Brad was born in Muskegon, Michigan, where he grew up in Fruitport on a blueberry farm. He graduated from Calvin College in mechanical engineering in ’92 and worked as an engineer in manufacturing until ’07. He also received his degree in computer information systems in ’09. It was around that time that Brad began to manage Indian River Pet Resort. What he enjoys most about working on the Indian River team is seeing the joyful reaction of pets when they arrive at the resort. Brad has been married to Dr. Heidi Dirkse since ’94. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his two Labradors (Ripley & Koda Bear), hiking, bicycling, reading, snorkeling, scuba diving and video games.