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Business & Community: Volunteer New York Talks with Jason Horowitz about Giving Back


Q&A With Jason Horowitz, NYS Broker/NJ Broker, Property & Casualty Insurance Broker, Triforce Commercial Real Estate LLC.

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

T: How did Triforce get started?

J: It was created out of a passion and determination to provide personable and informative commercial real estate services.  Our goal is to positively affect the communities we serve.

T: Could you tell me about yourself?

J: I am a lifetime Rockland resident. I attended Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, where I earned a BS in Business with a concentration in real estate and a minor in IT.  I also earned an MBA.

I grew up surrounded by and learning about the real estate and insurance industries. My grandfather, Howard S. Cohen, founded H.S.C. Management Corp. in 1977.  Today his company is one of Manhattan’s 20 largest residential management companies and is run by my uncle Josh Koppel. I work with my father, Sheldon S. Horowitz, president of Safe Harbour Group, Ltd., an independent insurance brokerage providing business and personal insurance since 1897.

T: How familiar are you with the ideas and practices of corporate social responsibility and how do they impact your business?

J: In graduate school, I studied the concept of corporate social responsibility. This ideology struck a chord with me.  Many of the values and ideas are inherent in things I have done and plan to do in the future.

T: Is this something your business engages in?

J: My family started from humble beginnings.  The desire to give back is of great significance to me.  It is with these ideas in mind that we base many of TCRE practices.  We have donated and participated in several organizations in our community, including Volunteer New York.

T: What are some corporate social responsibility initiatives you’ve tried?

J: While in college, a very close friend of mine passed away.  I decided I wanted to honor his memory by establishing a scholarship in his name.  I designed a t-shirt and secured business/personal sponsors who would contribute to this.  The donors name was printed on the back of the t-shirt.  Through t-shirts/sponsors/school functions, we raised $30,000.  This allowed us to have the scholarship endowed. It will be maintained at the university forever.

I will again try my hand at designing a t-shirt to raise funds for the Howard S. Cohen Memorial Scholarship at the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University.  The scholarship is in memory of my late grandfather.

I believe the people are willing to work together for a greater cause. “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”