Clifton Lambreth

Clifton Lambreth worked over twenty-six years for the Ford Motor Company  in various capacities. He was a rainmaker at every position he held. Throughout his career with Ford, he consistently was a top performer receiving prestigious awards and distinctions including five Ford Drive for Leaders awards and three Diversity Leadership awards. Clifton was one of only three people at Ford worldwide to receive the 2008 Ford’s Leadership Award. In addition, Clifton was a Ford college recruiter for over ten years at Cornell University’s Johnson Business School and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. As a highly sought after public speaker, Clifton tours the nation and has spoken to thousands of individuals in over 150 business and community groups on success principles and “Doing the Right Thing.” Being comfortable with any size group and venue, he delivers his message regarding success in both business and life. He shares lessons that are universally applicable to small companies, large corporations and individuals. One his most sought after speeches outlines the lessons Ford used to go from losing $12.5 billion in 2006 to making $2 billion three years later without taking government bailout money. All this has lead to over 150 live radio show interviews and television appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX. He even starred on the television show, The CEO Café. Clifton was associate producer of the weekly RFD show Music and Motors for three seasons. He was also the associate producer for the 2013 season of A Prescription for Healthy Living on Familynet TV. With his vast knowledge in business, marketing and the automotive industry, Clifton has authored and published three top-selling books: Ford and the American Dream, The Return to Greatness and The Ad Man. His first book has been translated into Russian. Clifton has been quoted in over 400 different media sources. He has also written various articles on diversity, compensation, leadership, and other pertinent topics. Most recently, Clifton served as the Chief Operating Officer for SLANE Jewelry in New York City where he led the company to a 25% increase in the first year. He also founded and is CEO of Daniel Bradley Matthews, Inc., providing strategic business and marketing consulting services.  

Education & Personal Information

  • Graduated from Thomasville Senior High School in North Carolina having been a proud alumnus of the North Carolina Baptist Children’s Mills Home
  • BSBA in Marketing and Management form Western Carolina University
  • MBA from Western Carolina University.
  • Run in the Marine Corp, Philadelphia and Boston Marathons.
  • Run in over 200 different 5k and 10k a races

Professional Associations

    • Advisory Board for Western Carolina University’s School of Business
    • Board of Directors of the Family Foundation Fund
    • Board of Trustees of Lead Like Jesus
    • Western Carolina University Alumni Board

Some Of The Many Groups Clifton Has Addressed

• American General Life Insurance
• Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
• General Motors
• Nissan
• National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
• United Auto Workers
• International Collision and Repair (ICAR)
• Better Business Bureau of Tennessee (50th anniversary celebration)
• CEO Fellowship
• Corporate Board Forum (Organization of Board Directors & Members)
• Bank of Nashville
• Society of Human Resource Management (SHERM)
• Chamber of Commerce of numerous cities
• Rotary Clubs
• Mudd Advertising
• King College Business School
• Drexel University International Business School
• Western Carolina Business School and faculty
• Austin Peay University Business School Graduation
• Belmont University
• David Lipscomb University
• Texas Southern University
• Independent Automotive Parts Association
• Autobody of America
• Star Body Shop
• Sloan Ford
• Alexander Automotive Group
• Car Concerns (radio show)
• Schiffman’s Jewelry
• Many others…


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