Charles Cochran, a Project Manager on the Traffic [...]
This Q&A with our Featured Employee revealed the heart of a remarkable young man. Living and working in true community sometimes involves hearing the hurt filled realities of another’s life experience. We are blessed to have Brandon as part of our team here at Sain.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in the Pratt City/Ensley area to a Social Worker and Steel Mill Worker. I graduated from P.D. Jackson-Olin HS with a football scholarship to South Carolina State University where I lettered all four years in football while obtaining my B.S. degree. After completion of football and my undergraduate studies, with help from my Head Coach Buddy Pough, I enrolled in Grad School and obtained my M.S. degree as well. After graduation I moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal Highway Administration before moving to Atlanta, GA where I would spend 10 years. During that time my professional career grew, I met my wife, and had our first child before we made the decision to move and take our talents to Birmingham, AL. We are now expecting the birth of our second child, due in mid-September. I currently stay active by being a father, husband, and head coach of two youth football teams. I work on my physical fitness through weight lifting, running, bike riding, healthy dietary choices, and I play 9-man Contact Flag Football in a league here in Birmingham.
Q: How did you first learn about Sain?
A: Gregory Dawkins, P.E. City of Birmingham
Q: What is your role at Sain?
Q: What do you like most about Sain?
A: The work environment
Q; What has been your favorite project at Sain?
A: I-65 Exit 238 Traffic Signal Design in Alabaster
Q: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
A: I’m a survivor of police brutality at the hands of a Police Department in Virginia, and only by the grace of God am I alive today. Two college degrees, working for the Federal Government, and because I was profiled while trying to deliver a box to FedEx I would become one of the victims on a long list of people before and after me to be subjected to this type of injustice at the hands of those who are appointed to protect us.
Q: Three words to best describe you?
A: Strong, Creative, and Hopeful.
Q: Top 3 life highlights?
A: Leaving for college, birthing my son & daughter, and getting married.
Q: What are your hopes for our industry?
A: That Google doesn’t create a robot to make us irrelevant, lol J. Although joking I was being for real. Seriously though, I just hope for us to continue to move the needle on things that will propel our society forward and proactively keep the people of this world safe on the roadway through sharing information and resources. I hope that we don’t hold people back who are bold, not afraid of change, and willing to ignore the voices of those who want to continue to do things a certain way because ‘that’s how it was always done’.
Q: What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
A: Being the go-to for Traffic Signal design and Non-Conventional projects.
Q: What book did you read last?
A: Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne Tha God
Q: What did you want to be when growing up?
Q: What is your favorite sport? Team?
A: College football. South Carolina State University Bulldogs.
Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: Connecting people and forging relationships.