Clifton Lambreth worked over twenty-six years for the Ford Motor Company in various capacities. He was a rainmaker at every position he held. Throughout his career with Ford, he consistently was a top performer receiving prestigious awards and distinctions including five Ford Drive for Leaders awards and three Diversity Leadership awards. Clifton was one of only three people at Ford worldwide to receive the 2008 Ford’s Leadership Award. In addition, Clifton was a Ford college recruiter for over ten years at Cornell University’s Johnson Business School and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.As a highly sought after public speaker, Clifton tours the nation and has spoken to thousands of individuals in over 150 business and community groups on success principles and “Doing the Right Thing.” Being comfortable with any size group and venue, he delivers his message regarding success in both business and life. He shares lessons that are universally applicable to small companies, large corporations and individuals. One of his most sought after speeches outlines the lessons Ford used to go from losing $12.5 billion in 2006 to making $2 billion three years later without taking government bailout money. All this has lead to over 150 live radio show interviews and television appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX. He even starred on the television show, The CEO Café. Clifton was associate producer of the weekly RFD show Music and Motors for three seasons. He was also the associate producer for the 2013 season of A Prescription for Healthy Living on Familynet Television. With his vast knowledge in business, marketing and the automotive industry, Clifton has authored and published three top-selling books: Ford and the American Dream, The Return to Greatness and The Ad Man. His first book has been translated into Russian. Clifton has been quoted in over 400 different media sources. He has also written various articles on diversity, compensation, leadership, and other pertinent topics. Most recently, Clifton served as the Chief Operating Officer for SLANE Jewelry in New York City where he led the company to a 25% increase in the first year. He also founded and is CEO of Daniel Bradley Matthews, Inc., providing strategic business and marketing consulting services.Speaking Experience Clifton has given over 150 speeches across the US. He has been the keynote speaker for many organizations and always receives the top rankings from each organization for which he speaks. He has spoken to industries or organizations ranging from banking, finance, insurance, health care, automotive, educational institutions, manufacturing, human resources and community groups.
Ford, and the American Dream
The Ford story that has never been told!
The rise and fall of the Ford Motor Company is a representation of the American Dream eroding daily. Twenty year Ford veteran Clifton Lambreth, through a powerfully captivating fictional tale, details the decisions and events that have brought the Ford Motor Company to the brink of potential bankruptcy. The novel begins with chapter 11 because this is where the Ford Motor Company finds itself today -- on the edge of chapter 11 bankruptcy. Lambreth gives a bird's eye view of what has transpired during his tenure with an unfiltered frankness and transparency aimed to provide a way for the company to begin making right turns for its future direction. What would Henry Ford say about the company he founded if he were alive today? What advice would he give to Ford and businesses around the globe? "Ford and the American Dream" is a must read for anyone wanting to go into business or trying not to go out of business, for automobile enthusiasts everywhere and for anyone who is interested in the preservation of the American Dream. The story is a wake up call for all of corporate America, outlining million dollar mistakes and billion dollar blunders and finishing with an encouraging hope for the future of Ford and the American Dream.
Includes a foreword by Paul J. Meyer: "My Love Affair With Ford."
Return To Greatness, Driving the American Dream
Clifton Lambreth with Mary Calia & Patrick Doyle
Return to Greatness by Clifton Lambreth, Mary Calia and Patrick Doyle, is much more than an inspiring turn-around story at Ford Motor Company. It’s a timely warning about the present state of our great nation and the American Dream. Return to Greatness guides you on a compelling journey where you begin to realize the painful truth about the turmoil and uncertainty we face today as Americans. Return to Greatness will make you ponder this question: Is America in the midst of a permanent decline, or will we remember the noble and fundamental principles of our founders that have stood the test of time, making America truly exceptional? As the ghosts of some of our country’s most cherished minds return to share their timeless wisdom and help illuminate Ford’s “return to greatness,” you wonder if Ford’s leadership example will inspire something much larger — a movement to return America to the greatness it once enjoyed.
The Ad Man, "Ask For And Expect Immediate Great Results"
Clifton Lambreth and Jim Mudd
The Ad Man provides a story of an individual who has experienced setbacks and failure but persists until he succeeds. Faced with devastating adversity, Jim is forced to re-invent himself in a new industry. He learns to develop new skills to move from barely surviving to thriving in a changing world. After losing his business and worrying he cannot support his wife and five young children, Jim encounters an old friend and former client who offers to set up a mentoring program to help Jim transition into a new industry. Jim begins a journey where he learns several key time tested principles that have helped others. Follow along with Jim as he visits different automobile dealers across the country to discover skills and philosophies that have made them leaders in their communities and their industry.
These lessons are universal truths that can help any individual who is attempting to perform at a higher level in their industry. As Jim is filled with a desire to turn his life around, learn as he did what it takes to be successful. The Ad Man also gives long overdue credit to a group of incredible entrepreneurs that are often overlooked - American automotive dealers. Each day, they manage complex businesses and provide millions of jobs and local community support across America. They are part of the framework of every community in which they are located through their generous support of local charities, arts, civic group, sports and entertainment. Each of the vehicles they sell is made up of over 15,000 parts providing millions of production jobs. The assembly of these vehicles is made possible by the sales and marketing efforts of the American automobile dealers. The authors of The Ad Man wish to acknowledge and thank the automotive dealers for their part in the development of America through their efforts to meet the transportation needs of the communities in which they operate. Enjoy Jim's wild ride to find out what really matters in life!