EquityBuild Finance’s CEO Shaun Cohen is in some heady company.  Shaun has been named a finalist for the renowned D CEO Financial Executives Award for 2014. This prestigious award, in collaboration with the Dallas CPA Society, Financial Executives Association and the Association for Corporate Growth is given to the executive demonstrating exceptional innovation and leadership.

Shaun Cohen EqutyBuild Finance

If you don’t know about Shaun, his life is truly a fascinating story and if you’ve been fortunate enough to have heard him speak about EquityBuild Finance you know how passionate he is about his company. Shaun’s business life has always had real estate at its core. Do you know of anyone else that had a rental property at the tender age of 10 and by the time he was 11 years old he had five rental properties? That’s Shaun. By the time he was 30 years old he had already posted two decades of real estate experience. Here’s a copy of the press release announcing his nomination:


25 Year Real Estate Investment Expert Named

D CEO Financial Executives Award 2014 Finalist

From 10-year-old landlord to a top corporate finance professional in Dallas, TX US city with the most Fortune 500 headquarters



April 22, 2014

(Dallas, TX) - EquityBuild Finance LLC is proud to announce that CEO and Co-founder Shaun Cohen is named as a D CEO Financial Executives Award 2014 Finalist.  D CEO’s Financial Executive Awards program is presented in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, Dallas CPA Society and Financial Executives International.  Cohen was selected as a finalist for this award based on performance, innovation and financial leadership that EquityBuild brings to real estate investors throughout the United States.

Shaun Cohen brings more than 25 years of experience in business and the real estate investment industry. He acquired his first rental property at the age of 10, and by 12, he was the landlord of five income-producing properties. As a Co-founder of EquityBuild, Inc. and EquityBuild Finance, LLC, Cohen excels in streamlining direct real estate investment opportunities that deliver consistent double-digit returns to domestic and international investors including the pension fund of the United Kingdom’s HM Revenue and Customs for Self Investment Pension Plans. 

Cohen has built dynamic financial systems and scalable tools including a turn-key real estate management solution that have more than doubled revenues three years running.  Additionally, while EquityBuild operates in numerous markets, they have become the second largest building permit puller in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Additional cities for current operation and expansion include, but are not limited to, Houston, Atlanta, Austin, Detroit and Philadelphia.

This prestigious award also includes winners and finalists from some of the leading Fortune 500 companies in the world such as John Stevens, CFO of AT&T, Kevin P. Marsh, CFO of Texas Instruments, Inc. and Don Robillard CFO of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.  Cohen and others will be celebrated at an exclusive awards event on April 23rd and profiled in the May/June issue of D CEO. 

With Shaun Cohen at the helm of EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance he has been able to build a company in accordance with a very clear vision and mission to empower, educate and enrich EquityBuild investors.  His free market approach to solving social and community challenges also produces profits for his revitalization specialty project entitled Rebuilding America.

His unique approach to real estate enhanced by his rich educational experience arms the company with a unique vision for real estate investing.  His undergraduate education, based in philosophy, combined with his PhD track in Economics at George Mason University provides an analytical yet out-of-the-box approach that enables EquityBuild to lead the industry.  Cohen received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Literature from St. John’s College and his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University.