Board Member Bio

John E. Brown

Treasurer and Executive Committee

John E. Brown is Executive Vice President at The Bedford Group of Companies, and the Managing Director of Abaco Partners, LLC. Brown is currently a shareholder, partner, director, and/or advisor to a number of profit oriented business and real estate development projects. In his spare time he guest lectures at several academic institutions. During his career Mr. Brown has developed 100s of units of apartments, condos, townhomes and single family homes including affordable, senior and market rate housing across the country. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Brown has also assisted in the placement of millions in equity and debt to a number of business enterprises, including but not limited to Founders National Bank, Bob Lott Productions, United We Ship, Honey Kettle, Gorilla Life, Matah, Grenada Nutmeg Oil, and African Trade Link and Expo.

From 2009 to present he has served as a director at Joseph Business School Los Angeles, a program for Christian entrepreneurs. Brown currently serves on the Social Entrepreneurship and Change Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Brown is also an active member of the Board of The Real Estate Associate Program (REAP), Los Angeles Chapter.

He is the recipient of numerous awards of excellence in accounting including, CSUDH Student Achievement Award, Outstanding Alumni Award and an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Achievement Award. Brown has received recognition as an executive who gives his time and resources to his community. Brown serves as financial advisor for several faith base organizations.

Brown has over 43 years of working experience in real estate, finance, and accounting. He began his professional career at Haskins & Sells, where he became a Certified Public Accountant. In 1994, Brown joined The Bedford Group, a real estate development firm. In 2010, Brown created Abaco Partners, LLC, a financial advisory service firm as an affiliate of The Bedford Group of Companies.