IP Spotlight - Anthony Hoskins-ENTHUSIASM, DRIVE, FORTITUDE and GRACE

 

ENTHUSIASM, DRIVE, FORTITUDE and GRACE

Anthony Hoskins

Inspiration can appear when and where you least expect it. Anthony Hoskins was inspired by working with his hands and through his life experiences with his family and friends. As a teen, Hoskins witnessed a close friend die, had another sentenced to prison, and watched another get strung out on drugs. He states, “I was determined to have a better outcome for my life. While my friends were hanging out, I was in the house tackling a math problem or repairing something.”

To escape the pressures of school, he, along with his uncles, used his aunt’s wig heads to play football, because they couldn't afford to replace their football that was run over in the street. Hoskins says, “Through wig head ball, I developed not only a love for football, but discipline; through my natural talent of repairing things, I discovered an opportunity not only for a job, but for a future in engineering.”

Hoskins continued his love for football at Iowa State University, where, as a defensive linebacker, he was elected captain of his team for two years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, and completed a master’s degree in science from Central Michigan University, which provided the solid foundation he needed for a career at Ford Motor Company.

Hoskins joined Ford in 1990 as a production supervisor at the Dearborn Assembly Plant. He held various positions at several manufacturing facilities in Detroit before accepting a position as plant manager for Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

In Chicago, throughout a five-year period, he oversaw a $400 million modernization of the Ford Facility in 2004, and another $134 million in 2007. He led the teams responsible for the manufacturing of the newly engineered, award-winning Ford Taurus, and the Taurus SHO. Hoskins proudly proclaims, “I have had hands-on experience manufacturing every component of a car. I was confident and excited to bring the SHO back into existence, and I was able to tap into the skills I’ve acquired over the last 20 years. The challenge and reward came with guiding my people to deliver a successful launch of the Taurus SHO, which was one of the most successful launches in company history.”

Returning to Michigan in August of 2009, Hoskins accepted the position of plant manager of Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, home of the Ford F-150. There, he manages all operations of the 3,200 employee facility that operates three production crews.

Hoskins finds that the best way to “pay it forward” is to give back through mentoring. He devotes time to coaching and “Fireside Chats” at the Boys & Girls clubs in the greater Detroit area whenever his schedule allows. Hoskins states, “I'm not only teaching kids a game, I am teaching them about life.”

Hoskins enjoys reading and exercise as a means of relaxation. Being a very spiritually grounded person, he believes in the power of prayer to revive his spirit, and to hear what God wants his next project to be. He would like to some day write a book that shares his personal life experiences, and would love to devote more time to community service, motivational speaking, and what he calls being an “independent mentor.”

“When the stresses and pressures of life attempt to overcome us, some men break, others break records,” says Hoskins.

 

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