Tony Ford’s Professional Biography & Recognitions

The Founder of Success Fort Worth

For over 30 years Tony’s passion for seeing Fort Worth businesses succeed has pushed him to create one-of-a-kind solutions to accelerate their growth. Success Fort Worth is the most recent addition to this long list of “Fort Worth Focused” initiatives, which have included: 

  • Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Hall of Fame for supporting other Fort Worth private business owners
  • Founding Executive Director of the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center – named “National Model for Business Innovation” by the President
  • SBA Exporter of the Year for exporting Fort Worth based products & services around the world
  • Entrepreneur-In Residence for the Kauffman Foundation replicating the FWBAC in communities around the country
  • Co-Creator & Program Director of the FWinc. Magazine “Entrepreneur of Excellence Awards” honoring Fort Worth’s best private business owners
  • Founding CEO of RIDE Television Network, Fort Worth’s first and only national television network – dedicated to sharing the “Horse Lifestyle” around the world
  • Senior Partner at Kasper & Associates, Fort Worth’s most trusted M&A firm
  • Founder & CEO of Salon Support, Inc., Nations second-largest distributor of tanning lotion products and equipment
  • Founder & CEO of Ford Leadership Solutions, Fort Worth-based strategy consulting firm focusing on multi-generational and family owned private businesses
  • Founding Partner & VP of Sidelights, Inc., Reflectorized America’s trucking fleets and railroad cars
  • Founding VP & General Manager of Flash Foto, Fort Worth’s first chain of 8 one-hour-photo finishing labs
  • General Manager of Steak & Ale Restaurants, America’s first and largest chain of full-service dinner restaurants

“Tony, there is something about that manner of yours that is kind of a “kick ass” approach that gets people like us moving. We are grateful for that and for you. We can attest that, indeed, you do enjoy working with entrepreneurs, and we have experienced that passion as you have continued to reach out to us!”

Suzi and Michele, Owners, Agape Home Care, Inc. 2016