The Life of a CEO: Norman Ebenstein

About Norman Ebenstein

Norman was born on October 23, 1928 in New York City. Son of Samuel and Jeannette Ebenstein, shortly after Norm was born, they moved to Worcester, Massachusetts and he was raised to have a deep understanding and pride in his Jewish heritage. His family also had achieved much throughout their history, which Norm also took great pride in, as he became a strong advocate in the role of education in a person’s life.

In time, Norman became the founder of Capital Commercial Properties and served as the president for 50 years. With his assistance, many shopping centers, malls, residences, and other properties were built. A source of particular pride for him came from working on Eden Center, which was a shopping district in the state of Virginia which was known as a cultural and social center for many Vietnamese natives along the East Coast. There were many other projects Norman took part in that should have a great impact on the lives of many, such as the various non-profit organizations he had a hand in, as well as a foundation he started, which focused on stimulating philanthropy.


Norm’s Early Life

Norm initially attended Phillips Exeter and eventually began to study economics at Brown University. He was on the varsity baseball team and became a respected pitcher. At Brown, he fell in love with his wife of 65 years, Shirley Gorlick.

Along with his undergraduate degree, he also attended Boston University, where he earned a degree in law. Despite all his time spent on professional activities, he was physically active throughout his life and especially loved to play tennis.

On December 20th, 2016, at the age of 88 years, Norman passed away. He was loved by his family, adored for his charismatic personality, appreciated for his intelligence, and truly lived a full life.

Norm was survived by his wife Shirley, as well as two children, a daughter, and a son. He also had enjoyed the company of his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. He is dearly missed by many, but they all will never forget the impact that Norm had a society.


Here are the other assets by Commercial Properties Inc. in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania:

EDEN CENTER (Falls Church, VA)