Jermaine Brown, husband, father, entrepreneur, and community investor, works to positively impact the lives of others.

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, a corporate ambassador and member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Detroit Economic Club.

Brown currently is chief sales officer for The John L Group, a family-owned business located in Flint, Michigan. The John L Group offers assistance in financial reporting and business operations to small business, non-profit, commercial, and government entities. The business is named in honor of his grandfather who valued hard work, integrity, and competence … a legacy for future generations.


June 21, 2021 ~ Jay Brown speaks with Guy Gordon about his role as chief sales officer for The John L. Group, an organization that offers assistance in financial reporting and business operations to small business, non-profit, commercial, and government entities,  Jay also talks about his recent appointment as one of the Detroit Economic Club’s 2021 Rising Stars.

His professional career exemplifies high achievement, working to increase sales and memberships and has distinguished himself as a leader in the corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion arena.

Jermaine Brown is committed to improving the lives of residents and youth throughout the State of Michigan. He has a particular interest in youth in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County. He is a strong youth advocate promoting mentoring, financial literacy, and career and college readiness. He is building a coalition of “under 40” individuals to apply their skills and talents for the greater good.

Jermaine spearheaded an effort to attract millennials as mentors during National Mentoring Month. The effort, “Just A Kid from Flint” featured six entrepreneurs who grew up in Flint with aspirations and a desire to give back to the community that they call home. The campaign focused on a recruitment effort to raise awareness to the impact of mentoring in the life of area youth. A video production, billboard, and radio talk show generated interest from residents. Brown hosted the 4-week “Just A Kid from Flint” series on WFLT, a local radio show in Flint.

Brown serves as the chair of the Bigs Fund Development Committee and seeks innovative fundraising strategies to sustain and grow donors particularly millennials. A GIVE10 campaign will launch in June 2021. The campaign is intended to increase agency revenue through an online giving platform.

Brown is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest African American fraternity in the country. He is a mentor for their Alpha Esquires Program that builds a strong sense of self among middle and high school boys helping them reach their full potentials.

Jermaine, co-founded Flint Unity Movement, an organization founded on the principles of philanthropy, education, and healthcare. Most recently, the group supplied books “A is For Accounting,” by Quan Jamison, to elementary and middle school youth encouraging financial literacy.

Jermaine Brown is an avid reader, sports enthusiast, and golfer. Jermaine is best described as a motivator and visionary seeking to create a space of excellence, equity, and exuberance for marginalized communities.

A little bit more about Jay:

When I reflect on a moment that I am proud of, I think of …

I think of starting The John L Group with my brothers in memory of our maternal grandfather John L Smedley.

As I continue to grow, I am hopeful for …

A greater Flint community, a more enlightened youth, and bridging generational gaps.

During my free time, I …

Read, spend time with my family, and watch Discovery +.

If I could give advice to my 20-year-old self, I would say …

Pay attention to your thoughts, be confident in who you are and why you’re here, offer grace both to yourself and others
Never abandon your integrity, and no matter what happens, it’ll be ok.

20 years from now, I see myself …

Continuing the work I’ve been set out to do.