Brenton Davis for Erie County ExecutiveBrenton was born in Meadville, PA and is a 2001 graduate of Maplewood High School. He was a Varsity Wrestler and Cross Country State Qualifier. He entered service into the United States Navy’s Delayed Enlistment Program in May of 2000. During his active Naval Service, he attended Basic Training and Gunner’s
Mate “A” School in Great Lakes, IL, Basic Underwater Demolitions (SEAL training) at Coranado, CA and Navy Search and Rescue Swimmer Course in Jacksonville, FL. While stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, Brenton participated in various local adventure races and running events. He was the top military finisher for the Run Across Japan Event and top Foreign National Finisher for the Summit Race to the top of Mount Fuji. He is a veteran of Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism Campaigns having served a total of three years of overseas service.

Brenton entered the Naval Reserves upon completion of his first active duty contract and attended Edinboro Univeristy. During his collegiate years, he worked part time as a Corrections Officer and also in home health care for Community Resources for Independence. He was very active within the Veterans of Foreign Wars serving as Post Adjutant and Senior Vice Commander of Venango Post 169. Brenton is an avid runner and used his running talents to raise money for the Veterans Recreational Fund for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie by obtaining sponsors and donations for ultra marathon events across the US. He was the youngest member appointed to the 110th US Congress Veterans Advisory Board.

During his tenure at Edinboro, Brenton moved to Erie and founded B. Davis Enterprises, LLC and began his career as an Entrepreneur. He graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008.

Following graduation, Brenton entered the United States Army Officer Candidate School at Fort McClellan, AL where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, awarded the title of Honor Graduate (Valedictorian), Leadership Excellence, and Top Physical Fitness. In the Spring of 2009, Brenton tried out and earned the #2 spot on the Army National Guard Marathon Team representing the United States in various marathon and running events across the country. His career pathway led him to Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, GA. He was promoted to First Lieutenant as a Platoon Leader assigned to the 1st/112th Infantry Regiment in Cambridge Springs, PA. Brenton Returned to Alabama Military Academy as Drill Instructor for eight cycles to mentor our Nation’s Military Officers in Leadership. Upon completion of his Platoon Leader service, Brenton was selected and promoted to a Captain position at Detachment One, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group in Kenova, WV. During the Battalion selection process, he was rated number one among cadre and peer reviews prior to attending the active duty Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course at Fort Bragg, NC.

During the summer of 2012, Brenton suffered a life changing injury fracturing 3 vertebrae and nine ribs ending his career in the Special Forces pathway. He was transferred into the Inactive Ready Reserve to recover. He was later recruited into his currently held position by the 2nd Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division to serve as the Operations Officer over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware providing the leadership and resources necessary to maintain the strength of the United States Army Reserve.

As an Entrepreneur, Brenton built B. Davis Enterprises, LLC from the bed of a thousand dollar pick up truck into a seven figure plus company inside of eight years, providing dozens of jobs and opportunities for training within the Erie community. He has expanded his areas of interest into founding Lake Erie Log Homes, CD Real Estate and Investments. Having solved common problems with uncommon solutions, Brenton recognized the potential that Erie has to offer and has made several investments within Erie’s lower east side community by purchasing blighted commercial properties, rehabbing the buildings and creating jobs and training for those often overlooked.

As an Erie County Veterans Court Mentor, Brenton has participated and seen first hand the benefits to alternative sentencing. In 2016, Brenton founded Operation Jumpstart, a boot camp based construction pre-apprenticeship designed to influence the lives of troubled young adults through intense mentorship and vocational training. The participants often come from a troubled background where most social services and vocational training programs alone are not able to bridge the gap between the streets and employment. Operation Jumpstart led to the partnership with Climate Changers, Inc. founded by Fred Williams and Bishop Curtis Jones, Sr. Together, Operation Jumpstart and Climate Changers have founded The Women and Children’s Living Center “The House of Change” which has revolutionized the concept and delivery of social services to transitioning families and individual clients by providing training and opportunities that start inside of the Erie County Correctional Facility, along with State and Federal prison system to lower the recidivism rates, impact lives for long term positive growth, and ultimately save the tax payers millions in the process.