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Greater Columbus Arts Council Appoints New Board Member, Brett Kaufman

in Press Releases May 16, 2014 1 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) has announced the appointment of Brett Kaufman to its Board of Trustees.

Kaufman has been working in real estate development and investing  in various asset types—both through the banking and development lens—for more than 17 years. During this time, he has developed, leased and/or sold more than 10,000 homes and a variety of commercial, retail, land and office projects. In 2011, he founded his own company and is now CEO of Kaufman Development.

For 11 years prior to starting his own company, Kaufman worked closely with Gary Schottenstein, founder of Schottenstein Real Estate Group. His well rounded background led him to the position as president of the company.

“Brett’s innovative approach to business that integrates philanthropy and sustainability into the properties he develops proves that he has a passion for creating a strong sense of community that goes well beyond the housing industry,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president of the Arts Council.  “We thank Brett for volunteering his valuable time and expertise to advance arts and culture in Central Ohio.”

Kaufman is a past president of the Columbus Apartment Association, a recent finalist for the 2014 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and serves on many civic boards throughout Central Ohio. In 2012, he was named Next Generation Builder of the Year by the BIA.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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