Although known by many as a self-made commercial real estate investor, developer and instructor, J. Scott Scheel is also a sought-after international speaker, a frequent television contributor on Fox Business Varney & Co. advising on global finance and investing, a feature film producer, a broadcaster, and an entrepreneurial owner of multiple businesses. He has achieved staggering success and now strives to inspire others to achieve their own dreams, while adding value to their communities. Scott, who is also Founder and CEO of the Commercial Academy, which for 18 years has taught others how to achieve their development goals and financial dreams, also loves investing in his clients. He is widely known as a “thought leader” in CRE, who kicked down the doors to make investing accessible to the everyday man and woman.
An obvious Type A self-starter, Scott still considers himself as an “everyday man” who got his own start in commercial real estate when he purchased a 24-unit multi-family apartment complex in a small Cleveland suburb a quarter century ago. Since those humble beginnings, Scott and his companies have gone on to invest in all 50 states with current activity in over 30. His career trajectory has afforded him the unique opportunity to invest and lead in all major CRE categories, including Class A Apartments, Boutique hospitality, Championship golf course development, Residential housing, Retail shopping centers, Outlet malls and Industrial-manufacturing. Today his national portfolio includes over 6 million square feet of commercial space.
Scott has sold millions of books, recordings and other products designed for people discovering paths to their own success. He created proprietary software, a complete Learning Management System and built a robust network which allows his clients to plug into a culture and environment that significantly advances their career aspirations. He is passionate about empowering others to use the models he created to achieve his own success.
When his father became ill at a young age, Scott couldn’t grow up in the type of home he now shares with this wife, Christine, and their five young children. This is why he remains full of gratitude and faith, and why he wants more than ever to give back to communities by revitalizing buildings and creating new job opportunities. He also wants to help re-establish lost values and enthusiasm that have been frittered away over the years, by empowering people to take action and be confident with their personal core beliefs.
Scott’s goal in his youth was to become a film producer. He continues to direct, write and star in films which convey meaningful messages, including a film which he just distributed through Sony Pictures Entertainment throughout 6 continents. Through his films and his business endeavors, Scott aims to illustrate that if you treat people with dignity and respect, it will come back to you ten-fold.
J. Scott Scheel is a two-time Congressional Businessman of the Year, as recognized by the Wall Street Journal. Displaying natural poise and charisma on stage, Scott has shared stages with revered speakers like Tony Robbins, world leaders like former Federal Reserve Chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Presidents Trump, Bush and Clinton, and billionaires such as Musk, Branson, Balmer and Buffet. He considers it a privilege to have spoken to millions of people over the years, educating, entertaining and inspiring them to realize their full potential. Through parts of the last three decades, he has spoken to millions, trained hundreds of thousands, and served tens of thousands of clients.
“As diverse as this all may seem, it all works because each of the structural beams of this enterprise fit together as the foundation for one cohesive strategy,” explains Scott. As a Role Model for Possibility, he knows that his own life validates the motto that he has proclaimed for since his very first commercial real estate transaction: “It only takes one deal, one time to change your life forever.™ ”