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In this episode, President Series #155, YOUR guest is Brian Black, President & Co-Founder of Harmel Academy of the Trades, YOUR guest cohost is Ryan Stowers, Executive Director at The Charles Koch Foundation, YOUR host is Arbazz M. Nizami, & YOUR sponsor is Commencement: The Beginning of a New Era In Higher Education, coming fall 2022.
What is this new educational enterprise that involves the Catholic Religion, men, & the trades? Listen in to find out?
Brian received his BA in Political Economics & History from Hillsdale College, where he studied under Russell Kirk & Gerhart Niemeyer. After pursuing home building & working as an electrician, he was a Product Marketing Manager for American Seating, & did contract work for Haworth & Herman Miller. Returning to the trades, Brian joined Grand River Builders as a carpenter & sheet metal worker, then added the masonry trade to the company. He was made General Manager & has led the company through 20 years of continuous growth.
He founded Historic Restoration Consulting Group in 2011. Brian has provided custom AIA continuing education coursework, & has been active in the Michigan Historic Preservation Network as a trainer & presenter. His expertise is historic building materials & methods.
Harmel Academy is hosted on the beautiful campus of Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Harmel students live in dedicated dormitory floors, & receive instruction in dedicated classrooms & labs. Dining, sports, recreation, library & other areas are shared with Kuyper students. The campus is 15 minutes from the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, & is near both parks & premium retail & restaurants.
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