Career Milestone: 5 Years leading Ford of Canada’s Community Management Team.
17 Apr 2017
5 years ago…
I became the Senior Community Manager for Ford Canada on April 18th, 2012.
It still feels surreal. 18 months earlier… I had lost my job. I was not in a good place. It was the first time I had ever lost a job.
It was a long 18 months. In today’s workforce, if you have less than a year, or more than 5 years experience, it is a lot tougher to find a job (in the field I was working in). They want someone with experience, but not too much experience that they cannot afford you. Because of this, I decided to build my business rather than look for another job.
In that 18 months, I met some great people, started freelancing for a few magazines, started a blog, wrote some cool articles, reviewed several vehicles, worked with some fantastic brands, and attended some awesome events… all to get my name out there. I even spoke at a conference, which was totally out of my comfort zone.
Senior Community Manager
Working with Ford has been awesome. I work with an amazing staff. I have been to many events. I have met so many wonderful people.
Like William Clay “Bill” Ford, Jr., great-grandson of Henry Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, and owner of the Detroit Lions.
Taking a selfie with Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields
Met Hoonigan Ken Block
Ground control to Major Tom… er… Commander Chris Hadfield.
Hung out with Mark Kielburger at We Day
Had the opportunity to meet Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
Met Canadian Hip Hop artist Kardinal Offishal…
and Canadian music icon Nelly Furtado on the Change Tour in Toronto.
Met Mr. “Make It Right” himself, Mr. Mike Holmes, from Holmes On Homes on HGTV Canada.
Recognized for our work with two Shorty Awards
Leased my first new vehicle, a 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew 4×4 Sport.
I’ve given away some amazing prizes in the Twitter chats we run.
Helped out with Toy Mountain
Visited some really cool places, like the Terry Fox Memorial in Thunder Bay, as part of the “Escape and Discover” campaign.
Took several vehicles on the low speed and high speed tracks at Ford Research and Development in Dearborn, Michigan
Attended the Notable awards with the Ford Canada social and creative teams
Visited the mothership – Henry Ford II World Center (Ford World Headquarters) in Dearborn, Michigan
Attended many auto shows
Involved my family in some cool events.
My Community Management Team
I’ve had a solid team since day 1.
We’ve had some amazing times together.
Participated in events together
We plan, we work hard, we produce, and we enjoy each other’s company.
2017 – New Beginnings
January 2017 saw me and my community management team move to a new company – SJR Strategies. SJR is the agency that handles digital creative and the blog for Ford. With the move saw a new title for me – Director of Community Management.
It’s been a great year, with many new opportunities, and ways for our team to be integrated more into the creative process.
When you love the company you work for, you go the extra mile without being asked.
When you love the brand you represent, you live it, at and away from work.
When you love the team you work with, you enjoy working that much more. Some days, it doesn’t feel like a job. It feels like an extension of my personality… my life.
5 Years has passed so quickly. There have been many great moments, and all of them included this team.
I’m so blessed to have such an amazing team! A big thank you to former team members as well… these past 5 years could not have been successful without you.
Looking forward to many more years with this team, and Ford Canada.
Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and blogger. At work, he leads the social media community management team for Ford of Canada. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.