Jack Brown’s story
Jack Brown was born in 1986 in the UK. He spent his early childhood surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern England and the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and he has very fond memories of both areas.
As a direct descendant of MacLeod of Lewis, the most renowned Scottish clan, Jack is immensely proud of his family heritage. One of his early role models is his great grandfather, a key figure in the well-known Harris Tweed industry – which has a storied history and still produces quality handmade fabric to high-end clothing brands worldwide.
Since Jack was brought up in a family with a remarkably successful entrepreneurial background, it’s no surprise that he decided to follow in their footsteps and become a successful enterpriser himself.
His career path
Driven by his passion to become a successful entrepreneur, Jack first stepped into the business world when he was just 19 years old. He did not become Jack Brown from Invest Islands overnight; there was a steep learning curve ahead of him.
Although short-lived, his first business venture was an impressive one – he established a sales and marketing company called JEB Enterprises Ltd. Jack still had many lessons to learn and due to his young age and inexperience he was forced to close his company’s doors within the first two years. This temporary setback did not discourage him, though, as he realised he just needed to gain some experience before his second attempt – he lives the mantra: “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.
Jack spent the next couple of years as part of sales teams at GMUK, Provident Insurance, OCS Cannon Hygiene, and Marriott. During his employment with Marriott, he met an ambitious entrepreneur named Kevin Deisser who introduced Jack Brown to Invest Islands. Kevin and Jack did not become partners right away. Jack had a brief spell at an art investment company in Hong Kong before making the life-changing decision to join forces with Kevin and become an integral part of Invest Islands.
Jack Brown at Invest Islands: How it all began
Although working for large international companies helped Jack gain invaluable experience, it couldn’t satisfy the entrepreneur in him. He was longing for the opportunity to achieve financial freedom and become his own boss. That’s why the partnership between Jack Brown and Kevin Deisser was the next logical step.
At the time Jack joined Invest Islands, the company had just three employees and was based on the island of Gili Trawangan. When Kevin established the company, he saw the unique opportunity the Indonesian real estate market had to offer, mainly due to the tourism boom in South Lombok. He also correctly predicted the rise in demand for property – South Lombok now has an international airport flying to Perth, Singapore, and Seoul. The reason why South Lombok has become such a popular destination lies in the fact that the land can be acquired for anywhere between 1 and 10% (US$25-50) of the price it’s worth in Bali or Phuket (US$250 – 3500).
Invest Islands: The road so far
As an experienced sales and marketing professional, Jack was just the person Kevin was looking to join forces with. Together, they founded Asian Island Group HK to help investors by facilitating the process of land purchase and developing the real estate market In Lombok, Sumba and Anambas.
Kevin Deisser and Jack Brown’s Invest Islands project has been growing steadily since its Hong Kong expansion. Currently, the company has 44 employees and has broken ground on a total of 15 villas in Awang and Torok Bay. The construction will be delivered by SDB Construction, based in Bali. In cooperation with a local NGO, Invest Islands has built a school in the village of Batu Banke and sold almost 500,000m2 of real estate development land as part of a 3 billion dollar Mandalika project backed by the ITDC and Vinci Construction.
Jack Brown’s role in the company
Jack’s daily responsibilities include taking care of and overseeing the Hong Kong team. He is in charge of all aspects of the Asian Island Group, responsible for ensuring everything is done as efficiently as possible.
Jack pays frequent visits to different development sites and supervises all Invest Islands Foundation charity projects. Additionally, he often travels to a plantation field located at the foot of Mount Rinjani which will supply fresh fruits and vegetables straight to Invest Islands Resort in Torok Bay. Invest Islands Resort was designed by WNA Bamboo architects and Charlie Hearn’s Inspiral Design, all based in Bali. The construction was delivered by Mitra, a national leader in the construction industry throughout Indonesia.
As an ambitious enterpriser and a diligent worker, Jack has many plans when it comes to his future ventures. Together with Kevin, he is going to coordinate all the operations related to the resort and real estate developments. He hopes to sign a management contract for some of the most famous resorts, such as Six Senses, which is now part of the Intercontinental group.
Jack strongly believes that his approach, as opposed to that of regional management firms, will facilitate the development of the global real estate market and, therefore, increase the need for land and property. All of this will, in turn, lead to a much higher level of maintenance, security and ROI for investors in the project.
His passions and interests
Outside of Jack Brown’s Invest Islands life, he is a keen art lover whose passion dates back to his childhood. He inherited his love of art from his grandmother, Mary Fogg, a well-known painter and one of the founders of the Welsh art group. Her paintings are exhibited in galleries around the UK and available on the BBC online art archive.
Jack also enjoys football and playing the guitar. He likes to spend his free time visiting relatives in Scotland, enjoying a meal in the Invest Islands restaurant, Tapaz, on Gili Trawangan and traveling to Barcelona, where he also invested in property back in 2016.