On the record: Clearwater businessman Casey Brown
When Casey Brown moved to Clearwater from Raleigh, N.C. in 2011, he was already turning a profit buying used records, and re-selling them over the internet. The family garage was his office.
“The last real job I had, I did financing and sales at a car dealership,” says the 43-year-old entrepreneur. “And I was selling records online on the side. And when the recession hit, selling records started making more money than selling cars. So I started doing that full time."
His wife Liz had accepted a new job in St. Petersburg, and it was reasonable to assume, Brown figured, he’d be able to transfer his record business, too. He was a picker. Everywhere, people are unloading their record collections, right?