In 1984, Pat's son, Barry K. Brewer
, joined the family firm.
After several years of self-employment in the construction industry, Barry had completed studies in Mortuary Science at Miami-Dade and Business Administration at Pasco-Hernando Community College and University of South Florida.
While in Miami attending Mortuary school, he
worked to perfect his
skills in funeral service and became very proficient in the marketing of prearrangements.
After returning to the family firm, he
used those skills to begin marketing pre-arrangements inHernando County.
At the time, no other funeral home had become aggressive in the market place, and essentially there was a whole new market to tap into.
Through the next few years, Barry
worked diligently and developed a self-supporting prearrangement department.
In 1987, Barry
took over the management of the Spring Hill location on Commercial Way.
Shortly after Barry
began managing theSpring Hill location, Pat and Barry
developed a five to ten year business plan, which included the addition of two new funeral home locations and a plan for the growth of the Eastern portion of the county during the first five years; the ten-year plan included the acquisition of several established firms.
In 1992, they completed the Seven Hills Chapeland in 1994 remodeled an 11,000-sq. ft. bank building into their fourth location and one crematory.
Shortly thereafter, they began making offers on several local funeral establishments.
Although many appreciated the offers, they were not ready to sell.
So in 1995, theBrewer Funeral Homes and Crematorywas merged with Equity Corp.
international (ECI) to further achieve their ten-year plan.
Pat chose to take a less active role in the day-to-day activities, but joined the corporate development team of ECI.
, while also on the corporate development team, chose to continue managing the firm.
Barry K. Brewer, Sr.