When he was in his early twenties, Findlay resident Brian Robertson knew he had reached a crossroads. A few years prior, as a wayward teen, his mother told the youngest of her 13 children that she felt he was a natural born leader and that he just needed to figure out how he would lead.
The defining moment came at 22 when he decided to make a list of 101 things he wanted out of life. As a man of great faith, number one was a relationship with Christ and number 101 was to go to heaven. Between those two ends of the list were a variety of goals (one was completing an Ironman triathlon, which this “health nut” has done eight times!) and judging by his triumphs thus far, he’s likely exceeding some of those early expectations.
Despite his humble beginnings in urban Kentucky, Brian’s determination has led him to successfully balance duties as an area businessman, community volunteer, recently-elected Hancock County commissioner and family man. He has done so with strong faith and great enthusiasm.
After an unsuccessful bid in a Findlay mayoral race, Brian chose to focus on the positive — he was an unknown candidate who ran a close second place, which thrilled him. He was initially reluctant to run for a commissioner position, despite prodding by many to vie for an open seat. He surprised his supporters when he finally committed and chose to run against an incumbent rather than take the open seat. The move reflected his desire for real change. He won the primary and now delights in serving his community.
Among his extensive volunteer activities, one of his favorites is being a Sunday school teacher for Saint Michael’s, a role he has now reprised for the past three years. He proudly teaches his seventh grade students that “being grounded in faith is a bridge to having a sense of self.” Other work includes volunteering for the National Bone Marrow Donor program, the annual Flag City Multisport Celebration, and the Give Back program.
Despite these significant professional accomplishments and admirable volunteer efforts, Brian takes the greatest pride in his family. He’s not shy about praising the women in his life. It’s clear he has an incredible amount of respect for his wife, Jane, mother, Betty, and daughters, Tiffany and Brittney. According to this smitten husband, his wife Jane is an accomplished professional herself who is “working on sainthood.” As a father, he is guided by the belief that one should love their kids unconditionally. He’s strived to model hard work and his example and unwavering support have been rewarded via recent full circle moments when his girls expressed that their father was right about so many things. Like his own realization of his mother’s wisdom, he says it’s been such a gift to receive his daughters’ affirmations.
Brian has a few recommendations for achieving balance and joy: Accept that things won’t always go perfectly, do the best you can, and ask for forgiveness when mistakes are made. Don’t give up.
Most people only see his success, yet Brian reiterates that nothing has ever come easy for him. As for his good fortune in Hancock County, “I believe God has me where he needs me,” he says, and he intends on creating positive change for Findlay’s residents, just as he committed the same to himself as a young man not so long ago.
Hometown: Louisville, KY (the “Ville”)
Family: Wife, Jane; children, Tiffany, 28, and Brittney, 24; grandchildren, Jaelynn, 9, and Kaeden, 5
Mottos: One, all things are possible through faith, family and friends. And two, no worries.
Hero: his mother, Betty Jane Robertson
Items he can’t live without: A cross from his mother that he wears all the time
Person he admires: Athlete Jim Thorpe (“I love what he did as an athlete and as a Native American”)
Favorite spots in Findlay: St. Mike’s and Dietsch’s