JLink™ Feature Friday: January 2019 Edition

Get to know Jewish professionals and JLink members in this month’s Feature Friday roundup!

 Aaron Goldstein

If you’ve been hiding in a cave or don’t have the internet, you may not have heard about Gold Group Realty, a full service real estate brokerage launched in 2018 by Aaron Goldstein, AndrewWieberdink & Neal Mintz.

As a property owner and former CPA, Aaron brings a unique perspective to his clients, who often seek guidance on analyzing their real estate purchases through an investment lens. Aaron has hands-on experience rehabilitating residential properties, managing Landlord projects for commercial development, leasing commercial space and syndicating real estate partnerships, all of which helps him to bring a breadth of knowledge to the table for his clients.

Aaron works with clients that have needs ranging from buying a single family home to a warehouse or office building. He is currently managing 6 commercial properties across the Twin Cities, including an industrial property that is home to La Dona Cerveceria and Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, two of the newest craft-brewery and distillery businesses in town.

Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor and Broker, Aaron served as the Chief Financial Officer of a Minneapolis based, Private Equity Fund. In 2007, Aaron earned a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2012, an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has studied abroad in Florence, Italy and several cities in India.

Outside of his career as a Real Estate professional, Aaron enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his daughters Jordyn & Maya, and wife Michelle. His interest in real estate and development was sparked at a young age, when he acquired his first lego set. He would love to meet you for coffee and see if he can help connect you with someone in town that will help further your personal or career goals!

Bryan Goltzman

Bryan Goltzman is co-owner of Liquid Screen Design, an innovative and creative branding and swagging company that designs and creates products for well-known brands, non-profits, and businesses. Some of our customers include Disney’s Girl Meets World, Mondelez (Oreo), Cornell University Men’s Basketball, TCJewfolk, and Camp Ramah in Wisconsin to name just a few.

Look around you right now…chances are that you have a promotional item within reach. Maybe it’s a pen, mug, letter opener, popsocket, apparel item, or any of the countless items given to you. In fact, 70% of people have between 2-11 promotional products in their workspace.

Freebies trigger what researchers call the reciprocity effect–the conditioned cultural response to return the kindness of a gift–which can manifest itself in better response rates, repeat business, and referrals.
In addition to “branding” – “Here is our logo, put it on these water bottles.” Liquid Screen Design offers what we call “Strategic Swagging” where we work together to think ofyour swag as a way to grow your relationship with possible clients/participants, cement relationships with current clients/participants, and build brand awareness.

If you need branding or swagging contact Bryan at bgoltzman@liquidscreendesign.com or check out our website at www.liquidscreendesign.com.Mention TCJewfolk or JLink and get 10% off your order.
Prior to starting Liquid Screen Design, Bryan was the Director of Public Affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and is currently the President of the Board of Directors for local non-profit, A Minnesota Without Poverty.Liquid Screen Design is looking for Branding and Swagging Consultants to join the team full-time. If you are interested in learning more please contact Bryan.

Berek Awend

Berek Awend is the CEO of American Drapery Systems and for 19 years, he has been navigating the world of custom window treatments. After a 8 year stint as an owner operator of Best Blinds, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois specializing in residential installations, Berek moved back to Minneapolis to join his family business as VP of Operations.

Since his arrival in 2008, American Drapery Systems has moved 5 times and tripled in size. Berek is most comfortable when he is at the controls of the operations of the business. Either navigating and creating an online presence of American Drapery Systems product or optimizing its internal systems.

For over 40 years American Drapery Systems has specialized in the installation of commercial window treatments in the upper Midwest. They are focused on their growing presence as the nationwide leader in commercial blackout curtains (blackoutcurtains.com), and curtain track systems (americantracksupply.com). Exciting times are ahead they develop our product lines and boost core competencies.

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Alexander Korzhen

Alexander Korzhen is a state and local tax (SALT) specialist at TaxOps, LLC, a business tax and advisory firm headquartered in Colorado and operating nationally. Alex is an attorney assisting clients with various SALT matters such as nexus analyses, tax exposure mitigation, transactional due diligence, and tax controversy work. Alex is also a frequent speaker /presenter on a wide variety of SALT topics.

Over his 13 years of experience, Alex has helped national and international clients solve problems and grow their businesses in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, software, e-commerce and retail, each posing their own unique challenges. Specifically, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Wayfair decision, today’s sales tax landscape that has been drastically reshaped, providing businesses a great deal to be confused about. State and local tax issues are complicated and can be a moving target. Alex can lend his expertise and problem solving to ease the process of being compliant.

Alex is a graduate of Quinnipiac University Law School and received a Master of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is currently serving as the treasurer on the tax sections board.