John (Jack) Brinsmade Braman was born in São Paulo Brazil on January 25, 1948. He grew up in Connecticut and went to the Gunnery prep school in Washington, Connecticut , founded by his grandfather Grenville Braman . He worked with American Express for their Marketing Department, but for any years prior was employed in customer relations for Piedmont Airlines , before it was acquired by Eastern Airlines. His work there was salutary; he presented the idea of frequent flyer programs - a first in the airlines industry - to Piedmont , which became the industry's standard later on. He partnered with Key West artist William Welch for three years before he succumbed to a chronic illness and passed away on October 17, 1995. He was just 47. Greatly missed by family and friends still to this day. A spirit of selfless love and support that is a rarity ,prized by those who were close to Jack.