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Mike Brubaker
Mike BrubakerCEO at Blackford Ventures, LLC

CEO, Blackford Ventures, LLC

With over 25 years of experience in leading growing and profitable businesses in the private sector and 8 years as a Pennsylvania State Senator, including his Chairmanship of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Mike Brubaker is a forward-thinking community and business leader. His proven skills revolve around building effective networks and focused coalitions. Throughout his career, Mike has driven meaningful changes in business and politics on the local, national and global levels.

Since 2015, Mike Brubaker has served as Chief Executive Officer mike-brubaker-blackfordof Blackford Ventures, LLC. Based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Blackford Ventures is a private equity and real estate investment firm that invests in innovative ventures. Among Blackford’s primary areas of focus are investments in the acquisition of growing businesses, commercial, industrial and residential real estate, offering finance options that monetize assets and offering private funds for successful PPP projects. (Public Private Partnerships). As the leader of Blackford’s investment strategy, Mike Brubaker has built an impressive network of professionals who keep Blackford Ventures Deal Flow very aggressive.

Pennsylvania State Senator in the 36th senatorial seat, 2006-2014

Mike-Brubaker-StateCongressPrior to launching Blackford Ventures, Mike Brubaker served as a Pennsylvania State Senator in the 36th senatorial seat from 2006-2014. In his eight years as state Senator, Mike Brubaker served as Chairman of a number of committees, including Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the appropriations committee, which had considerable oversight of the Commonwealth’s $30 billion dollar annual budget.  Additionally, he served as a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the Legislative Hunger Caucus, the International Commerce Caucus, and as Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. As a result of his tireless work as an advocate for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania, Mike Brubaker was unanimously elected as a delegate to the 2012 Republican Presidential Convention in Tampa, Florida and won reelection to a second term in the Senate without any opposition from either party in the primary or the general election.

Senator Mike Brubaker – About Senator Brubaker and his role as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee

Senator Mike Brubaker expresses his support for the members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Before his successful election into the Pennsylvania State Senate, Mike Brubaker founded and successfully led Brubaker Agronomic Consulting from 1978 to 2004. While earning his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy at West Virginia University, Mike launched his first business, recognizing his love of business and agriculture. He began Brubaker Agronomic Consulting by helping seven Lancaster County farmers improve their soil conditions and increase crop yields. From there, Mike went on to expand his agronomics firm to become the fourth largest firm of its kind in the United States.

He worked with over 2,500 clients, primarily in the Northeast United States, before setting his sights overseas where he developed a consultancy in international relations and trade.

In addition to Brubaker Agronomic Consulting, Mike also founded Team Ag, Turf Management Associates, and Nutrient Management Inc.—three other successful businesses that expanded into profitable companies, employing over 150 people.  Mike also founded Brubaker Consulting Group, Inc., a business enterprise that offered specialty advisory services around the world to enhance international relations and trade. Because of his agronomics expertise, Mike was asked to become the first CEO of U.S. Landcare, a non-profit startup based in Washington, D.C. He led the organization from 1998 to 2004.

Beyond Mike’s impressive business and political achievements, he is active in a number of community and civic organizations aimed at improving the quality of life for the Lancaster County community and beyond. Among the roles that Mike is most passionate about, he is on the board of The Ryan Brubaker Foundation, Chair of Hunger Free Lancaster County, and a board member of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County. He is also a member of Lancaster’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a life member of The Pennsylvania Society, The West Point Society and the Churchill Society. For a full list of Mike’s numerous civic roles, please visit his Awards and Philanthropy pages.

Education & Family Life

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While earning his Bachelor of Science degree at West Virginia University, Mike competed on the varsity track and cross country teams while being an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, which awarded him their top National recognition (Significant Sig). Mike also graduated from Manheim Township High school, lettering in Track and Cross Country all four years and receiving the school’s highest honor, ‘Distinguished Alumni.’  Mike went on to complete numerous ongoing educational certificates, a few of which include the Emerging Leaders Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, a graduate of the PA Rural Leadership Program, a graduate of ‘The Excellence in Speaking Institute’ and the US War College, prestigious NSS class. Mike has also earned the honor of being named a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments.

As a result of his myriad experience in both the private and public sector, Mike Brubaker is a sought after public speaker. Contact Mike to book him for a speaking engagement.

Mike and his wife Cindy Brubaker have been married for 33 years and live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They have three grown children and three grandchildren, whom they enjoy spending time with. The Brubaker family is extremely active in community service, have a strong faith, and enjoy living a robust lifestyle surrounded by close family, friends and a strong sense of community.

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