After returning from active duty in the U.S. Navy, Ward began an extensive career at Union Pacific Railroad. In the operating department he served as manager, train operations, field systems implementation and training, and rail yard operations coordinator. In the Information Technologies department, he served as systems development project leader, assistant manager in the technology call center help desk, and manager of yard systems development. Then, in a senior leadership position in IT, he directed systems development and support of operating department systems, financial systems, marketing and sales systems and coordination of the merger of the IT departments of several major railroads. While serving in these roles, he represented Union Pacific at the Association of American Railroads in Washington D.C.
After retiring from the railroad, he and his wife Kathy began Fontenelle Tours providing Omaha, NE area residents with leisure travel experiences. For a little over 10 years they have offered one-day and multiple-day trips and have traveled to most every destination in the United States with their traveling friends. They determined early on that they needed a solid software system to manage their business. TourTools has been an integral part of their successful operation.
When not working, both Ward and Kathy are involved in providing travel experiences for those challenged with blindness. His hobbies include golf, reading, spending time with family, and as one of his granddaughters has stated, “fixing things”.