Kaufman Development is created on the belief that communities of high design built around wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and innovation can change the world. Our communities and the people that work and live in them will stand out in every way; beautiful from the inside out, filled with passion and inspiration everywhere you turn.
From this philosophy for living, we created Kaufman Development, a company that brings together all the things we love in places people can call home. We’re a full-service real estate firm offering investment, construction, development and management of multi-family, mixed use and residential redevelopment.
Our styling is fresh, contemporary and unexpected. With thoughtful detail behind every swatch, fixture and finish, we create apartment homes that are more comfortable, modern and upscale. We create living that’s more us—and more you. Practically speaking, our communities are designed to help you live, eat, sleep, play and entertain more creatively and purposefully.
“I believe people are not only excited by life, but willing to embrace, change and improve it.”
"We take a stand for improving lives by building spaces
for people to be more connected to their homes, their communities and the world around them."
“I am fully committed to innovative and
sustainable communities filled with purpose
and fueled by a unified passion.”
Premier locations. High-quality products. Modern, sophisticated architecture. These are the characteristics that define a Kaufman community. Add to that an attitude that embraces a life of purpose and connection. One that is fueled by health and generosity. And teeming with the good things in life. At Kaufman Development, we believe that the best communities should be driven by innovation, purpose, and above all, passion. Only then can they positively influence the lives of the residents—and the world as a whole.
Kaufman Development evolved with the career of its founder, Brett Kaufman. After getting his start in the banking industry, Kaufman entered the world of real estate. He worked with large real estate developers in the Central Ohio area, and eventually began to dabble in some smaller projects of his own. That’s when he discovered that making a few small but significant changes could really make a difference. People wanted pretty but affordable, with smart finishes and good design. By pushing product creativity, his identity emerged. That identity included a growing passion for creating innovative communities filled with purpose. He wanted the communities to focus on wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and innovation. And in doing so, he believed they could have a positive impact on the lives of the residents.
240-unit apartment community
276-unit apartment community
240-unit apartment community
100-unit condo development
185-unit condo development
92-unit condo development
64-unit apartment/condo conversion
162-unit apartment/condo conversion
254-unit condo development
mixed-use retail and residential development
mixed-use retail and
322-unit apartment concept community
174-unit apartment concept community
270-unit, 4 story mid-rise with structured parking garage
12 story mixed-use retail, office, and residential development
69 apartments located in the historic LeVeque Tower
11 luxury for-sale condominiums
Brett Kaufman, founder and CEO, has been working in real estate development and investing in various asset types—both through the investment banking and development lens—for more than 17 years. During this time, he has developed, leased and/or sold over 10,000 homes and a variety of commercial, retail, land and office projects. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He was twice named Developer of the Year by the Building Industry Association (BIA); is past president of the Columbus Apartment Association; and serves on many civic boards throughout Central Ohio. In 2012, he was named Next Generation Builder of the Year by the BIA, and in 2014, Brett was honored as EY's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Read more about Brett here.
Frank Sasso, President of Kaufman Development, has been working primarily in commercial real estate since 2005. Prior to joining Kaufman, Frank worked for Amgen, Inc. as part of its commercial leadership program. He previously worked for KeyBank, where he originated senior loans and mezzanine investments for commercial real estate projects and co-managed a $625 million investment fund. Sasso earned a B.S. from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Mike Schott, Director of Community Development, is charged with creatively sourcing, vetting, and cultivating new relationships to create opportunities for Kaufman Development to continue making positive impacts through its projects and initiatives. Mike has experience in real estate and early stage venture financing, business development, philanthropy, investor relations, and public accounting. In addition to Mike’s responsibility at Kaufman, he is also an executive of a private family foundation as a trustee of the Harold C. Schott Foundation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
With more than 15 years of experience working in various leasing, acquisition/disposition, development and business development positions for public and private real estate investors, Brian Suiter will serve as Director of Real Estate Development. Prior to his role at Kaufman, Brian held principal roles in nearly $500MM in nationwide retail and mixed use development projects within the portfolios of WP Glimcher and DDR, both publically traded REITs and The Feil Organization, a New York City-based private investor.