Brandon Helman

My early working career began at age twelve, assisting my father with furniture reupholstery off and on during my early teenage years. I also began to work on computers for the Norwalk City Schools’ Tech Director, Deanna Lund, handling performance issues for friends and family of faculty members employed within the district. My first contract began at seventeen as an arcade attendant at Cedar Point, becoming a team leader in just a few months. I enrolled into college at BGSU Firelands in Huron at the end of my junior year of high school. I worked at Kmart in Norwalk and later at Freudenberg NOK in Milan around my course schedule during my senior year, taking an average of nine to twelve credit hours per semester. I graduated with my diploma from Norwalk High School in June of 2012 and from BGSU in December of 2013 with an Associate of Science.

The influence of my grandparents at a young age developed interests as an artist and musician, with fond memories of taking in the sounds of Dean Martin, Doris Day, and Michael Bublé. I started taking guitar lessons at age twelve, performing in churches around age fifteen, and developed the skills to figure out arrangements on my own. This led to the formation of a brass driven, alternative jazz/rock band, Waves, during the fall of 2011; it began as a project to revive interest in ska music and gained a lot of traction within the local music community.  Despite having success and multiple lineup changes, opportunities came up to perform in the Firelands area and in cities such as Cleveland, Lakewood, and Akron, before disbanding in the spring of 2015. This led to a duo side project called The Repcos, later The B-sides, to perform acoustic classic rock cover songs from the 60s and 70s in the areas around Lake Erie from October 2012 until August 2020.

 I began working for Elyria Lorain Broadcasting Company in July of 2015 as assistant to the Program Director of WKFM, Kami Moon, and also Music Director for WLKR, Kelly Rose. This led to a two-year stint as a morning radio show co-host, assistant for the Firelands Local Music Spot, and opportunities to board op for sporting events and coordinating remote broadcasts in the area. I remain employed by the company to this day as a board operator. I have also worked for Don Tester Ford Lincoln in Norwalk as a BDC Manager, as an Administrative Assistant for Heatech Cleaning Systems in Huron, and most recently, as an Entertainment Director and Events Manager for Rock and Roll Express Entertainment Company in Sandusky.

I love animals, people, networking, and learning.