Joel Ford, TRA

Joel joined the Sentinel team in 2022 as a Client Executive and is responsible for the oversight, management, and implementation of all strategies as they relate to the management and servicing of an account.

Originally from Belmont, NC, Joel is a former North Carolina State Senator who represented Mecklenburg County for six years. In March of 2021, Joel was appointed by the Senate to the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors. A self-described “serial entrepreneur”, Joel began his professional career with Waste Management of Atlanta, GA, and later launched his own waste management services company in Charlotte. Joel has owned several businesses including a restaurant (Juniors Chicken & Waffles) and a barbershop and salon (Premier Barbershop & Salon).

Joel’s background as a business owner provides an understanding of risk management from a client’s perspective. His knowledge and experience enable him to serve as a true advisor to his clients, safeguarding their success in an ever-changing business environment.

Joel and his wife, Deborah, are both proud graduates of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and live in Charlotte with their daughter.


North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
B.S.B.A, Marketing

Boards & Memberships

Industry Designations
Trusted Risk Advisor (TRA)

Community Involvement 
Member, University of North Carolina Board of Governors (Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, & Programs, Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions, and the Committee on Military & Public Affairs)
Former Member, North Carolina State Senate
Former Chair, Charlotte Housing Authority
Board Member, NC Charter School Advisory