Stay Sharp and Creative While in Self Quarantine, Says Peter J. Burns III

A positive outlook on life—despite the gloom and doom brought by the COVID-19 crisis—will always pay dividends, according to serial entrepreneur Peter J. Burns III.

He has a singular message that applies to your personal and professional lives: “Don’t whine about what is missing. Embrace what you have in front of you and just live your life. As the old saying goes about the calamity facing us now—this, too, shall pass.”

On the business front, Peter J. Burns III has kept moving forward during the coronavirus pandemic. He closed a significant transaction—acquisition of control of the board of the country’s first and best-run Cannabis Church.

The Agora Temple is located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. This unique vertical is a religious institution that serves cannabis as a sacrament (more on this later). The church also is a significant force in bringing large charitable bequests to many underserved communities.

“Making a large investment in a completely new field appears counterintuitive to common sense, especially during one of the most fearsome economic downturns in America’s history,” Peter J. Burns III says. “But for me, it’s par for the course.”

On the personal side. Burns—who has had a hand in building 150 companies over an illustrious, 40-year career—says he’s using time during self-quarantine that’d he’d normally devote to finding new business ventures to enjoy his surroundings.

Based in Southern California, Peter J. Burns III is safely and responsibly—per social distancing guidelines—taking work-break walks in the gorgeous community of Del Mar. Before the coronavirus pandemic, he similarly discovered the beauty of La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

“I’m lucky to live in an area that has extensive natural beauty and miles and mines of beach communities with amazing coastlines,” he says. “I’m really appreciating that right now.”

A Few Notes on the Cannabis Church

Cannabis churches are not new, but they are still in the fledgling stage. Agora Temple is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the Melrose section of Los Angeles.

“Agora Temple will be the model for other places of worship as we expand in California and beyond,” Peter J. Burns III says. “We have an exemplary leadership team at the existing location, and we also have the right people in place for expansion, especially from an operational, legal and regulatory standpoint.”

Peter J. Burns III will have a seat on the board of directors at Agora Temple. He says his company’s decision was bolstered by a plethora of legal decisions in the state that recognize that freedom of religion is protected by the First Amendment, which prohibits laws impeding the free exercise of religion among U.S. citizens.

The model is also supported by the fact that there’s a long, rich history of cannabis and religion dating back 7,000 years. And, that the Catholic Church has long used wine as a sacrament, even selling wine that has been “ordained” to its membership.

“The underlying mission of promoting spiritual growth by using cannabis as a sacrament must be ingrained in the Temple’s philosophy as well as its practice,” Burns says. “There are many existing religious institutions in California that have mishandled this. We are prepared to help them, as well as to establish new Temples.”

Burns adds that he is also impressed by the charitable mission of Agora Temple, which has been working with various charities in Southern California for more than a year. ‘We will enhance those efforts,” he says.

Always Moving Forward

In good business climates, as well as the dismal one we are now in, Peter J. Burns III will continue to embrace what he has on his plate. Yes, this, too shall pass. And he’ll continue to create start-ups and look for savvy business partners.

There are always opportunities for investors—even as the country embraces a new, post-coronavirus economy. For more information, reach out to Peter J. Burns III: (peterjburns3@gmail.com).

How Harvard Business School’s OPM Program Helped Shape the Career of Peter J. Burns III

Peter J. Burns III is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in starting up niche market replicable business enterprises. An innovative businessman, he creates and implements many new concepts from the ground up. Critical to his success: Participation in the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) program.

What is Harvard’s OPM program? It’s designed for business owners and founders who have at least 10 years of operating existence, serve as a chief executive or a C-level exec, and are actively involved in a business or hold a significant equity stake in one.

The Harvard curriculum helps entrepreneurs who are already building, leading and growing successful businesses focus on leadership and personal growth. It spurs individuals to develop a broader global perspective, gain a deeper understanding of operations and glean greater insight into operational excellence.

Celebrity students who have enrolled include actors Katie Holmes, Tyra Banks and Channing Tatum and rapper LL Cool J.

Peter J. Burns III was the perfect candidate—and to date was one of the youngest people accepted into this prestigious program.

The Harvard Background of Peter J. Burns III

Burns entered Harvard’s OPM program in 1986 at the age of 29. Yes, by that age he’d already had 10 years of experience running a successful company.

His official career as an entrepreneur started when he created a company that imported mopeds (motorized bicycles) to the United States from Europe. That was on Nantucket Island in 1977. At the time, it was one of the most successful recreational rental companies of its kind in the world.

The moped rental company had $3 million in annual sales—netting over half of that amount.

Burns wrote the business plan for that company while he was enrolled as a first-year student at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, while he was enrolled in a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship.

When Burns was selected from among worldwide applicants to be in the Harvard Business School’s OPM program, he recalls being 20-plus years younger than most of his classmates.

“I was classmates with such business giants as Peter Norton (Norton Antivirus,) the owners of the revered Donegal Mills Plantation and the fifth generation of the venerable Gieves & Hawks,” Burns says. “I was with the titans of the entrepreneurial world and was blessed to be among them as ‘The Kid’ of the bunch.”

Peter J. Burns III, Serial Entrepreneur

Since his college years, and early business success, serial entrepreneurship and the establishment of unique businesses has been a major part of Burn’s life. Over the span of four decades in business, Burns has started, operated, sold, and/or expanded more than 150 businesses.

Some of those businesses and operations include:

•Creation of the first “Dolphin Tour” business, using jet boats on guided tours through wild dolphin habitats (Water Tours 1995).

•Establishment of the first integrated media rich commercial email marketing business (Cybertising 2000).

•Inventing the “Insert-A-Zine” niche-publishing concept (NightLife Magazine! 2001).

•Pioneering the expanded market for Cost Segregation Studies, introducing a Patent Pending for unique applications (CSS 2008).

•Expanding to the massive commercialization of cost segregation (HL Cost Seg 2016).

•Co-founding the first financing organization for “Creatives,” i.e., singers, film producers, artists (FundingWagon.com, 2013).

• Founding Ethiopian Capital Partners as a bi-lateral platform of commerce between the U.S. and Ethiopia (Expatrepreneur.us 2013).

• Co-founding Luxury Travel Product Placement company that acquired empty time in luxury villas in exchange for luxury products and remarked to Closed User Groups at 40 percent less than the villa owner could rent out own villa. (HL Villas 2016).

• Co-founding Avia Travel Services by assembling a partnership with an expansive travel booking engine, joining it with an airline ticketing entity and creating a “one-stop-shop” for the corporate group and employee travel at significantly discounted rates. (Avia 2017).

And many more…

Opportunities with Peter J. Burns III

Growing up as a young entrepreneur, experiencing the ups and downs of starting businesses, and having decades of experience, Burns developed a passion for mentoring. He combined his passion for starting new enterprises with his affinity for offering guidance to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs by creating Burn$ Funding.

Burns$ Funding uses unique and innovative methods (involving the use of bridge loans and shelf corporations to repair credit and gain access to funding) to provide aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners with access to capital to fund their own business ventures.

Interested in hearing more about business opportunities? Check out the Peter J. Burns III website and read more about this Harvard trained and real-world-seasoned entrepreneur.

Burn$ Funding Expands Opportunities for Investors with Launch of Behavioral Group Homes

http://www.luxurygrouphomes.com

Like the company’s announcement a few weeks ago of the launch of Luxury Group Homes as a new division, the introduction of Behavioral Group Homes taps into a growing trend in eldercare around group homes. Many studies have shown that demand for beds at nursing homes and assisted living facilities is outpacing supply. Group homes are a logical alternative.

As with investments in Luxury Group Homes, investments in Behavioral Group Homes could also prove lucrative, according to serial startup entrepreneur Peter J. Burns, III, the founder of Burn$ Funding. Behavioral homes typically generate 20% to 40% higher net income than traditional group homes.

A key component of the deal is that the current owner of the behavioral homes will remain a consultant to Burn$ Funding for 12 to 18 months. “He has an exemplary staff that has been with the company for several years,” said Burns. “There has been very little turnover, and we intend to keep it that way. On a related note, we plan to use these three homes as a showcase for our Behavioral Group Homes business, to show future residents, their families, the community, and investors how these types of homes should be managed. These three behavioral homes have consistently achieved high ratings from Banner Health, and in recent years, Banner Health has become a tremendous referral source for residents of these homes.”

Burns added that the homes are not only great for the residents, but also for investors.

“They generate a significantly higher Cap Rate and Cash on Cash Return than almost any other type of real estate investment,” said Burns. “Behavioral Group Homes have returns that are much higher than owning a traditional rental property, and much less risky than an Airbnb type of real estate investment, which is risky due to unknowns including zoning restrictions/changes, community issues and variable demand.”

About Burn$ Funding

Burn$ Funding is an emerging aggregator of non-traditional tools for securing growth capital. Three of those tools, in particular stand out. First, Burn$ Funding has institutionalized the bridge funding process to help clients reduce credit card debt and obtain a higher credit score. This allows Burn$ Funding clients to secure more capital at remarkably low interest rates, in some cases as low as zero percent for an introductory period of 12–21 months. Second, Burn$ Funding offers a market in shelf corporations, which are business entities that are no longer being used because their assets have been sold, typically through acquisition. However, these corporations are still viable because they have exemplary credit records. While these entities typically range in cost from $5,000 to $10,000, their clean record can help clients secure lines of credit for growth. Third, Burn$ Funding has pioneered the use of Cost Segregation to allow commercial real estate owners to generate capital (in the form of tax savings) based on a little known IRS allowance. A cost segregation study identifies aspects of a property that can be placed on accelerated depreciation life cycles, typically resulting in huge tax savings for eligible property owners.

Note: Previously published by Peter J. Burns III on Medium (2019)

Pet Care so Revolutionized, the Pup-arozzi will Pounce!

Peter J. Burns’s New Pet Care Concept

(Maui & Malcolm, two doggies who love their walks!)

Entrepreneur Peter J. Burns III is revolutionizing the pet care industry. His biography includes initiating over 150 businesses, founding the Entrepreneurship Program for the Barrett Honors College at ASU and then Grand Canyon University, and much, much more. So he has a wealth of knowledge about how to take an idea and run with it. Or in this case, walk with some furry friends. 

This lifelong entrepreneur has many passions, from humanitarian causes in Ethiopia to the conservation of our precious ocean mammals, to the care of our smaller beloved creatures: our fur babies. Peter J. Burns III is an animal lover much like the almost 2 million households in Los Angeles County alone which own cats or dogs. 

In an area where specialty gourmet pet stores cater to the pampered pet with organic doggie and kitty treats, “pupcakes” for their special birthday and homemade vegan doggie bones, it is only fitting that our beloved pets should have access to a first-class level of service for their daily walks, hikes, playtime and grooming needs.

WHAT IS THE VETTING PROCESS

         Photo from: “Jen’s Golden’s” Facebook

Should we really trust a stranger with our furry friends?

The dog walking industry has just recently launched full-swing with the advent of various dog walking apps, where owners can quickly find a dog walker and order up their service with as much ease as ordering fast food to their door. However, the vetting process for checking a person’s background and ruling out any criminal history is, upon closer look, sometimes not as thorough as one is lead to believe. 

We tested one app and our “dog walker” just put down two family members for their “references”. Those family members then answered one question in an email: “Do you recommend this person?” Other stories making the news include pet sitters on hidden camera who are distracted, inattentive and staying for half the time for which they’re getting paid.

While the current mass dog walking industry has not been sufficiently regulated in our opinion, Peter J. Burns III has initiated a new, safer, higher-quality pet care service. His new pet care service will focus on predetermined credentials, better training and more thorough background check of your dog-walker or pet-sitter. Our pets are our babies, after all. They trust us, so we owe it to them to provide the safest service we can. 

In a recent radio interview on “Movers & Shakers”, Burns explained how there is no current industry standard in a “fragmented…hodge podge” business. (Note that this segment of the interview occurs about halfway through at 11:25.) He is working to create a “Seal of Approval” to elevate the standards for the dog walking and pet sitting industry to a level which our fur babies certainly deserve. 

Burns’s revolutionary pet care service would begin with hiring trusted, quality pet care providers for dog walking services. He then will expand to a full range of services, including:

  • Pet sitting 
  • Pet grooming and daily care
  • Pet health needs, including administering medications as directed by your veterinarian.
  • Loving care, attention and playtime

Our furry friends depend on us for love, comfort and care 24 hours a day. So when we can’t be there for them, it helps put our minds at ease to know they are in good, trusted and credentialed hands. Isn’t it time to set the standards higher? With Peter J. Burns III, the industry is about to answer that question with a resounding, “Yes.”

Peter J. Burns III

Written by L. A. Rawleigh

Sources: 

Estimated Number of Pet-Owning Households Los Angeles County (2017). Retrieved from http://www.laalmanac.com/environment/ev21d.php

Could Orcas and Humans Help Save One Another?

Successful, innovative entrepreneur Peter J. Burns III believes so, and he’s on a mission to help both humans and these amazing creatures. Burns has created over 150 startups, but this multi-millionaire is much more than a business person: he’s a humanitarian at heart. Read more to find out about The Orca Project.

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The Catalyst Behind the Mission

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Burns, who live on the California coast became worried about the safety of his community and individuals worldwide as he increasingly noticed media coverage of unprovoked shark attacks on humans. There’s a reason why unprovoked attacks keep appearing in the news: based on the International Shark Attack Files, which is published by the Florida Museum of Natural History, these attacks have increasingly occurred over the past few decades. The chart below provides more details:

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Image source: Florida Museum of Natural History, 2018 https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/shark-attacks/trends/frequency-rates/world/

Clearly, human lives are at stake, but why does Burns believe that orcas can provide a beneficial solution?

“Apex Predators” Meet Their Match

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An apex predator is a species at the top of its food chain. People often think of sharks, especially great whites, as apex predators with no natural enemies. However, research shows that this assessment is not quite correct. 

According to a recent publication by Smithsonian, scientific studies have proven that a pod of orcas can drive great whites away from an area for months – even if the pod is only the area for a couple of hours. Based on the report by the Smithsonian, and other reputable publications such as National Geographic, great whites flee from orcas for good reason: orcas prey on these sharks.

Creating a “Win” for Everyone

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Peter J. Burns III is not on a mission to eradicate great whites or other sharks by introducing pods of orcas into their territories. Instead, he is actively pursuing a new, green solution which will benefit humans and orcas without causing shark casualties. The Orca Project is based on the idea that great whites could be deterred from areas where humans frequently swim through the use of technology. 

The Atlantic recently published an article which expressed that “orcas don’t actually have to kill any great whites to drive them away. Their mere presence—and most likely their scent—is enough.” (Yong, 2019) Burns believes that introducing the scent and sounds of orcas into waters frequented by beachgoers can help keep humans safe by driving away sharks and preventing attacks. Here are a few potential benefits to this plan:

Human swimmers are less likely to become prey – accidentally or otherwise – if sharks eschew coastal areas in favor of locations which are not frequented by people.

The project will spark further research and interest in these animals, whose populations are rapidly declining, according to the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington.

The Orca Project is a shark-friendly alternative to killing these animals. Furthermore, fewer shark attacks on people mean less “bad press” for the sharks, who are often vilified. 

Become Involved in the Orca Project

If you are interested in contributing to The Orca Project or learning more about the mission, visit Burns’s site (www.peterjburnsiii.com), which gives details about this endeavor as well as other ongoing projects.

Sources:

Center for Conservation Biology. (2019) Causes of Decline Among Southern Resident Killer Whales. University of Washington. Retrieved October 25, 2019, from https://conservationbiology.uw.edu/research-programs/killer-whales/.

Daley, J. (2019, April 22). Great White Sharks Are Completely Terrified of Orcas. Smithsonian. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-white-sharks-are-completely-terrified-orcas-180972009/

Florida Museum of Natural History. (2018) World Attack Frequency Rates. Retrieved October 25, 2019, from https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/shark-attacks/trends/frequency-rates/world/.

Rigney, E. (2019, July 16). Orcas Eat Great White Sharks—New Insights Into Rare Behavior Revealed. National Geographic. Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/07/killer-whales-orcas-eat-great-white-sharks

Yong, E. (2019, April 19). The Predator That Makes Great White Sharks Flee in Fear. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/04/great-white-sharks-flee-killer-whales/587563/

Note: Previously published on Medium (2019)

The U.S. is Shark Attack Central, but Orcas Can Help

Serial entrepreneur Peter J. Burns III is on a humanitarian mission. According to recent reports, shark attacks are on the rise in the United States. Just how serious is this problem? Take a look at the chart below, which is based on the most recent data from the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).

Furthermore, the United States reports more unprovoked shark attacks on humans, annually, than any other nation. An unprovoked shark attack is an incident in which the human victim did nothing to encourage the shark to engage. While many attacks “result in minor bites or abrasions from small sharks,” other attacks are downright deadly (ISFA).

Note: Attack data gathered from ISAF; 2019 data refers to January — June of the corresponding year.

The title of this article sums up the situation: GREAT WHITE SHARKS INCLUDING 15-FOOT, 2,000 POUND BEHEMOTH ARE PATROLLING U.S. EAST COAST HUNTING PREY. The coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida draw great white sharks each fall as temperatures drop. However, the east coast is not the only U.S. location where great whites attack. California’s infamous “red triangle” is the location at which roughly one third of great white shark attacks happen in the United States. For more information about the “red triangle,” watch this video.

Great Whites Mean Great Danger

What really concerns Peter J. Burns III about this disturbing data is that very little is being done to remedy this scary situation. Burns’s desire to protect human lives drove him to further research how sharks could be deterred from hurting humans. Based on several new reports, like this National Geographic article, sharks have a real enemy: orca whales. Orcas eat sharks, including great whites. Peter J. Burns III sees orcas as a human ally with powerful potential, and he founded The Orca Project with their abilities in mind.

Orcas: Our Allies in the Ocean

Great white sharks can grow up to 20 feet in length, and weigh up to 6,600 pounds. This means that any predator that can take down one of these animals is quite impressive. Orcas can weigh up to 6 tons and in terms of great whites, these whales are quite a formidable foe. In fact, after orcas enter an area, great whites are so scared that they will not return to that location for months (Jorgensen, et al.). However, orca populations are in decline, as reported by sources such as Smithsonian magazine.

Orcas certainly need our help, and they are not known to attack humansPeter J. Burns III knows that it is time to become serious about orca conservation, and he beliefs that helping orca populations to thrive will result in less shark attacks on humans. Furthermore, he sees a great research opportunity: if humans learn more about the signals that orcas give off to scare sharks away, we can use that information to protect our own kind.

To learn more about Peter J. Burns III or to invest in this intriguing humanitarian conservation project, visit http://peterjburnsiii.com/.

Sources:

International Shark Attack File (ISAF). (2019). Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary. Retrieved November 11, 2019, from https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/shark-attacks.

Jorgensen, S., Anderson, S., Kanive , P., Moxley, J., Ferretti, F., Chapple, T., & Block, B. (n.d.). Killer whales redistribute white shark foraging pressure on seals. Retrieved from https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39356-2.

Note: Article affiliated with Monterey Bay Aquarium; Department of Biology, Stanford University; Point Blue Conservation Science; Fish and Wildlife Management, Montana State University

Mccall, R. (2019, July 16). Orcas Eat Great White Sharks. National Geographic. Retrieved November 11, 2019, from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/07/killer-whales-orcas-eat-great-white-sharks/

Oceana. (2019). Fun Facts About Great White Sharks. Retrieved November 11, 2019, from https://usa.oceana.org/fun-facts-about-great-white-sharks.

Rigney, E. (2019, July 16). Orcas Eat Great White Sharks. National Geographic. Retrieved November 11, 2019, from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/07/killer-whales-orcas-eat-great-white-sharks/

Note: Previously published on Medium (2019)

Orca Project Promotes Safety and Conservation

I am both a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, and I am on a humanitarian mission to make beaches safer for people who would like to enjoy these natural spaces without having to fear violent, and often deadly, shark attacks. In terms of sharks, the great white is typically considered the epitome of an apex predator.

The great white (scientific name: Carcharodon carcharias) can grow up to 20 feet in length, and weigh in at over 3 tons. weigh up to 6,600 pounds. These predators have serrated teeth which allow them to tear into the flesh of their prey. According to Oceana.org, these teeth can be as long as 6.6 inches. It’s no wonder that people do not want to get into the water with these animals.

The University of Florida’s 2018 International Shark Attack File (ISAF) provides further proof that these predators are to be avoided. The ISAF defines an “unprovoked attacks” by sharks as “incidents where an attack on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark” (ISAF, 2019). Unprovoked attacks do not include situations in which humans attempt to touch, harm, or otherwise interact with sharks. The table below gives further details about last year’s attacks on humans.

Table from Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary by ISAF

The ISAF also reports that of all the countries in the world, the United States had the highest number of unprovoked shark attacks in 2018. These are scary statistics, but is there a solution?

Orcas may be the answer. A recent study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports provides strong proof that orcas seriously deter great whites. During the course of the study, researchers tracked great whites with electronic tags and found that these animals leave areas when orcas are present. In fact, orcas give great white such a fright that the sharks will not return to a zone for months after orcas have visited the area. A recently published National Geographic article provides insight into the sharks’ behavior: orcas actually feed on great whites.

Instead of avoiding our oceans, I believe that humans should further research great white and orca interactions and support orca conservation. The benefits are threefold:

  1. Orcas populations will thrive as a result of increased conservation activity, understanding, and interest.
  2. Human lives will be saved when orcas “do their part” as apex predators and naturally clear coastal areas of great whites.
  3. A decreased amount of shark attacks on humans will benefit great whites because they will be less likely to be feared as villains who prey on humans.

I also see great potential for further research into the signals that orcas are giving off to great white sharks. I believe that if these signals are mimicked, humans can experienced increased safety in the water. This pioneering idea will allow both humans and marine life to benefit via a green solution.

To learn more about me and to get involved in the Orca Project, visit www.peterjburnsiii.com.

Sources

International Shark Attack File (ISAF). (2019). Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary. Retrieved November 8, 2019, from https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/shark-attacks/yearly-worldwide-summary/.

Jorgensen, S., Anderson, S., Kanive , P., Moxley, J., Ferretti, F., Chapple, T., & Block, B. (n.d.). Killer whales redistribute white shark foraging pressure on seals. Retrieved from https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39356-2.

Note: Article affiliated with Monterey Bay Aquarium; Department of Biology, Stanford University; Point Blue Conservation Science; Fish and Wildlife Management, Montana State University

Oceana. (2019). Fun Facts About Great White Sharks. Retrieved November 8, 2019, from https://usa.oceana.org/fun-facts-about-great-white-sharks.

Rigney, E. (2019, July 16). Orcas Eat Great White Sharks. National Geographic. Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/07/killer-whales-orcas-eat-great-white-sharks/

Note: Previously published on Medium (2019)