Joe Ford co-founded Westrock Coffee Company with his son, Scott Ford, under the common goals of creating a positive impact in the coffee industry and developing a company that could provide the very best customer service. Joe has played a key role in the development of Westrock as a vertically integrated coffee company that now supports over 500,000 farmers worldwide.
Joe also serves as Chairman of Westrock Group, LLC. He began his career in telecommunications at Allied Telephone Company in Little Rock, becoming Allied’s President in 1977 and subsequently the Chairman of Alltel Corporation - a provider of wireless voice and data communications services. Joe serves on the Board of Directors of Westrock Coffee Company and Westrock Asset Management. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Dial Corporation, Duke Energy Company, Eltek, ASA, Beverly Enterprises Company, En Pro Industries, Textron Inc., and the United States Chamber of Commerce.