Member Spotlight, November 2018: Jon Shafran

Jon Shafran is the Owner/President of JK Development Corp. For over 28 years Jon has been a member of the Hudson Valley Builders and Remodelers Association (HVBRA) and he currently serves as one of the Board of Directors. As the HVBRA makes its comeback, Jon is looking forward to a re-energized association and all of the great initiatives that are planned. To Jon, the most powerful benefit of membership in the HVBRA is the knowledge he has gained through educational training/seminars and networking opportunities. Through these programs, Jon has built connections with many people who he now doing business with and has ensured that he has the proper training to compete all of his jobs.

Thirty-three years ago, Jon entered the industry by joining the family business. Under the guidance of two of Hudson Valley’s most respected homebuilders, Rubin Shafran, his father, and Robert Hankin, Jon worked as a Project Manager for large development projects. This is where he learned the philosophy that building a home is about respecting the emotional and financial significance of the home buyer’s experience as they go through the building process. In 1990, Jon founded JK Development Corp., with his wife and business partner, Karen. He continues to carry on these ideals within his own company as they take on new ventures. Jon and Karen have a great respect for the Hudson Valley and the quality of life for all residents. They constantly strive to contribute to the beauty and perpetuate the charm of the region.

One of Jon’s proudest moments as a homebuilder is completing communities that start out on raw land. When asked about an obstacle that Jon faces at work, he said that extremely high insurance premiums and other overhead costs are major challenges in his business. The way he overcomes these challenges is by focusing on maximizing other opportunities to ensure that the numbers work. A skill that Jon has developed over his years in the industry, is time management. He said that it is one of the most important skills to have because you need to properly manage your schedule to ensure that projects are completed on time. In his career, the best piece of advice he has ever received was, “pay your bills and be a man of your word.”


Jon Shafran, Owner/President

JK Development Corp.

PO Box 233 Sugar Loaf, NY 10981



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