I am Peter J. Burns III, and I am a lifelong entrepreneur.
The oldest of three brothers, I am part of a well-established New England family. I was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut; and our family summered on Nantucket Island and wintered on Sanibel Island.
My education includes the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, the University of Virginia (for a short stint!) and Harvard Business School's Owners and Presidents Management Program. I was 29 at the time, and I remain the youngest student ever admitted since Harvard started the program in 1972. My two younger brothers are titans in the entertainment and finance industries, but I took a different route. I’m a pure-blooded entrepreneur, and I’ve been one all my professional life.
I served in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier during the escalation of the Vietnam War (thank God I didn't have to go overseas!), received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended West Point Prep and won a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship to the University of Virginia.
My "official" career as an entrepreneur started as a first-year student. I took a fourth-year course called "Entrepreneurship" at UVa.'s venerable McIntire School of Commerce.
We were required to write a business plan for an actual business, and my plan focused on importing mopeds (motorized bikes) to the U.S. from Europe and renting them to tourists at U.S. resorts. When the class was over, I implemented that plan on Nantucket Island and made $55,000 in only a few months. It was a substantial sum for an industrious college kid, and my fire for entrepreneurial endeavors was fueled.
More than 40 years later, I have accumulated some exhilarating wins and endured some spectacular losses in my entrepreneurial career, and that has cultivated my appetite for launching a variety of successful ventures, and helping others fulfill their dream of becoming flourishing business owners. I continue to embark on rewarding journeys, like the six-month stretch in Ethiopia, where I volunteered for an international non-governmental organization (NGO) and was inspired to launch more enterprises, one of which is Ethiopian Capital Partners, which is the first capital fund in Ethiopia.
For several years, I lived in Arizona, where I expanded my business ventures and co-founded America’s first College of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University among other endeavors. Yet the path of a serial entrepreneur is ever-evolving, and I found my true home in beautiful La Jolla in southern California, which swiftly became my home base not long after I visited for a business meeting.
Here, I debuted a travel company called Avia (www.aviatravelservices.com), which spawned a partnership with the nation of Vietnam, allowing me to share on revenue of every travel dollar spent and every VISA issued to tourists (www.travel.vn and www.vietnamvisa.com). My interest in travel, tourism and real estate has since led to companies centered around luxury villas, luxury charter air travel and even a charter air travel business for people and their pets.
Motivated by a genuine desire to help people achieve their dream of owning and growing their own business, I introduced a remarkable FinTech product called “Entrepreneurs Credit Card (www.entcreditcard.com), which allows aspiring and existing business owners alike gain access to capital. Related to that mission to help as many entrepreneurs as possible, I debuted the innovative Burns Funding (www.burnsfunding.com), and Entrepreneur Credit Repair to help those in need qualify for funding.
Moved by a commitment to help owners of luxury villas reap tax mitigation benefits while benefitting charitable organizations, I spearheaded a cost segregation program (www.hlcostseg.com). One of my most intriguing newer ventures include cryptocurrency mining, in which I combined the top tech provider in the field with my financing expertise and produced more than $1.5 million in funding for crypto mining machines in the first week alone (www.cryptechalchemy.com).
Among my other newer forays include enhancing a program that helps vetrepreneurs transition from the military and into business ownership, an enterprise that funds and develops the careers of talented independent musicians and artists, and helping finance bustling cannabis industry enterprises as more states pass legislation to legalize cannabis.
The mind of this serial entrepreneur is always percolating with an interest in creating new ventures, a genuine commitment to supporting charitable organizations to benefit humankind and a sincere desire to offer guidance and support to fledgling entrepreneurs.
I always welcome the opportunity to meet and talk to fellow entrepreneurs, and hear inquiries about business ventures. Thank you for visiting my website, and feel free to reach out to me on my Contact Page!