A poor city boy who left his hometown in search of greatness, Brian discovered the world of real estate instead.  Well on his way to financial mediocrity before he teamed up with Martha and Nancy, he brought an innate business acumen to the partnership .   Not only can Brian bring home the bacon, but he can fry it up in a pan, along with some fresh tarragon and chervil, of course.  Anyone who knows Brian knows his love of French cooking. His favorite vacations are spent at Patricia Well's cooking school in Provence.   Brian and his partner Ken often host community fundraisers and soirees at their home, the 1920s Tudor-style "Harper House" in Lansing. Fortunately for their friends, there are usually lots of leftovers.