U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Raymond W. Allbright joined Ford in 1996, after leaving the army, where he served for nine years. A proud Ford employee for the last 25 years, Allbright is also chapter chaplain for TN 18-1 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, pastor of Hoover’s Gap Church, father of six, grandfather of three, and combat army veteran with disabilities.
“Ford has always been by my side. They have stayed with me during rough times. Life can be hard and when you add memories filled with combat, crises, and loss it can look bleak at times. But when you are known as a company that helps those that America honors, you are touching a great place, the heart. So, make sure that the public knows what Ford is doing for veterans,” he explains.
When Allbright learned about Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), he was encouraged to get involved with the Veterans Network Group (VETNG) and Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities (FEDA). During his involvement with volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, Our Kids, and The Rescue Mission, he was able to meet like-minded people, and former military personnel, which made it easier for him to transition back into civilian life.
Currently employed out of the Nashville Business Center, Allbright is a training instructor for Ford Credit. He’s also the communications and public relations director for the VETNG and a member of the FEDA ERG.
When he’s not working, Allbright enjoys motorcycle rides and this summer he completed a 3,900+ mile round-trip motorcycle ride across nine states in nine days.