An introvert, Jason Alford’s love of books and movie quotes has helped him break down social barriers and motivate others.
Beginning his career in finance, Jason developed a knack for tying manufacturing processes together, and is now Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain for Textron Specialized Vehicles. His high-level knowledge of the organization, and his granular view of business processes, gives him a unique perspective of the company.
But where Jason excels is his understanding of people. Described as an ‘observer and thinker’, Jason teaches others to listen and understand. “He is in tune with our needs and challenges us to think smarter, work differently, and be on the cutting edge,” one employee said.
“He is one of the most inspirational people within Textron,” his team member said of Jason, who has been wheelchair-bound since a motorcycle accident only days into his Textron career. Overcoming his personal circumstances fed Jason’s desire to help others, leading him to partner with the Richmond County School System to develop a program to give at-risk high school students a pathway to learn manufacturing while earning their diploma.
“Jason is sarcastic and jokes around, but holds his team to a very high standard. He is well-respected and is sought after from all levels of the organization for his sound business advice.”