Dave Olson, Published January 13 2014
Co-owner of Fargo home-building, real estate firms sells to partner
Braham said he will turn his attention to his business in management training, leadership development and public speaking.
He said he sold his interests in Heritage Homes LLC and Prudential Premier Real Estate to his former business partner, Tyrone Leslie, with whom he purchased the companies in 2006. Braham and Leslie started with the companies in the late 1990s.
With the companies experiencing their best year ever in 2013, Braham said he felt ready to make a change, which he said will include taking the time to work on a planned series of books on business management and leadership.
“We’ve spent many years building the company, and I’m very proud we’ve had our most successful years ever. The timing was just right,” said Braham, whose ongoing company, iON Leadership Consulting, offers personal training and service programs specializing in KOLBE Corp. training, development and communication philosophies.
Braham said he and his wife, Stella, who is Tyrone Leslie’s twin sister, plan to stay in the Fargo area, and he intends to remain active in the Fargo business community. He said he will also continue to participate in national, state and local activities of the National Association of Realtors.
In their roles at Heritage Homes, Braham and Leslie were in the spotlight several times in connection with the “Extreme Makeover” TV show.
Projects included a home for a family in Minot, N.D., in 2006 and a home and church build in New Orleans in 2008.
Heritage Homes was also instrumental in building a “Makeover” house in Moorhead in 2010 for the family of Bill and Adair Grommesh.
Attempts to reach Tyrone Leslie for comment Monday were not successful.
His brother, Robert Leslie, who is also a Fargo businessman, posted a congratulatory note to his brother on Facebook.
It read in part:
“I would like to congratulate my awesome brother, Tyrone Leslie, on completing the buyout of his partner in Heritage Homes and Prudential Premier.
“I am so proud of you Ty, I know firsthand how hard you have worked along with your excellent team you have by your side to make these two companies what they are today,” Robert Leslie wrote.
Braham, who is from Canada, said the 16 or so years he has lived in the Fargo area is probably the longest time he has spent living in any one place.
“My father is a Mountie, so we moved around a lot up in Canada,” Braham said, adding that he expects to stay around Fargo for some time to come.
“This is home,” he said.
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