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MISSION

SKSI is on a Mission to bring consistency to Architectural design and engineering resulting in fewer roadblocks at the building departments.

 

CREDO

SKSI is known for its consistency, efficiency and reliability.  We are very professional, fast and competitively priced.  SKSI delivers what it promises.

PROPRIETARY PROCESS

Dealing with the DBS is about as fun as a trip to the DMV.  SKSI gets the permits for you so you don’t have to.  We developed a process and use non-traditional and custom developed software to create an infrastructure that streamlines this process.

ARYEH RIFKIN, Founder, rea@sksi.com

Aryeh Rifkin is 4th generation in the industry with 29 years of experience.  He flipped over 90 projects, closed over 5,000 mortgage loans, managed construction crews of 40+ in all divisions and developed subdivisions.  Aryeh was the Founder of the Official Lender of the Alta Vista Search Engine, Northern Light and Alexander Finance, The Loan Calculator, and Interim CEO of 1st Nations.  In the area of building materials, Aryeh founded a green building materials superstore attracting C-level participation from Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Orco Building Supply, Best Buy and Eagle Hardware.  In technology, Aryeh founded Social Dashboard and developed many apps geared towards social media management.   Aryeh overcame epic life challenges such as raising his son and rebuilding himself after stage 4 cancer.

LIAD SCHWARTZ, Architect, liad@sksi.com

Liad Schwartz is a licensed Architect born in Los Angeles and raised in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Liad has worked on a number of projects and is a leading Architectural designer with SKSI.  Liad’s focus in on high end residential and commercial projects.  Liad designed the first ever Terminal and Shopping Center in Mexico working directly for “Puerto Magico”.   Liad is a highly committed professional committed to efficiency and details as a valuable member of SKSI.

OSCAR IVAN CHANG, Civil Engineer, oscar@sksi.com

Oscar Chang is a licensed Civil Engineer and California native.  Oscar excels in mathematics and physics.  After his first job at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Colima, Oscar worked for the Secretary of Culture developing different conservation programs for cultural property, performing Architectural surveys and infrastructure details related to deterioration which he provided solutions.  At LAMARQ CONSTRUCTION, he amplified design skills for residential properties and elaborated on quantification of material and safe storage.  At OPRINSA CONSTRUCTION, Oscar collaborated with Mexico’s Secretary of Marines, specifically overseeing building The Archipelago of Revillagigedo in the 6th Regional Naval Base, a gravity dock, and electrical grid and generator room.  Oscar oversees feasibility through design, and supervised teams of personnel as well as maintaining budgets and training, and oversight of population disturbance.

SEAN ENRIGHT, Permit Expediting Manager

Sean is a 3rd generation construction professional with formal education in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Washington.  His grandfather was a real estate developer and father was a general contractor.   Sean worked his way through KOHLER as a CDK (Certified Kitchen Designer) and became a General Manager in Portland specializing in the multi-family market.  Sean worked in San Francisco to implement an offshore supply chain for high rise luxury condominium projects for: Webcor, Swinerton, Turner, Nibbi Brothers,  Bovis Lend Lease and Plant Construction.  Sean migrated to Southern California on condominium conversions, retail tenant improvements, hotel remodels, pools, hardscape, mixed use residential, podium concrete structures, new/remodel restaurants and bars.  Sean is fully versed in total construction from concept through interior design and final occupancy.

ELIYAHU “ELI” BAITY, Accounting and Office Manager, eli@sksi.com

Eli Baity is an alumni of Pepperdine University and a native to Los Angeles. After 4 years at Wells Fargo and City Bank Eli spent 10 years in the private accounting/business management sector. Eli has worked with various clients including retail, non-profits, manufacturing, telecommunications, hospitality and currently SKSI. Eli manages accounting for SKSI and assists with project management and customer satisfaction.

FOUNDER’S PERSPECTIVE

 

CREATIVITY & PURPOSE  My introduction to creative visualization was probably around the age of 12 as a competitive water skier.  In present day, I experience the finished project before I start drawing it.  My goal is to reverse engineer the final vision balancing resale value with costs to build.  Once I have a clear image in my head of the project’s greatest genetic potential, my purpose becomes making it happen.

 

INTUITING EQUITY  I think like an investor because I have been around investors all my life.  I grew up in my father and mother’s very successful Real Estate and mortgage offices, which they built from scratch. I bought, designed, and remodeled my first investment property in 1990 at the age of 18.  In other words, I’m a multi-generation Real Estate professional with 29 years of personal experience.

 

INSIGHTFUL PLANNING  It’s not just whether something can get done, I share my opinion whether it should be done.  I take projects I believe in.  There are a million and one ways a homeowner could lose money from a construction project that started out looking simple.  Experience comes with mistakes which teach a great amount of insight.

 

EXPERIENCE IN THE HOT SEAT  One critical point every homeowners needs to understand is the tremendous value in working with somebody who has been in their shoes trusting their most valuable asset to a professional.  Too often, homeowners don’t see the difference between a skilled drafter with the lowest price and until it’s too late.

NOTEWORTHY HISTORY

Aryeh Rifkin, Bellaire Estates Developer

Aryeh Rifkin, Bellaire Estates Developer

While living in Tiburon in 2004, I noticed the genetic potential of the prestigious Bellaire subdivision.  I felt the superior location and large buildable lots deserved a complete redesign, and with 181 total properties I saw tremendous potential.  After arranging...

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4 Generations of Building Bridges

4 Generations of Building Bridges

Circa 1900, my mother's family.  Grandma Gokey's father owned Syracuse Steel and Engineering.  Here's a great photo of my great grandfather with his construction crew.  He engineered, manufactured and built the steel bridges across the Erie Canal in New York. Hard to...

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Speaker with Robert Kiyosaki @ Rich Dad / Poor Dad

Speaker with Robert Kiyosaki @ Rich Dad / Poor Dad

I have spoken to crowds up to 1,000 people as a guest speaker and specialist in Real Estate investing and financing.  In this photo, I am (holding the microphone) on stage with Robert Kiyosaki, world renown author of Rich Dad / Poor Dad.  This particular event was...

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