#FordNAIAS 2013

I had the honor of being able to attend the Ford Motor Company event for online influencers, #FordNAIAS Digital Summit Event. I was fortunate to attend with Seth Leitman, aka The Green Living Guy. This was my second time attending an event with Ford Motors on behalf of the social media world and gaining the latest and greatest of information from Ford about the new things they are doing to be even more "green" and maintain the number one spot on offering the most eco-friendly, sustainable, quality, and over-all best choice in electric vehicle, hybrid, and technology in vehicles to chose from.


This years event began with all the attendees meeting up at the Henry Ford Museum for dinner and a presentation with Scott Monty, Head of Social Media for Ford Motor Company, along with J Mays, Group Vice President, Design, and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company, and the founding members of LEGS Media/ MILK. I was lucky enough to be able to share this event with a few fellow bloggers and writers that I had the pleasure of meeting at the last Ford Motor event, #GoFurtherFord in June 2012, and we spent a majority of the time mingling and gathering our new Ford information as a group whenever possible at this event #FordNAIAS. While in the Henry Ford Museum I was able to wander around and see some of the collection that Henry Ford has amassed over the years was the Rosa Parks Bus, The Declaration of Independence, the Lincoln chair her was so sadly murdered in, and a few of the presidential cars that were owned by previous presidents. It is such a feeling to be walking around looking at hundreds of years of history with my very own eyes and being able to touch some of the stuff. My evening ended by sitting on the Rosa Parks Bus where she had sat so long ago and changed the way riding the bus was going to be.

My second day with #FordNAIAS, split our groups up and had my group take the Rouge Factory Tour and watch a few videos about how the Ford F-150 was built and created. We then got to see the observatory where we learned some of the information about how the water around the factory is recycled and used in the factory. I then got to take a walk around the live and in action assembly plant with workers putting the trucks together as we watched from above on an observation deck. I learned a lot at the Rouge Factory about the water, and the in general building of the Ford F-150 vehicles.

We then transferred to lunch at the Eagle Tavern in Greenfield Village, and enjoyed lunch like it would have been served in the 1850's date and time. We sat by candle light, fire, and was served some of the best food I have tasted my entire life. Along with the wonderful food, the host of the lunch at the Eagle Tavern was a funny and unique character. We had delicious food, good laughs, and memories to last a lifetime.


Next on the agenda, a panelist discussion about living the My Energi Lifestyle with Sheryl Connelly, Mike Tinskey, Jeremy Novotney, and Warwick Stirling about the ways in which to help our lives be easier by choosing the smart energy saving ways of the now and future. Then the second panel discussion was John Viera, Andrew Winston, and Matthew Banks. These are all experts in Climate change and they came together to give us the newest information about how to be informed and aware of the climate and its ever changing effects on the way we use products and services and go about our daily life.

 Dinner took us to a creative destination of information, design, fun, and gadgets of a few different kinds for us to check out and play with. The Detroit TechShop of innovation. While a few of the fun things we got to do was create our own frosted glass mugs, make little lights glow with batteries, and even create little trinkets our of metal. There was little hand foods of so many different kinds passed around the whole evening, and even had a fabulous bar to get beverages from. Along with all the interactive activities to do, we had a presentation and learned about an amazing new program that Ford Motor Company has going on called developer.ford.com. It allows that creative minded individual to try and create and app that Ford will test and possibly use as an actual app that could be offered and used in Ford vehicles. That had my creative brain start immediately and I am currently in the process of gathering a team to develop an app and try and get on the market.


My final day with #FordNAIAS took the bloggers to the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit for the Ford Press Conference. Speakers included the great great grandson of Henry Ford, Henry Ford as he spoke about the new vehicles offered in the line up. Allan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, spoke about how Ford Motor Company is continuing to strive to achieve nothing but the best with the cars, trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles on the road today. And last but not least, Raj Nair, Vice President of Engineering, Global Product Development. Once the presentation was over the new van and commercial vehicles were unveiled, followed by the unveiling of the much anticipated Ford Atlas Concept truck.. The Ford Atlas Concept had the newest in innovation, sustainability, and durability. This was one cool truck and I was so excited to be able to see the Ford Atlas Concept first hand.


Once the Ford Press Conference was over, we were allowed to enter into the COBO Center and go to the North American International Auto Show with our Media badges and check out and photograph all the newest vehicles from Ford, Tesla, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Maserati, Corvette, Honda, Volvo, and so many others. I was able to gain some really great information about not only how Ford is doing in going green, but also see some of the other automobile manufacturers following in the foot steps of Ford Motor Company to become a quality, sustainable, eco-friendly vehicles.


I met some amazing fellow bloggers, learned more great and valuable information about Ford Motor Company and what they are doing to strive do become even better then they already are, and my trip with the #FordNAIAS Digital Summit group 2013 was one to not forget about. Check out what Ford Motor Company is doing!

Thank you Ford Motor Company and #FordNAIAS for the amazing experience and chance to learn more about the great things you are up to! Green Travel Girl Ford Motor Company paid for my travel and accommodations at the three day NAIAS Digital Summit. I was not compensated in any other manner for my time. My opinions posted are my own.

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