Ari currently lives in New York City with his incredible wife Anna who works with him and is also a classical clarinetist. They are both avid rock climbers and Ari is an equally avid golfer. Ari went to primary school and high school at the United Nations International School (incidentally where he met his fiance when he was 7 and she was 5) and then he attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He graduated one year early with a BS in Economics and concentrations in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship and minors in Art History and Psychology, honored as an Albert A. Berg Scholar. When Ari was 6 years old he started doing magic shows for birthday parties, then from the ages of 9-12 he was a child model. When he was 12 years old he started tinkering around with web design when a business associate of his father's offered to pay him to do his site. Ari formed Liontex and eventually did over 150 websites. When he was 16, he got the idea to start a company called Menus-to-Go.com as a directory of takeout and delivery menus in NYC, which would ultimately be the precursor to Food.com and MenuPages.com. At 17 he started TEK, which was a technology consulting companydoing home theater, computer networking, and telecommunication installations for homes and businesses. After graduating from college, Ari went to visit a friend in upstate New York who showed him a group of 1880's cigar factories, which he bought with the vision of creating luxury lofts. He didn't have any experience with development or construction so he spent most of the next two years working in every trade that took place on the job. That was Arise Development. He also bought the historic Lackawanna train station that had been converted into an office building as part of my fifth LLC, Railroad Empire. Once he had finished his work upstate, Ari came back down to the city and focused his attention on the Hamptons, building state of the art commercial office and retail spaces, which included affordable housing. He also started building green and became a LEED accredited professional. Ari created LEED Pro as a green building consulting business and to operate a blog on green building materials which got picked up for a book deal with Princeton Architectural Press and should be released in the beginning of 2010. He is currently focused on green building consulting for various projects around the country including a commercial space at the Visionaire, a LEED Platinum building in Battery Park City. Five Star Apps, is an Iphone App development company Ari started with four friends to brainstorm, develop, and market applications for the Iphone. Most recently, Ari has been developing LEED certified, mixed use properties in the Hamptons. His latest project, SylvanHaus a retail and affordable apartment development, is slated to begin construction in Summer 2010.
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