Donna Kennedy Brady
A native of south-central Pennsylvania, Donna completed her undergraduate degree at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. After graduating from university, she briefly worked for the Bank of Virginia in the finance department. Enticed by an older sibling, she moved to Southern California where she started her career at California Milling Corporation in the accounting department. After several promotions, she became responsible for managing the commodities trading division, trading in both futures and cash grains. In addition, Donna’s team was responsible for purchasing food-grade corn for milling into high-end tortilla flour, serving the tortilla and corn chip manufacturers located in Los Angeles. As luck would have it for Donna’s future, the mill was a Southern Pacific customer and, in 1981, Donna first visited Texas to meet with corn suppliers in Uvalde and Hondo.
In 1983, Southern Pacific invited Donna to speak at a sales conference as both a grain-industry expert and railroad customer. At a reception following the presentation, Donna politely declined a job offer made by a Southern Pacific executive attending the conference. Two days later, the president of California Milling told Donna that the mill was being sold to Pillsbury and suggested she should begin pursuing other opportunities. Shortly thereafter, she contacted the Southern Pacific executive who had made the job offer, explaining the situation at the mill. In response, the executive again extended the job offer, which Donna immediately accepted. On October 1, 1983, Donna joined the commercial department at Southern Pacific as an Assistant District Sales Manager in Los Angeles.
Shortly after joining Southern Pacific, Donna attended a national sales meeting in Napa Valley, California. During the meeting, she was invited to play on a golf team where she met Jim Brady, the Regional Sales Manager of the Southern Pacific Stamford, Connecticut office. Fast forward to July 1984, when Jim proposed at the launch of the refurbished Southern Pacific 289. Of course, Donna accepted the proposal and the couple married one year later at St. James in San Francisco, holding their reception at the Cliff House.
Donna worked for Southern Pacific for eleven years and then for Mark VII Transportation for three years before retiring. Jim retired from Southern Pacific after thirty-three years of service, joining American President Lines where he spent eleven years before completely retiring. Still happily married to this day, Donna and Jim currently reside in the Hill Country of South Texas, which is geographically close to where her job at the mill brought her decades before. Donna and Jim remain loyal Southern Pacific supporters, valuing their experiences and relationships with Southern Pacific employees and customers.
1972 Southern Huntingdon County High School, with high honors
1976 Shenandoah University, B.A., Music Education
Various University of Denver, Continuing Education Credits, Transportation/Logistics
1991 Decker Communications Workshop
Southern Pacific Work History:
1983 - 1984 Assistant District Sales Manager, Los Angeles, CA
1984 - 1985 District Sales Manager, Los Angeles – East (1985 Top Performing Sales Office)
1985 - 1987 Manager, Grain Products, Marketing, San Francisco, CA
1987 - 1989 Director, Inorganic Chemical Marketing, San Francisco, CA
1989 - 1992 Assistant Vice President, Food and Consumer & Refrigerated Foods Marketing,
San Francisco, CA
1992 - 1993 Assistant Vice President, Sales, Pacific Central Region, Oakland, CA
1993 - 1994 Managing Director, Sales, Pacific Central Region, Oakland, CA
Past Association Affiliations:
1982 – 1983 Los Angeles Grain Exchange, President
1983 – 1987 California Grain & Feed Association, Director
1984 – 1994 American Society of Transportation & Logistics, Sustaining Member
1999 – 2002 Women’s Golf Association of Northern California, Director
2005 Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Musical CD Fundraising Project, Vocalist
Present Association Affiliations:
1999 United States Golf Association Rules Official
2009 United States Golf Association, Girls Junior Championship Committee Member
2011 Texas Golf Association, Women’s Committee Member, President (2019-present)
2017 Texas Senior Women’s Golf Association, President (2017)
2013 First Tee of Greater San Antonio, Board Member, Past Chair (2016)
2015 Fair Oaks Ladies Golf Association, President (2015, 2016)
Donna enjoys playing golf, reading, playing piano, and oil painting.