Brendon Schrader is an executive, entrepreneur, advisor, and business coach. He founded Antenna in 2006, and served as its CEO until Antenna was acquired in 2021 by 24 Seven, one of North America’s largest digital marketing and creative resourcing firms. 24 Seven is a portfolio company of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners.
Under Brendon’s leadership, Antenna became one of Minnesota’s fastest-growing firms due its unique business model and mix of services. The company's rapid growth was recognized multiple times by Inc Magazine, Consulting Magazine and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In addition, Antenna was routinely acknowledged as one of the best places to work by its employees and one of the best firms to do business with by the readers of the Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Beyond Antenna, Brendon is a passionate community-builder. His Good Works program has donated more than 1 million meals to local families in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland and Feeding America. Brendon has also built a professional community through The Way We Work, a community education program he runs in partnership with the Carlson School of Management. Thousands of local professionals have learned actionable advice about topics such as the gig economy, generations in the workplace and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Brendon’s insights on independent consulting, the gig economy, the changing nature of work have been highlighted in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider and the Huffington Post. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Masonic Hospital, the School of Business and Technology at Capella University and the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Brendon has been recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist and Notable Executive in Marketing by Twin Cities Business.
Brendon holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, an MEd from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, and a degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has also studied leadership, strategy, and innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.