Brian Holste is the Firm’s Business Development Administrator. Brian brings to the firm over 17 years of experience as a Wage and Hour Investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), serving in the San Diego, East Los Angeles and Raleigh District Offices. During his career, Brian fought wage theft in multiple low wage industries, to include garment and janitorial. Brian is an asset to the Firm given his experience working with missing or fraudulent employer records and applying regulatory principles and mechanisms to various investigative matters, including, but not limited to, complex calculations of unpaid wages to thousands of employees.
Prior to retiring as a U.S. Army Reservist, Brian served his country during multiple overseas deployments. His assignments included initial entry operations in Iraq 2003, duty on an Embedded Training Team (ETT) in Kunar, Afghanistan in 2008, operational planning assignments in Jordan and Qatar as well as managing logistical planning for the Southwest Border Mission from 2006 to 2008. His more meaningful assignment in the Army included supervising a Warrior Transition Unit that served injured Soldiers post combat deployment. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Iraq-Afghanistan-GWOT Campaign Medals, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge, among others.
Brian studied abroad at the Centro Mexicano de Idiomas in Morelia, Mexico in 1988, where his high school Spanish classes finally started making sense. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993 with a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies earning honors for his Senior Thesis on diffusion of sustainable agricultural technology among strawberry farmers in Northern California. Brian received his MBA from the University of Scranton, attending classes at both Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Early in his life, Brian learned the value of helping serve those less fortunate as an Agricultural Extensionist for two years along the Haitian Border in the U.S. Peace Corps-Dominican Republic. He is fluent in written and spoken Spanish. In his spare time, Brian enjoys eating BBQ and playing jazz on his saxophone.