Brent spent most of his childhood in the idyllic Ojai Valley in Southern California. As a youngster, Brent was very active. He played Little League baseball, youth football and soccer. On weekends, he could usually be found riding his Honda motorcycle at Devil’s Gulch, a local off-road riding and hill climbing area.
In High School, Brent enjoyed high academic success while attending advanced placement classes. During this time, he also continued in sports, focusing on tackle football and soccer. As a result of his hard work and natural abilities, as a senior, he was awarded the Best Defensive Player on the Varsity Football team.
After High School, Brent attended the University of California, Riverside as a Pre-Med major. Although becoming a medical doctor appealed strongly to Brent, he yearned for a more exciting occupation. The next year he transferred to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle, known as the “Harvard of the Skies,” specializes in training students to become professional pilots along with advanced degrees in the field of aviation.
While at Embry-Riddle, Brent applied for a pilot slot with the United States Air force. Out of thousands of applicants, Brent was fortunate enough to be among a handful of the applicants to be accepted into the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program with a pilot slot. This was an exciting time. During basic training, between his sophomore and junior year of college, Brent was able to fly a T-37 “Tweedy Bird” jet, fly in a C-130 and Huey helicopter, go inside and tour a missile silo and shoot various firearms. At the time, life could not be any better, he was going to fly the best aircraft in the world, and get paid for it while serving his country. It was a triple win situation.
School at Embry-Riddle was progressing well, when at the end of his junior year, Brent contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Guillain-Barre is a very rare neurological disease that causes one’s own immune system to attack one’s nervous system. Brent’s case was a severe one, and resulted in him becoming completely paralyzed, requiring a respirator for over a month. The rehabilitation for Guillain-Barre is long and Brent remained in the hospital for about 5 months. To this day, Brent still has residual effects of the Guillain-Barre with muscle loss in his feet and ankles that will never recover. With the disease, Brent lost his pilot slot and after his hospital stay, returned home to Ojai for continued rehabilitation. This was a difficult time as he spent his 21st birthday in a hospital bed and had no idea what the future held. Spiritually, he experienced the full range of emotions – apathy, feeling sorry for himself, being angry (even at God) for his condition, all the way up through acceptance.
With his physical body in disrepair, Brent started back to college as soon as he could and focused his education on business. Since he was a young boy, he always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Business was the logical major.
Brent graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate, followed by attending, and graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law with a Juris doctorate.
During law school, Brent focused on business and real estate related courses. As a result of this interest and focus, Brent won the American Jurisprudence Award in Real Estate Transactions. The award is given to the top students in a specific field of study by the Lawyer Cooperative Publishing Company. Few students receive these, so it provides certain bragging rights among the student body.
Brent passed the California Bar exam and started practicing law in the field of civil litigation in business and real estate. He practiced traditional law for a few years and in 1995 he was awarded the “Best in Business – Attorney”. Brent worked on several business startups taking them public. In addition to the companies that went public, Brent also did the preliminary legal work and assisted in raising start-up capital for Light Point Systems, Inc. Light Point provides solar technology for hand held electronics. Light Point did not go public, but is still in business in Ventura, California.
On the home front, Blain (Brent’s oldest son) decided it was time to get involved with tackle football. Brent was ecstatic about this and volunteered to help coach. This was a very rewarding experience for father and son. In the following years, Brent became more involved and moved up to Head Coach and become President of the Ojai Eagles Chapter of the Youth Football League.
Brent also had some great fun during this time. Ever since his old football days, Brent yearned for the excitement of a game involving the emotion and intense competition of football. Brent began racing in the NASCAR Spec Truck series.
It was now time to really focus on business again. Brent and his family decided to relocate to Las Vegas to build and grow his business, Affinity Lifestyles.com. The business currently manufactures and distributes “Real Water”, the only known bottled water that is alkalized and has stable negative ionization. Real Water has become very popular with health conscience people, celebrities and athletes. The business has experienced exceptional growth and is sold in popular chains throughout the United States.
John Ponder of “Hope for Prisoners” recognizes Brent and Aimee Jones for their commitment and support. Hope for Prisoners is a program that offers a second chance to non violent offenders through employment and mentoring programs that enable participants to re-enter society and lead productive lives.