Ward was born and raised in rural southern Michigan. He received a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology in Chicago. He has had a diverse career working in many fields including; digital communication, media, CNC machining, welding controls, custom cabinetry, cable television and internet via satellite. Most recently, before joining Shield AI, Ward worked for Ericsson. He and his wife Becky have two grown children -- both with degrees in Computer Science. Ward’s list of hobbies speak to his love of learning new skills; he enjoys cnc machining, 3D printing, woodworking, foundry, blacksmithing, welding, fabrication, radio control models and photography.