I’ve realized a measure of success as an executive and entrepreneur, raised a lot of capital, led productive sales teams, built numerous management teams, and started, grown and sold several profitable businesses. I’ve also been a professional athlete and volunteer firefighter.
Some mildly interesting footnotes include me co-founding one of the first Alpharetta-based Accelerators where I helped early-stage companies with strategy, capital, and first-or-new customers. Along the way I was named a G2 economics “Coalition Member of the Year”, and Catalyst Magazine Top “50 Entrepreneur”, and “Top 25 Entrepreneur”.
My philanthropic interests include the Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen – a global group business investors, intellectualista’s, and theorists, brians BEANS™, founding Real Men Don’t Text and Drive, and a founding Board Member and Strategy Chair for ROI Ministry. I’m also on the Radford University College of Business and Economics (“COBE”) Board of Advisors. I’m particularly proud of that.
Joanne and I celebrate twenty-six years of successful marriage. I’m also a proud and deeply involved Dad. Great results include, Haley Anne and Emma Jo. They are beautiful, strong, confident and happy young ladies. One of my focused passions has been coaching them in soccer. Rowdy the world famous Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Hazel, a fierce Yorkshire Terrier are also part of the family. I have also coached Boys Select Feeder Lacrosse for Cambridge and Milton High Schools. If things go as planned, I’ll eventually teach business and economics at the college level, and maybe coach the Lacrosse team.
Champions and Rare Human Attributes
“Champions are a special breed.
Regardless of their venue, few, if any, are merely first among equals.
Each is a dominant player who, in many instances, successfully defends their title many time.
Like other exceptional performers, champions heed their inner voices.
When you first meet Brian Patrick Cork you have to be impressed with the aura of uncompromising integrity that surrounds him.
Brian Cork’s long time friend and business partner Santi St. James would tell you that Cork is relentless when analyzing a position, opportunity or challenge.
He will typically not accept a step in analysis unless he is certain of its correctness. But, he has to convince himself first. He rarely accepts any external authority. There is strength of conviction and situational awareness. These and other unique qualities comprise the source of that incredible confidence that he possesses that serves everyone around him so bloody well’. – Santi St. James
Most people who deal with Brian Cork admit he is willful and has a singular obstinateness. Once he holds an idea or opinion, it is virtually impossible to dissuade him otherwise. Cork is an extreme in this regard. Other champions might be more open and flexible. But, few can boast his charisma, presence and track record. But, having said this, I have rarely met a man more adaptable. He learns fast – incisively adjusting even to potentially life-threatening crises.
We saw this outside of Sarajevo and in Colorado. We observe it in the way he adjusts for economic trends, and always emerges as a leader in his field of endeavor.”
Aubrey Nelson, Biographer
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