My name is Brant Howell and I am a new Orr Fellow with the class of 2010. I am originally from Mercer Island, Washington (just outside Seattle), so it’s fair to say I may be the fellow from furthest away. That being said, the question I most often get is: “How did you end up in Indiana?”
I originally came to Indiana to attend school at Notre Dame. I played varsity lacrosse for the Fighting Irish and had a great time while in college. At the beginning of senior year I was not sure where I wanted to be or what I wanted to be doing after graduation, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to be in Indiana. I had had enough of the cold winters and being away from my family. All that changed, however, when I found the Orr Fellowship.
The Orr Fellowship recruits talented graduates from Indiana and places them with high growth start-ups in the Indianapolis area. Working with these small companies allows the fellows to see the inner-workings of a growing firm and to wear many different business hats in a short period of time. Unlike larger companies where a new hire may stay in one position for six months before seeing the business from a different angle, the new hires at entry-level jobs in Orr Fellowship startups are utilized in as many ways as possible from the first day. In addition to work experience, Orr Fellows have the opportunity to network with an intimate group of young, ambitious minds, receive mentoring by successful executives, and are given access to some of Indiana’s most influential business people and leaders through monthly networking events.
More than anything else, what sold me on the fellowship was the philosophy that was conveyed by the board members during recruitment: good people make all the difference, hands-on experience is everything, and close mentoring relationships are the key to rapid personal development.
I work for BlueLock, LLC, which provides cloud-hosting services and infrastructure-as-a-service to a variety of clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
My interests include sports, especially lacrosse, running, training, hunting, hiking, and pretty much anything that involves moving. I also love classic cars and good food.