He had a minor health scare in 2007, when doctors were worried he might have colon cancer. Brown spent about six weeks waiting on test results. When the tests came back negative, he decided it was time to start checking some things off his bucket list.
He'd long wanted to jump from the New River Gorge Bridge but was worried he could not achieve the required 200 skydiving jumps needed before he could become a BASE jumper.
"I didn't think I would be able to get enough jumps in before I got too old," he said.
Thanks to Kissner, Brown got his chance. He and his guide, Mark Kruse, were the first jumpers off the platform at last year's Bridge Day.
He said he second-guessed his decision when he was standing on the jump platform watching the New River rush by, just 870 feet below. But Kruse said "Ready, set, Bridge Day," and off the platform they went.
Brown was wearing a helmet camera during the jump. When he watched the video later, he noticed only 1.1 seconds passed from the time he left the bridge to the time the parachute deployed.
"It feels like minutes," he said.
The entire jump lasted around one minute and ten seconds. Brown and Kruse landed in the New River about three feet from shore, safe and sound.
Though Brown said almost everyone he knew tried to talk him out of the jump, he'd love to do it again.
"It's a very intense sensation. You accept the consequences, and life's everyday problems don't seem so bad. For that brief moment, everything is right in the world," he said.
Kissner realizes there aren't many people like Brown, thrill-seekers who dream of jumping off bridges, so he has no allusions that tandem BASE-jumping will become "the next big thing." He said he will consider TandemBASE a success if the company does a few hundred jumps each year.
"Most people don't even know what BASE jumping is. This is not a business we started thinking we're going to make millions of dollars off of. It's not a big sport," he said.
So it's a good thing Kissner isn't just doing it for the money.
"We're spreading a lot of joy in the world," he said. "When people say, 'This is the best thing I've ever done, I'll never forget this,' there's a lot to be said for being a part of something that's that important for people."