Growing up in Chicago, David Mishkin always looked forward to weekend escapes to the countryside. Throughout his high school and college years, he helped his aunt and uncle create a horse farm from raw land. But once he’d earned a degree in business management and started a career as an options trader, he found himself stuck indoors staring at a computer. Starting out, he lived with his wife and first child in a tiny urban apartment, while dreaming of raising his children in a different environment.
David concentrated on algorithmic options trading with his father’s company before forming his own practice, where he made trades on market volatility for five years. Yet achieving success here didn’t translate to personal fulfillment.
When plans for Southall started to sharpen, Mishkin saw a chance to help build something that could become a legacy, that would allow him to work outdoors and have the kids experience it all. As property manager at Southall, David has played a significant role in sculpting the property into what it will become – the orchard, the greenhouses, the lake, the gardens and other key features of the land now represent pieces of a puzzle to his analytical mind.
While thousands of seeds are germinating, for instance, David is finalizing the planting schedule and working with the farm team to visualize and then implement the intricate details. Together, the results stand as signatures of Southall, to educate and inspire for generations to come.