Every couple of years I kind of re-do my website, never quite finishing it and never quite being satisfied with the way that it looks or the presentation that it gives. In the past I’ve tended towards this quasi-professional corporate look, which, for those who know me, that image has never really accurately reflected me or my personality, add to that the voice of an invisible third person extoling my supposed virtues is kind of ridiculous. So, I think for this refresh I’m going to take a different tactic and write in the first person, what comes to mind, best as I can remember and or describe it and see where that leads.
Most personal websites all have some sort of biography, I’ll try to keep this pretty short. I am a native NYer, from day one, born at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital. I grew up on the upper east side. I still refer to it as The Pan Am building. I’m a Yankees fan.
I’m a graduate of Brown University. I started my career on wall street working as an analyst at a large very well known investment bank in their real estate investment banking group. After a few years I moved over to the private wealth management division at a slightly lesser, but still very well recognized private bank.
Loving wood blocks and Legos as a kid hardly makes me unique, but helps to justify a life long passion for putting things together and then taking them apart. I left finance to pursue non-degree post graduate studies in math, physics and architecture… restless and curious would be the kindest and most accurate words to use. For a time I fancied that maybe I might become an architect, but instead I gravitated towards real estate (building things and taking them apart, or vice versa). I purchased and renovated a handful of small apartments and properties, this was long before smart phones, social media, and the boom in home renovation shows so I didn’t really think to document the projects in any meaningful way. If I do come across photos and manage to take the time to scan them, I may post them to my flickr account.
In 2002, taking the leap in to lager scale commercial properties, I acquired a run down and neglected 90 room 1950’s motel in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, The Banana Bungalow, which was re-christened The Creek South Beach. Thus began my modest career as an entrepreneur, I have since owned, managed, been a partner, an investor, a business development “guru” in more than a dozen some odd ventures with varying degrees of success.