Born and raised on the family fruit farm in Western New York, Ward returned from four years at John Carroll University to join H.H. Dobbins Inc., Thruway Produce and H.H. Dobbins and Son in 1986. He has since purchased United Apple Sales and is kept busy overseeing and guiding the direction of the four companies. Ward is on the US Apple Export Council, The New York State Apple Marketing Order Board, and The New York State Horticultural Society Board.