Hartmann was born into the lumber business. The son of an LBM manager, Bradley began working in lumber yards at the age of 14, chasing customers’ trucks around the yard, re-stacking bunks of 2x4s, and occasionally racing the forklifts.
Throughout high school and college, Bradley worked in various segments of the LBM industry: mulling windows, delivering cabinets, and working in a pre-fab door shop.
Upon graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Spanish, Hartmann was hired by national homebuilder Pulte Homes.
Beginning in customer service, Bradley spent 8 years in the field, progressing from Superintendent to Project Manager to Area Manager. He then transitioned into an Area Purchasing role, buying material and labor in seven midwestern markets from Ohio to Colorado. He enjoyed his years at Pulte and earned an MBA along the way.
In 2011, Hartmann launched Red Angle, Inc., a training and consulting firm helping clients improve communication on the job to drive productivity and profitability. As President of Red Angle, Hartmann's core services include consulting services on marketing and selling to national homebuilders, Hispanic strategy facilitation with executive teams, Behind Your Back workshops for sales professionals, LBM-specific language training (Spanish & English, on-site and digital delivery), and keynote speeches.
Hartmann has written four books for the industry and teaches at Purdue and Oklahoma State University. His Behind Your Back Newsletter is read by thousands of business leaders each month. Hartmann lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and two boys.
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