Get to know Brandon Housley, an Ambassador of the chamber, in this week's spotlight!
What do you do professionally, and what do you love most about your career?
I am a Realtor and have been for the past 5 years. I gravitated to the real estate field due to being very confused and overwhelmed during the purchase and selling process of my own personal home years ago and I assumed many other people had similar feelings during their home sales/purchase process. I've always enjoyed helping people and volunteering and have been in the service/sales/teaching industries for the past 20 years and have always enjoyed and thrived within every different career path I've gotten into.
Helping people is by far what I like most about being a Realtor and the next best "perk" for me is seeing so much different and unique architecture, craftsmanship, innovative materials and designs on a weekly basis. In my youth, I wanted to be an architect but learned in high school that I didn't have the advanced "math brain" needed to make that career choice a reality.
What is your history with the Fort Chamber?
I have been a member of the Chamber in one way or another since 2012 when I opened CrossFit Fort Atkinson and also took over the ownership of Paddy's Irish Pub within the same year. I started out as a member and got into volunteering through the chamber for the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market and have been an ambassador for the past year or 2. I was honored to be awarded the "Friend of the Chamber" award in 2019 and have continued to help my community in any way I can.
What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?
A fun fact about me is that my first competitive wrestling match ever in my life was in 8th grade and I was pinned in less than 40 seconds, by a girl. Another great performance was during my Freshman year of high school when I almost drowned during a swim meet when my goggles went over my mouth during a relay race, best part is that I was the only one in the pool at the time!
What makes Fort Atkinson an appealing place for young professionals?
Fort Atkinson has been my home off and on for the past 37 years. I've lived in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Florida, Madison and Lake Mills and have come to love what Fort Atkinson has to offer which is kind/friendly people, community involvement, plenty of restaurants, safety, public parks, great schooling and is quite centrally located between Madison/Milwaukee/Janesville/Chicago if you want to take a quick trip to a larger city. Of course COVID mixed with frigid winter temps makes getting out quite difficult, most establishments and businesses in the Fort Atkinson area have been going out of their way to make sure our community stays safe so many of us can still enjoy getting out socially!