Advisory Council

J. Brewer, president

J. Brewer

J. is in the midst of a 38-year career spanning corporate, small business and entrepreneurial engagements in team, leadership and executive positions. With roles primarily focused on IT and digital media projects and sales and marketing operations, he’s worked at companies including Martin Marietta, Harris, IntelliSTAR, PhotoPoint, EZprints, Comprehensive Health Services, and Brevard Habitat. J. began developing the foundations for the company and the Choosing Wealth® platform in 2015. With input and contributions from colleagues and members of the Advisory Council wealth literacy is afoot.

Ilene Davis, CFP®, MBA

Ilene Davis, CFP

Ilene Davis, CFP®, MBA, is active as a licensed financial consultant with over 35 years of experience helping clients build wealth and prepare for retirement. Ilene is the author of Wealthy by Choice: Choosing Your Way to a Wealthier Future, creator of the Choosing Your Path to Wealth Calendar and Diary and key company consultant.

Pat Barnes

Pat Barnes

Pat Barnes is CEO and president of Upper Mohawk, Inc. and oversees sales, marketing, training, budgeting, proposal writing, and strategic planning. She is responsible for the business development and implementation of the company’s numerous multi-million dollar federal contracts specializing in Department of Interior and Native American related programs. Pat also gives back to the Native American community and is a board member and president of 7th Generation Community Services Corporation. See Pat’s full bio here.

Ken Barnes

Ken Barnes

Ken Barnes is senior vice president of Upper Mohawk, Inc. Ken is or has been active on boards including 7th Generation Community Services Corporation, Native American Chamber of Commerce, Native American Business Alliance, Ohio State University Board for Minority Business and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Ken started in the mail room with Chrysler Corporation while attending night school and received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from St. Clair College. He has held computer programming positions with Chrysler, Federal Mogul Corporation and ARO Corporation. See Ken’s full bio here.

Mike Childs

Mike Childs

Michael J. Childs is the perfect franchise consultant to help people launch their startup franchise concept, or turn around a stalled franchise opportunity. Mike knows business and franchising from the inside-out. He has started, owned and run many successful businesses and franchise companies built from the ground up. He offers an incredible amount of common sense, business savvy and expertise, believes in the principles of Fair Franchising, and knows that the best and most profitable franchise companies operate on a solid foundation of trust between franchisee and franchisor. See Mike’s full bio here.

Tom Flavin, CPA / PFS, CVA

Tom Flavin, CPA / PFS, CVA

Thomas P. Flavin has 30 years of continuous experience as a certified public accountant providing a broad range of services to businesses, nonprofits, professionals and individuals. He has extensive experience in auditing, accounting and financial reporting; developing financial projections, forecasts and budgets; business valuations and litigation support. See Tom’s full bio here.

Joseph Grutta

Joseph Grutta

Joseph Grutta is the founder of Nautic Studios and is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a master’s degree in Information Systems and Operations Management and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also the founder of Far or Near, a social networking service that connects people with shared hobbies and interests. See Joseph’s full bio here.