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|Date of birth||January 8, 1979|
|Place of birth||Fort Worth, Texas|
|2004||New York Giants|
Jack Brewer was born on January 8, 1979, in Ft. Worth, TX and raised in Grapevine, TX . He attended Grapevine High School where he was a top student, All-State athlete and record setter in football and track and is a former American football safety in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Arizona Cardinals.
- University of Miami - Executive MBA Program (2015–Present)
- The Wharton School of Business – Executive Business Program (2006)
- Harvard Business School – Executive Business Program (2005)
- University of Minnesota – Masters in Sports Management (2002)
- University of Minnesota – Bachelors in Science (2001)
As a freshman, Brewer attended Southern Methodist University where he played wide receiver and was an All American Candidate and a Disney World Record Holder for track. After one year at SMU where he had 19 receptions for 352 yards and four touchdowns, After playing as free safety at the University of Minnesota his sophomore year, where he started 10 full games on the defensive side of the ball, Brewer was moved to wide receiver his junior year at Minnesota. Brewer was third on the team with 22 catches for 286 yards and finished his career with 155 tackles, the fourth highest total in school history.
Senior captain Jack Brewer was a first team selection at defensive back by the media after leading the Big Ten in tackles with 14.1 per game and 16.2 per game for Big Ten contests. He earned the Carl Eller Award for outstanding defensive player, and the Paul Giel Award for most unselfish player with most concern for the University. He was also selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Brewer earned his Bachelor and Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota while playing Division I college football.
In 2002, Brewer was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. In his first year with the Vikings, Brewer played in 15 games and one start as a rookie. He led the team with 26 special teams tackles, five tackles against the Buffalo Bills which tied him for second most in a game in team history and the most special teams tackles in a game since Harold Morrow’s five against Tampa Bay. Known as an exceptional special teams player and versatile defensive back, Amb. Jack Brewer established a reputation as a true leader during his five year tenure in the National Football League (NFL), including captain on three NFL teams. Amb. Brewer was a Pro Bowl candidate on special teams as a rookie, and had his first career interception against Brett Favre that same year.
His second year with the Vikings he played in six games, where he was also named team captain, he was inactive for the first three games of the season after suffering a chest injury in preseason. However despite his injury he had a season high of two special teams tackles vs. the Denver Broncos and blocked Jeff Feagles punt vs. the New York Giants, which was the Vikings first blocked punt since 1989. He was named Vikings team captain in 2003 and went on to be captain on the New York Giants (2004) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2005). While playing for the New York Giants, Amb. Brewer founded The Brewer Group Companies (TBG) which operated a successful mortgage origination practice closing over $100mm in mortgages.
In 2006, Brewer played in just six games with the Eagles but finished tied for fifth on the team with 15 special teams tackles and twice led the team with four special teams tackles. After completing his fifth and final year in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals (2006), Amb. Brewer accepted a position as a Wealth Manager with Merrill Lynch (2007) in the Global Private Client Group located in New York City.
While playing for the New York Giants, Amb. Brewer founded The Brewer Group Companies (TBG) which operated a successful mortgage origination practice closing over $100mm in mortgages. After completing his fifth and final year in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals (2006), Amb. Brewer accepted a position as a Wealth Manager with Merrill Lynch (2007) in the Global Private Client Group located in New York City.
After a successful career with Merrill Lynch ranking in the top one percent in his class across the firm, Amb. Brewer served as an Investment Banker at Paramount Bio from 2009-2011 where he helped lead numerous financings. During that time, he also served as the Managing Director at Opus Point Partners, a healthcare focused hedge fund, where he raised the seed capital at the fund's inception.
In 2011, Amb. Brewer turned his focus to his role as Founder and CEO of The Brewer Group, Inc. (TBG) (www.thebrewergroup.com), an industry agnostic holding company with assets ranging numerous sectors. Through TBG's multi-faceted subsidiaries, Brewer Capital Management, Brewer Sports International and Brewer + Associates Consulting, Amb. Brewer provides investment advisory and business development services to clients spanning the globe.
In 2009, Amb. Brewer and his team accomplished a highly successful private equity capital raise for The After Midnight Group to establish a now renowned restaurant chain in the Midwest under the ‘Cowboys’ brand. TBG has gone on to provide capital markets advisory services for dozens of public and private companies spanning a variety of sectors. Additionally, TBG manages over $60 million in assets and is one of the industry’s largest sports lenders having originated over 110 loans to professional athletes and sports agencies.
Since 2002, Amb. Brewer has also been regularly involved with the production of numerous television, digital media and radio broadcasts internationally, as well as a weekly presence in print media. Amb. Brewer serves as a contributor on CNBC, appearing numerous times a year, as well as a weekly contributing writer for the American City Business Journals.
In addition to his international business endeavors, Amb. Brewer is also a passionate philanthropist. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide), a 501(c)(3) which uses its various programs and global initiatives to offer educational opportunities and economic development to underprivileged individuals around the world (www.jbfworldwide.org). He was recently named as Ambassador for Peace and Sport for the US Federation of Middle East Peace (USFMEP) at the United Nations.
Distinctions, Honors, and Awards
- Named Ambassador for Peace & Sport for the US Federation for Middle East Peace (USFMEP) at the United Nations (2014)
- Recipient of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journals 40 Under 40 Award (2014)
- Black Ivy Alumni League Pinnacle Award (2013)
- Named to University of Minnesota College of Education & Human Dynamics 2013 'Rising Alumni' (2013)
- Recipient of National Recognition Award from President Joyce Banda of Malawi (2013)
- Chair Board of Advisors of the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) (2012)
- Chairman of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Awards Athletes and Artists Committee (2012)
- Board Member of Peace and Sport USA (2012)
- New York State Senate Proclamation (2012)
- New York State Assembly Citation (2012)
- Friends for Good Health Goodwill Global Ambassador Award (2012)
- Citation from Nassau County, Office of the Executive (2012)
- Office of the Town Board, Town of Oyster Bay Citation (2012)
- Advisory Board Member of the African Development Corporation (2010)
- Policy Forum and Reception for United States Chiefs of Mission to the Western Hemisphere on behalf of JBF Worldwide (2009-2012)
- UN Foundation “Girl Up” Campaign Executive Committee Member (2011)
- Inaugural delegation of NFL Players and NFL Official Super Bowl viewing event in China (2011)
- Keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremonies of the Montessori Model United Nations held at the UN General Assembly (2012)
- Keynote at SportBusiness Sport and Social Responsibility Summit (2011)
- Participated on the Sports & Social Impact panel of the Ivy Sports Symposium (2011)
- Keynote at 2010 Peace and Sport International Forum in Monaco (2010)
- Upliftment Jamaica Humanitarian Award (2010)
- Peace and Sport Champion for Peace (2010)
- Creation of the One Team 4 Haiti Relief Fund (2010)
- Rang the Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange (2009)
- Congressional Certificate of Appreciation Award (2009)
- NFL Players for Obama (2008)
- Rang the Opening Bell at NASDAQ (2004)
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