With advanced knowledge of real estate market trends and the inner workings of the financial industry, Shawn Johanson founded Sona Investments as a way to create wealth while improving homes and office buildings throughout the United States. Johanson and his partners identify residential and commercial properties in need of revitalization before implementing strategies that lead to acquisition of equity, rapid growth, and solid investment returns. Johanson has been personally involved in the renovation of more than fifteen homes which quickly sold in a struggling market. He has overseen the purchase of numerous commercial properties, including one which was acquired 2013 for $1,640,000M and sold for 2,700,000M in December 2015. Prior to starting his own business, Johanson worked in collections and spent five years as a loan originator for General Electric which he managed a portfolio of $34 million. Inspired by Robert Kiyosak’s Rich Dad book series and seminars, he became interested in real estate, earned his license and took a position with Keller Williams. With an overwhelming drive to succeed and plenty of professional experience, he left the corporate world in 2008 to start Sona Investments. Shawn Johanson is grateful he’s able to do what he loves and enjoys giving back to the community by donating a portion of Sona’s profits to program that promote financial literacy and education for students and young adults.
Janet graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in 1999. Janet is a true entrepreneur who started a beverage consulting business in 2002, Bevsource. Building the company from the ground up, Janet has firsthand experience in every role in Bevsource including sales, production management, freight, compliance, business operations, and finance. Her results-oriented work ethic has enabled Bevsource to help hundreds of products come to market in the U.S. and overseas and achieve over $18 million in sales in the first 10 years in business. She is a “learner” by nature and is always striving for personal growth which drove her to begin coursework in residential real estate in 2007. About three years later, her curiosity was sparked in Commercial Real Estate and she is currently mentored by Scott Scheel and is a member of the Diamond Inner Circle, a group of CRE professionals, who closed on transactions in 2014 of over $100 million. Outside of the group, her personal CRE experience includes purchasing a vacant 29,096 SF office building in St. Paul MN for $625,000, which has since increased in value to $3.2 million and is 100% occupied. Outside of building businesses, she has a great passion in working with Junior Achievement (JA) to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs and teach financial literacy. She was named by JA in 2014 as “Entrepreneur Leader of the Year”. She sits as the Chairperson of JA’s Project Lead Board and is a member of their Building Committee who will be developing a $14 million building to be completed in 2016. She hopes to continue to learn as much as she can and create a legacy of hope for young people to achieve their dreams.