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Brett Kaufman has been redefining community living through art and innovation for over a decade. 

Currently the founder and CEO of Ohio-based Kaufman Development, Kaufman’s story begins as a banker, first as an analyst then as a mezzanine lending team member.

“I hated it. I was not a good banker,” he told Business Insider. “I thought for the early part of my career that this is just what people did, they worked.”

His interest in real estate was piqued when he began banking for a developer in Texas, a job where he learned some of the economics of developing real estate. 

In 2000, he quit banking and landed a job at Schottenstein Real Estate Group in Columbus, where he spent six years growing the company’s development arm. 

It was during that same time, he started taking on some of his own side projects.

“I started to do some things on my own, just little rehab projects here and there, and experimenting with a thesis that I had developed, which was that I thought you could bring really high design to affordable price ranges in urban settings,” he said.

Kaufman said he was always an avid fan of the arts and creative pursuits, and …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance


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