If you ask Team Ford’s Finance Director Rumeet Patel, where the happiest place on earth is, you’re bound to hear Disneyland or Disneyworld. That isn’t to say that after years of working at banks, the challenge of working in finance doesn’t get him out of bed—in fact it was the challenge that brought him into automotive in the first place. And Team Ford is lucky to have him, as he brings a wealth of experience and—despite not doing much customer-facing work these days—a ton of customer relations experience as well.
Born in London, Rumeet moved to Edmonton when he was three. And while his family lives here, he still takes every opportunity he can to go travel the world. He’s been through China a few times, including time spent studying commerce, as well as Africa, South America, and all over the U.S. The next locations to cross off the map—Australia and India. When it’s time for a short trip, whether it be his honeymoon, or just an opportunity to take his youngest son, the Patels are travelling to one of the Disney resorts. When he only has a few hours to get away from it all, Rumeet will often find himself at a hot yoga studio, finding balance in his busy day.
Despite having a family, keeping active and playing a key role here at Team Ford, Rumeet still carves out time to read. Whether it be some science fiction to shut off the brain, or a biography or leadership book, Rumeet is a huge proponent of learning something new. He’s always looking to set a stellar example, whether it be for his team in the finance department, or his son who is currently studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Of course, if he isn’t showing off photos of his two sons, he’ll always have a photo of their two dogs handy. In reality, while he loves Disney, Rumeet always brings a bit of that happy energy with him wherever he is.