Brent was born in Lubbock, Texas and grew up in Marlin, Texas and graduated high school there in 1984. He did two years of college before entering the working world starting in the “B” loan business as a collector for a couple of years. He was a branch manager for nine years working all over the state of Texas, became an area supervisor for the following three years, then moved up to VP of operations in 2000; a position he remained in until January of 2016.
Brent managed the operations for up to 85 locations in three different states with over 300 employees. He was responsible for all aspects of operations; staffing, training, new locations, advertising. He managed budgets and goals, exceeding those goals 12 out of his 15 years on the job.
He’s been happily married to his current wife Kimberly Budde since May 2009. They have two beautiful kids, Kyle Budde born in 1995 currently in the USAF, and Kathryn Budde born in 1998, who is a student and goalkeeper for the Texas State Bobcats.
Brent has had many hobbies over the years and considers himself a “jack of all trades, master of none.” He enjoys golf, softball, boating, water skiing, hunting, and motorcycles. While he has had fun with them all, he now spends his time building Elite Lighting Designs, travelling and spending time with his wife, watching his daughter play soccer, and visiting his son whenever he can.
His goals as a professional lighting consultant over the next 10 years are to see Elite Lighting grow five times in size from when he started there and to see his kids grow through life while he enjoys every day with Kim.