Brad Axdahl

Age: 34

Occupation: Practice Leader & Partner, Katalyst Systems Impact

What was your first job?
Mowing lawns.

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Be present, enjoy the moment.

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement(s)?
Helping start and build KSI into a successful business.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
Since 2007, I’ve taken an annual trip with college friends to major league baseball stadiums. We’ve been to 26 of the 30 – only the Red Sox, Braves, Yankees and Mets remain.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
Align yourself with people who share similar values and you enjoy being around and working with.

What’s something people should know about your generation in the workplace?
It’s difficult to place broad sweeping generalizations on an entire generation. Get to know the individual.

If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
I would look to make an impact locally first. My focus would be at-risk youth. I would also give back to my alma mater, Coe College, and church, Cedar Hills Community Church.

What is the biggest issue facing the Corridor?
Attracting and retaining top talent.

What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?
I want to continue making a positive impact by creating, connecting and sharing ideas that foster achievement and growth.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight and “Principles” by Ray Dalio.

Who are your local mentors?
Steve Lounsberry, President, KSI; Tim Hill, attorney, Bradley & Riley PC; and Randy Scholer, member, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC.