Spotlight: Brendan Kilgore

After moving to Texas less than a year ago, Brendan wasted no time in getting involved with his community in 2017, volunteering his time at the Allen Animal Shelter with his wife, Pam, and committing to an 8-week CERT Basic Training course last fall. So what is he all about? Let’s get to know him…

What is your place of birth?

Worcester, MA.

What brought you to Allen, TX?

A work opportunity for me and change in our personal lives.

Tell us about your immediate family (including any pets).

My wife Pamela and I have been together for 10 years. Married for 5 years. We met through mutual friends and share the love of animals, cooking and food. We have 2 cats. Sylvester and Mia. We also have 2 Pit Bulls. Horatio and Ophelia. No kids yet. And we are talking about buying a horse!!

What do you do for a living?

I amĀ  Regional Director for a sales team that serves business clients at Bank of America. We work with clients ranging from $10M to $100M in gross revenue. I have been with the company for almost 15 years.

Who would you like to swap places with for a week?

My Father-in-law. He passed away in February and took his place in Heaven. If I knew I could swap back in a week… Pretty sure that would be a worth while swap.

Any hobbies / extra-curricular activities?

I grew up playing and coaching soccer. In the last 2-3 yrs, I’ve put some time into learning about and shooting handguns recreationally. Love being around horses. Pam and I also enjoy spending time outdoors with our dogs. Or simply volunteering time aroundĀ  town when we can.

If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

A fire starter, a machete and my CERT bag. (Assuming a fully charged cell phone is out of the question)

What are you passionate about?

My family, helping others, learning new things and animals.

What was the scariest and/or craziest moment of your life?

I fell through a glass door in my 20’s. The resulting injury severed my radial artery and nerves. I was unconscious for about 3 days in the hospital. Blessed to still be here with the use of my right hand. That was pretty scary/crazy.

What aspect(s) of CERT training has the largest impact on your life?

The concept of preparedness and involvement with others in the community. I enjoy the comradery and opportunities to learn new things while helping to make Allen a better place for my family to live.