Casey Brown is a native La Jollan, the youngest of three children born to Michael and Clara Jo Brown. He attended Bird Rock Elementary, Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School and spent his summers at the beach. His favorite childhood pastimes were surfing and playing football. The latter passion earned him an athletic scholarship to San Diego State University, where he had a distinguished career as a running back for the SDSU Aztecs.
Upon graduating from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in real estate and finance, Brown embarked on a career in commercial real estate, which has encompassed both brokerage and development. In addition to being president of BBL Inc., a real estate development company, Brown owns BDG, a local commercial landscape company and is a partner and recent investor in Casa Del Zorro, a luxury Borrego Springs resort. Brown lives in La Jolla with his wife, Tiffany, and their two children.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I grew up in La Jolla/Bird Rock.
What are your favorite spots in town?
The stretch of beach from North Bird to Little Point, old school Friday happy hour at El Ranchero.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
Reopen the “Clam” at La Jolla cove for cliff jumping! Not only would it be fun, it might help with the bird problem.
Who or what inspires you?
Early mornings, when the sun is just starting to light the day, and my late father, Mike Brown.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
John Wayne, Johnny Cash, Christiane Amanpour, James Taylor, Pancho Villa, Chelsea Handler, Steve Jobs, and a couple of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.
What are you currently reading?
“Start Something that Matters” by Blake Mycoskie (owner of Toms Shoes) and “Child of the Storm,” documenting the life of the late Chris O’Rourke, written by a fellow La Jollan, Kirk Aeder.
What would be your dream vacation?
One small duffel bag and a pocket full of cash and see where the wind takes me.
What re your favorite movies of all time?“
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Jeremiah Johnson,” “Scarface” and “Giant.”
What is your most-prized possession?
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
“You can always do it better.”