I grew up in a working class neighborhood southeast of Baltimore. My father was a funeral director and I grew up above the funeral home. Having known people from a wide range of backgrounds has helped me to appreciate people for who they are as individuals rather than “where they came from”. Integrity and work ethic are what I admire most in people. Whether a person only has a high school degree or a PhD, I relate well to them if they possess these qualities of character.
Mom and Dad received excellent formal education growing up so I was encouraged to seek excellent formal education as well. I attended Gilman School in Baltimore for grades K-12, and then Cornell University, where I received my BA in Economics in 1973. My strong work ethic evolved at a very young age, and I thrived academically and athletically at both Gilman and Cornell.
While at Gilman, I was co-captain of my football team and catcher on the baseball team, receiving conference honors in both sports. During my graduation ceremony at Gilman, I unexpectedly received the following award from the faculty with an inscription that read:
James Brooks Bradley
With appreciation for
His unfailing cheerfulness and steadfast
Loyalty to everything the School stands for
And for his commitment to the highest
Principles of strong character.
As a freshman at Cornell I decided to give lacrosse a try for the first time in my life. My lacrosse experience became one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. As a sophomore I was fortunate to play on the NCAA Lacrosse Championship Team, the very first NCAA Lacrosse Championship in history. As a senior, I was selected to the All-American Lacrosse Team and was tri-captain of my team.
I am proud of these accomplishments because I believe they demonstrate the strong commitment and work ethic that I apply to areas in my life that are important to me, including my business life. My clients appreciate these qualities in me.