Dr. Mark McKenna, Entrepreneur

Born in New Orleans, LA, Mark McKenna is a trail blazer as an entrepreneur. He is a patient advocate, and passionate about his community service. Dr. McKenna, MD, MBA is licensed in surgery and medicine. He graduated from Tulane University Medical School, after completing his medical training, he practiced medicine along side his father. It was during this time that he established Mckenna Venture Investment, a real estate development firm. A few years later, he acquired Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title. These companies grew to employ over fifty people. When hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Dr. McKenna lost most of his business interests. After the storm, he participated in the rebuilding of New Orleans by redeveloping low to moderate income housing. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007 and opened ShapeMed, an aesthetic and wellness medical facility. He later sold it to Life Time Fitness, Inc. and served as their National Medical Director. In 2017 Dr. Mark became Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OVME, which is technology enabled, consumer facing, and medical aesthetic company that is going back to elective healthcare.

Dr. McKenna is married to wife, Gianine, and they have one daughter, Milana, and a Pomeranian named Ryder. He holds membership in the Entrepreneurs Organization, The New Orleans Industrial Development Board and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He got the idea to build OVME from working for over ten years in the medical aesthetic industry. To help him bring ideas to the fore front, he likes to meditate and actively set goals. He has one habit that makes him productive, and that is being an avid reader. He keeps up with the trends of today, and the one trend that really excites him is that smoking has declined in America. He is a man that would only change one thing in his life and that is to have moved more slowly when he was young. He uses simple computer technology, just recently read the book, “Think and Grow Rich”, and was personally influenced by Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg and Barack Obama.

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Jason Halpern, Developer with an Eye For History

Jason Halpern began his career as a real estate developer at Halpern Enterprises, a firm his late father founded. However, in the late 1990s he founded his own business, JMH Development based in New York. JMH is a real estate development company that prides themselves as being pioneers in the development of growing markets in such areas as Brooklyn, Manhattan and Miami.

Jason’s goal as founder and managing partner of JMH is to create luxury properties by combining both the old with the new and giving his properties a new and inventive look. The best way to understand his work, is to look at the numerous properties he has developed.

Jason Halpern with His Wife

His first development was at 184 Kent. It was originally a warehouse, but he turned the Wild Turkey bourbon warehouse into 340 luxury apartments in 2010. However, recently Halpern co-partnered with Kushner Companies and the Rockpoint Group to convert the apartments into luxury condos. He has a soft spot for this location? Why? It is where his office and penthouse apartment are located. So once the conversion over to condos are complete, he will remain.

Jason Halpern: Born to Develop Property

He ventured out of his home state of New York and took on a project in Miami, Florida in 2014. The Aloft South Beach project as it was called, was in the beginning, a 200-plus room historic hotel called the Motel Ankara. A joint venture between Jason Halpern and Madden Real Estate, restored and expanded the old structure with larger rooms and more floor space and an added eight-story tower. The opening in 2015 in Miami Beach Florida, offered an outdoor pool, roof deck lounge, fitness center, live entertainment from around the area and more. In September of 2016 JMH Development sold the property to Rockpoint Group.

The Townhouses of Cobble Hill project was a joint development by JMH Development and Madison Estates. The development site consisted of two properties that spanned from 110 to 126 Congress Street, which consisted of a single block within the Cobble Hill historic district in New York City. One of the said buildings was a Catholic church rectory and that was renovated into 4 townhouses. The other structure consisted of five townhouses.

Jason Halpern with Model, Milana and Richard

Do you see a pattern with Jason Halpern’s developments? He is recreating housing in historic sections of New York and Florida by renovating the structures in the historic areas. You still have a taste of history on the outside, but with a modern structure on the inside of the building. These types of developments help to revitalize the inner city and give a family, who prefers to live in the city and not in suburbia a welcoming choice.

Boraie LLC’s Atlantic City and Newark Projects Creating a Better New Jersey

New Jersey has had a bad reputation in the past and this is often because the media only shows people from New Jersey that talk and act like Fran Drescher. Others have even labeled this state as “Dirty Jersey” and believe what they see when watching infamous reality shows like Real Housewives of New Jersey or Jersey Shore, which do nothing but reinforce this false belief. In addition, cities like Atlantic City and Newark have taken punishment because of this negative view of the state.

Thanks to Sam Boraie and his real estate development company, Boraie Development LLC, the days of dirty Jersey are gone and life in the Garden State is getting better by the day. This is because Sam has held on to a vision to create a better New Jersey and he has already started with projects in both cities that will transform the landscape and promote prosperity and changed attitudes.

Cityplex 12

Launched in Newark, Cityplex 12 is part of Sam’s vision to revitalize Newark. This is the first urban movie theater concept that was entirely derived from private ownership. In partnership with NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Sam has already taken steps to make Newark a better place for people to live with this project which was a renovation of a 4-acre parcel into a state-of-the-art retail destination.

It includes 12 screens that provide 3-D and digital quality for Newark moviegoers. Best of all, this project is a part of Sam’s vision to improve the city of Newark one project at a time. This was done since it also served as a catalyst project which spurred over $200 million future development for Newark’s Springfield Avenue Corridor.

Changing Downtown Newark Forever

The partnership with Shaquille O’Neal did not stop with Cineplex 12. Since the NBA star was born in Newark and spent most of his childhood there, he shares the same vision as Sam to create a better city and eliminate the bad reputation it had before; especially in the city’s downtown area. This was done with the groundbreaking of a 23-story, 169-unit apartment building on Rector Street.

This partnership was the first of its kind in 50 years which took a very run-down historical building and transformed it to create growth in residential investment in the city of Newark. This building now stands as a powerful symbol for the city’s future and follows Sam’s vision to make Newark a better place for urban living.

Atlantic City Gets Rejuvenated

Much like Newark, Atlantic City also needed rejuvenation and rebuilding. Sam made this happen with a groundbreaking on his other latest project: The Beach at South Inlet. Located just steps away from the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean, this 250 residential unit project has changed the landscape of the South Inlet section of Atlantic City to provide exceptional urban living with luxurious amenities. Click here to know more.

A Better Jersey Every Day

With every project Sam launches, he is focusing on his vision to create a better New Jersey every day. This renowned developer has taken a personal responsibility to erase the stereotypes and negative views of his beloved state through entrepreneurial and innovative approaches that will not only develop better urban communities and spur new economic growth in New Jersey, but also improve the lives of thousands of New Jersey residents.

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