Project Manager Dan Bradley has mastered the many roles in his life—husband, father, builder, outdoorsman, mechanic, traveler, Blues lover. So it’s unsurprising that in just a little over a year at Sabre, Dan has distinguished himself by guiding projects with a steady hand, clear communication and a strong sense of shared team responsibility.
His 19-year construction career started right after he graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in psychology.
“I wasn’t keen on going into a psychology master’s program,” said Dan. “So when I graduated, I was either going into the Army or into construction. And it just so happens I got hired with a construction company in Dallas before I could sign up for the Army.”
He started life in residential construction in Dallas, where he met his wife Miranda and soon followed her back to Austin where they married in 2001. After serving as superintendent for most of his early years building houses, he finished off his residential construction career building custom homes.
Feeling a big change coming, Dan landed his first commercial construction gig right at the turn of the 2007-08 economy shift and bust, prior to a massive lay-off in residential home building.
“I had an opportunity to go to work with a smaller commercial GC in Austin as the superintendent on a large project, building Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle,” he said. “I was involved in the base building construction. That was fun and a great experience. I was on that project for 16-18 months. I always tell people that it was like drinking from a fire house—you can only absorb so much. But I learned an awful lot about large scale commercial construction from that new hospital project. After that, I moved onto a 60K SF psychiatric facility in San Antonio.”
Next, Dan landed a job with a national design build GC in Georgetown, and spent eight years traveling the country as a project manager.
“I was a road warrior, traveling almost every week– 45-50 flights a year, 2-3 times per month, 3-4 days at a time. The good part was that I had so many hotel points and airline miles that I was able take my family on I-don’t-know-how-many free trips.”
Dan and his family love to travel. He and Miranda are planning a trip to Costa Rica next March with their two boys — JT, 15 and Beau, 11. Last year it was Alaska.
“This past August we went to Alaska with my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. We flew to Seattle, jumped on a cruise boat and sailed up to Alaska on an inter-passage cruise, all within the coastal waterway between Seattle and Anchorage. We had so much fun. Don’t really like cruises, but the stops were well worth the time on the boat.”
Dan is avid outdoorsman, loves helping friends with building projects and tinkers with cars in his spare time. His preferred meal is the trout or redfish he catches on salt water fishing excursions—a favorite pastime. Most loved music? The Blues.
“I like all the old blues, went to Buddy Guy a few weeks ago. Gary Clark Jr. is good. Another one is Kenny Wayne Shepherd from Louisiana where my wife is from. She went to high school with him. I enjoy his music. He’s a lot like Stevie Ray Vaughn. He was kind of an understudy.”
Dan was born and attended elementary school on the Oklahoma side of Lake Texhoma until his father’s 40-year career as a childcare administrator took the family to Round Rock. Since 1990, he’s lived in Williamson County, where he currently resides with his family in Georgetown.
A little over a year ago, Dan decided he wanted to stay closer to home and reached out to Sabre co-owner and Chief Business Development Officer Todd Reimers, an old friend. A few months later, Dan joined the Sabre team where he recently finished a very successful high-profile project at the Dell Seton Medical Center at UT.
“No travel,” says Dan, “but the trade-off is I’m home every night.”