We had the good fortune of connecting with Kirk Brewer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kirk, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I am a serial entrepreneur! Ever since I was a child I had the bug of capitalism – creating something, working hard at it, and selling it to people who wanted or needed whatever good or service you were providing. As such, I have started many business over the years, some having been modestly successful others being eventual failures. But none have been the home run that I think all entrepreneurs strive for. And each time I have started a business my thought process has been the same: (1) love of the independence of being the one calling all the shots; (2) the fulfillment of taking an your idea and making it a reality; (3) the satisfaction of creating something that becomes a household name (whether locally, nationally, or globally); and finally (4) the thrill of creating something and never truly knowing how it will be received in the marketplace (despite all your research, testing and focus groups), and the hopes that it might meet overwhelming market acceptance and success!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I graduated with a Master Degree in Radiological Health Physics, a specialty in the field of Physics dealing with how radiation interacts with matter, especially biological matter. I spent approximately 13 years in this field before making a complete career change just by chance, and becoming a mortgage banker. I have been a mortgage banker for almost 20 years now. I think I was a natural for the mortgage banking business because I was naturally good with numbers, exceptionally organized, and the sales side of the business allowed me to exercise my entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, during all these years, there was almost always an entrepreneurial endeavor occupying the remainder of my time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are probably other that are better suited to answer this question. I am a relatively domesticated creature. I am more concerned with whom I spend my time. Not where we spend it. But if my best friend came in to town here is what we would probably do . . . Play a couple rounds of golf at one of the local courses. Hit a couple local restaurants (likely mom & op places that have scratch made food and causal vibe). Have drinks at home around the fire pit and catch-up on life, and recall old times. That’s about it!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many individuals who have provided support, guidance, and inspiration over the years. But none have provided more in all three areas than my wife, best friend and sole mate Pam. She is my rock, my support system, my sounding board and my biggest fan! Without her support and trust, many of the paths life has presented would never have been traveled. I am fortunate to have found someone to share my life with who also shares my values toward living life, taking chances, and having no regrets. Of the many who have inspired me to take chances: Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Napolean Hill and Dale Carnegie are at the top of the list. And a personal acknowledgement to a special leader who I was fortunate to spend 8 years working with, Wayne Bailey. There are many managers in the world. But very few leaders! I believe leaders are people who inspire, nurture and empower others to take grow, take ownership and responsibility for themselves and their successes and failures. Wayne Bailey was one such rare individual for me!
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