ORIGINS

SKSI Plans & Permits was founded in 1990 by Richard Aryeh Rifkin, who is an expert in architectural design, engineering, Real Estate development, mortgage lending and technology. Mr. Rifkin grew up in the Real Estate industry. His father owned a Real Estate company in South Florida. Approximately 2/3rds of all listings in the Dade-Broward MLS belonged to his father and mother in the 1970’s.

In the 1980’s, Mr. Rifkin’s parents started mortgage companies doing AAA-rated through sub-prime and private mortgages. They became the largest in Brevard County, and built buildings that had their names on them. Mr. Rifkin’s parents also did Real Estate flips and development both nationally and internationally. At 18, Mr. Rifkin became licensed to do mortgages and Real Estate in Florida.

In 1990, Mr. Rifkin bought his first investment home and remodeled it. He started SKSI Plans & Permits at only 18 years old and taught himself architectural design the old fashioned way - by drawing and submitting his own drawings to the building department. By 1996, Mr. Rifkin had flipped over 80 properties and had designed hundreds of remodels, additions and new homes and began to expand nationally.

In 1992, Mr. Rifkin became the Vice President of his mother’s mortgage company and in 1994, Mr. Rifkin was awarded Originator Magazine’s top 200 highest volume loan officers of all mortgage companies Nationwide. He became licensed in all 50 US States and founded the official lender of the Alta Vista Search Engine, Northern Light and Alexander Finance. In 2000, Mr. Rifkin was hired as CEO of 1st Nations and opened 126 branches across the United States making it one of the largest mortgage banks on the Eastern Seaboard.

Mr. Rifkin has been an innovator in technology since the mid-1900s to present. He is recognized as one of the first developers of online loan calculators, location-based communications technology using real time behavioral algorithms he wrote, and predictive analytics in social media technology.

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