Trying to earn money, abide by his grandfather's rules and attend school, something had to give. After getting a start at Capitol Hill High School, Oklahoma City businessman and developer Jim Brewer dropped out. To this day, he does not have a high school diploma.
His start up the ladder began with a job at an uncle's salvage yard, where he worked several years before getting married and starting his own family. Working with the old cars, he learned to rebuild transmissions. And with a family to care for, he started his own shop — Jim Dandy's Transmissions — along Reno near Harvey.
"I was aggressive, I was a hard worker,” Brewer said proudly. "And I did fairly well at it.”
An acquaintance who worked at a nightclub then approached Brewer with a deal to invest with him in buying the operation.
"I backed him,” Brewer said, laughing. "Well, he got in there, and he didn't know how to run a club. I took it over. And I really liked the nightclub business. And I made a lot of money. I was a personable guy. People met me and liked me. When you came in my club, I met you at the door and made you feel welcome.”
Knack for business
Brewer then opened three more nightclubs.