Jason Halpern’s Exciting Topping Off Project of the Aloft South Beach


On 15th September 2014, the Principal of JMH Development, Jason Halpern, announced the Aloft South Beach topping-off project. He expressed not only his excitement about the project but also everyone else’s, stating that topping off of the 235 room hotel marks a significant milestone for the construction process. He further said that this juncture signaled the launch of the next phase of the project leading to its completion.


Aloft South Beach hotel, situated in the center of Miami Beach, will comprise of 235 rooms. It is scheduled to open its doors early in the year 2015. The project involves the remolding of the old Motel Ankara, and it will be inclusive of an eight-story tower. It would be handled by Madden Real Estate Ventures and JMH Development. The construction part of the project is under Plaza Construction who will work, hand in hand, with the project’s architect, ADD, Inc.


A New Hotel Experience

Aloft South Beach will have a competitive advantage over its competitors since it will offer larger rooms compared to other neighboring hotels. Built just a block away from the Miami Beach itself, the hotel has a waterfront access point to the Collins Canal and Lake Pancoast which wraps around it. The Aloft South Beach has been strategically placed, just minutes away from numerous restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Jason Halpern
Jason Halpern

The features offered by the Aloft Miami Beach hotel include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, a roof deck, and 2,349 square feet designated for social gatherings and meetings. The hotel will offer live entertainment; this will be facilitated by the W XYZ bars, a feature of the Aloft Hotels Programming.

About JMH Development

JMH Development focuses solely on providing real estate options. It owns vast commercial and residential assets across the United States. The JMH family prides themselves on their experience with real estate development and their modern style approach in creating distinct luxury properties. The real estate company has a professional team who make sure that the development process – strategy, building design, construction process, and marketing – is done to achieve top-notch standards in both hospitality and residential property segments.


Jason Halpern

Halpern is the current Managing Partner and Founder of JMH Development. His competitive edge lies not only in his passion but also the strategic niche in which he identifies and specializes. He specializes in developing and restoring historic structures to preserve their magnificence. Halpern is a passionate leader who inspires everybody on his team to give their best in every project. His philanthropic endeavors have seen him allot his time towards the Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center situated in Westchester. The trauma center is well equipped and offers emergency neurosurgery, open-heart surgery as well as orthopedic surgery.


Adam Milstein: How To Succeed In Real Estate


Do not let anything fall between the cracks – that is what Adam Milstein would tell you. These and among other wise epithets are the things that have shaped him in a career in real estate and a life of philanthropy and love.

Who is Adam Milstein?

Adam Milstein was born in Israel where he spent his formative years. He served as a soldier and later on joined his father in the business of real estate and construction development. He was married in 1974 and got his degree in Bachelors of Science in 1978. He arrived in the U.S.A in 1981 and he earned an MBA from the University of South Californiain 1983. He is currently the managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties.

In an exclusive interview with Ideamensch, Adams Milstein opened up about the values that have shaped him so far. Top of these is the ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude that he has based his work ethics. When he wanted to start out, he realized that the people who gave him opportunities in life did not really appreciate what he had to offer them. He decided to go at it himself and became a sales agent. After just three successful years as a broker, he decided it was time to become an investor in real estate ad he has not looked back since.

Milstein denies there being any routine to the business of real estate, there is only what is possible. Business is a day to day activity, and while it is fulfilling, it requires a person to do more to be truly satisfied. Milstein derives his satisfaction from philanthropy. In fact, most of the values that have made him such a successful real estate investor have driven him in his works of philanthropy. He is a co-founder and the national chairman of Israeli- American foundation among other charity foundations.

Adam Milstein inspires many and he is a true beacon of our society. He is proof that economic fulfilment is not enough. You also has to give back and care for those that surround them.

The Service of Helane Morrison as a SEC District Chief

Women in Business

Helane Morrison is a well-known attorney in San Francisco. She has spent her entire career in the city and has served the government as well as the private sector. Morrison acquired her higher education at the Northwestern University and the University of California, where she was awarded degrees in journalism and law respectively. She spent most of her career working with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Helane joined the organization in 1996 and was posted to serve the San Francisco District. She is a confident, diligent, and brilliant individual, and therefore, she managed to hold top positions at the SEC. One of them is being San Francisco’s enforcement director. She ensured that companies were compliant and enforced the law against corrupt officials of New York’s Republic Securities, NextCard, Inc, Hewlett-Packard, and Dean Witter. Her work was outstanding, and the SEC appointed her as head of the San Francisco District.


Morrison’s positions offered her authority over the examination and enforcement actions that the SEC conducted in the North Western States. The jurisdiction of her office covered North California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Nevada, and Alaska. The San Francisco District Office is in the Pacific Region, which is headquartered in Los Angeles. Helane succeeded the office from David Bayles who moved to the Morrison & Foerster law company to serve as a partner.


Very few female attorneys can match Helane Morrison’s accomplishments. Other women who have served the SEC as chiefs of various districts are Valerie Capron, Carmen Lawrence, and Mary Keefe. Morrison had a successful tenure in office since she ensured that people were well-informed on securities and regulatory observance it San Francisco companies. She also acted as the SEC’s representative in different occasions such as business transactions, legal subjects, government institutions, and financial communities.


Morrison built an excellent career as a lawyer in the private sector. She kicked off her practice in 1986 was an attorney at the Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. She became the company’s associate in 1991 and quit in 1996. Her primary responsibilities included serving as an attorney in internal company investigation, corporate lawsuits, private securities, and representing firms that were litigated by the SEC. Helane’s services were also hired by middlemen and stock trading enterprises during arbitrations. She presently works as a compliance officer of the Hall Capital Partners. Her work has been essential in restoring trust in the United States’ finance sector.


The Movement To End Citizens United

Political Issues

In 2010 The United States Supreme Court completely upturned the future of American elections. It’s ruling, by a 5 to 4 vote, said that corporate spending on elections is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment. In the ruling government cannot keep unions or corporations from spending on or against political candidates for office. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justice’s Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts. The dissent against this ruling was written by Justice Stevens and joined by Justice’s Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.

Today there is no accountability and no transparency is who is giving money and to whom. The ruling opened the doorway for corporations and billionaires, such as the Koch Brothers, who seek to control political discourse in America through the vast sums of money that they have acquired. The Supreme Court ruling established the notion that corporations are people and as a person have a right to free speech.

In March 2015 a Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed to fight back against this ruling; End Citizens United. This PAC, which is supported by grassroots donors, seeks to reform the United States campaign finance system and counter terrible effects that the ruling has had on the country. Through their efforts End Citizen United is forming an opposition to the ruling and pressuring lawmakers to address the situation and through legislation return the political process to the people. The three-fold mission of the PAC are to elect pro-reform candidates, to raise the issue of money in political to the level of a national discussion on it, and to use their membership to show political power on this issue.

The main group that End Citizens United supports are Democrats. The reason for this is that, even if some rank and file Republicans don’t support the ruling, the Republican Leadership does because they are major recipients of the inflow of money from billionaires and corporations. As such Republican Leadership is preventing any type of reform from proceeding due to their own selfish interests. As such End Citizens United is supporting Democrats, especially Democratic leaders, who are seeking to produce legislation that will produce meaningful change in how money influences elections.

The Executive Director of End Citizens United is Tiffany Muller, who has had a long history of being involved in politics. She as been a member of the Topeka, Kansas City Council, having a position on the staff of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, serving as Cheif of Staff on Capitol Hill, and other political positions. Another member of the leadership is Political Director Jody Murphy who has worked for the last 10 years with legislative caucuses at the state level.

Learn more about End Citizens United on their LinkedIn page.

Easing Traffic in Williamson County


Transport experts came together during the 18th Williamson County Growth Summit so as to offer their views on how to combat traffic which is said to be the biggest challenge in the Austin region. The Summit saw people come together at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The experts who represented the panel discussion included Leandre Johns who is External Affairs at the Uber Technologies Inc, Mike Heiligenstein who is the Executive Director at the CTRMA, Jared Ficklin who is the product designer at ArgoDesigns, and Joseph Kosper who is the Founder of the RideScout LLC. The experts also discussed the role that technology has played in transportation in Austin and across the world.


Mike Heiligenstein noted that innovative technologies like vehicles without drivers and applications for sharing rides could convert the face of transportation. Mike said that there is a significant need for the Austin region to invest in developing its capacity for transportation by creating more and smarter roads. Mike added that this is the one and only method that will ensure the mobility demands of the fast expanding population are served. He commented on the amazing work done by the county of structuring the infrastructure in the last 15 years and said that there is still more to be done since more people will be coming in.


Jared Ficklin said that the policymakers should ensure that land-use and building codes remain flexible in preparation for the future transportation needs. He added that there would be a need for this when there is the introduction of autonomous vehicles. Ficklin talked about the future’s parking garage and stated that it would be built differently from the current parking garage. He said that the parking garage would have many levels with different levels having a charging station and service station. Leandre Johns from Uber Technologies stated that ridesharing firms like Uber would significantly change the face of transportation in Williamson County.


The CTRMA was created in 2002 as an independent government agency so as to improve the system of transportation in Williamson County. The agency is committed to implementing new solutions that minimize congestion and form transportation choices that enhance life quality and also economy vitality. Mike Heiligenstein is the CTRMA’s Executive Director. He has served the people of Central Texas for more than 23 years. He is a member of the WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Advisory Board. Mike offers his advice on transportation in Texas and also nationally. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Government which he earned from the University of Texas.


About Mike Heiligenstein


Sam Boraie Helps His Father Breathe Life Back Into New Jersey

Real Estate Providers

New Brunswick during the 1970s – employers felt the crunch of fiscal issues, taking their businesses to where land and labor were less expensive, leaving behind a scenery of many empty, rundown buildings. Today is a whole new picture, thanks to what Omar Boraie started over four decades ago.

The vision for a restored New Brunswick keeps moving forward, as Sam Boraie, along with his siblings, helps to keep his father’s company, Boraie Development, in line with sustaining and creating new buildings. According to NJ Biz, these buildings not only house various companies, but also residential units. The revitalization project goes beyond what New Brunswick had in the past as now employers and those they employ can reside in closer proximity to one another. Imagine no more gridlock.

Sam states that Boraie Development has more plans for the long haul. For New Jersey to significantly rise from under, Boraie Development has collaborated with those interested in seeing these developmental processes continue. Additionally, Sam’s company goes through a tremendous amount of marketing strategies to influence other investors from New York to keep projects going: one celebrity who took the bait was Shaquille O’Neal.

Projects Completed In New Brunswick

Boraie Development certainly has been busy over the last four decades with the following building projects:

The AspireAlbany Street Plaza Towers One and TwoOne Spring Street Condominium

  • The Aspire – a residential high-rise
  • Albany Street Plaza Towers One and Two – office buildings
  • One Spring Street Condominium – serving residents, office spaces, retail outlets, a parking garage, and extra outdoor space for the residents

Sam Boraie: The Philanthropist

Omar Boraie’s son – Sam Boraie has provided homes for businesses and residents. He has also contributed to and worked with New Brunswick’s non-profit, Elijah’s Promise. Sam is on this non-profit’s advisory board and helps it with making decisions. Elijah’s Promise feeds the needy in New Brunswick, providing more than 100,000 meals per year through a soup kitchen, catering, and a cafe. Read more about New Brunswick’s exciting non-profit, Elijah’s Promise here.

Sam is certainly well positioned at the Boraie Development business and according to patch.com’s report Elijah’s Promise as he aids both in ways for creating change. Anyone can be good at their job, but it takes someone special to do good work for both a company and a community non-profit.



Hussain Sajwani’s Middle Class To Billionaire Story


Hussain Sajwani’s first company, which he founded in 1982, provided catering services to energy companies operating in Africa and the Gulf, and also feed the US Army during Operation Desert Storm. The powerful international contacts Sajwani developed during this time served him well over the years.


DAMAC Properties Chairman and founder, Hussain Sajwani presides over the Middle East’s largest developer of luxury residential housing, with 8,890 units completed to date and 19,136 units in development. Based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the group’s DAMAC Properties build opulent residential properties that enhance Dubai’s reputation as a splendid place to reside, although DAMAC Properties also develops properties in 20 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar. Every development is one-of-a-kind, including the villas at AKOYA Oxygen in Dubailand, which feature access to the water park and the Trump World Golf Club Dubai with a Tiger Woods Design champion course. Hussain Sajwani and Donald Trump, both larger-than-life real estate tycoons, are friends as well as business associates, with Sajwani saying that he would like to continue doing business with the Trump Organization.


Born in 1954 to a middle-class family, Hussain Sajwani was ambitious, attending the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he worked as a contract manager for GASCO and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company before becoming an entrepreneur. In 2015, DDAMAC Properties alone brought in revenues of $2.3 billion. A serial entrepreneur, Sajwani also founded DICO Invest and Al Jazeira Services Co SAOG, and additionally, he has interests in Global Logistics Services, Taiba Kuwait Holding Company KSCC and Al Anwar Ceramics Co SAOG.


Additionally, billionaire philanthropist Hussain Sajwani of DAMAC recently donated two million AED to provide needy children clothing, in support of the Ramadan initiative, created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of the UAE and the Emirates Red Crescent.

Thor Halvorssen Develops The Oslo Freedom Forum as A Force in Human Rights Activism

Film Producer, Lawyer

Still less than 40 years of age, Thor Halvorssen has already achieved more in the human rights community than many could hope to achieve in a lifetime of successful work. The founder of the Human Rights Foundation has been looking to find new ways of bringing the problems facing people around the world in terms of human rights to as many people as possible; after establishing the Human Rights Foundation in 2005, Halvorssen has been at the forefront of expanding the access to human rights stories for the pubic through his work as the leader of the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Established in 2009, the Oslo Freedom Forum quickly became the go to conference for all those who have an interest in human rights, and gave Thor the chance to use his communication skills to help link activists, political prisoners, journalists, and celebrities to help push forward many causes. The Oslo Freedom Forum is now seen as a can’t miss for all those with a wish to become involved in the human rights community; University of Pennsylvania graduate Thor Halvorssen has been responsible for partnering North Korean activists with Wikipedia founder Jimmy wales to aid in the passing of information secretly into the Communist country.

The Oslo Freedom Forum takes place each year in Norway, the ancestral home country of Thor Halvorssen, but has already become a global phenomenon just seven years after it was first staged. A number of other events are now being organized by the Human Rights Foundation that will follow the format of the Oslo Freedom Forum, but will be staged around the world to give all human rights activists the chance to become involved in this popular event; the San Francisco Freedom Forum is perhaps the best known of these events that are growing in popularity under the guidance of Halvorssen. Another series of events curated by the Human Rights Foundation takes the Freedom Forum template and places it firmly on college campuses where the Online footage of discussions at the Oslo Freedom Forum is regularly viewed.