Vaden F. Bales
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Retired Trustee

TERM AS TRUSTEE:
June 7, 2005 through June 2018

BIOGRAPHY:
Vaden Bales is with the Tulsa, Oklahoma law firm of Hall Estill, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, general corporate matters, and commercial real estate. He lived in Albuquerque from 1997-2008, working first as CEO of Wrangler Properties, LLC and then as chief operating officer of Titan Development. While in Albuquerque, Mr. Bales served on the boards of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (vice chair), the Central New Mexico Community College Foundation (president), the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation (chair), the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce, WESST Corporation (chair), and was a member of the Commissioning Committee of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

He is a former trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (Executive and Governance Committees). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and his law degree from Washburn University School of Law. Mr. Bales is admitted to the state bars of Kansas and Oklahoma, and to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

GERALD R. FORD ORAL HISTORY PROJECT:
Read Oral History Interview with Vaden Bales

FOUNDATION REMARKS:
Remarks at Wreath Laying Ceremony, July 14, 2014
(remarks at 08:30 of video)
 

Atlantic Ocean (September 20, 2014). Trustee Vaden Bales shakes hands with Sailors from the aircraft carrier PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Bales is touring TR as part of the ships distinguished visitor program. Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Navy photo taken by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Recruit Alex Millar/Released)

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