Pat Ford has grown Beehive Cheese into an industry leading maker through his relentless positivity and enthusiasm for customer service. His career in sales has spanned over several decades to include real estate development, business to business software sales, and a brief stint in fire truck sales.
Cheese Chat with Pat Ford, Beehive Cheese
Pat founded Beehive Cheese with his brother- in-law, Tim Welsh. When the two opened the creamery doors in 2005, they had approximately eight days of cheesemaking under their belt. Never one to shy away from learning, Pat poured every ounce of passion into making exceptional cheese and learning the ins and outs of selling a specialty product nation-wide.
Service is very important to Pat. He’s been an active member of the American Cheese Society (ACS) for the last 15 years and served on the Board of Directors
for six years. During his tenure on the ACS board, he played an important role in the creation of the Certified Cheese Professional (CCP) program.
When he isn’t busy traveling the world with his wife, Jeanette, you can usually find him driving a tractor (or mule) on his ranch. He’s a proud father of five and a
grandpa to nine spunky, cheese loving grandkids.