Seth M. Kaplowitz has more than 30 years of real estate development, construction and consulting experience, from project conception through completion. During his career, he has developed and constructed more than 3,500 residential units and in excess of 1 million square feet of commercial property. His primary areas of expertise focused on the initiation of new projects, including site selection, property acquisition, contract negotiation, project financing; and construction management.
In 1983, Mr. Kaplowitz established Mesa Development Corporation, a real estate development and construction firm in New Jersey. Mr. Kaplowitz was responsible for building entry-level and semi-custom single-family home subdivisions, historical restorations and a waterfront development project.
In 1994, Mr. Kaplowitz served as Executive Vice President of Construction and a Principal of Westminster Communities. In this role, he developed, constructed and managed a diverse collection of residential properties throughout the Tri-State area, including single-family subdivisions, town home communities, apartment complexes, historical restorations, condominiums, warehouse to loft style conversions and custom- designed, one-of-a-kind luxury homes. His commercial projects encompassed retail and medical arts complexes, schools and religious institutions.
In 2000, Mr. Kaplowitz founded Classic Homes Construction, LLC, and served as Managing Director, building custom-designed homes, historical restorations and luxury penthouses. After completing the last of his projects in the United States in 2008, he relocated to Hong Kong where he established Ecotech Design Build Asia, Ltd., a real estate development and consulting firm specializing in high performance and sustainable properties.
Ecotech, in collaboration with Build Shanghai, under took the conversion of a run down 20,000-square foot, government-owned building in Shanghai. Once completed in late 2009, the building was transformed into a modern and architecturally significant business center at which point he returned to the United States to be closer to his daughter in San Diego, California.
He has served, and continues to serve, on multiple boards of directors for non-profit organizations and works as part of a team to help make communities and educational institutions more vibrant. He also shares the knowledge he has gained in exchanging ideas with other philanthropists on integrating venture capital into the non-profit world as a major fundraising avenue to support charitable initiatives.
Mr. Kaplowitz is an Attorney who earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College, a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School and a participant in the International Conflict Resolution Studies Program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
In addition, he is a California Licensed General Contractor and is a partner in the Solana Beach, California based Blumberg Law Group specializing in Construction Law and Sustainable Business Practices. He is presently a certificate candidate in the field of Sustainable Business Practices and Project Management at the University of California San Diego, as well as, an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University, College of Business Administration in the field of Business Law and Sustainability.