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. Join the EquityBuild Team – visit our Careers page.

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.

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.

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