Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The "Braduate" of Business

"Work should be fun. If its not you're doing the wrong type of work!"

Brad got the entrepreneurial spark at the age of ten.

Because he was the kind of kid who wanted to have what he wanted when he wanted it, Brad realized it took money to do that. His first job is at a restaurant near his parents summer cottage in Caissie Cape, NB. Patrons had no idea that a ten-year old was back in the sweatshop of a kitchen cooking up fries and chicken wings; baking pizza and nachos.

The summer of '99 is when Brad experienced his first revelation in business:

"I realized then and there that I would be working far too hard, making somebody else rich. And that's when I decided a life of minimum wage with stress was not the path I was ever going to follow".

Knowing he much preferred music and entertaining people, Brad opened his first business at the age of 11. With a single karaoke machine and a dozen CD's for inventory Brad was in business with a paid gig at the Riverview Kinsmen Club for 20 dollars.

More than 600 clients, three attempted businesses and two car accidents later, this Moncton-based mogul currently owns three companies; an entertainment and promotions business, a weekend flea market and a consulting group.

The 20-year old son of a federal bureaucrat and a bank teller, his type of "Bradittude" has been on the radar of mainstream media for the past couple of years as he works toward his goal of becoming a millionaire before the age of 30.

Wearing a power suit right out of "The Apprentice", Brad sips on a latte while explaining his entrepreneurial success at such an early age. For example, he recalls learning a lot more outside the classroom than in it at the Bachelor of Commerce program at St. Mary's University. In the midst of completing his thesis for the SMU Diploma in Management Program, (the youngest to do so in university history) he has found the "real world" school of entrepreneurship has been of much more value to this business "Braduate":

"You've got to pay attention to what you're pretending not to notice".

OK Brad, what do you mean by that?

"As humans we like to deflect the stuff we don't want to do. We pretend not to notice the things that create stress or unpleasant or things we would rather not do or face. If we can learn to pay attention to those things, take them on and get them done, there is nothing we can't do. There is no limit to what we can accomplish".

Excited by new possibilities open to him through "", Brad is also focusing his attention on launching the first-ever Greater Moncton Entrepreneurship Expo, taking place at the Delta Beausejour Hotel on October 19th. Since conceptualizing the event, Brad has secured Enterprise Greater Moncton, The City of Moncton, and the Business Development Bank of Canada as partners. DC. We are also partnered with a number of great organizations to make this happen.

Brad explains the Entrepreneurship Expo this way:

"This conference is all about motivating and inspiring our local entrepreneurs to chase after everything they want in life and achieving a unbelievable level of happiness and freedom".

But why are you moving heaven and earth to do this?:

“The reason I work so hard — apart from the typical money and big dreams — is to earn the opportunity to have power and responsibility, to effectively lead and motivate other people to realize their true potential and capacity”.

A media conference is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, September 17th) at 9 a.m. at Moncton City Hall to unveil full details of the Expo which will include interactive workshops, a networking lunch and trade show designed to appeal to entrepreneurs of all ages and sizes.

If you want to know more about what goes on inside the mind of a business "Braduate", you can follow Brad at

"I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big"

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