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New Board Member Spotlight: Brad Garner

New Board Member Spotlight: Brad Garner

We are please to announce that we have recently welcomed 3 new board members: Brad Garner, Lenar A. Cantu, and Adrienne Sturrup. We’re excited to add these dynamic professionals to the Explore Austin team. Get to know Brad below and keep an eye on our social media for more!


What led you to getting involved with Explore Austin? 

My wife and I became involved in Explore Austin in 2016 at the Quest for the Summit event.  We found that EA’s mission aligned with our values and were excited to be able to support the mission by becoming Pathfinders [one of EA’s multiyear giving circles].  We supported the “Nature Freaks” Team for their entire 6 year journey, and were amazed at how they matured and grew during that time.

What do you do for work? 

I am self-employed in the commercial real estate business.

What are you most excited about in working with Explore Austin? 

The ability to help grow the organization.

What part of the Explore Austin ethos do you identify with the most?

Explore Austin Ethos

We approach our mission with excitement, believing that making the time for fun cultivates self-discovery and restoration. Leading with equity, we strive to remove barriers to restorative time in nature. We boldly embrace change and adapt to meet the evolving needs of our community. We value the journey – joyfully celebrating our wins and courageously learning from our losses. Fostering a space of trust and belonging, we establish a culture of commitment, understanding, and gratitude.

I identify the most with “the restorative time in nature.”  As an avid fly fisherman, I find that the time I spend outside and on the water is so valuable as it allows me to forget about all the day-to-day stresses and just relax and enjoy nature.

How do you think about helping others and giving back? 

I was raised in a family that always gave back to the community.  I have been fortunate in my life to be successful in business and in family, so I feel that helping others and giving back has become an integral part of who I am.

What’s a fun fact about you? 

We have a 28’ travel trailer and love to spend time traveling around the country.

What is one of your favorite outdoor adventures you’ve been on?

Flyfishing in the northern Patagonia region of Argentina.