A native of Chicago, Phil Waterford decided on a career path with Ford Motor Company eventually opening his very own dealership. Searching in California for the perfect opportunity, Phil opened his Ford dealership in 1997 in the heart of Manteca, making this wonderful town his home.
Not only is Phil an astute business owner, he is also community minded. From serving breakfast to hundreds of people on Christmas Eve, to donating vehicles to war veterans in dire need of reliable transportation, He is a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club and the Memorial Day Event. Phil has made significant contributions to our community. Even though the automobile industry was affected by the “Great Recession,” Phil’s generosity was not daunted. He continued, in spite of poor economic circumstances, to reach out to his community and lend a helping hand wherever and whenever needed. When a young Mantecan was struck and injured in a hit-and-run crash, Phil arranged for a limo to help her get to her doctor’s appointment in Sacramento. Phil also inspires others to give back by recognizing aspiring community leaders. One such instance happened just a few years ago when a young man returned a lost wallet containing $2000. Phil made sure this kind soul was rewarded and publicly recognized for doing the right thing.
The Ford Motor Company recognized Phil with the Heroes of the Planet award in 2013. Other awards Phil has been honored with include: Salute to Dealers award from Edsel B. Ford in 2013, Rising Star award from Essence Magazine in 2012, Blue Oval Certificate from Ford Motor Company in 2012, Who’s Who award from Heritage Registry in 2011 and Partners in Quality award from Ford Motor Credit in 2010.
In his free time, Phil enjoys playing sports, driving radio controlled cars and writing music. Phil also enjoys public speaking, coaching, and mentoring our local youth. Phil and his wife, Rose, have five children: Phil Jr., Eric, Brandyn, Amare and Desiary.