CFMA recently had an opportunity to sit down with Brad Collins, the Division Controller of Barrett Industries in Syracuse, NY. Brad is also one of CFMA’s 40 Under 40 Honorees.
=Here are 10 interesting facts Brad shared with us:
Q: What is your favorite thing in your office?
A: My favorite thing in my office is a guitar I keep hanging on my office wall. Sometimes when I need a mental break I’ll pick it up and play a bit. It helps ease my mind.
Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?
A: My guilty pleasure is sweets. I have an unreal sweet tooth and absolutely cannot be stopped around a candy dish. I try to avoid sweets, but sometimes I can’t help myself.
Q: Do you have children?
A: I have two daughters, ages four and six. They definitely keep me busy. Very busy.
Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Right now I am reading “Think Again” by Adam Grant. It’s about the power of knowing what you don’t know.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: My favorite part of my job is getting out in the field and meeting the people that really make it happen. I always enjoy seeing someone in their element and doing what they do best.
Q: What have you learned about being a leader?
A: Being a leader, I have learned to be open-minded. Having the first idea doesn’t always mean you have the best idea. Listen more and be open to changing your opinion.
Q: What do you do to unwind from work?
A: To unwind after work, I go home and play with my kids and listen to music — usually at the same time — or golfing in the summer.
Q: What career advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
A: The career advice I would give to my 18-year-old self is to be genuine. Trust your instincts and things will work out.
Q: Where did you grow up at?
A: I grew up in the Queen City — Buffalo, New York. Go Bills!
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to be humble; lions don’t have to roar. I’m still working on it…