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Commencement Speaker

Jeff Bradley

Jeff Bradley currently serves as CEO of Forterra, a leading manufacturer of pipe and precast products focusing on water-related infrastructure applications based in Irving, TX.  Mr. Bradley joined Forterra in August 2015.   Under Jeff’s leadership in Forterra’s first year, the company acquired five additional companies in an effort to expand and strengthen Forterra’s US footprint.  Forterra, a $1.5B company, is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “FRTA”.  In his second year, Mr. Bradley has made an impressionable difference in his leadership and in creating a company culture that reflects commitment to its community, while also enabling its employees to work together successfully. Forterra is leading its industry and continues to be active in shaping its future. Jeff leads an organization with over 5,000 employees and across 70 North American plants and offices.

Mr. Bradley joined the company from publicly traded Globe Specialty Metals, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2008-2015. GSM is the world’s leading producer of silicon metal and silicon based alloys.  While at GSM, Mr. Bradley successfully led the company’s initial public offering and helped arrange GSM’s merger with Grupo FerroAtlantica.  From 2005-2008, Mr. Bradley served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Claymont Steel, the country’s leading custom steel plate producer.  While at Claymont, Mr. Bradley led a successful initial public offering and rebuilt the executive and senior level management teams while leading one of the largest capital investment programs in the company’s history.  Prior to Claymont Steel, Mr. Bradley held numerous key roles at Worthington Industries in sales, investor relations, general management, and business development.