Than Merrill, Founder/CEO
Than Merrill, star of a flipping houses reality show and the founder of FortuneBuilders.com and CT Homes, LLC is one of the most successful real estate investors in the nation. In the past decade he has bought and sold hundreds of properties.
Than also coaches many other successful Real Estate Investor's and business owners around the country. The key to his student's rapid success is the franchise like systems he helps students set up within their business. Than's mantra is derived from the belief that "Business Process Automation" is the key to insuring guaranteed success in any marketplace. Than absolutely loves guiding other investors towards financial freedom by teaching them the principles of how to invest strategically.
Than enjoys spending his free time playing beach volleyball and any other sport that he still thinks he is young enough to play. Than is often called the "Al Bundy" of the office. He is known to spend way too many hours drawing up flag football plays for FortuneBuilders.com team games. Than also likes sushi... and coffee and has been recently trying to cut back. That's not going so well...
Than also recently started a non-profit organization with his wife Cindy (the brains of the operation) called the Equal Footing Foundation. The organization provides funding to children who can't afford youth sports programs. For more information please visit www.EqualFootingFoundation.org.
Than Merrill is a graduate of Yale University and a former NFL football player. After a very successful college football career, he played two year with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before moving into a career in real estate development. Than is a highly sought after speaker and has shared the platform with some of the top speakers in the country including former first lady Laura Bush, Tony Robbins, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Robert Kiyosaki. If you would like to see if Than is available to speak at one of your events please send an email to support [at] fortunebuilders [dot] com.
Paul Esajian, Founder/CFO
Paul Esajian, CFO of CT Homes, LLC and Co-Founder of FortuneBuilders Inc. is one of nation’s premier young real estate investors and speakers. His ideas for building a business have been used to develop CT Homes into the premier real estate solutions company in Connecticut and the New England area. Paul is an experienced project manager who specializes in personnel management and incentive based motivation for his contractors. Although Paul’s expertise is in managing larger rehabs and multi-unit rehabs, he has also been responsible for the accounting and companies’ financial details since the beginning. Throughout his investing career, Paul has been continuously developing unique accounting systems custom to our specific home buying business, as well as contractor systems that have been developed to meticulously manage the numerous contractors and projects. This range of duties has given Paul a wide breadth of knowledge about running an efficient, productive company, from the accounting books in the office to the foundation of a house on site. In addition, Paul has contributed in developing and now managing two branch offices in Fresno, CA and New London, CT that are currently run by students of his company.
In addition to the contribution Paul has had on the community of New Haven through his diligent efforts to re-construct formerly ugly houses into beautiful ones, Paul has also been instrumental in sustaining business for minority contractors within the cities of New Haven and Waterbury, among others. His ability to manage and motivate people has led to more work for contractors, thus further sustaining income for previously slow businesses. There are countless number of people Paul has worked with who have produced their best work as a result of his attention to detail, dedication and persistence to get the job done the right way.
Paul Esajian is originally from California, where he graduated from the University of California at Davis with a focus in accounting. Paul also wrestled for the University while earning his degree. With a work ethic seldom can match, Paul continues to grow his business while keeping in mind this important thought: as long as there is no work left to be done, then everything has been done right.
J.D. Esajian, Partner/Project Manager
JD Esajian, star of a flipping houses reality show is head project manager of CT Homes LLC, a multi-million dollar real estate investing company located in New Haven, CT and as well as a national speaker with FortuneBuilders Inc, a real estate educational training company. He, along business partner Than Merrill and brother Paul Esajian are some of the nation’s most successful investors and are considered elite experts in buying, fixing, and selling properties.
JD’s strong work ethic combined with his systematic no-nonsense strategies are what have allowed him to manage 15-20 rehab projects (consisting of 50+ contractors) simultaneously! His vast renovating experience includes single family homes, multi-family residences, as well as commercial property and ranges from minor cosmetic rehabs all the way to full teardowns and everything in between. Over the past few years JD has flipped over hundreds properties throughout the country.
He believes the key to rehabbing properties successfully and profitably is to implement systems that will help run your business. “Systems are what you leverage to build wealth, eliminate risk, save time, and keep you sane!” The rehabbing and selling systems JD has developed are second to none in the industry.
JD applies his no-nonsense approach, not only to investing, but also when teaching others how to realistically build wealth through real estate investing. JD is know as the expert who will “give it to you straight,” he cuts through all the hype and shows investors how to take action from day one, giving them tangible systems they can implement immediately into their own business to start making money!
JD Esajian is originally from California, where he studied business at The University Of Southern California and graduated from California State University Fresno with a degree in Economics. JD is a firm believer in the importance of keeping balance in one’s life through maintaining a healthy mind, body, and soul. It is only when that balance is achieved that true happiness and success can be realized.
“How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything”
Konrad Sopielnikow, Founder/COO
Konrad Sopielnikow, COO of CT Homes, LLC and Co-Founder of FortuneBuilders Inc. is the “brains” behind the set up, growth, and management of the company’s infrastructure and its business systems. His business insight and his expertise in technology and legal systems provided a foundation for dynamic growth and rapid expansion of CT Homes and FortuneBuilders. He’s also headed up Private Money Investor Relations, raising and allocating financing for 100+ CT Homes deals. With a passion for staying ahead of industry trends, Konrad currently focuses on expanding Company’s web presence!
Konrad was born in “one of the most beautiful historic cities of Europe” (Krakow, Poland) and moved with his family to the USA in 1992. He attended Yale University, playing football alongside fellow “Bulldog” Than. After graduating, he went on to play Pro football in Kiel, Germany before turning to the States! Konrad LIVES for adventure, especially international travel and the adrenaline rush that comes with discovering new places, peoples, cultures and experiences! An avid outdoor sportsman you can often find him exploring the forests and hills of Connecticut on his mountain bike or on foot; or cruising the windy asphalt roads of New England on his motorcycle!
Konrad’s philosophy: “Squeeze every last drop of juice out of the entrepreneurial lifestyle while striving to achieve the essential balance between work, family and play.”