Patricia has over 32 years in government relations, lobbying, media relations, crisis management, employee relations, community outreach and strategic communications.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Ammerman Experience, Terri Ammerman believes in helping people and organizations tell their stories in a compelling way that ultimately influences change.
Terri became a guiding force when she joined the company in 1981. She became CEO in 2007. Over the years, The Ammerman Experience has thrived under Terri’s leadership. She provides strategic counsel, communications advice and training for clients around the world, including several of the world’s largest energy companies. Terri is also an accomplished public speaker. She has traveled internationally and spoken to numerous groups, such as The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Texas Counsel for School Women Executives and as a guest lecturer at Rice University.
With a solid base of companies in the United States, The Ammerman Experience has expanded its scope to assist organizations in more than 40 countries. Top executives of Fortune 500 companies, energy companies, nuclear power plants, major food manufacturers and major retailers turn to Terri and The Ammerman Experience to achieve the ultimate result of communicating effectively in today’s global marketplace.
Terri studied Communications at the University of Houston. She is recognized by Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of Women in the Media. She was honored as a “Celebrated Houston Entrepreneur” in both 2012 and 2013. Terri is active in the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Goodwill Industries Houston, is very active in her church and volunteers her time to mentor young women, helping them to look, sound and feel confident.
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During his career, Ford Atkinson has spent more than 30 years in broadcast journalism as a television news reporter, anchor, producer and manager.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University (Northridge), he worked at a number of TV stations in Washington, Montana, Utah, Arkansas and Houston.
While in Houston, he covered a variety of national stories as well as events in Houston and the rest of Texas. Among them: two space shuttle disasters and two successful space shuttle launches, including the final one.
With all air traffic grounded in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Ford and his crew drove from Houston to New York City to bring coverage of the disaster to television viewers in Houston. As part of his station’s coverage of the first anniversary of that attack, he profiled a former Houston firefighter who a year earlier had taken a bus to New York to volunteer for ten days at Ground Zero. Ford traveled back to New York with the man, who shared his memories and experiences. The story won Ford an Emmy.
As a current Houston resident, Ford acknowledges one of his favorite assignments was covering the 1999 NFL Owners’ Meeting, when a surprise decision was made to award a new franchise to Houston – giving birth to a new team known as the Texans.
He took a short break from journalism to serve as an administrative assistant to a Harris County (Texas) Commissioner.
When he returned to the news business, Ford served as managing editor of a nightly investigative program. And he returned to on-air work as the weekend anchor for the FOX TV station in Houston.
Ford brings his impressive journalism skills to his work at The Ammerman Experience, where he participates in a variety of media interview and other simulations.