COMPANY: The Kislak Organization
INDUSTRY: Real Estate
WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: His real estate company has a portfolio of properties that span the country, but what’s really haute is the Kislak Foundation, the non-profit he established in 1984. It is dedicated to the collection, conservation, research, and interpretation of rare books, manuscripts, maps, and indigenous art and cultural artifacts from the U.S. and around the globe. This collection was born out of this New Jersey native’s desire to learn more about local culture and history when he first moved to Miami a few decades ago. And he shares the love; more than 3,000 works from the collection were gifted to the nation as The Cultures & History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. In 2003, Kislak was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the chairman of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, an expert panel that advises the U.S. Department of State regarding the importation of cultural artifacts. Kislak also serves as a trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowships.