|Date of birth:December 12, 1977|
|Place of birth: Fresno, California|
|High school: Fresno (CA)|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Chicago Bears|
|Last played in 2003 for the Amsterdam Admirals|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Nathaniel "Than" Merrill (born December 12, 1977) is an American businessman and television personality. He is the co-owner of the real estate company CT Homes and the real estate investing educational company FortuneBuilders Inc. He is featured in the A&E's Flip This House in seasons 3 and 4 as part of the "New Haven" team.
Merrill graduated from Yale University. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round of the 2001 NFL Draft, but ultimately signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears for the 2001 season. He was later allocated by the Bears to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe. In 2003, Merrill was signed by the Buccaneers and was allocated again to NFLE, this time to the Amsterdam Admirals.
Merrill’s first career was as a professional football player. His path to the NFL started in high school as an All-Far West Quarterback. In college he started as a strong safety at Yale University. Merrill was named to Yale’s First-Team All-Ivy Selections from 1999-2001. After graduating from Yale, he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then spent one season with the Chicago Bears in 2001, and registered 15 tackles. In 2003, Merrill suffered a career-ending knee injury.
Real Estate Career
Merrill co-founded CT Homes, LLC in 2004. The residential real estate investment company purchases, redevelops, and sells residential, multi-family, and commercial property. Over the next ten years, Merrill completed close to 1,000 successful real estate deals. Today, Merrill and CT Homes are extremely active and work on anywhere from 20 to 40 real estate projects at any given time. CT Homes, LLC is located in San Diego, CA where the majority of their real estate projects are based. However, the company also invests in other real estate projects around the country.
Real Estate Educational Career
While at CT Homes, Merrill and his team created a very efficient, systems dependent real estate business model that is very profitable. As a result, many other real estate investors have sought out Merrill to learn and emulate his investment strategies, systems, and business model.
In 2006 Merrill founded FortuneBuilders.com, a real estate educational company, to teach his knowledge of real estate to other people who wanted to learn how to successfully invest in real estate. The company has since grown to become a premier real estate educational platform.
FortuneBuilders’ flagship program, Mastery Coaching, has successfully helped thousands of investors get started investing in real estate. Founded in 2008, Mastery Coaching provides students with all of the tools, resources, knowledge, technology, coaching, consulting and systems necessary to accelerate their business and reduce risk.
The systems, success, and sheer number of successful real estate transactions Merrill and CT Homes completed on a monthly basis caught the attention of the producers of Flip This House, a popular reality TV show featured on A&E during their nationwide search for an extremely successful real estate investing business.
For three seasons, Merrill’s “New Haven” team was featured on the hit TV show as the show documented and educated prospective entrepreneurs on the intricacies of buying and selling real estate successfully.
The success of CT Homes and FortuneBuilders.com enabled Merrill to expand his businesses to the West Coast. In 2009, both CT Homes and FortuneBuilders broke ground on offices in San Diego, California. With the move, Merrill’s businesses currently span three states and employ more than 200 people. FortuneBuilders was ranked number one in education on the Inc. 500 list in 2010 and has maintained a ranking near the top of the list for three consecutive years.
Merrill also helped open Realty National Inc., a San Diego Real Estate Brokerage affiliated with CT Homes, in 2011. Realty National Inc. was established in Pacific Beach, San Diego and has continued to open other offices throughout California and the United States including; Orange County, Sacramento and Boston, MA.
In 2012, Merrill was among those selected to represent the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs. Merrill was nominated for his leadership and efforts toward continued innovation in FortuneBuilders. As a finalist, Merrill joined the ranks of San Diego’s top CEOs from every industry.
National Speaker and Educator
Merrill is a well-respected national speaker and educator. He has shared the stage with perennial public speakers, business icons, and politicians including Laura Bush, Tony Robbins, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Robert Kiyosaki.
Merrill is a published author. He wrote The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Get Started in Real Estate, which is due to be released on April 21, 2014. The book is intended to teach prospective entrepreneurs everything they need to know about real estate wholesaling.
Merrill has helped foster several philanthropic initiatives. In 2010, he and his wife Cindy Phillips started the Equal Footing Foundation, a charitable organization that provides scholarships and funding to young athletes who can’t afford to participate in local sports teams and clubs.
In addition to his own charity, Merrill founded a subsequent philanthropic initiative in 2012. Otherwise known as FortuneBuilders Gives, this organization is an extension of FortuneBuilders.com. It consists of a group of individuals who continuously seek to support charities, humanitarian efforts and give back to the community. FortuneBuilders Gives has raised approximately $184,000 and worked with 129 charities on various food, clothing, and school supply drives. Its efforts have benefited world-renowned organizations like Habitat For Humanity, the American Red Cross and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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- "NFL Career Stats".
- "Stanford Scout".
- "Yale All Ivy List".
- "ESPN Player Stats".
- "About CT Homes".
- "FortuneBuilders Mastery Program".
- "Flip This House Video".
- "Inc 500 Company Profile".
- "Realty National".
- "Most Admired CEO's".
- "Amazon Book Listing".
- "Equal Footing Foundation".
- "FortuneBuilders Gives".
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