About Us

The EquityBuild Team

Take a few minutes to get to know EquityBuild’s team of highly skilled experts! We have over 25 years of experience totaling over 1,000 successful turnkey real estate transactions. When you use EquityBuild you can rest assured we’ll have all of the answers to your questions, no matter how complicated.

We can also consult with your tax advisor or attorney, if needed, at no additional cost to you. At Equitybuild, we strive to bring you only the best real estate investments. Our experts spend weeks finding the perfect homes to turn into high quality investments, to help make your rental income owning experience painless.

J.H. “Jerry” Cohen

President and CEO, EquityBuild

Jerry Cohen, President and CEO

J.H. “Jerry” Cohen began his real estate investment career in 1984. In the nearly quarter century since, he has been a principal in more than 1,000 real estate investment transactions. Cohen is the creator of a proprietary econometric model that identifies undervalued and outperforming markets. He has also constructed and refined an investment approach designed to ensure that his investors capitalize on the opportunities his model identifies while uplifting target real estate investment communities.

Cohen has identified and practices a set of property management disciplines uniquely structured to achieve strong asset performance.

He lives with his wife and daughter on the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida.

Shaun Cohen

Vice President, EquityBuild

Shaun Cohen, M.A., Economics, Vice President

Shaun Cohen’s first rental property was acquired at the age of 10. By 11, he was the landlord of 5 properties that were successfully cash flowing at a substantial rate. He was reared in the world of real estate and has 20+ years of experience in just his 30′s.

Shaun’s youthful experience in real estate led to an entrepreneurial spirit that quickly blossomed into other industries, as well. His under-graduate education, based in philosophy, combined with his PhD track in Economics at George Mason University outfit EquityBuild with a unique vision in investing in real estate. The richness of his real estate, business and educational experiences provide an analytical yet out-of-the-box approach that causes EquityBuild to rise above all others in the industry.

George Slowinski

Construction Services Manager, EquityBuild


George Slowinski, Founder of the G-Slow Team

George Slowinski started his Real Estate career in 2004 with RE/MAX in Orland Park, IL making “Rookie of the Year” that same year. He went forward from there, continuing to excel in all areas of Real Estate being awarded the top team by RE/MAX TEAM 2000, Wolf Road Office, for 4 straight years. Other accolades given include: RE/MAX Platinum award- (Commission earnings over $250,000) 2005, 2006, 2007; RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award-2008 (Commission earnings over $1,000,000); 5 Star Real Estate Agent 2012 & 2013-Given by the 5 Star Professional Association, in conjunction with Chicago Magazine-awarded to the top 2% of Illinois agents.

Read George’s Full Bio Here.

Ken Asbridge

Construction Services Manager, EquityBuild

Ken Asbridge, Construction Services Manager

Ken began in the construction industry back in 1963. many of his accomplishments involve installing a satellite system for General Dynamic across the US. For nearly twenty years he was in charge of construction for High Rise buildings, schools, healthcare centers theaters etc. His expertise in residential construction involved investment property rehab and a large volume of new home construction, including the home of Tom Arnold and Rosanne Barr in Eldon, Iowa.

Ken Asbridge has dealt extensively in Real Estate procurement for Fortune 500 companies and is the recipient of DBA contractor of the year and has been recognized on several occasions in the Crain Business publication.

Kira Golden – Director of Global Business Development

Kira

Kira Golden, M.P.A.

Kira Golden brings a wealth of experience from the world of investing in real estate, equities, venture funding, and other areas to EquityBuild Finance.

By the time she was able to vote, she had already had holdings in real estate and the stock market. Less than a decade later, she was able to leave her position as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones and live off her investment income. At present, she owns investment properties around the world. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate of The George Washington University with both a Baccalaureate degree and Masters in Public Administration, she combines her “real world” investing experience with a solid academic foundation from one of the top universities.

With this unique combination of success both inside the classroom and investing in a wide range of asset classes, she now speaks on wealth strategies for those seeking to be financially independent. A particular interest now for her is in syndicating the financing for promising start-up ventures through crowd funding campaigns. Operating from Denver, she travels around the world to both advise on investing while also seeking out her own opportunities for profit.

Jill Banner

Jill-Banner-smJill has over twenty years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. Additionally, she is a successful real estate investor and has been investing in real estate and tax lien certificates inside of her IRA for nearly fourteen years. Jill’s investing experience includes:  single family homes, multifamily, mobile homes, lease to own, subject to, wholesaling, commercial, oil and gas, apartments and mobile home parks.  Jill practices what she preaches by routinely investing within her IRA accounts.  She believes that self-directing is truly a way to take control of your retirement and has fashioned the firm’s service model to be extremely investor friendly.  Her motto is “built by investors for investors”. Jill brings creativity, talent and is a driving force in the firm’s success.

John Landry, Corporate Counsel

John Landy, Corporate Counsel

John D. Landry, J.D., has practiced law since 1975. He previously worked as a corporate attorney for the pharmaceutical firm, G.D. Searle & Co., in Skokie, Illinois, as Senior Staff Counsel, handling employment, federal procurement and anti-trust concerns. John also served as General Counsel for Searle Agriculture, Inc., a subsidiary of G.D. Searle & Co. Since 1978, John has been engaged in private practice. His practice areas include: elder law, estate planning, probate, real estate, family, criminal, corporate, bankruptcy, personal injury, medical malpractice and general litigation. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Juris Doctor from the John Marshal Law School, Chicago. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. John is enrolled to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also enrolled in the CM/ECF systems for both the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States District Court.http://www.landrylaw.org/index.html

Ralph Sherman, Esq., Corporate Securities Counsel

Ralph Sherman, Esq., Corporate Securities Counsel

Ralph received his law degree from Boston University in 1987 and is licensed in Michigan, Massachusetts and the US Supreme Court. He has served as a campaign attorney for various campaigns including levels up to the US Congress, Senate and President. He is well known for his wealth of knowledge in the field of securities law as it relates to various states as well as federal regulation. Ralph has served as corporate counsel for many finance firms, has taught at the University of Michigan and, since 2004, has continued to consult and speak nationwide for a well-known real estate investor/private lender. His website is www.shermanlawoffices.com and his email is rmsherman[at]shermanlawoffices.com

 

 

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