Podcast 12: Credit Union Innovator Bryan Sims

Welcome to episode 12 of Credit Union Innovators. My guest is Bryan Sims. Bryan is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of brass|MEDIA Inc.

Bryan founded brass when he was 19, working out of his dorm room and parents’ garage in Corvallis, Oregon. In a high school business class in 2000, Bryan wrote a business plan for a teen investment club. Starting the club at his high school, it quickly grew to the largest in the nation, investing nearly $25,000 of students’ allowance money and part-time job paychecks. After high school, Bryan wanted to spread a message about the importance of understanding money that would speak to young adults, not at them. A few years and lots of hard work later, his vision is now a reality.

Bryan’s company, brass|MEDIA Inc., publishes brass|MAGAZINE, a lifestyle money magazine produced for young adults, by young adults about the money side of life™. brass|MAGAZINE has over 465,000 readers across the country, is distributed in 39 states and currently employs 35 people through brass|MEDIA Inc. The newest brass initiative, the brass|STUDENT PROGRAM, takes brass|MAGAZINE into high school classrooms to every public high school in New York and Wisconsin.

You can listen by streaming audio here or you can subscribe to it in iTunes and listen on your iPod.

Some links to get to know Bryan even better

+ brass|MEDIA website
+ brass|MAGAZINE website
+ brass|SHOW website
+ brass|TV website
+ brass|STUDENT PROGRAM
+ Bryan on Twitter

Fast facts about Bryan

  • Favorite magazine? brass|Magazine, Fast Company, Inc.
  • How tall are you? 5' 9"
  • Future goals? Write a book and produce a movie
  • Facebook or MySpace? Facebook
  • People with facial hair? No opinion
  • Favorite music? Country, rap and hiphop
  • Bacon or eggs? Bacon
  • What did you do in Maui? Lost luggage and went snorkeling

Looking for innovators

If you know a credit union innovator who I should interview, please e-mail me at tmcalpine at currencymarketing dot ca.

Production notes

+ Interview recorded with Call Recorder and Skype
+ Intro recorded with a Blue Snowflake microphone
+ Edited in Audacity
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+ Music is A Song for Jake by Oregon Chad licensed through Creative Commons

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Tim