 08 Bullitt now.
Only those that I'm comfortable discussing. I'm still getting a pension from Ford. ;)

Monday I start my 29th year at Hewlett Packard, and at the same time, March 5th thru to March 23rd there's an offer on the table for early retirement, all in all a pretty good package. Initially I thought I would try to ge on the list but now am leaning to get 30 years in, and then what comes along.
Karl, getting 30 years minimum was my goal also, unfortunately things did not work out for me. Thirty years is a psychological barrier that makes working at one company for several years worthwhile.

Greg, Now that you're retired, we'll have to do coffee some time. Talk about Mocsem and Bullitts, `01's and `08's. JIM on Wayne Rd.
Jim, sounds good. I'll try to contact you in the next month or so. I'm going to a bit busy in the next couple of weeks with my new job.

I hope that you write your book on your experiences at Ford, particularly those dealing with the Mustang!
Since I'm somewhat of a history buff, I would like to write a book on my product development experiences, although it may end up being a cure for insomnia. Tony, believe it or not, I never worked on the Mustang platform, which is one item of my career that I regret, although I've worked with and have known Scott Hoag for about 15 years now.

But seriously, all the best to you in your Golden Years, it was great hanging out with you in January and looking forward to doing it again.
Hey, I'm still several years away from my 'Golden Years', at least I hope so. :lol:
 

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Your Golden years are now that you have retired. Please take time for yourself and family and enjoy the rest of your life.
 

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Congrats Greg! You've done the FMC and all of it's consumers proud. Good luck on the new venture!!!!

Celebration beers on me the next time we are out!!
 

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Congrats Greg. You put a big part of your life into Ford, and I'm sure they're better off for it. Good luck in your new job with Kumho. You'll have to tell us what the best Kumho tires for the Bullitt are now!
 
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