Craig Schmatz, Ford F-150 chief program engineer
Aleyna Kapur via Ford Motor Co.
“I’m thankful for my colleagues on the Ford Truck team. The team is very passionate about the truck business. They love working on truck programs and have worked on truck programs for several product cycles now. Many of them are truck customers themselves so they are able to rally around understanding customers wants and needs.
“I’m also thankful for video conferencing technology. We’ve had to learn how to work differently in the COVID environment, using virtual tools as much as possible and doing in-person work / property reviews very selectively. During the launch phase you can’t help but do certain things in person, but our team’s health and well-being is top priority so the virtual tools allow us to get the job done safely and allow us to deliver a very important product to our customers – the 2021 F-150.”