Jason Halpern’s Dedication to Adaptive Reuse Projects

Jason Halpern: Real Estate Entrepreneur

Jason Halpern is a New York City property developer who specializes in using adaptive reuse techniques in order to transform historical properties into new uses. His use of adaptive reuse maintains the historical preservation of a structure while updating it to a new, luxury development. His company, JMH Development, specializes in residential, mixed-use, and hospitality projects in the New York City and Miami areas.

Jason Halpern Real Estate Partner of Aloft Property

Jason Halpern comes from a family with a long history of property development. At JMH Development he has organized a team that can handle all aspects of a project including design, construction, branding, and marketing the building once it is completed. Halpern and his team at JMH Development have pioneered the use of adaptive reuse for luxury redevelopment projects. In just New York state alone Jason Halpern has invested over $500 million in various projects.

Jason at Crunchbase Production

One of Halpern’s projects was completed in 2015 when the historic Motel Ankara in Miami Beach was completely updated and modernized. The new hotel is called Aloft South Beach and because of adaptive reuse it continues to maintain the historical character of the Motel Ankara. In addition to restoring the existing structure, JMH Development added a 8 story tower onto the property. When the Aloft South Beach was topped off, Jason Halpern released a statement to commemorate the occasion. He said that the topping off represented a major milestone in the project and launched the next phase of the project.

Jason’s Family

The Aloft South Beach has a number of advantages over its competitors in the area as the rooms are a lot larger and the entire hotel has new luxury touches throughout it. The hotel also features a large outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center that has the latest equipment, and a roof deck lounge. The hotel also has almost 2,400 square feet of space for business meeting and other events that can be customized in order to fit the individual needs of the event. Another perk offered at the hotel is free access to live shows featuring up and coming Miami artists. The hotel also features live bands at its on-site bars.

Who is Flavio Maluf?

In the year 1951 the family-run business, Eucatex, opened its doors. This was the first business that used natural eucalyptus in the production of fiberboards. When the company started, they would produce, market and supply the insulation and liners that they had made out of eucalyptus.


Six decades down the line, the company can be said to have reached some major milestones. It is one of the largest companies, in the world, producing materials out of eucalyptus. And, in Brazil alone, the company has the biggest market share. In the year 2010, they opened their first industrial factory.


Since Eucatex opened its doors, the company has continues to grow year in year out. For example, in the first three years of the company’s inception, they opened their first plant in Sao Paulo. But this growth is nothing comparable to what Flavio Maluf has been able to accomplish with the company. Since he was appointed as president of Eucatex, in the year 1997, the company has never been the same again.


Under his leadership, the company has opened industrial plants in Salto and Botatu City. Also, since he came into leadership, the company has diversified to have two segments. Today Eucatex is a leader in the construction industry. The company produces affordable, high quality and sustainable ceiling panels, laminate floors, doors, and even paints. They have been a blessing to the construction industry in Brazil. Due to the low cost of their construction product, more and more people have been able to achieve their dreams of owning homes.


Eucatex, under the leadership of Maluf, also leads in the furniture industry. In the recent past, using advanced technology, they launched new products in the furniture industry including Tamburato and MDP boards.


Flavio Maluf has been successful in the leadership of Eucatex, thanks to his education and career experience. He has studied both in Brazil and abroad. He possesses a degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. During his time abroad, he also got to start his career, building a foundation for him to be president and Chairman of Eucatex.


Eric Lefkofsky Strikes Again – This Time at the Heart of Cancer


Eric Lefkofsky makes you realize how little you’ve accomplished in your life. After receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993, Lefkofsky co-founded Brandon Apparel Group. Since that time, he and his business partner Brad Keywell, have launched at least eight other companies, three of which he took public, including an e-commerce marketplace company called The Point, which you may know better by its more recent name – Groupon. Lefkofsky still serves as Groupon’s chairman and is its biggest shareholder, but last year he stepped down as its CEO to pursue a different kind of venture.


At 47, the serial entrepreneur set his sights on cancer.  Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus, a biotechnology company, with the aim of creating a vast library of cancer data and then pairing it with a search engine that will allow doctors to personalize treatments for their cancer patients.  Have a peek here.


Cancer is an extremely complicated set of diseases. No single course of treatment or medication works best for every patient. Over the past few decades, mountains of data have accumulated through research and clinical case histories, but that data is spread throughout the world’s universities, cancer research centers and hospitals, and more is being added every day. Doctors simply don’t have the time to collect and analyze the data. Lefkofsky wants Tempus to do the analytics for the oncologists. Ideally, a physician will be able to enter the medical and genomic history of a patient, and Tempus will reach out and find the research and results that most closely match the patient. This will allow the best treatment options tailored to the individual. More on lefkofskyfoundation.com.


Forbes puts Eric Lefkofsky’s net worth at nearly $2 billion, and Groupon, one of the fastest growing companies in history, might be legacy enough for most people, but Lefkofsky didn’t rest on those laurels. Perhaps the reason lies in a statement he made in a recent interview. “You start a company when you believe you’ve identified a big problem — a problem painful enough that you want to spend time fixing it.”

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