Bruce B. Felder, is currently the President and CEO of Forum Consulting Service LLC. Felder has a long history of involvement in the real estate business, in addition to cultural and civic accomplishments. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Felder has many achievements credited to his name.
Bruce Felder was President and CEO of Courthouse Square Development Corporation. In 1989, Felder purchased the 80-year-old historic Crown Building located in downtown Cleveland. The refurbished Courthouse Square building contains 100,000 square feet of office space. In December 2003, the building was sold to the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners for their expanded judicial agencies.
Prior to 1989, Felder was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Record Data, Inc./TRW Real Estate Loan Services, which he founded in 1959. For 30 years, Record Data grew to become the nation’s leading independent supplier of title insurance and appraisal services to the home equity lending market, boasting 83 branch offices in 40 states. In 1985, Record Data accepted TRW’s three-year acquisition offer.
Within this network of nationwide offices, Mr. Felder oversaw the rehabilitation of and implementation procedures for site location, retrofit, and final occupancy for tenancy. These experiences included all phases of initial site selection, inspection of the premises, arranging for suitable financing, selection of competent contractors, oversight responsibilities and completion of the overall mutual objectives.
Mr. Felder was a guest lecturer at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, under the N.E.O.N. Network, for many years. Throughout his career, he has addressed numerous consumer finance and lending organizations, highlighting the need for proper documentation for real estate secured lending. He also has served as President, Director, and Executive Committee member of the National Home Equity Association, and as a Board of Trustee member of NAIOP (Cleveland Chapter of the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks).
In addition to his successful career trajectory, Mr. Felder has maintained a long history of placing his knowledge and skills at the service of his hometown, joining economic development, leadership and charitable projects.
In the early 1980s, he became actively involved in the Leadership Cleveland program, sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Growth Association to help foster future leaders in Cleveland. He served on the Leadership Cleveland Alumni Committee and was elected President of his 1982 Leadership Cleveland Alumni Class. Cleveland Magazine named Mr. Felder one of Cleveland’s 77 Most Interesting Residents in 1977.
Mr. Felder also spearheaded or participated in a number of civic projects. In 1982, he was appointed to serve on a special task force for improved County government. In 1986, he served as co-chairman of the events committee of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. A couple of years later, Mr. Felder joined the Board of Trustees of the Historic Warehouse District. He also served as a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Greater Cleveland Domed Stadium Corporation, and he took on the role of special projects chairperson of the Cleveland computerized information project. In 1996, Mr. Felder was appointed to the board of trustees of Cleveland’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. Shortly afterwards, he chaired the finance committee for the Welcome Back Browns Committee, and was later appointed to the Cleveland Convention Center Site Committee. In January 2001, he was elected to the board of Look Up to Cleveland, for which he has served as Co-Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Mr. Felder’s charitable involvement has also been a constant throughout his professional life. He has served as a trustee of Cleveland’s Mt Sinai Medical Center and a trustee of the Center for Families and Children, for which he also fulfilled other leadership roles. In 1984, he was named a lifetime chairman of the Communications Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. In 2001, Mr. Felder was awarded the prestigious “Living Legend” award for his outstanding service in support of the Center for Families and Children.
An avid supporter of the city’s cultural life, Mr. Felder’s commitments have included active participation in key cultural organizations. He was elected to the board of the Cleveland Film Society in 1987, was named the society’s 18th President in 1994, and re-elected in 1995. He also was a trustee of the board of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, co-chairing the Founders Club membership campaign for the museum. Mayor Michael White appointed him to Cleveland’s Distinguished Fine Arts Design Review Committee in 1990, and in 1997, he joined the board of trustees of Cleveland’s internationally renowned Playhouse Square Foundation.
In 2005, the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County selected Mr. Felder to act as grand jury foreman for the fall 2005 session. Within that capacity he was the author of new and improved procedural methods still utilized within the current Court system.
Married to Linda, Mr. Felder is the proud father of three successful children. Teri Skadron is a practicing veterinarian in West St. Paul Minnesota, Traci Felder is the Director of Major Gifts and Endowment Campaign at The Menorah Park Foundation and Todd Felder is an Asset Manager for Davis Development Corp, Solon Ohio. Mr. Felder is also the proud grandfather to his seven grandchildren – Emilee, Charlie, David, Jack, Max, Manning and Mya.