Brett Kaufman: CEO of the Year 2019 finalist

Laura Newpoff
Brett Kaufman was voted by peer CEOs as a CEO of the Year 2019 finalist in the small business category.

Small business finalist: Brett Kaufman, founder and CEO, Kaufman Development

After spending 15 years working at banking and real estate firms including as president at Schottenstein Real Estate Group, Brett Kaufman went out on his own to found Kaufman Development in 2011. The company was created on the belief that communities of high design and built around well-being, expression and impact can change the world. The company’s communities include the LeVeque Tower Residences in downtown Columbus, Gravity in Franklinton and Market & Main in New Albany. Kaufman was twice named Developer of the Year by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio; is past president of the Columbus Apartment Association; and serves on many civic boards throughout the Columbus region. In 2012 he was named Next Generation Builder of the Year by the BIA and was honored in 2014 as Ernst & Young’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Kaufman is active with many community organizations including the Columbus Jewish Federation, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Wexner Center for the Arts.

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