Joel Ford, TRA

Client Executive

Joel Ford joined the Sentinel team from Partners Risk Strategies—a commercial insurance firm he started to lead the sales and operations.  Joel is responsible for the oversight, management and implementation of all strategies as they relate to management and servicing of an account in his role as Client Executive.

Originally from Belmont, NC, Joel is a former North Carolina State Senator who represented Mecklenberg 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 and his wife, Deborah, are both proud graduates of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and live in Charlotte with their daughter, Trinity.

Boards & Memberships

UNC Board of Governors

Industry designations

Trusted Risk Advisor (TRA)


Bachelor of Science, Marketing
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University