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chasen-brandon-mf-6323BRANDON CHASEN

Founder and CEO
Chasen Companies

Brandon Chasen leads a small team at Chasen Companies that thinks big when it comes to investing in housing in Baltimore.
Chasen and his close-knit co-workers develop luxury properties in the Baltimore and Washington markets, with an emphasis on single-family, commercial and multi-family properties.

“My team is creating livable, beautiful and affordable spaces that are intentionally designed to meet the needs of the community while maintaining its historical heritage,” Chasen said. “The key to my success has been trust in myself and my team. It’s how I hire, how we grow and what enables us to make decisions fast.”

The Chasen team has a remarkable record of turning eyesores into neighborhood treasures. Chasen renovated a former boarding house at 1702 S. Light St. in south Baltimore called the Victory House and transformed it into a multi-family community with parking. The team has taken on similar projects in Fells Point, Federal Hill, downtown Baltimore and Mount Vernon, in each case making sure to preserve their buildings’ history while improving the neighborhood.

Chasen, who has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College, was director of revenue development for technology company Listingbook before setting off on his own to open fitness centers and flip houses. About five years ago, he turned his Pinnacle Design Renovations remodeling business into Chasen Construction and Development. By 2019, the company, which oversees site development, construction and property management, had $13.7 million in gross income and by 2020 had 14 projects completed or underway.

Chasen has come a long way since owning a CrossFit gym with some high school lacrosse friends in 2012.

“We take dilapidated buildings throughout Baltimore and turn them into homes and areas for businesses to grow,” he said. “We are committed to drastically transforming the neighborhoods we are in. Our small team has a history of trust and shared experiences that allow us to be honest with each other about the strength of a new idea.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.