Creative Business Services / CBS-Global Welcomes New Executive Vice President


Steve Ford


General Business

Creative Business Services / CBS Global is pleased to welcome Steve Ford as the new Executive Vice President. CBS-Global, a full-service mergers & acquisitions and business brokerage firm with headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Steve will be heading up the new Oshkosh office.

Steve started his career in the hotel-restaurant industry as the Assistant Manager of a hotel-restaurant. After holding this position for two-years, his father invited him to join Lapham-Hickey Steel. Steve worked for the company 46-years.

During his time with Lapham-Hickey Steel, he held various management positions and retired as the Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President. Among his responsibilities, he reviewed the proposed acquisition of businesses to add to the company’s profile of locations. Steve enjoyed this aspect of the business and after retiring, decided to stay active in the manufacturing, fabrication, steel, and distribution industry.

Over the years, Steve maintained a close relationship with Michael Schwantes, the Founder and CEO of CBS-Global/Creative Business Services, a mergers and acquisitions firm headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Viewing this relationship as a natural fit for his professional expertise and industry activity, Steve welcomed the opportunity to join the M&A firm.

Steve, along with seventeen other professionals, founded a community bank in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where he sat on the board of directors, and the credit, governance, and audit committees for thirteen years. This experience further provided Steve with the expertise he now utilizes as M&A Advisor.

Furthermore, Steve holds numerous positions on the board of directors within the manufacturing, fabrication, steel, and distribution industry, including the Fabrication Manufacturing Association (FMA), the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation, as well as the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Steve is on the Supplier Board of the Farm Equipment Manufacturing Association.

Steve has a Business Major from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Steve’s homelife consists of spending time with his four children, eight grandchildren, golfing, downhill skiing and flying. Steve holds a private pilot’s license.

Steve will heading up the Oshkosh office located in the Chamber of Commerce building at 120 Jackson Street.

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