equities.com recently had the opportunity to speak with Jack Brewer of The Brewer Group who, after a successful career as a professional athlete in the National Football League, went on to tackle the financial world as an innovator pushing to change how the capital markets can impact the global community in a positive way.
The Brewer Group today focuses on helping innovative companies with potential to create positive changes in the world from various industries ranging from medical, environmental, educational, architectural and technological. He also works closely with the United Nations, serving as Chairman of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals Athletes and Artists Committee among other roles.
The firm is bringing many of these exciting companies together for the Inaugural TBG Innovations Conference at the Mondrian South Beach in Miami, Fl. on February 9. To get more information on the conference and to see the companies that will be presenting, go to http://www.thebrewergroup.com/innovations
EQ: Can you start by giving us an overview of The Brewer Group and a bit of your history?
Brewer: Making a positive impact on local and global communities has always been at the core of our firm. The Brewer Group was established in 2005 as a holding company while I was in the middle of my pro football career. Our firm has always had a large presence in sports, with our early holdings including an athletic wear and urban apparel retail store, a sports management company which hosted numerous sporting events and marketing campaigns, as well as a mortgage brokerage specializing in servicing pro athletes. After retiring from the NFL and spending three years at Merrill Lynch as an investment advisor.
In 2010, The Brewer Group established a Registered Investment Advisory subsidiary, Brewer Capital Management. Later that same year, we began to consult our first small cap company and began focusing on building out our subsidiaries.
The Brewer Group Currently has four operating companies, among other holdings:
1. Brewer and Associates Consulting is our largest subsidiary and offers several business development services to small cap and middle market companies
2. Brewer Capital Management which is an Investment Advisory firm for current and former professional athletes
3. Brewer Sports International, which focuses on symposiums, career development and educational opportunities for professional athletes
4. BSI Lending which offers commercial loans to sports agencies and professional athlete owned businesses
EQ: It’s already been a busy year for The Brewer Group so far in 2015. What are some recent highlights and announcements that you can share with us?
Brewer: 2015 has begun with a bang. B and A Consulting has continued to work with companies who have technologies that are really making a positive impact on the world. This year, we are proud to announce a relationship with MagneGas Corporation (MNGA) , which is a company we are helping take their renewable energy source into several global markets as a solution to sanitize waste water. We are also in the process of helping Caromed , the third-largest private specialty pharmacy in the US, to expand into China. Last but definitely not least, is the announcement of our events and symposiums happening in 2015, including our inaugural TBG Innovations conference. This will highlight innovative small-cap and middle market companies, covering several sectors.
EQ: One of the more exciting pieces of news is the inaugural TBG Innovations Conference, which will take place in Miami on February 9, at Mondrian South Beach. What are you hoping to achieve with this new conference?
Brewer: Our goal is to simply give our participating companies and sponsors a platform to cultivate relationships and dialogue, which will bring real value to them. Our firm strongly believes in doing business with good people, and our goal is to fill our conference with like-minded individuals who keep humanitarianism and good will at the forefront of everything that they do.
EQ: There’s a nice variety of companies within different industries. Can you talk about some of the presenting companies and the attendees they’ll be meeting with?
Brewer: Yes, we have companies like Creative Learning Corporation ($CLCN), which is one of the US's largest franchises with over 670. Creative Learning is helping to bridge the learning gap for kids in critical skills like engineering and architecture. Another company is Abtech Holdings, Inc. (ABHD) , which has a revolutionary water purification technology, which it plans to help bring clean drinking water to some of the world’s most underserved populations. I have to also mention GTX Corporation (GTXO) , which produces a shoe insole which features a GPS tracking device. The company’s product is designed to protect and track autistic children who get lost, as well as seniors with alzheimer’s who may wander from their families or care takers. The insoles can also be used as a security protocol for loved ones, military, law enforcement or high profile travelers. These companies will be meeting with a diverse group of investors, from investment banks, to boutique hedge funds, to high net worth athletes and other investors.
EQ: What are some other features that attendees can expect from this conference?
Brewer: First off, the Miami Beach weather in February should be a great feature for several of our guests from northern states! In addition, we will have small tracks and a very intimate set up where attendees can really get to know the companies, as well as the people who control their success or failure. We have a great mix of attendees confirmed, which should help set a very comfortable and inviting atmosphere. There should also be a few very high profile guest who should help make for an exciting reception to close out the conference.
EQ: Do you have any additional closing comments?
Brewer: Equities.com is amazing!
equities.com spoke with Jack in December to learn more about the exciting things The Brewer Group is working on. Watch the video below.
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