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San Diego's Men of the Moment

By Kalah Siegel

Photography by Becca Teal Batista and Jay Reilley | Shot on location at Hotel del Coronado

03.28.17

Whether it’s paving the way for a new generation of networking, rallying local sports fans or transforming wave riding into fine art, these five San Diego gents pause to reflect on a record year—in their own words.

HENRY FORD
Latest Defining Moment:
Taking on the role as senior vice president and general manager for FOX Sports West, San Diego and Prime Ticket.

“One of my brightest moments this past year was pulling off our contribution to the MLB All-Star game. We delivered almost 80 hours of live programming; hosted nearly 800 guests at four events; and leveraged the resources of FOX Sports, FOX 5 and FOX Sports Radio to deliver an outstanding television experience. More important to this success were the people behind the scenes—my staff. I couldn’t be more proud to have them. Being promoted to lead the FOX Sports regions in Southern California was a standout juncture as well. I’m pleased that my superiors at FOX thought so much of me, but honestly, it’s been a team effort. We also made some exciting talent announcements for this Padres season. We’re thrilled to add Bob Scanlan with his depth of baseball knowledge to the reporter position and incorporate rising talent Tony Gwynn Jr. to Padres coverage—we’ve already received enormous enthusiasm and support from the fans. I’m seeing a great deal of pride when it comes to our local teams as of late. With the recent departure of the Chargers, San Diegans are coming together to say, ‘We are still going to be proud and supportive of our teams that remain.’ When I think about the legacy I’d like to leave, it comes down to having a positive influence on the people whom I’ve had the opportunity to interact with over the years, and for that I’m very grateful.”