Founder Bio

Vann Brown

brown, vannIn a career spanning more than 25 years, Vann Brown has established a successful career across multinational and technology-based durable goods and chemical companies. As a visionary leader who values his people, Vann believes that respect and trust are essential anchors to develop a committed and effective workforce. In turn, he has fostered positive relationships with all people he works with; while inspiring them and building strong relationships at all levels of an organization to accomplish the goals and ensure the organization’s strategic advantage. As a result, Vann successfully established Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., where he spearheads the development of advanced technologies and concepts in creating environmental-responsible and market-focused solutions for the floor covering, textile, packaging, and automotive industries.

Through his extensive experience, Vann has shown his commitment in attaining success, defining milestone, and leading cross-functional teams. His career path has given him an advantage to understand business needs, set proper priorities, and see how the corporate and client relationship management could be applied to create business opportunities and expand revenue. In turn, he has climbed up the corporate ladder, ranging from business development manager to vice president and president. Vann first exemplified his commendation-worthy performance at Mount Vernon Mills Inc. as a director of research and development where he contributed significant growth in the company in terms of comprehensive research and development. After 12 years of service in Mount Vernon Mills Inc., he joined other companies where he exemplified his expertise in developing new strategic plans and pioneering solutions in response to the companies’ predicaments.

As evidences of Vann’s operation management abilities, he assisted with the acquisition of Kurihara Textiles in Japan for Marubeni Denim Inc. through extensive business analysis and technological reviews.   In addition, his proven business development acumen was reflected through the successful launch of polyactide (PLA) of NatureWorks LLC into the existing product lines for international and domestic markets. Also, he successfully led market penetration initiatives by reforming and implementing the vision of Outlast Technologies Inc.

As Vann assumed the role of global carpet business manager at Shell Chemicals and PTT PolyCanada, he strategically instituted the commercialization of product applications and business development activities into a leading position. Shortly after, he lent his services at Mohawk Industries as the vice president of innovation and technology. In this role, he was recognized for assisting in the effective negotiations of the California Carpet Stewardship Bill (AB 2398) as a company and industry representative. Furthermore, as the past president of ArrowStar LLC, Vann progressively lead numerous ground-breaking initiatives by proactively interfacing with others to render assistance, create solutions, and accomplish pre-established goals.

Vann is an alumnus of Piedmont College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Roman Open Charities, Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, NWGA College & Career Academy, Piedmont College Alumni Association, Hamilton Healthcare Foundation, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  His past board services are the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort).   Vann currently resides in Dalton, Georgia with his wife Valerie, and has three children, Garrett, Tyler, and Kendall.