Mr. Ford began his career with Inter-Tel in 1983, while still in his senior year at Arizona State University. After graduating in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems Engineering, Mr. Ford worked as a software engineer and was on the development team of the GX-120, ESP, and ESPDX. From 1989 through 1996, he led the software development of Inter-Tel's flagship Axxess and Eclipse product lines, and beginning in 1996, Mr. Ford led Inter-Tel's entry into convergent technology with patented VoIP technology.
Mr. Ford's work progressed through engineering management and, in 1997 he was named Chief Technology Officer. In 1998, he was additionally named president of Inter-Tel Integrated Systems, Inter-Tel's development, production and wholesale distribution arm.
In addition to his engineering degree, Mr.Ford holds an SEP certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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