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Kevin Ford

The Uplift Companies
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Ford, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Uplift Companies, has spent the last 5+ years as a commercial real estate advisor and brings over a decade of brand development and management experience in various industries. Kevin is a native of Prince George’s County and completed his secondary education within the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) at Paul VI Catholic High School, where Ford played varsity basketball and met the love of his life, Imani. After completing high school in 2007, Kevin matriculated through Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration with a Marketing concentration in 2011.
After graduating from Morehouse, Kevin returned home to pursue a real estate career. Ford earned his real estate licenses in Maryland and District of Columbia before working at KW Commercial, specializing in industrial and specialty properties. Kevin currently practices commercial real estate advisement with Fleur de Lis Commercial Real Estate Advisory Services, a minority and woman- owned business. He is currently pursuing the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation conferred by the organization.
During his time with KW Commercial, Kevin was afforded an opportunity to working within Prince George’s County Government in various capacities. His first stop was with the Revenue Authority, where he was the Executive Project Manager, which included projects ranging from Real Estate and Economic Development, Human Resources, Finance, and Parking Operations. In his role with the Revenue Authority, Kevin had the opportunity to develop Requests for Proposals for many County development projects, including, but not limited to, the Regional Medical Center’s new parking structure, Bowie State MARC station development, Balk Hill Restaurant Park, and Hyattsville Justice Center’s feasibility study. Kevin was also able to clear a backlog of over 600 citizen parking complaints, proving government can work for its citizens.
Kevin then transferred to the County’s Office of Central Services, where he held the title of Special Assistant to the Director. As the special assistant, he was tasked with overseeing the operations of the Contracts Administration & Procurement and Supplier Development & Diversity Divisions in order to implement strategies to include more diverse suppliers for the County’s needs. Ford was also tasked with overseeing and developing the legislatively mandated report for minority business utilization.
Born to a medical family (both his parents are Howard University School of Medicine trained doctors) Kevin has always seen the medicinal benefit in cannabis and began advocating during his time in college. Kevin’s love for cannabis and passion for minority business development pushed him to found Uplift Maryland, a one-stop shop for information on Maryland’s cannabis industry. Since its inception, Uplift was awarded one of five grants from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) to develop and implement an education and business development training program for minority and women entrepreneurs interested in equity ownership in the cannabis industry.
Kevin currently resides in Glenarden, MD with his wife, Imani Ford, and their newborn son, Kevin III. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, Gamma Pi Chapter, where he served as the past Chair of the Fundraising Committee, as well as the Co – Chair of the Health Initiatives Committee. He currently serves as the chapter’s “Hop (Step) Master”.