About Bruce Fogelson
Bruce Fogelson is a man of many diverse endeavors. He is currently working on LetsSponsor.com, an online platform that promises to create a new way that charities and other not-for-profits raise funds from sponsors and donors in exchange for the recognition they deserve.
Bruce Fogelson’s real estate career features his company Paramount Homes, winner of the Chicago Realtors “Good Neighbor Award” 14 times and in practically every category since 1993. Bruce’s real estate career stretches back to include analyst and commercial real estate professional. The mix of builder/developer and charity can be seen in his personal community development site, HomeAndBuilders.com. As an inventor in both real estate and charity, he’s also a holder of four patents for builder/buyer construction selections titled “Builder OnLine Assistant” and two patents on the charity side titled “method and process of creating advertising (ad) books“, with more pending. His inventive insights in both building and charity technology dates back even before his patents that were first filed in 2000. Bruce has been a detailed study of both the real estate and building business along with charity technology before and since.
Bruce Fogelson’s real estate career features his company Paramount Homes, winner of the Chicago Realtors “Good Neighbor Award” 14 times and in practically every category since 1993.
Bruce’s real estate career stretches back to include analyst and commercial real estate broker. The mix of builder/developer and charity can be seen in his personal community development site, HomeAndBuilders.com. As an inventor in both real estate and charity, he’s also a holder of four patents for builder/buyer construction selections titled “Builder OnLine Assistant” and two patents on the charity side titled “method and process of creating advertising (ad) books“, with more pending. His inventive insights in both building and charity technology dates back even before his patents that were first filed in 2000. Bruce has been a detailed study of both the real estate and building business along with charity technology before and since.
A graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in Real Estate and Finance, Bruce Fogelson has over 30 years of experience in every type of real estate, from commercial brokerage to all kinds of development. Bruce’s real estate and planning consulting work extends all the way from Chicago to China.
Bruce Fogelson’s intertwining of real estate and charity led to the creation of the first ever urban charity designer’s showcase of homes as a fundraiser. Bruce created and hosted the first ever “Chicago Showcase Of Homes” which featured sponsors and sold tickets with all proceeds for charity. Three of his luxury homes were professionally decorated by 7 signature ASID interior designers and then open for tours for weeks to raise thousands of dollars for local public schools.
Further, Bruce Fogelson created the first Top Chef competition for real estate brokers after hosting the Chicago season of the T.V. show Top Chef in one of his luxury homes. Bruce created the Top Chef Broker charity event for local real estate brokers to compete with their own homemade selections. Once again, all proceeds for the local Chicago Public School.
Bruce’s unique blend of charity and real estate dates back to the early days of his firm when he was one of 8 builders featured in the first and second urban Parade Of Homes for charity, hosted by the Chicago chapter of the Home Builders Association.
Developing neighborhoods in Chicago is what Bruce Fogelson is best known for. His company motto “Building Homes and Creating Neighborhoods” says volumes about his work as both real estate and neighborhood developer.
With Paramount Homes, from 1987, Bruce Fogelson has grown into covering all the bases of real estate. Starting as a builder for neighborhood single family homes, he progressed to luxury homes, row homes, townhomes, condos and mixed-use condominiums and commercial projects. Bruce constantly pushes himself to evolve within his profession. Plus, he believes that every single development that he has worked with has had some kind of public value directed outside of the project boundary. Bruce’s pioneering work in transportation-oriented development (TOD) integrated features for electric cars and car-sharing long before what they have become today. His noted work even led to consulting with newly developing cities in China. His work as an educated real estate developer, Bruce was on the front lines of every aspect of the site selection, planning, design, bid, construction management, marketing, sales or leasing, title, closing and post-closing tasks.
Bruce conceived and his family foundation is the principal sponsor of the “Chicago Innovation Challenge” through IIT. This innovative “pitch competition” for young people is open to local university students and CPS High school students and provides cash awards for winners for them to go on to develop their ideas.
A frequent supporter of all education, Bruce helped develop the American Theatre Company Education program with Chicago Public School for students to grow with the theater arts. In addition to support of arts in education, Bruce has been innovative in the sciences.
Bruce devised and funds over a dozen special math awards for students in the STEM Chicago Science Fair. In addition to the formal programs Bruce has created he has participated in the CPS Principal For A Day and Real Men Read programs and personally donates books to his adopted schools in both the U.S. and China for years.
Bruce Fogelson | Inventor
For Bruce Fogelson, it’s just as important to have a place to for plugs as there are electric cars. And just as important is how to charge for charging the cars. In March of 2014 that was ahead of the curve, but not for Bruce Fogelson, when he filed for his patent titled “Transportation Oriented Development For Distribution And Communication Of Electric Charging Stations” There’s no bad idea, just ones that have not yet come to pass. And not everything can get its patent issued, even if the ideas are novel. The US Patent and Trademark Office has finally responded 3 ½ years later with technical objections. That’s a lifetime in the slow world of real estate that needs a way to adapt (And charge for) electric power cars. At the heart of the invention was how to pay for electric cars on public streets or private parking lots. Issues of metering and sub-metering. Land use easement, public and private, and the overall distribution system. And the meconium of how to pay for it all. It’s all more complicated than you’d think. “There were some very inventive concepts that will someday come to pass, but for lack of time and money, I’m just going to let the patent process go. This will be the first time that I took a pass, even after getting 6 patents in two fields”. But it’s a good read with some interesting drawings and exhibits attached. Now that the patent prosecution has stopped the application can be made public.
For a copy just email BruceFogelson@Gmail.com. Transportation Oriented Development is just one of the sub-specialties Bruce has in real estate development.