2017 Grand Master

 

Brian D. Barr

 

Biography of Grand Master

Brian Barr

Brian David Barr was born the first of two sons to Brian and Susan Barr of Roseville and East Detroit on October 1, 1982. He and his younger brother, Aaron, attended school in Roseville prior to the family moving to Eastpointe for middle and high school. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Detroit High School in 2000. Of the many school activities Brian participated in, music was the most pronounced. Since taking up the saxophone in fourth grade, he excelled at it while participating in symphonic, marching, and jazz bands and orchestras. Even while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Brian also earned a Minor in Jazz Idiom. Brian would later earn a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, attending night classes full time after work.

Brian began his career as a test engineer performing automotive brake certification testing and simulations. He then was presented an opportunity to move into defense engineering where he has been ever since. From armor kits to full vehicles and prototypes, developing engineered solutions for problems that face our nation’s soldiers has become a passion for Brian. He currently works for Pratt & Miller Engineering in New Hudson, MI and has done so for over three years. Pratt & Miller presents a unique opportunity to combine defense engineering with advanced motorsports techniques as it is the home of General Motors factory sports car racing teams and one of the winningest teams in endurance sports car racing history.

In 2015, Brian married the love of his life and best friend, Holly, and they moved from Madison Heights to Hartland, MI. They enjoy life together camping, relaxing on the beach, paddle boarding, golfing, and entertaining friends and family.

Brian joined the Eastwood Odd Fellows lodge #496 in October of 2005, becoming Noble Grand in 2009. Using his engineering background, Brian has always focused on improving the systems used in the order to make the work as easy possible for current and future members. From fundraiser efforts and planning to building budgets and forecasts, he has tried to use his talents to make the business side of Odd Fellowship simple. When Brian accepted his appointment to Grand Lodge in 2011, his only goal was to clean up the financial picture of the Order and allow the members to concentrate their efforts on Odd Fellowship. He was instrumental in crafting the now implemented Perpetuity Funding Plan. Along with his dedication to the Finance and Investment committees, Brian has also been an advisor of Shamrock Junior Odd Fellow Lodge #4 as well as a member of the Jurisdictional Youth Committee.

Brian’s motto for his year as Grand Master is “Make Odd Fellowship Fun Again!” Yes, a playon a certain 2016 presidential candidate’s motto, but also a light-hearted way to highlight his theme; “When you have fun, you can do Amazing Things”. Brian believes that at the core of Odd Fellowship, it has to be fun. To attract new members from the public, to keep current members engaged, to encourage the involvement of family and friends, the work as well as the time that surrounds it MUST be fun. Only with sincere enjoyment, smiles, and laughter will we be able to reverse our membership trend.

     Brian D. Barr

Grand Master IOOF Michigan

2016–2017