John A. Brown has just been named mentor of the year by the South Alabama chapter of SCORE. In accepting the award, the long-time Fairhope resident and founder of Brown Financial Advisory, was typically self-effacing. "I really don't know what I did to deserve this honor. I just try to put myself in every client's shoes, and be that trusted advisor that we all need from time to time. Just like everyone else here."
Brown has an impressive list of qualifications. Just to name a few, he has been an instructor in financial, investment and estate planning at the University of South Alabama; president of the Gulf Coast Society of Certified Financial Planners; a board member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors; a volunteer mediator for the Baldwin County District Court; and when he sold Brown Financial Advisory in 2010, the firm was managing $92 million on a discretionary basis.
In presenting the award, South Alabama SCORE president Thomas Hollomon said, "John not only represents the best and brightest, he has a sense of empathy that runs deeper than the Mariana Trench. He really, really cares. And that's what makes him so good. Please join us in congratulating John on his well-deserved award."
The South Alabama SCORE Chapter has honored Ms. Marion Smith as the 2015 Mentor of the Year. A 15-year SCORE volunteer, Marion routinely provides experience-based guidance to entrepreneurs and small business owners across the Baldwin County, Mobile and NW Florida region.
Formally, a financial analyst responsible for oversight of General Dynamics’ Pension Department, Marion has, for the past 18-years, held ownership and management interests in Town & Country Ladies Apparel in Fairhope.
SCORE is a nationwide organization of volunteers providing free and confidential counseling to entrepreneurs and small business start up activity. Fairhope is home to the South Alabama SCORE Chapter.