Since earning his degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1994, Braden spent much of his professional career as a real estate developer. He also worked extensively in the music, motorsports and finance industries.

The real estate company he co-founded invested very early in digital networking at its projects, beginning, among other things, to connect residential buildings with fiber-optic cable in the late 1990s.

Today Braden is responsible for New Business Development at Progressive Communications, working to grow its technology services business footprint throughout Georgia and nationwide in: higher education, the commercial real estate industry, and various small and medium sized companies.