Jewish National Fund hosted a networking event for young professionals to hear tips from real estate guru Jack Halpern. The event attracted Realtors in commercial and residential real estate, real estate lawyers, and those who deal with real estate finances. The attendees were in their late 30s and 40s.
This was the third time the JNF real estate networking event was held, and Halpern, who is on the board of trustees, used the opportunity to teach the attendees about the importance of giving back to the community. Halpern grew up with the motto of always giving back and he has been fortunate to be successful enough in his career to do so, which he conveyed to those in attendance.
Some advice Halpern gave at the event was “don’t borrow more money than you can afford to pay back,” which is crucial for those who are just starting their own real estate companies in Atlanta. “Build strong relationships and be thankful you are in Atlanta,” Halpern said, explaining that Atlanta is a great place to sell real estate or get involved with it.
JNF was founded in 1901 and its single driving focus has been community development with a strong, secure and prosperous Israel for Jewish people everywhere. JNF originally focused on real estate as its main platform and wanted to help young Jewish professionals in the field at the event. JNF’s current initiative, Go North, aims to strengthen and grow the Galilee region – vital for the long-term strength and prosperity of Israel. The organization’s goal is to bring 300,000 new residents to the area and support them with critical modern infrastructure, increased tourism, and opportunities for education and employment.
Halpern is CEO and a chairman of Halpern Enterprises. He oversees strategic planning and major investment decisions and is responsible for the company’s overall financial performance.
He began his career at Halpern Enterprises as in-house counsel in 1978, working alongside his father, company founder Bernard Halpern.
Halpern has also served as chairman of the board of trustees of The Epstein School and of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, as co-chair of the board of the Marcus JCC, and on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and other nonprofits. This year, Atlanta magazine named him one of the city’s most influential leaders.
At the JNF event, Halpern’s insights allowed guests to network with one another and make future business connections.