Looking Back To The Works of Norman Ebenstein
About Norm Ebenstein
It is a rare individual who is able to combine drive, talent, and creativity. Without these three traits, a man can’t accomplish anything that is truly extraordinary. Norman Ebenstein, CEO of Commercial Capital Properties, was an extraordinary man. His lauded accomplishments in business are an example to the rising generation of entrepreneurs.
Norman Ebenstein was born in New York City on October 23rd, 1928. Shortly after his birth, the Ebenstein family relocated to Massachusetts. Norm spent his childhood in Worcester, a town with a thriving Jewish community. There, he learned to take pride in his Jewish heritage.
There were other, more difficult lessons for Norman to learn. He spent his early childhood living through the Great Depression. In the 1930s, breadlines and homelessness were tragically common sights in cities across America. Being exposed to this at a young age taught Norman unforgettable lessons about frugality, generosity, and the unpredictability of life.
Norman’s Educational Background
Perhaps because of this, Norman Ebenstein grew to understand the value of a good education. After graduating from Phillips Exeter, he went on to study economics at Brown University. He was fascinated by the way that economics seemed to explain so much about human behavior. Once he graduated, he found he was still called to continue learning. He returned to Boston University to pursue his law degree.
Although he spent much of his young adult life focusing on academics, he also made time for other pursuits. At Brown University, he first set eyes on the woman who would become his wife, mother of his children, and his friend for life. He fell deeply in love with Shirley Gorlick. Every day of his 65-year marriage, he was reminded of how lucky he was to have met her.
Having established himself as a man of the world, Norman could have been content. He was well-positioned to pursue a career in the legal profession, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved peace with his wife and children. But Norman had a drive and ambition inside him that pushed him to do more. He knew that he wanted to do something extraordinary with his life.
Norman and His Contribution to Property Development & Real Estate
He founded Commercial Capital Properties and became its President and CEO. Though founding a business can be a risky move, Norman was skillful and lucky enough to find success. Commercial Capital Properties quickly began thriving and grew to hold assets along the East Coast. Because of Norman’s hard work, it held properties in shopping malls, shopping centers, and residential properties.
For Norman, a particular point of pride was Eden Center in Virginia. Eden Center grew to be an important meeting point for Vietnamese Americans. Norman was proud that his company was able to be part of this community.
Even as he worked to grow his business, Norman took the time to give back to his community. He was involved in the development of several nonprofit organizations. He even created the Norman Ebenstein Foundation to cement his commitment to bettering the world.
All his life, Norman Ebenstein served as an example to his children and grandchildren. Up until his death, he worked hard to ensure a better future not only for his family but for the community as a whole. He knew that businessmen have obligations that are greater than themselves, and he spent every day working to fulfill those obligations.
He is deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.