Managing Partner, NAI Shames Makovsky
Evan Makovsky co-founded Shames Makovsky Realty Company in 1971 with his partner, and uncle, Motty Shames. Initially, the company specialized in the commercial brokerage of industrial and investment properties. However, in response to financial conditions in the mid 1980’s, Mr. Makovsky formed Shames Makovsky Mortgage Company, which specializes in “non-conventional financing.” The mortgage company led the company into the equity markets, and consequently development. Today, the company is a full-service commercial real estate firm offering brokerage, development, property management and lending.
Mr. Makovsky is the managing partner/member and part owner of more than 50 different ownership groups which own various real estate investments (most of which are owned debt-free). All of the real estate investments are commercial, industrial, office and investment properties. He has sold, leased, developed, and funded many notable projects, some of which include the Sage Building, Marriott Residence Inn, the historic Colorado Business Bank building, and the Mapleton Distribution Center.
Mr. Makovsky obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Denver. In 2007, he was named Honorary Dean of Real Estate and Construction Management of the Franklin G. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver. Mr. Makovsky was also given an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University in 2008.
Mr. Makovsky is a member of the Foundation’s Investment and Jewish Life Committees, and is a former Trustee. His professional affiliations and community leadership also include director of the public company, CoBiz Financial; past director of Colorado Business Bank; past chairman of Denver Academy of Torah, Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Shalom Park; Advisory Council member of Denver Scholarship Foundation; and Member of Denver Civic Ventures, Downtown Denver Partnership Management Group, Lower Downtown Denver Partnership and Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Makovsky and his wife Evelyn (Evi) have three grown children and nine grandchildren.