AJ Brentzel

Brex Enterprises

AJ started Brex Enterprises in 2012 with his wife, Alicia.

“When you ask AJ what success is, it’s not defined by revenue or status,” says Alicia. “He defines it by success of the employees, and whether they are able to reach their idea of success: a new car, expand their family, take a vacation.”

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Accomplishments: Has grown the company to 45 employees and $9 million in revenue. Named to Pittsburgh Smart Business Smart 50.

Off the clock: High school wrestling coach.

Favorite song: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

Extracurricular: Support of local nonprofits. In 2018, we raised $1,900; in 2019, $9,000; and our goal for 2020 is $15,000.