The origin of the “Game-changers” program began some three years ago. Like most of us seniors, the history we learned in school was about names, dates and places; and it was not very interesting. We rarely learned about the real stories of those heroes and heroines that changed the destiny of our country.
Having always loved history, I had just finished reading a book about the Erie Canal and was fascinated with the concept of a 40 ft. wide “ditch” in New York State having such a dramatic impact on our county, its commerce, its social growth and formation of the rest of the country;…..and the story of its prime mover, DeWitt Clinton, who overcame great obstacles in its construction.
He, in my mind, was a true “Game-changer”. Coupled with an endless supply of “game-changers”; I thought I could blend telling great stories of our history while singing and playing the folksongs of that era.
My fascination with this story led to my quest for other “Game-changers”. I began a program series about the accomplishments of other amazing individuals and events in our history, including George Washington, Abigail Adams, Stephen Decatur, Andrew Jackson, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, the story of the “Alamo”, Kit Carson, The Civil War, John Wesley Powell, “The Dust Bowl” and many others. This year’s program is my third series of “Game-changers”.
Born in Chicago, I attended I.U., U. of Chicago and Northwestern U. majoring in operations management. I met my wife, Ginny, an O.R. nurse, there and moved to the East with our 3 children and then to W.V. where I became President of a $60mm apparel manufacturer. After 20 years in WV, which was a wonderful place to raise a family, I began a career in consulting business turnarounds. This transitioned into M&A where for another 20 years I represented owners who wished to sell their companies.
Retiring some 7 years ago and moving to a senior residence, I teach history classes and classes on senior transition…..how to control your own destiny and make decisions about downsizing and senior living. Brandt Ross – July, 2019
Brandt Ross Bio
Brandt Ross was Managing Partner at Corporate Finance Associates, Inc. of the Southeast in Atlanta, a 50-year-old firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Previously, he was a “turnaround consultant” working with troubled companies. For 22 years, he held senior management positions becoming President and COO of Corbin, Ltd. A $56 million manufacturer of men’s and ladies better quality apparel sold to over 2000 retail stores.
Past Service & Education
Brandt Ross has served as a board member of the Third National Bank, The United Way, Family Services and several Chambers of Commerce. He was President of the Marshall University Business School Advisory Board and helped found their Internship Program. He has a BA from Marshall University.
Personal and Current Activities
Brandt and his wife Ginny, a retired operating room nurse live in the Atlanta area. They have three married children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include folk music, history, genealogy, and baseball. He currently volunteers as a storyteller/folksinger in retirement homes, and as a financial arbitrator; and teaching with OLLI at Emory senior education program and other senior venues.