ASHLAND, Ky. (Dec. 25, 2017) – The shareholders of Braidy Industries announced today their establishment of a $10,000 Leadership Scholarship Fund for Greenup and Boyd County high school students. The fund will be earmarked for seniors continuing on to post-secondary studies, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the course of their high school careers. It is expected that scholarship candidates will be peer-nominated.
The high schools that will benefit from the scholarship fund are: Paul G. Blazer High School; Fairview High School; Boyd County High School; Russell High School; Raceland-Worthington High School; Greenup County High School; Rose Hill Christian School; Holy Family School.
“Having received such a warm welcome from Eastern Kentucky, we wanted to give back to the kids. They hold the keys to a successful future for the region,” said Craig Bouchard, Braidy Industries Chairman and CEO. “Each of the Braidy Industries shareholders takes responsibility to the community seriously and we will do all we can to make our region the crown jewel of the Commonwealth. This puts to rest the question of who our shareholders are. The shareholders below represent 100 percent participation of our company ownership.”
Braidy Industries Inc. shareholders:
Craig T. Bouchard – Craig Bouchard built three billion-dollar companies, one of which was the highest appreciating stock on the NASDAQ for the full year 2008. He won three hostile takeovers on Wall Street. Bouchard has an MBA from the University of Chicago, has been a trustee of Boston University and the University of Montana Trust, is a New York Times Best Selling Author, a member of the Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and the Hinsdale Central Township High School Hall of Fame, was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Illinois) 2005, and holds United States Patent 4,212,168 Power Producing Dry Type Cooling Systems.
Michael Porter – Michael E. Porter, a renowned economist, is the most cited scholar today in economics and business. He leads Harvard University’s Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness and is a long-serving professor at the Harvard Business School. Porter numerous awards and honors for contributions to global economic theory, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for his contributions to economic development and is the author of 19 books, including the business classic “Competitive Advantage.”
Norton “Nordy” Schwartz – Gen. Schwartz served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, serving as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leading Air, Space and Cyber for the Department of Defense. As commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, Schwartz led the Defense Transportation System, with strategic oversight of all logistics operations including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Charles Price – Charles Price is an entrepreneur, industrialist, and president/CEO of Louisville-based Charah. Price and has over 35 years of experience in the construction and industrial industries within Kentucky and beyond.
Dr. Christopher Schuh – Schuh is the head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schuh’s research is focused on the optimization of mechanical properties in metals, forming the basis of numerous metallurgical companies, including Xtalic Corp., which produces coatings on over 10 billion components used in both enterprise and mobile electronics.
John Preston – Preston is the former Director of Technology Development (and Licensing) at MIT, where he was responsible for the commercialization of MIT-developed technologies. Companies started during his tenure that went public have reached an estimated $150 billion total market capitalization. Preston was awarded the rank of Knight of the Order of National Merit of France by French President Mitterrand and the Hammer Award for Reinventing Government by Vice President Gore.