Dana Lowey, CEO & President
Dana began her real estate career in 1984 as a sales agent for Klara Madlin Real Estate specializing in properties on the Upper West Side. While still in sales, Dana began buying, renovating, and successfully trading properties in both New York and Washington, DC. In 2008, Dana launched Holliswood Development, LLC and began converting, renovating, and selling townhouses. Her first projects were on West 88th St. and West 70th St. Both were repurposed from multi-unit buildings into luxury homes, and sold at all-time record prices for their neighborhoods. In 2015, Dana raised the bar again with her record high sale of West 80th St. Dana is currently converting two multi-unit homes into single family residences on West 76th St. and breaking ground on a rental project on West 130th St. All three buildings will be completed in 2017. Holliswood also owns and manages two residential properties on the Upper West Side (85th St. and 90th St.) and is a GP in a joint venture on a new ground-up 22,000 SF multi-unit rental development in East Harlem.
David Luttway, COO
David was born in Paris, France, of a German mother and Hungarian father who spoke to each other in English for the first year of their son’s life. It is no coincidence perhaps that 20 years later, David did not hesitate to accept an offer to work in New York City when his company at the time, Sanofi S.A., offered him a position as operational consultant, working for the CEO. After becoming involved in the sale of a Sanofi subsidiary, he got a taste of finance, and, in 1993 joined BNP Paribas and then later the US arm of British investment bank Schroders, quickly becoming an expert at providing financing and advisory services to private equity funds.
In 2001, David and a former classmate founded Cadigan Investment Partners (“Cadigan”), a private equity firm, which invested in middle market companies with a focus on distribution and retail. Cadigan completed several successful transactions, including La Madeleine, a bakery café chain in TX, and American Coin Merchandising, the largest US operator of coin-operated amusement vending equipment. In 2004, he acquired PITCO Foods, a leading B2B food distribution company based in California. He has been running the company ever since, more than doubling sales in the midst of volatile markets and intense competition.
David received his M.Sc. from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (“HBS”). He is a partner, investor, and financial advisor to Holliswood Development LLC, a highly successful real estate investment firm based in New York and founded by his wife Dana in 2008.
Steve Becker, Finance Manager
Steve has worked in the Financial and Real Estate industries for more than 25 years, having worked as a controller, analyst or CFO for architecture and real estate firms in New York, Brazil, and Los Angeles. After graduating from Syracuse University with a major in finance and a minor in architecture, Steve became a controller for an architectural firm with $6 million in annual billings. Steve worked directly with the managing partner on all aspects of financial management as well as a liaison between the firm and real estate developers.
After earning his Masters from NYU in real estate investment analysis, Steve joined RAMS, a residential development and marketing firm, as the Director of Research and Analysis, where he performed market studies, site evaluations, sales projections, feasibility studies, design analysis and profit projections for various speculative and distressed property projects.
In 1994 Steve launched his own firm, Black Rock International Reality, as a full service real estate firm with $7 Million in annual revenue specializing in International corporate relocation and property management of turnkey furnished units and bank REO assets. He sold Black Rock in in 2004.
Ben Esner, Property / Office Manager
A long-time denizen of the Upper West Side and Harlem, Ben has many years of experience running the day-to-day operations of small businesses.