Autos sales deal Jim Brown a good hand for leadership

At age 25, following in his father’s footsteps, Jim Brown became a GM dealer. A graduate of La Jolla High School (class of 1957), Brown went on to graduate from the University of Arizona in 1961, and then attended the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich., in 1962. Brown is celebrating 50 years of marriage to his wife, Jill, and the couple has four children — MK, Jeff, Lisa and Jenny — and five grandchildren.

Brown has served his community through many charitable organizations and events, resulting in numerous awards including “Citizen of the Year, 1998,” from United Cerebral Palsy; “Headliner of the Year in Sports, 1997,” from the San Diego Press Club; and “Quality Dealer of the Year 1980,” from Time Magazine.

Brown has served as vice-chair of the U.S. Open in 2008, Chair of Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, chairman of the Major League Baseball All-star Game in 1992; and has been president of Cadillac Dealers of San Diego, Buick Dealers of San Diego, the Greater San Diego Sports Association, San Diego Hall of Champions, and the San Diego 20/30 Club. He is one of the founders of the Holiday Bowl 1978 and served as president (1980-1981) and past president of The San Diego Crime Commission.

What brought you to La Jolla?

I was born in San Diego in 1939 and our family moved to La Jolla in 1950.

What makes this area special to you?

Obviously, it’s the natural beauty and the weather.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

Basically nothing ... except I would like to be able to park in downtown La Jolla once in a while.

Who or what inspires you?

Intelligent, positive, humorous people.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My list would include Ben Hogan (for his intensity); Johnny Carson (for his humor); My dad, Marvin K. Brown (I’d love to see him again); Steve Jobs (for his creativity); Barry Goldwater (for his philosophy); George Patton (for his attitude); Bob Lutz (for his experiences in the car business) and Vince Lombardi (for his passion and motivational skills).

What are your five favorite movies of all time?

In no particular order, they are “Silence of the Lambs,” “Patton,” “The Godfather,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

What is your most-prized possession?

My wife and kids!

What do you do for fun?

It’s golf!

Describe your greatest accomplishment.

That would be serving as chairman of Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.

What is your motto for life?

“Character is what you do when no one is watching.”