In today’s hyper partisan environment, it’s a breath of fresh air when you come across a young leader from the sports, education, political and philanthropist communities who believes in giving back simply because he feels it’s in his DNA to do so. Many believe, even at only 32 years old, Brad Namdar can stand toe-to-toe with the toughest legislators based on his innovative and diverse knowledge as well as is incredibly unique life story.
As a first-generation Texan, Brad has represented various professional MLS, NCAA and US National teams. “I was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Plano, Texas; I played NCAA college football for Texas Tech for a year in Lubbock, then transferred to SMU where I also played football; I have lived in Dallas, Texas ever since,” said Namdar.
Namdar is considered an expert on a wide variety of platforms including International Trade and Commerce, Foreign Policy, Domestic Economic Growth, and Education Reform to name just a few. He has spoken at countless forums on these subjects and/or has written opinion pieces on these and many more. Brad Namdar has quickly started gaining attention from both sides of the aisle for a potential run for U.S. Congress in Texas.
In this article, we won’t go in depth regarding his political background, but instead, and more importantly, on who he is as a person. Namdar’s unique, diverse, and wide set of life experiences have landed him in a position where he could be a very strong candidate and leader for public office this upcoming 2022 election cycle.
Namdar is currently a Governor Appointee to the OneStar Foundation, where they promote volunteerism and help fund non-profits across the State of Texas. He is a Partner with the Secretary State of Texas for the Texas Businesses Against Trafficking (TBAT) initiative, he is on the US Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Advisory Committee, he is on the US Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force to Eradicate Human Trafficking, and serves on the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee to the OSF. Namdar is also a member of countless Chambers of Commerce, International Organizations, and even was an ally delegate to the United Nations for the ‘We are All Human Summit’ in December of 2019.
Additionally, Namdar is a Paul Harris Award Winner by Rotary International, member of Altrusa DTD, and has donated to countless charity/non-profit campaigns through his life via his home decor and art companies, as well as organized retail campaigns where he donated sales to countless non-profits, such as The American Breast Cancer Foundation, The Native American College Fund, Treasured Vessels Foundation, JDRF, and many more.
“I never saw my company or the previous programs I created (going back to even my undergraduate days) as anything but a fiduciary to my fellow citizens,” said Namdar, “One thing that some politicians or community leaders don’t understand is that the scale of economic prosperity and commerce platforms have changed tremendously in the last 10 years; thus you have frustrated constituents (especially during the COVID lockdown) that were forced to close their businesses, despite PPP loans/grants, as well as, the unemployment rate, furlough issues, unemployment, or the pressure student loans put on our young people, and becomes a strain on our domestic economy. This is why we need more businessmen or women elected who have creative ideas to act into legislation (including student loan reform).”
Namdar is a unique young businessman who could be a powerful force if he became a legislator in the following ways:
1.) Namdar created a candle company that started out from his kitchen and became a mass manufacturing company located in Richardson Texas. In under 4 years, his candle company is carried in retail stores such as Neiman Marcus and Horchow, and another 300 retail stores in 11 countries. Namdar created this company with no loans, private equity, or start-up capital.
“It was hard, to say the least, which is why I know what we need fix, how to implement common sense SBA reform, utilize Credit Unions and other avenues to give entrepreneurs opportunity to grow and help our domestic economy without going through the difficult journey I went through.”
2.) Namdar was a dual college athlete, playing NCAA Football and NCAA soccer, as well as was the first Estagio at FC Dallas and US Soccer. “…Those are the days I miss the most sometimes” said Namdar, “The game of soccer which allowed me to create ‘Dream Big’ that won the SMU Big Ideas competition will always have a special place in my heart.” In his world of athletics, Namdar was surrounded and immersed everyday with people, coaches, staff, and administrators from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities, united in reaching one goal.
3.) Namdar was a teacher and coach at both a DISD Title 1 High School, and at a prestigious private school in Dallas, St. Mark’s School of Texas. “DISD is where I learned so much about our public school system I could write a book that would shock you; from the bureaucracy the real issues that teachers and students face daily, these issues are not political talking points you ever hear about, but need to be addressed,” said Namdar.
4.) Namdar was a college soccer coach (Head Women’s and Men’s Soccer Coach) in Dallas. “This was another eye-opening experience and where I learned really how special interests and bureaucracy influence a system, and where even virtuous coaches, players and/or faculty have no say against such interests,” said Namdar. “These experiences followed by a unique opportunity to start my own business is why I changed career paths. I am thankful that these experience led me to start my company, where I learned first-hand the real issues and concepts of International Trade and Commerce, banking, credit unions, managing a staff, projected finance, taxes, licensing, white labeling, negotiating with foreign vendors with US purchasing powers, international trade routes and distribution, and among many other things that we must address (such as subsidized foreign vendors that attack on our domestic economy vendors, and foreign manufacturers who supply American distributors, hurting our local manufacturers and distributors.)”
5.) Signing with entities such as Circuit of the Americas and Formula 1 with his art house, Namdar learned the importance of fine art, export, negotiating deals, rates, teams, and how to work with others.These are just a few of Namdar’s experiences that have helped shape who he is today. “I do not, by any means, think I am someone special as opposed to me just being me” said Namdar. “The more diverse experiences you have, the more you learn.”
In today’s hyper partisan environment, it’s great to see that Dallas has local young business leaders who still have morality at the center of everything they do.
“Mentorship is so important, that’s why I represent and mentor artists, and have helped finance start-up companies, have donated to over 40 entities, and have actively taken part in coming up with solutions for so many who feel forgotten,” said Namdar.
What do you think we need as a State or Country to address the issues of tomorrow?
“We need strong leaders that have real life experience that can stand toe-to-toe and will not back down because of politics. I believe in Texas, “Earn your Spurs,” and to lead you must learn to follow.”
Do you have ambitions to run for office?
“I don’t think anyone who wants to run for office is someone who believes they are qualified because of legacy, money, entitlement, or for any other reason other than to help our Country become better and strive to become a more perfect union. And to answer your question, yes. I do plan to run for office.”
What concerns do you have about running for office?
“None. I believe that if I decide to run for office, my message, platforms and proposed legislation are what our Country needs especially for the new generations we have coming into the political atmosphere, without losing sight on what’s important to keep America great.”
What’s one thing people don’t know about you that you would want everyone to know?
“I truly care about people and assist in creating a more perfect union, and I am someone who will always be available for the people (and I have a strong history of that).”
Whatever Namdar chooses to do, we here at Dallas Voter know we’re gonna see this young businessman do great things in the upcoming years.