Born and raised in New York City and Lakeville Ct, Ken is a graduate of Brown University Political Science, post graduate studies at NYU Math and Physics and U Penn Architecture. He began his professional life working on Wall Street as an investment banking analyst at Bear Stearns and later as an investment manager in private client services for CIBC Oppenheimer.
Feeling restless and having a passion for architecture and real estate, Ken left the banking world to pursue his own entrepreneurial yearnings. In 2003 he purchased a run down youth hostel in Miami Beach’s South Beach neighborhood and subsequently turned it into the cities first Art Hotel dubbed The Creek: South Beach, with rooms designed by a rotating group of up and coming artist from across the country – including many recognizable names today – Shepard Fairey, Camella Ehlke and Kenzo Minami.
Over the course of the next five years Ken expanded his portfolio of investment properties to include an office building in New Orleans, affordable housing in Coconut Grove, and a 3,000 acre cattle ranch in Uruguay.
Ken is also a first round investor in his friend, and fellow Brown Alum, Kenny Lao’s Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, which he has had the pleasure to watch grow and prosper from start-up through the recession – with one restaurant, three food trucks, a commissary and most recently celebrating a slot at the famed Tavern On The Green, while the landmark undergoes renovations.
Ken has been an active member of the communities that he lives in – he was Co-Chairman on The Collins Park Neighborhood Association in Miami Beach and a supporter of Dress For Success, EcoMB and a host of other not-for-profit organizations. He has worked with schools in Connecticut, New York and Florida on education in the renewable energy field, providing guidance, advice and initiating test programs for wind and solar.