A native of San Bernardino, California, he began his Supermarket Career as a Box Boy at Berk’s Market Spot in San Bernardino, California at the age of thirteen (13), after the death of his father.
He attended San Jose State University on a football scholarship and then attended UCLA, majoring in Business Administration.
Jack is a Navy Veteran having served on active duty with the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy.
Jack served as Vice President-Sales and Merchandising for Sage’s Complete Markets in San Bernardino, California; and Corporate Vice President for Marsh Supermarkets, Inc., of Indianapolis, Indiana.
He then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pantry Food Markets in Pasadena, California.
Jack also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Community Stores Corporation, Omaha, Nebraska.
Jack was honored with awards from the Governors of the States of Indiana and Nebraska for his personal and professional contributions to improve the quality of life in those states where he lived.
In October 1985, he was honored by the citizens of the “Inland Empire” of Southern California with the prestigious “Book of Golden Deeds Award” for his life long contribution of service to helping others.
In April 1987, he was elected the 51st President of the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), an association which represents Food Chains in the fourteen (14) Western United States.
In May 1987, he was elected Vice Chairman of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and served from 1989 to 1991. FMI is the National Supermarket Industry Association, and its member companies operate approximately 167 Supermarkets with a combined annual sales volume of $415 billion.
In April 1990, California State University, San Bernardino, College of Business and Public Administration, named Jack Brown as the first recipient of their “Arrowhead Distinguished Chief Executive Officer Award” for his distinguished record of service and success.
In June 1990, he was honored as “Inland Empire Entrepreneur of the Year” in Southern California.
In March 1991, he was named “Business Leader of the Year” for San Bernardino County, California.
In July 1991, he was inducted into the “Athletic Wall of Fame” at his alma mater, San Bernardino High School, and his Football Jersey, #21, was retired.
In September 1991, he was inducted into the “Alumni Hall of Fame” at San Bernardino Valley Community College.
In November 1991, Jack Brown was named “Retailer of the Year” by California State University, Los Angeles.
In January 1992, he was elected to a two (2) year term as Chairman of FoodPAC, the Political Action Committee of America’s Supermarket Industry.
On May 1, 1992, Jack was one of ten Distinguished Americans to receive the 1992 “Horatio Alger Award” in Washington, D.C., in recognition of his outstanding contributions to America and the “American Dream.” In addition to Mr. Brown, the 1992 Horatio Alger Award Winners included former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger; Author/Poet Dr. Maya Angelou; the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Justice of the Supreme Court; Wayne Huizenga, Chairman of Blockbuster Entertainment; Richard Knowlton, Chairman of Hormel; and John Block, former United States Secretary of Agriculture.
In July 1992, California State University, San Bernardino named a new 5-story campus building “Jack H. Brown Hall.” This building will stand for decades as the home of the College of Business and Public Administration, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Mathematics.
In March 1993, Jack was honored with a Joint Resolution by the Boards of Supervisors of San Bernardino County and Riverside County in recognition of his dynamic leadership and commitment to the Inland Empire. He is the first individual in history to be so honored by both counties.
In April 1993, the Food Industry Management Program in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) honored Jack Brown as their “Food Industry” Executive of the Year.
In September 1993, California State University, San Bernardino appointed Jack an “Adjunct Professor” in the College of Business and Public Administration.
In November 1993, Jack was one of five recipients throughout the State of California to receive the 1993 “Distinguished Alumni Award” in recognition of his accomplishments and as an alumnus of San Bernardino Valley Community College.
In October 1999, Jack was selected as “Citizen of the Year” by the citizens of the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties of Southern California).
In November 1999, Jack was awarded the prestigious “George Washington Honor Medal” for patriotism by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
In March 2001, Jack received the Highest Honor that the California Grocery Industry can bestow, the California Grocer’s Association “Hall of Achievement Award” for a lifetime of dedication to the Grocery Industry.
In October 2001, Jack was appointed a “Fellow” by the University of California, Riverside, the most prestigious recognition the University can bestow upon an individual.
In October 2002, Jack was honored for being a Founder of the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino thirty-five years ago.
In December 2002, Jack was promoted to Captain in the Specialized Services Bureau of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, following in his Father’s footsteps, who was also a Captain and Chief Deputy Sheriff of San Bernardino County, California.
In February 2004, Jack was honored with the “Shirley N. Pettis Award” for his outstanding dedication and distinguished service to children from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation.
In September 2004, Jack received “Friend of the Veteran Award” from the Riverside National Cemetery’s Veterans’ Advisory Committee for his continued support of volunteer services to Veterans and their families.
In January 2005, Jack received the 2005 “Sidney R. Rabb Award”, the Supermarket Industry’s highest award, from the Food Marketing Institute for a lifetime of exceptional service to the community, customers, and the Supermarket Industry.
In June 2005, Jack was awarded an “Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters” by California State University, San Bernardino for his excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor and to honor meritorious and outstanding service to the California State University--to campuses, individually, or to humanity at large.
In April 2006, Jack was awarded “Honored Alumni” at the 60th reunion of the Del Rosa Hotshots, one of the United States Forest Service’s most elite firefighting units, having served two (2) summers as a Hotshot while attending San Jose State University.
In May 2006, Jack received an “Honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service” from Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine for his recognition in the arts and humanities and for his outstanding contributions to the welfare and enrichment of the University.
In June 2007, Jack was awarded an “Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters” by the University of Redlands for his significant contributions to cultural, educational, economic, social and humanitarian service to the University of Redlands and for his leadership and achievement in building a more humane society.
In September 2007, the most significant event in Stater Bros. 71 year History, since the founding of the company occurred, when Jack Brown moved the Stater Bros. “Family” and eleven (11) warehouses in seven (7) locations in four (4) cities, to Stater Bros. new State-Of-The-Art Corporate Offices and the Largest Food Distribution Center under-one-roof in America, 2.1 million sq. ft. of Distribution Center in San Bernardino, California, on 200 acres the company purchased. San Bernardino also just happens to be Jack’s hometown.
In April 2008, Jack was the inaugural inductee into the Food Industry Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at California State University, San Bernardino for his vision, innovation, and leadership in the Food Industry.
In October 2008, Jack was awarded the “Semper Fidelis” Award, presented by the Commandant of the Marine Corps on behalf of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the highest award the Foundation awards, in recognition of his patriotism and his distinguished service in support of the United States Marine Corps.
In November 2008, Jack received an “Honorary Knight for Life” Award from the Loyal Knights of the Round Table International for his exceptional service to humanity and to his country.
In August 2009, Jack was awarded the “White Rag” from the YMCA for his lifelong dedication to the YMCA.
In March 2010, Jack received an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his years of contributions to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and for his dedication to promoting and perpetuating the principles upon which our nation was founded “Courage, Sacrifice and Selfless Service.” The award was presented in person by five Medal of Honor Recipients.
In February 2011, Jack received the Patriot Award, the highest award the Congressional Medal of Honor Society can bestow upon an individual. The Award is presented to distinguished Americans who exemplify the ideals that make our Country strong. Their dedication to freedom evidences no limitations; their love of fellow man is not qualified; their allegiance to our flag, with a full understanding of its demands, is without reservation. The award was presented to Jack in person at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Celebration of Freedom Gala at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, and presented by one of our Nation’s Medal of Honor Recipients. There are eighty-seven (87) living Medal of Honor Recipients who each have one (1) vote and they alone vote the award each year.
Jack served ten years as a trustee of the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.
He also served on the Board of the California Angels Baseball Team.
Jack is the Founding Chairman of Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County, which is a public-private agency devoted to protecting abused and at-risk children. To date, over 1.4 million children have individually been served in San Bernardino County.
Jack has served as President or on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Kiwanis, Goodwill Industries, Inland Empire Symphony Association, Rotary, Navy League, YMCA, United Fund, Southern California Grocers Association, and California Retailer’s Association.
Currently, Jack serves on the Boards of Directors of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc., San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Council, San Bernardino County Coroner’s Council, Director Emeritus of the Western Association of Food Chains, and he is also a member of the UCLA Alumni Association, San Jose State Alumni Association, Native Sons of the Golden West, Elks, the Air Force Association, Navy League and the American Legion.