Peter J. Burns III
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Starting at the age of 19, Peter J. Burns III has started, operated, bought and sold well over 100 businesses in literally dozens of niche markets. Nantucket Island was the home of Burns' first "real" business-importing mopeds from Austria and being the firrst in the country to rent them to vacationing tourists. After making $55,000 in only 10 weeks from his summer "job," Burns took his moped fleet and set up shop on Sanibel Island, Florida for the winter season.
Ultimately, he expanded to 100 markets like Maui, St. Kitts, Boothbay Harbor, Key West, adding rental products like bicycles, roller blades, jet skiis and even Harley Davidson motorcycles and exotic cars to his rental fleet.
Burns expanded his entrepreneurial fire to such businesses as magazine publishing using the unique "Insertazine" format, started one of the first email marketing firms, opened a mens retail clothing store, acquired and developed commercial real estate, founded the largest entrepreneurial network in the U.S. (Club Entrepreneur), opened up the first entrepreneurial resource centers (eFactory, Club E Office) and created the Nation's first accredited College of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University.
Burns was in the U.S Army as an infantry soldier, was appointed to the United States Military Academy (West Point), went through the United Stated Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS), won an Army 4 Year ROTC Scholarship and attended the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. He was the youngest ever selected (age 29) for Harvard Business School's Owners and Presidents Management Program (OPM).
Burns has been featured in hundreds of magazine, newspaper articles, radio and television clips including the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, Entrepreneur Magazine, the Phoenix Business Journal, Nations Business and CNN.