Ford Motor Co.'s incoming CEO Mark Fields is well known in the auto industry as a dynamic executive who will take over the reins of one of the world's largest industrial corporations on July 1.
But residents in the northeastern New Jersey community of Paramus in the United States, where Fields grew up, remember the 53-year-old executive as a bright, good-looking young kid who was a leader in student government, an athlete, a restaurant worker and a golf caddie.
In an interview with The Record of Bergen County, schoolteacher Janet Leeds remembered Fields as a handsome young fellow, "one of the smart guys" and "passionate about everything, intense about everything." Leeds graduated from Paramus High School with Fields in 1979.
According to articles in The Record, Fields ran cross-country, played golf and basketball, belonged to the psychology club at Paramus High, was vice president of his class and had a part-time job working at Feeney's Sirloin Pit.
Fields' late father, Gerald, was the purchasing manager for a sprinkler company. His mother, Elinor, lives in nearby Wyckoff and was in attendance when the youngest of her three sons delivered a keynote address at the New York auto show in April.