Blog: Patricia Mooradian

Patricia E. Mooradian is the president of The Henry Ford. For five years prior to that she was the COO and directed daily operations of Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the Benson Ford Research Center.

Since joining the institution in 2000, Mooradian has developed a ten-year strategic plan focusing on increased attendance, new visitor experiences and amenities, new educational products and benchmark hospitality. Patricia introduced The Benson Ford Research Center to the institution's campus in 2002, and led the unprecedented restoration of Greenfield Village in 2003 and the opening of the Ford Rouge Factory Tour in 2004.

Through her leadership efforts the institution has been recognized with several national awards including two THEA Awards (Themed Entertainment Association) in 2004 for Outstanding Achievement in the Extreme Makeover category, Greenfield Village and Outstanding Achievement in the Visitor Center category, Ford Rouge Factory Tour; an AIA Award (American Institute of Architects) of Honor for Sustainable Design, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and a Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits, Heroes of the Sky exhibit in Henry Ford Museum.

Prior to joining The Henry Ford, Patricia was regional director of marketing for The Taubman Company focusing on the strategic positioning for more than a dozen shopping destinations across the United States. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Henry Ford Health System Detroit Campus, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), The Henry Ford Learning Institute and Michigan Museums Association.

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Post No. 1

As President of The Henry Ford, I am often asked to identify the biggest challenge our not-for-profit cultural organization faces today. That challenge is to determine how we can best leverage our considerable assets in order to thrive and grow in a difficult economic environment.

However, in my mind, every challenge is really an opportunity. Here at The Henry Ford, we often rethink the way we do business. We embrace partnerships and collaborations and we enable our staff to be innovative and entrepreneurial.

We also have the goods—“the finest collection ever assembled documenting the American experience,” according to the American Association of Museums—and like most businesses that succeed, we must continue to remind the public, as well as corporate, governmental and philanthropic institutions that what we do here really matters. Not just to The Henry Ford, but to the larger community we serve. And that’s true for our sister cultural institutions as well. So, we’ll continue to use as many communication vehicles as possible, including this blog, to remind consumers, stakeholders and supporters of the importance of arts and culture in their communities and in their lives.

We all know that there are many great things to see and do in Michigan and many wonderful places to discover. People choose to live, work, and raise their families here in large measure because of the exceptional quality of life Michigan offers its residents and its visitors. Its unique inventory of natural, cultural, and heritage resources—that is, its legacies of innovation and entrepreneurialism—helps define and differentiate our state. It gives us an identity all our own, something in which we can take real pride, something that keeps us moving forward.

Those special assets and the important feelings they generate are at the heart of Travel Michigan’s national award-winning “Pure Michigan” tourism promotion ad campaign. I hope that you and your family and friends have seen the TV or heard the radio ads this campaign has generated. They are spectacular. You can check them out at

Fortunately, with overwhelming bi-partisan support in the Michigan State Legislature, Governor Granholm’s proposal to make the largest State investment in tourism promotion in the state’s history has now been enacted into law. Over the next two years, Travel Michigan, the State’s tourism promotion arm, will be able to take the Pure Michigan campaign into several new and important regional markets; but, most importantly, this new infusion of funds will enable our state to make its first-ever national cable TV ad buys. That will enable the Pure Michigan message to reach prospective visitors and business investors throughout the country, including those in states where the economy is more vibrant and residents have more discretionary income at their disposal. That’s great news for Michigan’s tourism industry. That’s great news for The Henry Ford, as Michigan’s leading cultural tourism destination. And because the State receives back $2.82 in sales and gas tax revenues for each $1.00 it invests in tourism promotion, that’s great news for Michigan’s economy.

So, we remain optimistic and hopeful for the future. Despite the economy, we’ll continue to seek the resources we need to invest in our own cultural product at The Henry Ford. We’ll enhance current exhibits and programs and develop brand new, engaging and compelling ones to inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. That’s our value proposition.