Ern Foutner, Jr., real estate developer and strategy consultant, is an entrepreneurial enthusiast with over 10 years of integrated experience in strategic brand consulting, project management, business startup and real estate development in the Detroit, New York, Pittsburgh and Atlanta markets. Ern is a results-oriented problem solver with extensive knowledge in quantitative analysis, cross-cultural marketing, trend forecasting, budgeting and construction management; successfully navigating within the public and private sectors, and in both online and offline channels; driving success through increased revenues, maximized brand exposure and elevated brand profiles, and innovative design and build.

Ern studied Business Management at Wayne State University (B.S.) and Driving Strategic Impact at Columbia Business School, where he broadened his natural aptitude for creative problem solving and strategizing. Subsequently creating the perfect opportunity for him to advance his skills and entrepreneurial interests, and in 2013, he launched Ern Foutner Jr, LLC, a privately-owned brand strategy firm committed to delivering unique, innovative marketing solutions that build businesses, enhance brands and transform lives.

Beyond his client work, Ern is committed to operating as a connector for the community and cultivating impact within the urban landscape. He is Founder of Neu Legacy Builders, an innovation-forward, community based real estate development, design and neighborhood stabilization organization dedicated to serving as a driving force in improving, empowering, educating and shaping healthy living resources within urban neighborhoods and communities.

Ern leads a growing network of innovative professionals, entrepreneurs and creatives that share a similar interest of elevating the People and our communities. He is a dynamic influencer who takes every opportunity to sharpen his craft and explore his passion for community enhancement, cultural and creative innovation.


COBE, Driving Strategic Impact

Bachelor’s of Science In Business Management


  • Neu Legacy Builders

  • JPMorgan Chase

  • Detroit Development Fund

  • Invest Detroit

  • General Motors

  • Detroit Shipping Co.

  • The Mobile Business School

  • House of Pure Vin

  • National Black MBA Association

  • Michigan Democratic Black Caucus

  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Detroit Economic Growth Corp

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan

  • VoteUp Detroit, Advisor