Jonathan Ford is a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He grew up in the New Orleans suburb of Mandeville.
Raised in a Christian home, his faith has always been important to him and he was baptized as a child. Although his faith has always been a part of his life, it did not always mean what it does today. During a high school youth event, a
guest speaker used the phrase “love God and love people.” At the time, Jonathan did not realize how much those words stuck with him but it was evident by his uncanny ability to carry on a conversation with anyone from any walk of life. He attributes that to loving God and loving those around him, and meeting those people where they are.
On July 26, 2014, Jonathan married the love of his life, the former Allison Ransom. Allison is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Architecture and is a licensed Architect. The two reside in Nashville, Tn. with their cat named Shrimp and dog named Brody.
Becoming an IT Professional
Jonathan began started college at the University of New Orleans while living at home with his parents and commuting to class. Like many, living at home was not a good fit for he or his parents and he decided to transfer to Louisiana Tech. As a Computer Information Systems student, he knew he needed to get real world experience in Information Technology and started working for a retail company in Ruston, La. as a junior and worked there until graduation. Following graduation in May 2006, he began working for an IT consulting company in Ruston, La. called Business Technology Group before becoming the IT Manager at Rogers Manufacturing Corporation in West Monroe, La. In order to broaden his experience in IT, Jonathan started working at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, La. in their IT department. In May of 2017 Jonathan and his wife made the move to Nashville, Tn. and he became an IT Director for Concept Technology, Inc. where he leads IT strategy for organizations across Middle Tennessee.
Becoming a Publisher
An avid sports fan, he grew up a fan of the New Orleans Saints and supported them even when fans
wore bags on their heads out of shame. During college at Louisiana Tech, he was a vocal supporter of the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters. In 2008, a friend of his, Jason Jones, approached him about starting a Louisiana Tech sports website focusing on football recruiting. Jonathan developed the brand name BleedTechBlue and BleedTechBlue.com was born alongside BleedTechBlue Radio, a live weekly radio show and podcast. Through this experience, a passion for communicating with people from written word to spoken word has developed and Jonathan has amassed a large following on social media, bringing another medium for communication. As of February 1, 2017 Jonathan was no longer publisher of BleedTechBlue. It became evident he had been putting his identity in what BleedTechBlue had become and not placing is identity in Jesus Christ. Handing it over to a friend, Ben Carlisle, was what he needed to do. Focusing on allowing God to lead him and truly giving Him control of his life and being intentional in spending time with his wife.