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Brett Earnest

Executive Vice President, National Centers of Excellence

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Years at Suffolk:

1 year(s)

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Past Employer/Position:

Division President of the Pacific Northwest at Clark Construction

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Years in the Industry:

21 year(s)

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- ENR National Top 20 Under 40
- ENR Northwest Top 20 Under 40
- Puget Sound Business Journal Top 40 Under 40

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- Safe Crossings Foundation
- Bucknell Real Estate Advisory Board
- NAIOP National Forum Member
- Past Board Member of Cycle Connect
- Past Board Member of the DBIA Western Pacific and Northwest Regions
- Past Board Member of Cycle Connect

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?

The things I find most exciting in this business are the lifelong relationships and tangible fixtures of our communities that we get to build. My professional passion is building relationships with everyone who impacts our work, from the person cleaning the site to the visionaries who develop and design our communities.

What do you love to do when you aren’t at work?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife and our two young daughters. Seeing them grow and try new things inspires me daily.

What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?

My wife and I have had the privilege of serving on the board and committees of the Safe Crossings Foundation, which supports children who have lost a parent or sibling before the age of 18. The organization works to ensure those children know they aren’t alone and have the best opportunity for a “normal” childhood. Safe Crossings, the organizations that it funds, and similar organizations have a dramatic impact on a larger percentage of children in our communities than people might think.

What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?

I played football in high school and ran track in both high school and college. These sports taught me leadership, time management, humility, teamwork, and — most of all — that hard work and learning from failures lead to the greatest successes.

Who was your mentor/biggest influence and what did they teach you?

I know it sounds cliché, but I admire my mom’s amazing work ethic, humility, loyalty, and empathy. She embodied all those qualities in the way she took care of our family and pursued an amazing career. She taught me core values that I live by every day, and she has been a huge influence on my life.

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