Paul Schon’s Journey Inspires New Wave of Entrepreneurs 

What Does the American Dream Look Like in 2022: Paul Schon’s Journey Inspires New Wave of Entrepreneurs 

In today’s competitive and fast-paced world, success requires a blend of intelligence, creativity, perseverance, and the willingness to take risks. One must possess these same qualities to succeed in most sports. Paul Schon, a well-known business owner and entrepreneur in Los Angeles, has spent his life immersed in two very different but rewarding worlds. Paul is a one of LA’s largest boutique real estate developers and a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter. While the two fields may appear totally different on the surface, Paul has developed skills in both that have complimented the other and elevated him in an unconventional way.

At age 14, Paul immigrated from Mexico to San Diego with his family and began his journey towards building the life most only dream of. Initially, Paul struggled academically as English is his second language and he found himself struggling to keep up with his peers. Through consistent hard work and the help of devoted teachers he was able to get up to speed in the classroom and pursue his goal of becoming a collegiate wrestler. By the time he was a junior at La Jolla High School he had his GPA up to a 3.8 and earned the respect of his peers and coaches to be voted captain of the varsity wrestling team as a junior, an honor typically reserved for seniors. His teammates’ faith in his leadership proved prudent as Paul won the San Diego California Interscholastic Federation Championship back-to-back years as a junior and senior. This caught the eye of UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, who was coaching wrestling at Division 1 UC Davis at the time and recruited Paul for the team.

After a great career at UC Davis, Paul teamed up with his business partner Artem Tepler in 2009 and founded the Schon Tepler Group, Inc., a real estate development and investment company in LA. The company deals with ground up construction, brokerage, real estate development, and property management. Schon Tepler Group has developed 27 brand new buildings worth over $250M and has grown to 20+ full-time employees as well as hundreds of subcontractors.

Paul Schon

At the same time, Paul has been elevating his Jiu-Jitsu career to a world-class level. He earned his black belt in less than 5 years after he started his professional BJJ career and has competed in elite tournaments worldwide. Paul has won two world championships and 8 national championships to date and is also a contender for this year’s Mundials in the black belt division. To get there, Paul credits the same fundamental skills he has built in real estate that have propelled him in Jiu-Jitsu, a sport many call human chess. 

“I am a big believer in consistency with my business, my health, and my mind,” he says. Paul admits he is constantly working or thinking about his business and how to improve it. On the rare occasions when he takes a break, you’ll find him training for his Jiu-Jitsu competitions. 

Despite setbacks the Los Angeles real estate industry has faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, Paul’s business is thriving and expanding. Schon Tepler Group is currently developing a 400-unit apartment building in Austin, TX, their largest project yet, as well as expanding further in California. The firms goal is to change LA’s skyline and do their part to help alleviate the current housing crisis.

This article was produced in partnership with Waverly Agency

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