Masters Hall of Fame Chairman, Dr. Daniel Hect Names William Christopher Ford as new CEO

Masters Hall of Fame Names Sensei William Christopher Ford as New CEO
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LOS ANGELES - July 5, 2019 - PRLog -- Sensei William Christopher Ford, a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi Ryu), has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Masters Hall of Fame, according to Chairman Dr. Daniel Hect. The appointment will take effect for the 2020 Awards Banquet. Sensei Ford is the Chief Instructor and co-owner (along with his wife) of Kaizen Dojo in Torrance, Calif. He studied under the late Sensei Richard Rabago and Sensei Rabago's instructor, Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita

"We are excited to bring in Sensei William Christopher Ford as our new CEO. He is a bold, exciting leader who will bring fresh ideas to continue the Masters' development as a leading organization in the martial arts." Masters Hall of Fame Chairman Dr. Daniel Hect.

Sensei Ford was honored by the Masters Hall of Fame with a Bushido Award in 2014 for his then-nearly 40 years in martial arts. He began his instructions (at the urging of his Japanese mother) under the late Sensei Rabago, who passed away in May 2012, and also studied under Hanshi Yamashita. Following in his mentors' footsteps in both the martial arts and film, Sensei Ford has appeared in Karate Kid III with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita and several other films, television, and stage productions. He has since gone on to produce a number of film and book projects highlighting and honoring practitioners in the martial arts. Also, he is a strong supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"When I was seven years old, I walked into a karate dojo, and my life changed forever. Forty-five years later, I am still a student but also a teacher of martial arts, and it is with deep respect, gratitude, and humility that I accept this amazing opportunity to serve as the new CEO of the Masters Hall of Fame.  I am thrilled to be on board with this organization and look forward to further serving the martial arts community which has enriched and empowered my life so much." Sensei William Christopher Ford

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as the premier Martial Arts event on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their successes. Dr. Hect has ably served as both Chairman and CEO for the past 13 years, but he was recently appointed Director of Training and Development for the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators (NACSA). This, and the desire to bring in new ideas and perspectives was the impetus to appoint a new CEO.

"My role as the Director of Training and Development for the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators continues to demand more professional time from me," explained Dr. Hect, "and I see the need for the Chairman and CEO roles to be separated for the continued growth of the Masters. We are excited to bring in Sensei William Christopher Ford as our new CEO. He is a bold, exciting leader who will bring fresh ideas to continue the Masters' development as a leading organization in the martial arts."

The Masters Hall of Fame will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 27, at the Hilton Costa Mesa Hotel with Master of Ceremonies Dr. Robert Goldman and Keynote Speaker Sifu Cynthia Rothrock. The organization will present a series of seminars during the day with such martial arts legends as Kaiso Frank Dux, Sifu Kathy Long, Senior Master of the Arts Bob White and Grandmaster Darren Tibon. Tickets are available at the Masters Hall of Fame website.

For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, or to purchase tickets to this year's event, visit the website at www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information, contact Kamatoy Media Group at 619-940-5648 or press@jugglemail.com.

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