Our growing team shares our vision for inspired living, and the belief that communities of high design, built around wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and innovation can change the world. Each team member enriches our communities through their unique passions and interests. Meet the newest members of the Kaufman team.
Meet Frank Sasso, CFO. Frank is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in real estate. He says, “OSU holds a special place in my heart; it’s where I met my wonderful wife, as well as many lifelong friends and mentors.” Frank also spent two years at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he earned his M.B.A.
Frank joined Kaufman Development after working for Amgen in Chicago. Prior to that, he held various positions in KeyBank’s Commercial Real Estate group working on construction lending, mezzanine investments and fund management.
Originally from Stratford, Connecticut, Frank now lives in Grandview Heights. “There’s lots to love about Columbus…my perfect day would probably involve coffee at Stauf’s, a run along the Olentangy trail, eating a Thurman burger and seeing a great band at the Newport,” he says.
Frank is passionate about traveling to new and interesting places. He and his wife visited Peru for their honeymoon, and Frank has visited all but two continents. He also enjoys running, biking, climbing, trying new restaurants and spending time with his friends and family.
Frank is excited about his role at Kaufman because he is passionate about building vibrant and dynamic communities. He explains, “Our approach to creating these communities involves starting with a great location, building a very high quality product and developing programming revolving around wellness, philanthropy, sustainability and business innovation. We are making a transformative impact on the lives of our residents and in the community. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this special team that is growing and building together.”
Meet Lauren Krause, Community Ambassador. Lauren K. moved from Cleveland to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology. Before joining Kaufman, Lauren spent several years at Abercrombie & Fitch in working in Home Office Development and Marketing.
Lauren’s passion for holistic wellness led her to attend Inspire the World Day at The Gramercy New Albany in August. There Lauren ran into Todd Moroz, who recognized her from his days at Abercrombie & Fitch. Lauren says, “Long story short, he told me all about Kaufman Development and what they were doing, and I instantly wanted to know more. I visited their office downtown and met with Brett, and it snowballed into a few meetings that ultimately ended in me joining Team K-DEV.”
Lauren is excited to be a part of the Kaufman team because of her passion for health and wellness, and helping others through teaching and listening. She says, “I hope to share these passions with our residents and educate them on how they can live a truly healthy lifestyle, and that this will filter out into the surrounding communities. So many people think that healthy is expensive and complicated, and I want to show them that it can be easy.”
In her free time, Lauren enjoys hanging out with friends, visiting the library, checking out wine tastings at Whole Foods Market, trying different restaurants, painting and photography. Lauren hopes to work with Lauren B. to bring their passion for art to the community.
Here at Kaufman, we believe that the best communities should be driven by innovation, purpose and passion, and we’re proud that our team embodies this philosophy.