Alex Ford has been the CEO of the Praetorian Group, the leading online media company in the public safety market, since 2001. A co-founder of the company, Alex has driven the company’s growth by aggressively expanding into adjacent verticals and adding creative new products and services.
Under his leadership, Praetorian has launched more than 25 websites, including PoliceOne.com, FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com and CorrectionsOne.com – all either the #1 or #2 media properties in their respective markets. He has led Praetorian to growth rate of 20% per year and 6 straight years of profitability.
The Praetorian Group has received numerous online publishing awards, including two Western Publishing Association ‘Maggie’ Awards in 2009 and best publishing website in 2010, recognizing the best media companies in the Western U.S. This past year, FireRescue1.com was recognized as one of the top 10 media sites by B@B
Magazine, an award that PoliceOne.com won in 2009.
Alex’s background spans all aspects of online publishing, lead generation, content marketing and social media and he is recognized as a leading thinker in monetizing online content in the B2B space. Prior to founding Praetorian, he was a consultant advising multiple Fortune 100 companies, including GM, IBM and Harley-Davidson. He also worked in investment banking in the Real Estate Finance Group at Smith Barney Inc. Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors for Quantum 4D and Tactical Republic.
Alex graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College with a major in Economics and French. He lives in San Francisco and was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. He is an avid wine enthusiast and is one of the founders of San Francisco Wine Week. He is the primary contributor at www.ThinkOnlineNow.com
, a blog focused on the discussion of online marketing and new media.
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