Brad Crowley, Class of 2011
IB is celebrating 20 years of the 40 Under 40 in 2020, and will be catching up with past recipients to see what they’ve been up to since they were honored. This week features Brad Crowley, president, 1848 Construction Inc.
What have you accomplished in your professional life/career since your 40 Under 40 selection?
In 2016, Jim Anderson, Jeff Grady, and I founded 1848 Construction Inc. At the end of this year, Jim is retiring and I’ll assume the role of CEO, so I’m pretty excited about the new challenges. On the project level, I was the managing partner/project manager for the design and construction of ETC’s North Addition. We began helping ETC with the concept of building offices inside shipping containers in 2014 with various stages of design and prototypes over the years. After about a year of physical construction, ETC occupied the space in early 2019 and won multiple awards through IB including “Project of the Year.” This spring, the North Addition was voted “Project of the Decade” by IB. I’m very proud of ETC for the vision, the design team for coordinating that vision, and all the workers and trades for making that vision come to life. I told my kids that this is kind of like our team winning the Super Bowl!
What accomplishments, milestones, or endeavors have you attained in your personal life since your 40 Under 40 selection?
My wife and I just celebrated 25 years of marriage this fall. We have two wonderful kids; the oldest recently graduated from UW–Madison and the youngest is in his final year in high school. We tore down and rebuilt our house in 2014, with my father and I and many other family members and friends doing the work. It was much more of a project than I expected, but countless hours spent with the family.
If you were to “do it all over again,” what (if anything) would you do differently throughout your career?
I wish I had better appreciation for the “moment” and all those around me at those particular times. I was too quick to put my head down and get back to work instead of visiting a little longer.
How did your 40 Under 40 selection help your career?
It was nice to be recognized for the things that I just felt were the right things to do. The confirmation that I was heading in the right direction built on the confidence to keep going down that path.
What is something that you have a new passion for since the time of your induction — either professionally or personally?
I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, whether it is boating or camping, but as I get older, the winters seem to have gotten longer and colder. So, a few years ago, we bought a couple snowmobiles to have something to look forward to during our long winter months. The winters are still cold, but now I look forward to winter again.
Based on your experience, do you have any advice for today’s young professionals (under 40)?
Again, appreciate where you are, enjoy the moment. Even though we have all been told many times, it is hard to realize how fast life moves sometimes, and how quickly your life and your career can change. If you have a plan and work hard it will all happen, so enjoy where you are while you can.
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