How a banker from Ohio became a successful real estate developer

  • Brett Kaufman became a banker in Ohio after graduating from college and he “hated it.” For a long time, he says, he thought “this is just what people did, they worked.”
  • Years in, when he gave banking advice to a real-estate developer, his interest was piqued, and he left in 2000 to take a shot at becoming a developer himself.
  • In 2011, he launched his own company, Kaufman Development, which has since developed over 2,000 units and in developments across the Midwest.
  • Here’s how he did it.
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Brett Kaufman has been redefining community living through art and innovation for over a decade. 

Currently the founder and CEO of Ohio-based Kaufman Development, Kaufman’s story begins as a banker, first as an analyst then as a mezzanine lending team member.

“I hated it. I was not a good banker,” he told Business Insider. “I thought

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