INDIANAPOLIS – FirstPerson Founder, CEO, and Owner Bryan Brenner and his wife Elaine have made a gift of $250,000 toward construction of the new building for the Andre B. Lacy School of Business, opening in August. In recognition of the gift, the Career Development Interview Suite in the new building will be named the FirstPerson Interview Suite in honor of the Indianapolis-based benefits and compensation consulting company founded in 1998.
The new comprehensive career development suite will provide a more streamlined experience both for companies looking to recruit Butler students and for Butler students seeking career opportunities to match their diverse skill sets. Located on the first floor of the new building near the entrance of Butler’s campus, the FirstPerson Interview Suite includes seven interview rooms, a recruiting lounge, and a conference room.
The Brenners, both alumni, consider their Butler experience significant to the development of their personal and FirstPerson values and desire to make a lasting impact in Indianapolis. Brenner currently serves as a Butler University Trustee, and the couple’s oldest daughter has just completed her freshman year at the school.
“Elaine and I have a deep connection with Butler and consider our alma mater a foundational part of our larger life in Indianapolis,” said Brenner. “The University’s community focus and forward thinking has been a platform for growing FirstPerson and stepping into initiatives Elaine and I have launched to invest in the health and vitality of central Indiana.”
FirstPerson, Inc. has a long history of hiring Butler University students as interns, many of whom have gone on to full-time careers at FirstPerson after graduation. The company is committed to people development, including philanthropic work in the community through The PEEP Project—Personally Enriching and Embracing People. Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana in 2019, FirstPerson’s passion for personal and professional development made the gift to name the career interview suite a perfect fit for Brenner.
Brenner annually hosts a Dinner With 10 Bulldogs, a Butler program designed to give students a chance to meet successful alumni and explore opportunities that may be available to them after they graduate. Each year, Brenner and other Butler graduates from FirstPerson welcome 10 Butler students to the FirstPerson headquarters to socialize, network, and build relationships. Brenner has hired a number of students he has met through the dinner parties as FirstPerson interns.
“FirstPerson is genuinely committed to the personal and professional development of their employees and our students,” says Steve Standifird, Dean of the Lacy School of Business. “Bryan and Elaine have been generous and thoughtful partners in seeking innovative ways to provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow, both through their own personal contributions and through FirstPerson.”
“The Brenners have been incredibly generous to Butler University through their gifts of time and resources,” says Butler President James Danko. “We are pleased to recognize FirstPerson’s significant partnership in preparing our students for meaningful careers through the FirstPerson Interview Suite.”
In addition to Butler, the Brenners support Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indy Chamber, The Oaks Academy, University High School, and agencies of the United Way, in addition to having established the MBA Board Fellow program for nonprofit management at Lacy School of Business.
FirstPerson is an Indianapolis-based benefits and compensation advisory firm with decades of experience helping clients navigate the changing workforce. The establishment of a strong partnership, through discovery to understand an organization’s unique challenges, is the foundation for FirstPerson’s creation of innovative solutions that take care of people, anticipate future needs, and result in a healthy workplace.