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Family Motto: Teach Your Children!
Whether they''re conducting business, playing golf or giving their time to help the Jewish community and other causes, Barry and Billy Bredt could be called a dynamic father-son duo.
Partners in the investment firm of Raymond James Associates, Inc., the pair were recently the first father and son to co-chair Green Valley Country Club''s Federation Allied Jewish Appeal Day.
"We''re very proud of our members who increased their pledges by 10 percent this year to the annual campaign, the highest amount ever raised," said Billy Bredt. "They were also very generous about giving to the club''s special project, Federation''s Mitzvah Food Pantry. The idea of dealing with the immediate need of hunger right here in our midst was inspiring."
Each of the Bredts credit their fathers for inspiring them. "My dad has been a role model, who got me involved in FAJA day and in so many other causes," said the son, listing such organizations as the Mastery Charter High School, Juvenile Diabetes and the Police Athletic League.
"We rarely say no," said Barry Bredt, who grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and went to Frankford High School. "My family belonged to Temple Shalom Congregation, and my dad was active in its Men''s Club and was a Boy Scout leader.
"Now, Billy and I consider ourselves fortunate to be healthy and to be able to give."
Highlighting the father-son bond is a focus of Green Valley, which also had Stanton and Stephen Moss serving as vice chairs at this year''s FAJA Day. "There will be more such combos next year," said Barry Bredt. "Green Valley has many members who are third generation. There''s a whole sense of community and family."
"We''re also encouraging kids who are Bar Mitzvah-age to come," said Billy Bredt, "and I''m looking forward to my son doing that."
For the Bredts, it''s also about family as they work together in side-by-side offices. Barry Bredt, a graduate of Penn State University, has been in the investment business for 47 years, starting with the firm of Gerstley and Sunstein, a company that he said encouraged its employees to participate in Federation, as he did, in its Investment Division.
Billy Bredt, a graduate of the University of Delaware, started in the investment field in 1987 and partnered with his father in 1994; both of them came to Raymond James in 1999. Each serves as a senior vice president.
"It''s having the same moral values and the same pleasure in meeting people, and helping them meet their investment goals that makes the partnership work," said Billy Bredt. "We think so much alike."
Barry Bredt and his wife Lenoire live half the year in Berwyn and winter in Sarasota, Fla., where he works in his company''s office there.
Billy and his wife, Suzanne, live in Lower Merion Township with their 9-year-old son, James, and their 11-year-old daughter, Nicole.
"Our children are involved in helping others, whether it''s giving the outgrown clothes to a hospital thrift shop or helping out at the Special Olympics through our synagogue, Main Line Reform Temple," said a dad who also coaches his kids'' soccer, baseball and basketball teams.
"It''s important to keep the tradition of caring for others going," he said. "My wife and I try to teach them to do the right thing."