Ari currently lives in New York City with his wife Anna who is a Yoga Instructor and runs her own yoga studio, Prana on Prince. Ari went to primary school and high school at the United Nations International School and then he attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Ari started his first company, Liontex at 12 and two others, Menus-to-Go.com and TEK before he graduated high school.
After graduating from college, Ari went to visit a friend in upstate New York who showed him a group of 1880's cigar factories, which he bought with the vision of creating luxury lofts. He spent most of the next two years working in every trade that took place on the job. That was Arise Development. He also bought the historic Lackawanna train station that had been converted into an office building as part of his fifth LLC, Railroad Empire.
Ari created LEED Pro as a green building consulting business and to operate theLEED Pro Blog on green building materials which got picked up for a book deal with Princeton Architectural Press called LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building. Ari also developed his own polymer based construction material PapierTile. Most recently, Ari has been developing LEED certified, mixed use properties in the Hamptons through Meisel Development.