As a young man rising at 5:30 a.m. every morning to bale hay and milk cows, Edward Dovner grew accustomed to the rewards of hard work at a young age. He left his family farm south of Boston to seek his fortune in sunny Florida, and quickly became the charismatic Cabana Boy at the famed The Diplomat Hotel (now The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa) in Hollywood, Florida. Seeking to apply his skills with people to another arena, Edward Dovner accepted the position of sales agent with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Within three years in the position, Edward Dovner garnered numerous awards and attended the Leader’s Conference. After leaving his sales post at the age of 24, Edward Dovner made a name for himself as a successful entrepreneur and currently holds upwards of 30 years experience as a small business owner. Edward Dovner’s first company, an honor snack-vending pursuit, proved profitable and propelled him towards another venture.
Recognizing the public’s growing interest in finer coffee, Edward Dovner founded Northeast Gourmet Coffee. The products of Edward Dovner’s roasting business quickly found a place on the shelves of supermarkets, in the break rooms of offices, and on the tables of many East Coast restaurants. Edward Dovner then sold the company to take on another market, and conceived First Choice Armor & Equipment, which provided industries of law enforcement, military, and security with lasting protective solutions and accessories.
A multi-faceted professional with an eye for many consumer arenas, Edward Dovner is currently working to release products in bicycle storage and portable fitness. He resides in Delray Beach, Florida, and supports an array of charities, including Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Catholic Charities USA, and Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service. An enthusiastic traveler, Edward Dovner enjoys trips to destinations including South America, Mexico, Asia, and Europe.
Ed Dovner started cultivating his entrepreneurial spirit at the tender age of 21 when he became an acclaimed sales agent at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He then successfully created a niche market company within gourmet coffee industry and sold his business for a substantial profit. In 1993, Ed launched First Choice Armor & Equipment and grew the company to over $90 million in sales. Again Ed sold the company for a substantial profit in 2010.
Over the past two decades, Ed gravitated into the world of commercial real estate. Ed’s primary focus in commercial real estate has been with the development of single-family house subdivisions and retail strip centers. Since the sale of his first successful company, the establishing and maintaining of his financial relationships has been the center of Ed’s core business. One Ed’s great strengths lies with his network of financial and real estate contacts. This vast network of financial professionals brings added value to Lockwood’s requirement to borrow debt and raise equity. To date, Ed has delivered to Lockwood two significant developers along with a number of financial real estate companies.
Ed has supported charities such as Jewish Family Services and Catholic Charities. Ed has three sons and over the years has coached his son’s sports teams and continues to participate in such sports as golf, skiing and sky diving.