One of Jeff's initial clients was Wendy's Restaurants' founder Dave Thomas, which quickly drew the attention of the owners of Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurants. After successfully opening 55 locations for Chi-Chi's, Jeff was quickly promoted to Vice President of Real Estate and was awarded Chi-Chi's franchise rights for seven states along the eastern seaboard. Jeff's site-selection expertise fueled a desire to build his own company. After an initial focus on development of Neighborhood Centers and Power Centers in Greater Cincinnati, Jeff began developing Mixed-use and Lifestyle Centers throughout the country.
In addition to large-scale projects, Jeff maintains interest in the restaurant industry as a developer and owner of various dining concepts throughout the U.S. His entrepreneurial success has been repeatedly recognized within the industry and community garnering several prominent awards including consecutive wins for the Tri-state's Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and Cincinnati 100 â€“ Largest Private Companies. In 2002, Jeff won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midwest Region.
Today, he resides in Kenwood with his wife. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, playing golf, traveling, and engaging in philanthropic activities with organizations including the National Geographic Society, University of Virginia, Waterkeepers Alliance, and the Freestore Foodbank.