ScottSimonScott Simon


Up Close and Personal:

Passion: building and transforming communities

Stretched most by:  living on a kibbutz in Israel in my early 20s, where I learned Hebrew on the fly, collected thousands of eggs, oversaw a 100+ degree dishroom, and never had more fun in my life

An experience of complete and utter happiness: officiating at my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding in Ojai, CA.

Inspired by: Tal Ben Shahar, one of the smartest, most humble, and amazing teachers I have ever had

Rejuvenates by: spending just a couple days in Chautauqua, NY – that’s all it takes

Wants to learn: how to speak Italian fluently and then spend a year in Tuscany

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Favorite treat:  my homemade sriracha hot sauce. One taste, and you’ll know why

Experience, Training, and Education: 

In addition to being co-founder of Thrive, I am president of North Pointe Realty, a Cleveland-based commercial real estate development, construction and management firm. I earned my B.A. from Skidmore College, M.N.O. from Case Western Reserve University, Certificate in Real Estate Development and Finance from Cleveland State University, and engaged in continuing education in real estate at Harvard University. I completed a year-long certificate program in Positive Psychology with Harvard professor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, widely respected as one of the world’s authorities on the science of happiness.  I serve as Board Chair of Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Vice President of The Agnon School, Trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Hurwitz Family Foundation.

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