Many people interact with Brett Barney Chief Collaborator of American Fine Arts. VoyageLA recently interviewed Brett for a featured community highlight.
Here was Brett’s first question:
Today we’d like to introduce you to Brett Barney.
Hi Brett, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was raised around makers. My father always had projects underway that ranged from furniture making to home remodeling projects. Then for a couple of years in grade school, we lived near my grandparents and my grandfather who had recently retired would pick me up after school and we would do projects. They were typical of any 3rd grader’s skill level but most importantly, I learned to work with tools and I learned the process of making things. In high school, I learned sculpting and metal casting working in a dental lab followed by working in a custom yacht manufacturing facility. I managed small businesses in my early career and then found my way into several leading hi-tech companies. One was a leader in 3D graphical computing, another was Dell Computers, and then lastly a startup in Asia that partnered with US companies to run their Asia Pac subsidiaries. The experience at these companies gave me an incredible opportunity to learn world-class manufacturing practices while also traveling the globe to do business.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?