Brown is also the Chairman and CEO of B&C International, Inc. and President of International BookSmart Foundation. Brown served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States under the Nixon Administration and was previously a director of AutoNation from 1997 to 2008.
Also appointed to the board was Michael Lawson, who is the Chief Investment Officer for William H. Gates III, a co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation and the Business Manager for Cascade Investment, L.L.C. (Which is wholly owned by Mr. Gates and holds his investments).
B&C Associates is a public relations and strategic consulting firm based in High Point, NC. Incorporated in 1960, the company is the oldest African American owned and operated public relations firm in the nation.