Brandon Ralph McBride – A Lifelong Fan of Baseball

Brandon Ralph McBride, a highly respected biotech consultant, is one of the biggest baseball fans you will ever meet. He had posters of Mickey Mantle and Bob Gibson hanging in his room growing up, a constant reminder of who his true American heroes were. He began playing Little League baseball when he was in grade school, a sport that would serve as his companion to school until he was 18 years old. During that time, he acquired a reputation as a neighborhood legend, known to terrify opposing pitchers with his powerful bat and unconventional stance. He was also a formidable pitcher growing up, known to clear hitters off the plate with a fastball that ran high and tight. He played the game fair but he played with high levels of energy, which set him on a crash course with opposing players and managers.

Brandon Ralph McBride

Brandon Ralph McBride

A perennial All-Star, he has gone on to offer his expertise and experience as a coach for Little Leagues in the Las Vegas area. He is grateful to be still involved with a game that he loves so much. Alternatively, he is truly a positive force for the game of baseball because he is teaching younger generations how to play the game the right way.

One of the biggest headlines surrounding Major League Baseball, says Brandon Ralph McBride, is the implementation of a rule that forces hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box at all times. This rule was created in an attempt to shorten the average duration of a Major League Baseball game, which is believed to be deterring children from wanting to pick up the sport of baseball. Brandon Ralph McBride understands why baseball executives want to make the sport once again popular among the youth, but he hopes it can be done in a way that does not hinder the efforts of professional hitters.

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Brandon Ralph McBride – Qualities of an Effective Leader

Brandon Ralph McBride is a very respected biotech consultant who lives in the Las Vegas area. As a consultant, he helps businesses devise more efficient methods of developing medicines. He embraces the role of a leader in his professional life, both as a way to take control of his career and a way to assure his clients with confidence. There are a number of qualities that an individual must possess in order to be a successful leader.

Brandon Ralph McBride

Brandon Ralph McBride

Perhaps the most important quality, says Brandon Ralph McBride, is integrity. It is rare that all members of an organization are in agreement about the exact course of action to take. By joining an organization, individual members sacrifice the sovereignty to make final decisions; they deter it to their leader out of respect. In order for the organization to function properly, all of its members must have faith that their leader is making decisions based on the best interests of the organization, not some ulterior agenda. Thus, every effective leader is a person of integrity.

Another quality that a leader must possess, says Brandon Ralph McBride, is conviction. Because a leader has sole responsibility of making difficult decisions, he or she must be able to make decisions in the face of both dissenting and agreeing opinions. In other words, a leader cannot be a people pleaser in their decision-making process. They must be able to make a decision independently and stand by it. Brandon Ralph McBride is a natural leader. He possesses the courage to take risks, which is another characteristic of an effective leader.

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Brandon Ralph McBride: Lake Mead Water Quality

Brandon Ralph McBride is a biotech consultant and chemist with Middle Ground Consulting, LLC, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has an increasing interest in environmental chemistry and water quality, and during the summer of 2014 was sent on an expedition to analyze the water quality of Lake Mead, along the Nevada-Arizona state line.

Brandon Ralph McBride

Brandon Ralph McBride

Water quality, as Brandon Ralph McBride knows, refers to the condition of water, including its chemical and biological characteristics. Water quality testing is most often done to determine the suitability of water sources for such purposes as drinking or swimming. It is measured by several factors, like the density of dissolved oxygen, levels of bacteria, salinity, and turbidity, which refers to how much material is suspended in the water.

“Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as saying ‘this sample is good, and this sample is bad,'” says Brandon Ralph McBride. “The determination is made with the purpose of the water in mind. Is it going to be used for recreational purposes, like swimming? Or is it going to be used for drinking, or washing a car? Or will it be used for something else?”

Poor water quality, he says, can pose a serious health risk for people.

The Lake Mead tests are inconclusive. Monitoring this watershed is important, he says, because of ever-greater demands that are made upon it. Lake Mead was the world’s largest man-made lake in the world at the time it was formed following completion of the Hoover Dam in 1935. Today more than twenty-two million people rely on its water for drinking and recreational purposes.

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Brandon Ralph McBride – The Kids In The Garage

Brandon Ralph McBride lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is a biotechnology consultant at Middle Ground Consulting, LLC. He has been with the firm since 2011.

Brandon Ralph McBride

Brandon Ralph McBride

The firm specializes in biotechnology, high tech, pharmaceuticals, sustainable energy, and health care consulting. Brandon Ralph McBride, who holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, focuses on biotech, pharmaceuticals, and sustainable energy systems, especially solar.

When he isn’t working he likes to fill his time working on bicycles. “There’s a group of kids in my neighborhood who have been hanging out with me in the garage for the last year or so,” he says. “It started when I fixed one of their bikes. This kid Greg snapped his chain. He and a couple of his buddies got interested in all the bike tools I have, and now they like to come over and use them whenever they need to.”

Brandon Ralph McBride has a nearly complete bike workshop in his garage which he has pieced together over a period of several years. “It makes it a lot easier to keep my bike in optimum condition,” he says. “I’m completely independent from the local bike shop.” He says that all any budding bike mechanic really needs are a few essential tools to do basic maintenance ­– “things like adjusting the shifting, installing a new chain or cables, changing tires, and so on.” Those basics include a chain tool, a floor pump; 8, 9, and 10 mm wrenches; cable cutters; a hex wrench set (“I use the 5mm most often”); a four way screwdriver; a multi-tool; and a few tire levers. “That’s enough to get anyone started.” He has added more advanced tools like a truing stand, and he adds that once you get serious, a work stand is essential.

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Brandon Ralph McBride – Middle Ground Consulting

Brandon Ralph McBride began working at Middle Ground Consulting, LLC in 2011, several years after graduating from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with degrees in chemistry and marketing. He says that the job is unlike any he has had before, and that each new day seems to bring with it some unique challenge, and that his is one of the things about the work that he likes the most.

Brandon Ralph McBride

Brandon Ralph McBride

In the four years he has been working there, Brandon Ralph McBride says that Middle Ground Consulting, LLC, has grown from a start-up company working in a shared space in downtown Las Vegas, to one of the fastest-growing consulting firms in the entire state of Nevada. He personally works with several Fortune 500 clients and advises them on pharmaceutical matters and biosafety. He has also drawn on his prior experience as a Certified Safety Professional to advise other companies on injury and illness prevention, ergonomics, and establishing or modernizing emergency action plans.

As an employee of a startup, Brandon Ralph McBride puts in a long work week, sometimes logging as many a sixty hours. He says that now that Middle Ground Consulting, LLC is beginning to make a name for itself that the hard work is paying off, and he has begun to enjoy a few perks he did not have in the early days, like his own parking space. He owns an electric car, but usually rides his bike to work.

When he gets some time to himself, Brandon Ralph McBride enjoys working on his bike, boating, and acting in plays put on by the community theatre he is a member of.

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