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Phil Kirk Named Director of Business and Leadership Development at Brady

Brady, a company that provides energy management systems and comprehensive HVAC building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announces the new position of Phil Kirk as director of business and leadership development. Kirk joined Brady in June of 2009.

“Phil has excelled over the past four years,” says Jim Brady, president. “He has served a vital role in communicating with senior managers, government administrators and boards of trustees on the advantages of reducing operating expenses and improving operational efficiencies by upgrading to energy efficient HVAC systems.”

In his new role, Kirk will lead initiatives to train sales and project management associates in developing relationships beyond the purchasing agents at corporations and government organizations, as well as evaluating current training and development programs. He will also work closely with elected officials in passing legislation that promotes energy-efficient and sustainable buildings in North Carolina.

“For more than 40 years I have dedicated my time to promoting a strong business community in North Carolina through the establishment of high-quality education and the responsible use of the state’s resources,” says Kirk. “This new role will allow me to continue those efforts and to begin providing practical training to the next generation of business champions.”

Kirk’s longtime leadership in education and business includes serving as Chairman Emeritus of the State Board of Education, President/CEO Emeritus of the North Carolina Chamber and Chair for the legislative committee of the Energy Services Coalition North Carolina Chapter. Among his current volunteer activities are service on the boards at UNC-TV, Meredith College Board of Trustees, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Foundation, VIF-International Education, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce education committee, and Public School Forum of North Carolina, which he led in 2008-2010.

About Phil Kirk:
Kirk has served as Chief of Staff for Governors Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin and United States Senator Jim Broyhill. He served twice as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In 1970, he became the youngest State Senator in North Carolina history at that time. He chaired the two largest bond campaigns in North Carolina history and they provided more than $6 billion for the UNC system, K-12 schools, community colleges, and highways. A graduate of Catawba College, he served as a trustee for more than 25 years before becoming Vice President for External Relations. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Catawba. In addition to being inducted into the education hall of fame at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he has been made an honorary alumnus of East Carolina University.

About Brady:
Brady is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina with locations in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Charlotte. Founded in 1962 by Chairman Don Brady, the company remains a family owned enterprise, today employing 368 associates. The company works with building owners, facility managers, developers, architects, engineers and contractors providing sustainable, comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities. Brady provides customers with a diverse range of HVAC and building solutions including building automation, energy conservation, green design, performance contracts, access controls, security, mechanical systems, parts and supplies, as well as world-class technical support. For more information, visit or call (800) 849-1915.

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