My name is Brad Durkin. I grew up north of Boston…
in a blue-collar, single parent home. I caddied at my local country club, attended Andover High School, and graduated early to join the United States Marine Corps at age 17. I signed a contract to become a rifleman in the Infantry so that I could get my hands dirty. I spent my prom in a fox-hole filled with water and my high-school graduation with my face in the mud, at the School of Infantry.
After Parris Island Marine bootcamp and Infantry School I attended UMass Amherst. While at school, I was one of the first 6 employees of the start-up CampusLIVE (Now known as Dailybreak). We raised over $8.5 Million in venture funding and moved to Boston. I ended up deploying to Afghanistan with the Marines prior to an acquisition in 2013 by Connelly Partners.
In 2011, I deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where I served with a small team of 22 Marines off-base in a Taliban friendly town. There I acted as a vehicle commander, mobile dismount, and combat lifesaver. After eight years of service I retired from the Marines as a Sergeant. I loved the Marine Corps and I am proud of the men I served alongside.
When I got back from the war, I cofounded a development shop called Clearview Digital with one of my engineering buddies. We ran it for one year and made a killing before selling it to ExtensionEngine, a larger dev firm in Cambridge, MA. We were savages.
Then, I worked for a few years as Director of UX & Product Design at SessionM, and built next generation consumer loyalty and engagement platforms. There I designed loyalty programs and tools for companies like Coca-Cola, Samsung, Starbucks, and Huggies.
In 2016, I joined Wayfair as a Senior Product Design Lead. While at Wayfair I’ve worked on Wayfair Business, and then moved on to create two new businesses within the company. First, I led the team that created Wayfair Design Services, which allows customers to work online with an interior designer to curate a shopping list for a room they’ll love. I also led the team that created and launched Wayfair Home Services which enables our customers access to have assembly services provided by Wayfair Pros.
In 2018, I joined Chewy and am currently an Associate Director of Product Design. While I’ve worked on projects across the e-commerce spectrum at Chewy, my main focus is leading design for Chewy Health and New Verticals. We design everything from veterinary tools to customer facing apps and experiences that help customers keep their pets happy and healthy. We are also working on a bunch of new businesses that will be released between 2020 and 2023.
At the moment, I'm living north of Boston. I spend my weekends designing, drinking coffee, hiking, and being outside with my wife and dog.