Team Ford’s Parts Manager Shawn Jardine keeps a pristine front lawn, but you might’ve guessed that from his clockwork haircut, or the way the Parts Department operates. The funny thing is, he moved away from home to get away from parts—but it was just meant to be. Growing up in Slave Lake, Shawn’s father was the GM of a local Ford dealership and, as a kid he would help out around the shop. First with a broom in his hands, but later, with the inventory in the Parts Department. His real goal was “to be a businessman,” although he didn’t even know “what that meant.” But he knew he liked math, and organization. The rest was history.
Shawn moved from Slave Lake and studied at NAIT, before bouncing around from General Motors to Polaris. Shawn’s turned into a man of commitment, having spent the last 17 years at Team Ford. Along the way, he met his wife of 15 years Jessica, the mother to his three girls. Luckily he knows a thing or two about organization, as he runs a busy house with three tiny dancers. Shawn has learned “a little too much about dance for (his) comfort,” which he tries to balance out with an improving golf game, fishing, and hunting. With one vegetarian daughter, the hunting and fishing are usually solo activities—a way to escape the lively kinetic energy of a house stuck in movement.
Shawn is also an avid cook, although he doesn’t eat fish (making him more of a catch and release guy). After the assembly line of food prep is finished, Shawn does something in the kitchen he doesn’t normally do otherwise—fly by the seat of his pants. The man doesn’t need or want your recipes, he just wants to cook. And he’s getting pretty damn good at it too. With a range of picky eaters at home, every meal is a challenge. While he has the luxury of not being Chopped in his own kitchen, his ability to work on the fly only helps with the way he runs the Team Ford Parts Department. Of course, when he’s at work he’s all business, and that’s just one of the reasons why Team Ford’s Parts Department is always running like clockwork.