Brad DeReamer wants to represent District 6 on the city council. May 5 will be his second time challenging incumbent Stuart Easley, a long-time member of the town council, for the seat. Self-described as a serial entrepreneur, DeReamer wants to bring his experience as a business owner and former mayor of Greenfield to the Fishers City Council.
DeReamer holds two degrees from Purdue University. Together, he and his wife have owned eight businesses during their careers, including an engineering business, restaurants and a travel agency.
“I always thought I could do it better than the boss and I realized at an early age that you can’t criticize your boss,” said DeReamer. “I’ve been self-employed since my early 20s.”
DeReamer has enjoyed building businesses and wants to apply what he’s learned as a member of the city council. “Money doesn’t drive me; it’s the goal that drives me. I love to take things from nothing and build them up. Then it’s time to find a maintenance manager and I go on to the next thing,” he said. He spends 6 to 8 years in one venture and moves on.
“My entrepreneurial background fits into the mayor’s vision of Fishers as an entrepreneurial city,” said DeReamer.
DeReamer served one term as the mayor of Greenfield and retired to Fishers for the benefit of being closer to children and grandchildren. He promised his wife one year of retirement. “The one year is over. I decided to take my experience and give back to society. Why waste all that experience, wisdom and contacts?” he said.
Economic development is a top concern he wants to improve. “As mayor of Greenfield, 40 percent of my time was working on economic development. Fishers needs to do a better job on economic development,” he said.
DeReamer thinks that the council members have made some mistakes over the last 20 years. “The mayor and the council is critical because the decisions you make today have an impact 20 years later. Mayor Fadness’ decisions will affect our kids and grandkids,” said DeReamer.