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Professional Profile: Benji Kohn 2015

About

  • Title: Partner and Co-founder
  • Company: Brooklyn Standard Properties
  • Location: Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Birthplace: Manhattan, N.Y.

Education: The Lawrenceville School for HS and Tulane University
First job outside of real estate: Wall Street Trader
First job in real estate or allied field: Brooklyn Standard Properties
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? We are value-add real estate developers. We look for properties where our knowledge and expertise can transform complicated, existing purchases into great future properties and investments. We want to continue doing the same types of deals in the future but on a much larger scale. We are always trying to make better apartments. We try to improve our process on every deal.
How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? Walk home when the weather’s nice.
Favorite book or author: I am a big Hemingway fan. I read too much to have a favorite book.
Favorite movie: Braveheart, Gladiator, Usual Suspects and Big Lebowski
Last song you downloaded? Sedona by Houndmouth
One word to describe your work environment: Messy
Rules to live by in business: Be smarter after every deal.  Learn from your mistakes and successes.
If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? Some drinks at a Paris bar in the 20’s with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and the other Lost Generation authors.
What is your dream job? Steven Spielberg has a great thing going.