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Maurice Elmalem Honored by Marquis Who's Who for Accomplishments in Architecture and Design

Maurice Elmalem is an innovative entrepreneur and real estate developer

He buys empty lots on which to plan and subsequently build condominiums, commercial buildings, and homes, and he remains passionate about skillfully transforming his clients' ideas into reality.

    BRONX, NY, March 07, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Maurice Elmalem has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. Elmalem is the president of Maurice Contractors and Designers Inc. Real Estate Developers, a firm he launched in 1986 as a general contractor and architect. Mr. Elmalem actively buys empty lots on which to plan and subsequently build condominiums, commercial buildings, and homes, and he remains passionate about skillfully transforming his clients' ideas into reality.
He is known as a brilliant Architecture Designer and Real Estate Developer with more than 500 projects under his belt. His work is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance. His approach is based on a concept that sets new standards for the relationship between the built and natural environment using the latest architectural product available.

A prominent business owner and investor with 48 years of experience, his credentials include working for companies such as Tishman Bros., Helmsley & Spear, Waldorf Palace, the prestigious Royal-Athena Art Galleries in New York, Bloomingdale's, Citibank, Paragon Honda, Ford, State Farm, Costco, American Tickets, Health and Fitness Centers, Nova Optical Labs, VIP Community Centers, New Yorker Restaurant, pharmacies, medical centers, attorneys, doctors, dentists offices, 531 Management LLC, several new condo buildings and retail in NYC. He has also collaborated on restaurant ventures as the co-owner and general manager of New Yorker Restaurant. He is also owner of Zion Film Corporation in Israel and 531 Management LLC.

A range of diverse interests is the motivating factor for Mr. Elmalem's personal and professional pursuits. He followed a passion for architecture and love for art into a career in designing structures and then gained practical expertise in a broad context of commercial projects. Notably, Mr. Elmalem avidly explored various segments of the real estate industry toward locating promising properties, which proved foundational for his current entrepreneurial venture.

Maurice came to the USA in the early 1970s from Europe, and grew up in a modest family with a strong religious background, which inspired him to be one of all people. Many who look up to him try to emulate him. Mr. Elmalem also boasts exceptional academic accomplishments including a Bachelor of Science in engineering and architecture from Columbia University. He completed coursework in cinematography in interior design and general construction, Mr. Elmalem's profile is further defined by signature credentials that include the registered architect designation in the state of New York and continuing education certification from Pace University.

Mr. Elmalem is a renowned martial arts expert whose demonstration created buzz in the 1976 and 1988 Olympic games. He is also a seven-time world champion who holds eight Guinness World Records, and he was humbled to have his inspiring story featured on the David Letterman and Jay Leno Shows. His fighting and breaking skills have been documented in the Guinness Book of World Records, witnessed by millions around the world live on television on Channel 5, ABC Wide World of Sports, Fox 5, Discovery, MSG Network, Chanel Plus, Italian and Spanish TV, Spike TV, Telemundo TV, ESPN, Ohio TV, Bronx TV, Joe Franklyn, Channel 9, Channel 12, and Johnny Carson, He has appeared in live shows at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Studio 54, Apollo Theatre, Gleason Gym and Carnegie Hall. He participated in two Olympics and three Maccabi Games-Israel. Mr. Elmalem shares his deep knowledge of the sport to motivate others with physical education programs and self-defense seminars worldwide.

Mr. Elmalem's diverse interests include creative endeavors such as painting, music, writing and butterfly art. He was also proud to collaborate with Zubin Mehta, a famous conductor active in Israel. Mr. Elmalem excelled as a stunt advisor for the movies "Karate Kid," "Paying Mr. McGetty," "The Martial Arts Kid" and "Champions of the Deep." He was an actor and executive producer for the movie "Black Creek," soon to be released.

Numerous accolades have marked the distinct milestones of Mr. Elmalem's career. He is gratified to have been featured in various prestigious magazines; moreover, he takes immense pride in his achievements in martial arts. He attributes his success to a commitment to serving others and partnering closely with them on both personal and professional levels. He also thrives on philanthropy, through which Mr. Elmalem consistently makes a positive impact on others.

He is the recipient of the 1993 Presidential Sports Awards from President Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has been inducted into over 250 Halls of Fame worldwide. He is known as the Architect of Martial Arts, Houdini, Renaissance Man, World Champion Greatest Martial Arts Daredevil for his endless talents not only in martial arts but his vision and architectural construction business. In September 2000 after his performance in the Oriental World of Self Defense at Madison Square Garden, NYC, movie star, Chuck Norris presented him the world champion belt, which was engraved, World Extreme Daredevil Champion and said "Mr. Elmalem, you are a great champion."

In 2006 Mr. Elmalem won his Best of the Best Champion Belt at the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. His martial arts career spans five decades.

With his outstanding grades in school and high IQ he has achieved and experienced much in his life. He is listed several times in Who's Who in the East for Outstanding Contribution to Architectural Design in 1999 and was voted among the Top 400 General Contractors in the U.S.A. by Engineering Report Magazine. GM Maurice was inducted into the Sports Karate Museum in Houston, TX and the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank, CA in 2015 as one of the most respected leaders in the martial arts community. He has been a distinguished guest of the governments of Korea, Cayman Islands, Israel, France, Spain, Canada, Italy and USA. He is the recipient of the Bruce Lee Hall of Honors distinguished award 2018 in Ohio. In 2022 and 2023 he along with his company was nominated as Best of 2023 Hall of Fame Bronx Award Program. He is an author, producer of four movies and over 40 DVDs, entrepreneur and editor of Budo Martial Arts Magazine.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Elmalem plans to prioritize his health and wellbeing by persisting in travel, movie productions and cultural exploration to broaden his perspectives, derive pleasure from music, pursue his creative aspirations in art and engage in family activities. He is enthusiastic about leaving a productive legacy for future generations, which Mr. Elmalem will secure by writing and publishing additional books on health, poetry and sports, as well as novels.

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