Hoya Highlight: John Brozovich (C’05)

John Brozovich

Director of Finance, Gambrinus Company

Career Reflections

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

Anything you write lasts forever. This concept is hard to grasp when you’re just coming out of school and into the working world. Also, writing is a reflection of who you are and your intellect. So, don’t ever be satisfied with the things you’ve written, and don’t think you can ever be done improving upon a piece of writing. If you think you’ve written it as perfect, you probably haven’t spent enough time on it.

What has been the most rewarding moment of your career?

Knowing that I work for a family-owned and -operated company, and knowing I am participating in stewardship of this organization for the next generation.

What do you wish you had done earlier in your career?

There are certainly some things, but I try to not to focus on past regrets.  You can constantly second guess yourself, but it’s important to live in the present. Things always happen for a reason.

What is the hardest thing you have ever done professionally?

Many Hoya lawyers know the grind of practicing in a large law firm. Working in that environment tests your physical and mental stamina. I’m grateful for that experience. It taught me a lot about what I’m capable of when I’m pushing myself, and it’s given me perspective as to how much time and effort it takes to get the job done well.

Your Time on the Hilltop

Favorite professor or class at Georgetown?

There were so many! I took a senior seminar on Frida Kahlo with Professor Barbara Mujica—I was the only male in a small class of about twelve. One of my classmates in class was Laura Luna (C’05), who is now the Executive Director of Teach for America in San Antonio, for which I serve as Board Chair. That was a fascinating class, and it’s great that Laura and I connected in college and still work together now.

Another favorite class was Roman Literature with Charles McNelis. He was my advisor, and that class with him was one of the first he taught at Georgetown. He’s incredibly intelligent but also offers students very practical insights into the ancient texts that I still carry with me to this day. That being said, the entire Classics Department was fantastic. I’m a strong proponent that current undergrads should take advantage of classes in that department.

What is your favorite Georgetown memory?

I was a New Student Orientation leader my junior year, and I enjoyed being able to help welcome the next generation of Hoyas to campus. I connected with existing and new students and built stronger bonds with both Georgetown and D.C. I remember someone taking a dip in the Potomac River to win a scavenger hunt—that was wild!

In addition to NSO, I enjoyed the time I spent volunteering with one of the retired Jesuits, Fr. Joseph Durkin. He turned 100 during the time I knew him, and he was an incredibly selfless individual. Even at his age, he would go to visit local nursing homes and volunteer his time to visit with the elderly there. Meeting people like him at a formative age helped to ground me, and it made me reflect on how I might give back. Since graduating and returning to Texas, it’s been amazing to connect with so many Hoyas who do good things for our local community. Georgetown truly engrains in all of us the obligation to do good in the world.

Finally, call it cliché, but I loved walking across Healy lawn to Lauinger in the snow during finals—campus covered in snow was a favorite sight!

How has Georgetown shaped you?

The breadth of opportunities available at Georgetown allowed me to pick and choose what I wanted to focus on. I reflected on my own inclinations and aptitudes, and I learned that I truly loved languages and analysis. My Classics major and Spanish minor allowed me to pursue those passions at a new depth. College is the one time in your life that you can apply your own abilities to subject areas that you are really passionate about, and I’m grateful that I had the time to enjoy these subjects in the way I did.

A Day in the Life

What is on your desk right now?

The 2018 Current Use Gift Report from Georgetown—a reminder for everyone to give back to Georgetown!—, pictures of my family, and one book: The Daily Drucker. It’s a daily meditation on business insights. Probably the thing that makes my desk different from most other people’s is that I typically have a bottle or two of beer on it for sampling the latest Shiner beers from our Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas; right now, it’s a whiskey barrel aged version of our Shiner Oktoberfest.   

What’s one part of your daily routine you couldn’t live without?

I try to make time each day to work out and stay active. I’m also trying to take a little bit of time to meditate every day. I find that I do some of my best thinking when I’m alone and reflecting.

Who or what is a source of inspiration and strength in your life and why?

As any parent knows, my kids are my greatest source of inspiration. They inspire me to do the best work I can and to make the world better for them. As I mentioned, I’m on the board of Teach for America San Antonio, and I love visiting the schools where our teachers are placed around the city. It’s always inspiring to walk into classrooms and see the students in action, learning, and having those formative moments. The potential they have is incredible.

Who is your favorite author?

Michael Lewis is one. His books are fun and interesting and relatively quick reads. He manages to take complex issues and boil them down into digestible concepts and explanations. Being a Classics major, I must admit too that Virgil’s Aeneid is still one of my favorite books. It is so layered and has so much depth, but it also imparts very practical life lessons.

Words to live by?

Follow your heart. Listening to yourself and reflecting extensively on what you feel you are inclined to do will lead to success. Look beyond doing something just to do a job, and instead take some time to find out what you are passionate about and follow that through.