Jeremy grew up in New Jersey, but he likes to say he got down South as quick as he could. He first visited Asheville in 1993 at the insistence of his wife, Heather Whitaker Goldstein, an Asheville native. Six years later, they made Asheville their permanent home.
Jeremy and Heather live in East Asheville with their four boys (ages 16, 14, 10, and 7) and two dogs. Their house is not quiet. The boys attend Asheville City Schools and are active in school and club sports, as well as the school band program. Heather is an attorney with the Van Winkle Law Firm and an active community volunteer.
Jeremy currently serves as volunteer Chair of the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission and he just completed service on the Advisory Team studying uses for city-owned land in front of the U.S. Cellular Center. He previously served on Boards of the Irene Wortham Center, Asheville Parks & Greenways Foundation, Congregation Beth Israel, WNC Jewish Federation, and the Capital Expansion Committees of the Asheville Jewish Community Center and Maccabi Academy of Asheville. He has coached each of his kids in ABYSA soccer and volunteered for Junior Achievement of WNC. He also loves weightlifting and CrossFit Asheville.
Jeremy's dream was always to live in the same city with his brothers, raise families together, and grow old together. This dream was fulfilled by 2001 when his parents, his brothers, and their families, co-located to Asheville. He's never taken for granted his good fortune to live and work in this beautiful place, surrounded by family and many great friends. He hopes his four sons, five nephews, and two nieces will return here one day, and he hopes that your children will, too. In the meantime, he's hard at work making Asheville a place for all our children to return and to thrive.
Jeremy graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a degree in Public Policy and then began his commercial real estate career in Washington, D.C. When he came to Asheville in 1999, jobs were scarce. So, like many others, he created a job for himself. With his business partner, John Menkes, he built G/M Property Group, a multi-disciplinary commercial real estate practice.
G/M Property Group has been a key partner in the continued emergence of downtown life: handling the initial retail leasing for the Grove Arcade Public Market, targeting developers who are now bringing much needed housing to Downtown Asheville, helping local businesses reenergize the South Slope neighborhood, and defining downtown’s West Edge along Patton Avenue.
Asheville’s historic downtown and its residents have always captured Jeremy’s professional imagination. In 2002, he relocated G/M to its current location at 28 N. Ann St. on the West Edge of downtown, restoring and converting an 1890’s home into commercial office space. He also renovated and restored the adjacent 1920’s apartment building located at 32 N. Ann St.
In 2005, Jeremy received a Griffin Award from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County for his outstanding contributions to historic preservation for his adaptive re-use of a now exquisite 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home at 263 Haywood Street, also located on the West Edge of downtown. The Whiteford G. Smith House is now occupied and enjoyed by a number of locally owned businesses.