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Throughout his business journey, Kislin has distinguished himself as a progressive and visionary entrepreneur whose knack for spotting opportunity has enabled him to make an indelible mark on some of the finest aspects of New York City’s business landscape.

Arik first shot to prominence between 1992-1998 as principal of a New York City real estate firm that refurbished and metamorphosed the old National Biscuit Company building on West 16th and 9th Avenue into the 1.5 million-square-foot landmark that is now known as the Chelsea Market, an office and retail development. The completely renovated building, which his company also managed, saw some of its original industrial features retained as decorative aspects, blending old world charm with modern design elements. This pioneering project sparked the conversion of Manhattan's Meatpacking District from a tired and rundown industrial eyesore to one of the city's most highly sought-after neighborhoods. Chelsea Market was sold in 1999 to Angelo, Gordon & Co.

By 2001, Arik Kislin was prepared for his next venture, partnering with the Achenbaum family to form the Gansevoort Hotel Group (GHG).

Despite his hands-on involvement in multiple successful businesses, Kislin also makes time to give back. He is a dedicated supporter of the Be’er Hagolah Institute, a non-profit organization focusing on the needs of underprivileged children from the former Soviet Union. Located in Brooklyn, Be’er Hagolah provides free education to over 700 children in need. In February 2010, Kislin was honored by the school for his ongoing support and fundraising efforts. In just one evening, Kislin was able to raise more than $250,000 for the school.

Arik Kislin is married with two children, and is a member of the New York Friars Club. He is a lifelong baseball player and fan, and enjoys tennis and yachting.