Brad Butler, University of Virginia Foundation Controller
UVAF Controller Brad Butler grew up in Scottsville. He studied business management at Emory & Henry College as an undergraduate before earning his MBA at James Madison University. Brad holds a Virginia CPA license. He lives in Palmyra with his wife and two sons.
What brought you to UVA and how long have you worked here? After graduating from Emory & Henry, I interviewed with a few organizations that were looking to hire someone with more experience than someone right out of college. I was very fortunate that the UVA Foundation gave me the opportunity to begin and build my career with them. This was my first "real" job out of college, and I have been here 18 and a half years.
What was your first job ever? My first job was working for a local contractor where I was essentially an apprentice. I learned so much from those guys in terms of home repairs, carpentry, painting, etc. This training gave me the ability to have a very hands-on approach when we constructed our home in 2002.
In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job. I manage the overall financial accounting and reporting process for the Foundation, and I provide financial analysis to support decision making and help manage our debt portfolio. Through our annual audit, I ensure the Foundation has an adequate system of internal controls and accurately records and presents data, all in an effort to safeguard the assets of the Foundation in support of the University.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area? I enjoy coaching youth sports, which I have been doing since my oldest son was four years old. He will turn 12 in May and my youngest son turned 10 in November. I also enjoy attending UVA sporting events, with the primary one being baseball as both my sons love the game -- only we can't go as much as we'd like due to their baseball games.
What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? My family likes to try different places, but a favorite would have to be Rhett's River Grill and Raw Bar.
What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? Although I've tried it before, learning to downhill ski is something I'd like to do.
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