About Melvin and Bren Simon
Melvin Simon, who passed away in 2009 at age 82, was a well-respected and accomplished businessman and a pillar of the Indianapolis community. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Melvin Simon was co-chairman of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., a member of the S&P 500, and the largest U.S. publicly-traded real estate company.
Mr. Simon’s diversified business interests beyond real estate included co-ownership with his brother Herbert of the Indiana Pacers.
Mr. Simon supported numerous charitable, political, and civic organizations. He had also earned many distinctions, including Jewish Welfare Federation’s “Man of the Year,” The Horatio Alger Award, and a seat in the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame.
In 2003, he was named a “Lifetime Trustee” of the Urban Land Institute and was a former trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Simon earned honorary doctorate degrees from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and Butler University and was a member of the Real Estate Legends Hall of Fame housed at the USC School of Urban Planning and Development.
Bren Simon, like her late husband, supports numerous charitable, political, and civic organizations. In addition to directing both the Mel and Bren Simon Charitable Trust and the Max Simon Charitable Trust, Mrs. Simon is co-founder of The Family Support Center, a 24-hour child abuse care center.
She is also a member of the board of directors of CHIP (the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention) and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. She served on the board of advisors for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, the Heartland Film Festival and Dance Kaleidoscope.
Mrs. Simon is the president of MBS Associates Inc., LLC, a property management company headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.