Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. has been active in Portland real estate development and construction for more than 50 years. Since its inception in 1962, the Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. name has been synonymous with quality and integrity. Through the years, attention to detail and concern for a quality product has produced hundreds of satisfied Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. customers. Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. is a solid company with experience and reputation earned through years of commitment to residential construction.
Ruben J. Menashe
RUBEN J. MENASHE was born and raised in Portland. He attended Grant High School and Willamette University where he graduated with a B. A. degree in Economics. Ruben was active in student affairs and sports at both schools. At Grant, he was not only the Student Body President, but also played football on two State Championship teams and earned All City and All State awards. Ruben was also Student Body President at Willamette and earned All Conference honors while playing football, as well as a number of other honors and awards.
Upon graduating from Willamette University, Ruben served in the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Officer. After returning to the United States from a tour in Japan, Ruben and a close college friend formed a construction company in Gilroy, California. It was a very profitable and educational 2½ years, but Ruben missed Portland, his family, friends, the greenery and the rain. He returned in 1962 to start his own development company in Portland: Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. The Corporation has earned a reputation for building quality residential communities and has been continuously active in single family, multi-family, land and investment property development for over 50 years.
While Ruben is still actively involved with the company, he is also quite active in the community, serving many local charitable organizations. After over 50 years in the development business it’s refreshing to know that Ruben is still enthusiastic about Portland, it’s people and his community!
Jack R. Menashe
Jack R. Menashe was also born and raised in Portland, where he attended Parkrose High School. After his graduation from Parkrose, he moved to Claremont, California where he received a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.
After college, Jack was hired by the Robert Randall Company (now the Randall Group) a Portland-based real estate development firm. Jack was immediately transferred back to Southern California where he gained valuable experience as a property manager for some of the company’s larger properties.
Like his father before him, Jack wanted to return to Portland, his hometown. During his management of a 448 unit property in Lancaster, California, Ruben asked if Jack would like to be a part of the development of a new apartment community. That was the impetus Jack needed, and soon he and Ruben were working closely on many new single-family and multi-family developments in the Portland area.
With 25 years of experience in the real estate development business, Jack is the company’s President, overseeing the Corporation's daily operations; including all construction and property management activities.
Additional Team Members
Jim Best — Construction Superintendent
JIM was born and raised in Portland where he attended Madison High School. Jim has spent his entire life in, near or around construction; including working for Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. as a teenager, while his father Jerry was working as the company’s finish carpenter!
As the owner of a successful homebuilding company himself, he brings a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge to the team.
Jim is in charge of all fieldwork in the company’s single-family detached, attached and multi-family construction.
Nicholas Best — Warranty, Estimating and LEED coordinator
NICHOLAS was born and raised in Portland. He attended Estacada High School where he not only excelled academically but on several of the school’s sports teams - ultimately becoming a State Champion in track for the 300m Hurdles, 4x100m relay and twice in the 110m hurdles. Nick began working (as the 3rd generation) for Ruben J. Menashe Inc. cleaning houses during his free time in high school.
Fast forward 10 years to today where Nicholas has become integral to the RJM Team. He is in charge of safety compliance, LEED documentation/accreditation, customer warranty support, estimating and much more. During that time he has also completed his B.S. degree in science from Portland State University and is currently starting his dental school education at OHSU.
Vera Foss — Office Manager
Office Manager, VERA FOSS was born in North Dakota, and moved to Washington to attend Walla Walla College. After two years, she moved to Portland where she worked as a secretary for eight years before moving to Alaska. Fourteen years later, she returned to Portland, and has been the Office Manager for Ruben J. Menashe, Inc. since 1988.
Vera is an integral component to the smooth daily operations of Ruben J. Menashe, Inc.
Christopher Socha — Customer Service
CHRIS was born in Newark, New York (40 miles East of Rochester, NY) and moved to Oklahoma after High School at the age of 19 to work first as a deckhand in the oil fields with his brother, and later worked as a pipeline worker. He also worked nightshift for the Enid News. Chris relocated to Portland in 1988 and was hired by Ruben J. Menashe Inc. that same year.
Chris’ 25 years of experience with the company makes him a Jack of all-trades, and important part of the operation.
Susan Woolstenhulme — Metro Area Asset Manager
SUSAN was born in Portland, Oregon and also attended Parkrose High School. She began her property management career in Spokane, Washingon in 1987. When she relocated to Portland in 1990, she was hired by RJM as a Property Manager handling the initial lease-up at the Garden Crest.
As an owner of commercial property herself for over 38 years, Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her roll as Asset Manager.