Brandon Davis has been honored by the Denver Business Journal as one of the city’s “40 Under 40” which recognizes 40 business professionals under the age of 40 years old for their business success and community contributions. Brandon was one of 375 people nominated for the honor.
The Denver Business Journal (DBJ) recognized Brandon’s active involvement in several community and charitable causes that focus primarily on the health and benefit of children. He has actively supported The Denver Children’s Home, the Colorado Christian Cup, and the Denver Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation. He was also lauded for his remarkable efforts in raising awareness for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and for his support of the Special Care Foundation.
Brandon’s exceptional business success was taken into account as well. Brandon recalls arriving in Denver from Oklahoma virtually penniless in 2003. He was in debt over his head, his car had been repossessed, and he slept on his cousin’s couch surviving on 99-cent Taco Bell burritos. Brandon then responded to a newspaper ad that promised: “99% failure, 1% success. Six figure income potential.” This was the opportunity for him. The job was a sales position at an energy exploration company. He joined a 17 person sales force and within three months was the top salesman. Then, reminiscent of a scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 16 people were fired. Brandon was the only one to survive. Soon he was training and managing his own sales team and was promoted to vice president. He was 25 at that time.
Today, Swan Energy is a leading independent oil and gas company specializing in the exploration and production of domestic oil and natural gas fields through joint venture partnerships. The company currently manages nearly 50 partnership projects in Colorado and Oklahoma.
Brandon’s vision is to lead the industry with the highest quality projects and the most transparent operations. He is taking the lead in developing transparency in an industry that historically operates in the shadows. The true measure of his leadership is hearing from those partners who invest in the company’s joint ventures. Several times a year he invites the partners, and meets with them in person, to visit their oil and gas wells. The response is overwhelming – those in the partnerships are like family and many see Brandon as a brother even though most of the partners are 20 plus years his senior.
Brandon and his fellow 40 Under 40 honorees will be recognized at a lunch on Monday, March 16 from 11:30 to 1:30pm at the DCPA Seawall Ballroom in Denver.