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Meet Brandon

Brandon is a champion for the City of Knoxville. He is a civic leader, neighborhood advocate, and founder of the fastest-growing company in Tennessee. He recently wrote a letter to the editor in The Knoxville Mercury and Teknovation about how Knoxville is #1 for its great quality of life and business climate.

Brandon went to a rural elementary school where he was either first or second in his graduating class of two. He went on to get his college degree in political science as well as a master's in business administration and law degree.

Brandon started his software company Cirrus Insight five years ago. Last year, it was #41 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the United States and was the fastest in Tennessee. Today, the company employs 35 people in Knoxville.

Brandon was named Knoxville's Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. He was named to Knoxville's 40 Under 40 in 2015 by the Knoxville Business Journal. He is currently a member of Leadership Knoxville's Class of 2017.

Brandon is involved in the community. He serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee which teaches entrepreneurship and financial literacy in Knox County Schools, and for The Muse, our local children's science museum located in Chilhowee Park next to Zoo Knoxville, and for Dogwood Arts which “promotes & celebrates the art, culture and natural beauty of our region.”

Brandon is a member of the United Way Young Leaders Society and served on the most recent Health & Basic Needs investment committee. He is a volunteer mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy run by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Entrepreneurs Program at Austin-East Performing Arts and Sciences Magnet High School and Fulton High School.

Brandon is a volunteer mentor with tnAchieves which works in partnership with Tennessee Promise to increase higher education opportunities for Knoxville high school students. He is a member of the Northshore Elementary School PTA where his children will be in second grade and kindergarten in the fall. Brandon and his wife, Tricia, support many local organizations including Girl Talk, Emerald Youth Foundation, Girls, Inc., The Change Center, and the Women's Fund of East Tennessee.

Brandon is a volunteer and sponsor of CodeTN, a program of the Great Schools Partnership that teaches young people about computer programming. He is also the emcee of Startup Day which celebrates startup companies and culture in Knoxville. Brandon occasionally gives guest lectures at University of Tennessee's Haslam School of Business and at Maryville College where his wife is a professor of sociology.

Brandon and Tricia live with their two children Sonoma (7) and Carson (5) in the Northshore Town Center community in West Knoxville.

Read more about why Brandon is running, his positions on the issues, and a few of his big ideas for Knoxville.

Fun fact: Brandon is perhaps the tallest candidate for City Council in Knoxville's history. He's 6'8".

Another fun fact: Brandon once raced his bicycle across Death Valley. He finished in 35 hours and 7 minutes earning him 5th place in the famous Furnace Creek 508. He has also completed dozens of 100 and 200 mile rides and races.