After graduating from the University North Carolina, John joined the Marines and headed to Pensacola for flight training. For the next 12 years, John travelled the globe in Marine aviation squadrons including a combat tour in Vietnam 69-70 and 2 years attached to the Navy on the USS Nimitz. Leaving the Marines in 1981 while stationed in Pensacola as a flight instructor, John was recruited by investment firm Dean Witter and trained on Wall Street as a securities broker. That was the beginning a 40-year career in this community as both an advisor and branch manager. In February of 2020, John and his wife Nann, opened their own office as Brewer Wealth at the corner of Palafox and Garden.