Gerald J. Ford is a Co-Managing Partner of Ford Financial Fund. Mr. Ford is one of the nation’s most accomplished financial services executives. He has acquired, managed and operated banking businesses and other financial services companies for over 40 years.
Mr. Ford currently serves as a Director of Mechanics Bank, a portfolio company of Fund II. Previously, he served as Chairman of Pacific Capital Bancorp, a portfolio company of Fund I.
Mr. Ford also is the Chairman of Hilltop Holdings Inc. ("Hilltop"), a Dallas-based financial holding company with over $12 billion in assets. Mr. Ford has held this role since 2007, and is also the company's largest shareholder. Hilltop's primary line of business is to provide business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank. Hilltop's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HTH."
In addition, Mr. Ford serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and as a Director of Scientific Games Corp. Both of the above companies are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Ford also serves as a Trustee and on the Trusteeship Committee at Southern Methodist University ("S.M.U."). He is on the Executive Board of the S.M.U. School of Law, is a Trustee of Southwestern Medical Foundation and Children’s Medical Foundation and is a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.
Mr. Ford holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from S.M.U.
Carl B. Webb is a Co-Managing Partner of Ford Financial Fund. Mr. Webb has more than 35 years of experience in the banking industry, including working with Mr. Ford for over 30 years. Mr. Webb currently serves as Chairman of Mechanics Bank, a portfolio company of Fund II. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Capital Bancorp, a portfolio company of Fund I.
From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Webb was President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Golden State Bancorp and California Federal Bank, FSB. As well, he served as a Director of First Nationwide Mortgage Corporation and Auto One Acceptance Corporation, each wholly-owned subsidiaries of California Federal Bank. Prior to Golden State Bancorp, Mr. Webb served as President and Chief Operating Officer of First Gibraltar Bank, FSB from its formation in 1988 until its sale in 1994. He initially joined First United Bank Group, Inc. as President of First National Bank Lubbock in 1983.
Mr. Webb currently serves as a Director of Hilltop Holdings Inc. and Prologis, Inc. Mr. Webb received a B.B.A. degree from West Texas A&M University and attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.