"Help every resident have access to job training and job search tools."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Brad Griffith

President, Buckeye Interactive

About: Griffith is an entrepreneurial innovator with extensive software development experience and an interest in business productivity and leadership development. He has been developing web-based and client/server applications for over a decade at Buckeye Interactive.

The firm was built to be different from other web design firms. It combines the best of software engineering, design, and strategic planning to provide clients with a sustainable, maintainable website or mobile app. The company has an average annual revenue growth rate of 27 percent over the past 10 years.

Griffith is an advocate for open-source software, particularly for startups, nonprofits and government entities. He’s a graduate of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program and a current participant of its Emerging Leaders program.

Outside of work: Griffith founded Dads of New Albany, the first volunteer organization focused on dads with kids in New Albany schools in an effort to allow students access to more male role models. He’s a substitute teacher and a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer. Griffith also is a First Community Foundation volunteer board member.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “A decentralized education system that helps support disadvantaged individuals and communities to ensure everyone is supported and thrives in our economic and population growth. Organizations like the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Junior Achievement reach populations that are sometimes left behind in areas of economic growth. How can we tap into that to help every resident have access to job training and job search tools?”

Griffith’s idea: “Let’s develop a unique workforce development educational series inspired by democratized education and free training and development programs. We would focus not just on software development skills, but also bring in speakers to address topics such as career and life skills that will empower a broader workforce than the more selective programs. Organizations would support job placement for graduates.”

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