Jan. 21, 2016–Brad Israel

Brad Israel serves as Director of Development for a national real estate development firm, Elcan & Associates, Inc., headquartered in Mobile, AL. Originally from Mobile, Brad graduated from UMS-Wright Preparatory School in 2000. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and graduated in 2004 magna cum laude with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Service. Brad joined the Army in 2005 earning his commission through the Officer Candidate School as an Infantry Officer. After successfully graduating from Ranger and Airborne School, Brad was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. He led an Airborne Rifle Platoon, a Heavy Weapons Platoon, and a Scout Reconnaissance Platoon, all in combat in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan. Brad earned a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal with a “V” device for Valor in battle; he also published a photography book, “Faces of the Future” from his time working with the locals in the villages. Brad went through the Special Forces Assessment Selection in 2008 and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course earning the coveted “Green Beret” and Special Forces Tab in February 2011. He was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group and served as a Detachment Commander for an elite mountain detachment in southern Afghanistan and led a water infiltration detachment in Colombia, South America; he earned his second Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership in 7th Special Forces Group. Brad’s earned numerous other military medals and achievements over the course of nearly ten years while on active duty.
Brad returned to Mobile in January of 2014 and immediately got involved in the community through the Military Affairs Committee with the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Boards for the Chamber of Commerce, the Child Advocacy Center, and Habitat for Humanity. Outside of Elcan & Associates, Brad still serves as a Green Beret with 20th Special Forces Group, and leads a public speaking and leadership consulting entity, FM Solutions, LLC.
Brad is married to Anna Bender Israel of Mobile, and they have three boys, Lyon, Jackson, and Hutch.