From a young age, Bradford Lingham has embraced non-conformity. That's why, at the age of 17, he and a group of comrades chose to raft 1100 miles of the Mackenzie River on a raft they built with little other than their own enthusiasm, grit, and adaptability to see them through. Years later, after a long career in business, it was the memory of this journey along the banks of the Mackenzie River that allowed him to throw off the tie and put on the carpenters apron. The memory of that journey has served as a constant reminder that he is capable of extraordinary things.
Bradford Lingham started at a young age on the path of nonconformity. Wanting to be a farmer, he raised chickens, sheep, pigs and horses in a suburban town west of Boston. At 13 he was a very young Eagle Scout; at 17 he built a raft for an 1100 mile journey; at 19 he left college to live in Sweden and work on the largest privately owned pig farm. A true Yankee who can make do with anything by resorting to ingenuity.
He graduated from Brown University as a Latin and history scholar and from Harvard University with a business certificate; he then pursued a 17-year career in business management. In 2001 he left corporate business to become a carpenter and now has his own successful contracting business in Metrowest Boston. Bradford is a Renaissance Man. When not cooking, making all kinds of things out of birch trees, sailing, traveling and hiking, he and his family built a post-and- beam home in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire with his wife and three daughters.
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