Staff Spotlight – Brian Ayers

Brian Ayers’ story is so impressive that it requires supporting cast. Today’s guest profile subject is our own Strategic Member Development Manager, Dave Strousberg.

When Dave arrived at American University as a bright-eyed freshman in 1999, he telephoned Colin, a high school friend also attending American. After several unreturned phone calls, Dave finally went to Colin’s dorm room. It seems that Colin hadn’t returned Dave’s calls because Colin’s roommate never gave him the messages.

That unreliable roommate was Brian Ayers. Despite the rocky introduction, Brian and Dave became close friends.

Fast forward to 2010. Dave was working as Senior Director of Business Development for a multi-national company, and Brian was on his way to Denver to interview for a teaching job. This gave Brian a convenient
place to stay while Dave worked all day and studied for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) at night.

Aware of Brian’s preternatural facility with standardized testing, Dave asked Brian to tutor him on the LSAT. Brian had no interest in either the test or law school, but was happy for the opportunity to repay his host. Brian bought a “canned” LSAT prep test and took it.

A law school applicant’s performance on the LSAT can dictate their future. Not only does it determine whether they will even get into a law school, but what law schools will accept them, and in some instances, whether they will receive a scholarship. It is common for law school applicants to study for the LSAT for a year or more and pay thousands of dollars to test-prep companies to improve their test scores and hedge their bets for a brighter future.

Brian’s financial outlay for test preparation was equal to his expenditure in time, which is to say, zero. He nevertheless scored in the top 1 percent of all people taking the test. “I thought to myself, ‘This has opened some
doors,’” Brian recalls. Brian went on the take the “official” test two times and got a full scholarship to Indiana University-Bloomington’s law school.

Dave, meanwhile, attended the Chicago-Kent school of law. Dave accepted a job at Employers Council in July 2015 in our Labor Relations department. Dave received a promotion into the Member Engagement department the following year, leaving an opening for a Labor Relations attorney. Dave then successfully laid the groundwork to lure his friend away from Thomson Reuters, and by 2017, Brian become Employers Council’s newest Labor Relations attorney. Brian was so successful in the role that when a management position opened up in Affirmative Action Planning Services, he was a natural fit.

Brian currently oversees Affirmative Action Planning for federal contractors, but his latest passion is proactive pay equity analysis, which involves statistical analysis of a workforce to determine vulnerability for pay discrimination suits and compliance with myriad state pay equity laws.

In his spare time, Brian likes to travel, read history, collect outdated maps, and futilely root for his hometown Buffalo sports teams.