Ira Zlotowitz, Eastern Union Funding, President
Ira Zlotowitz, the youngest president of any top 10 mortgage brokerage, took the commercial real estate industry by storm at the age of 21. His story starts at Meridian Capital, where he integrated mastery of the cold call into the company’s business model, trained several large teams of callers and was responsible for the launch of new offices nationwide. This campaign, the success of which would repeat itself, expedited unprecedented growth for the company. A year prior to his first at Meridian, the company closed $300 million in loans. Just four years later, in his final year there, they closed over $2 billion. In 2001, Mr. Zlotowitz formed Eastern Union Funding. Together with Abraham Bergman, he built Eastern from a four-person office in Brooklyn into a national firm, with over 100 real estate professionals. Meanwhile, the company has taken off. The company closed $3 billion in 2014. In a three year cycle beginning in 2010, Eastern Union achieved 253 percent growth, according to data from Crain’s New York Business Journal. Further, Eastern Union launched an equity division and unveiled a prepayment refinancing option. Mr. Zlotowitz has offered numerous real estate courses to the public and remains deeply involved with furthering education. Actively participating in, and contributing to, several curriculum-related charities and programs, one of which he founded himself at age 19 and is still massively successful today. Mr. Zlotowitz resides with his family in Lakewood, N.J. For more about Ira, visit www.easternuc.com/iraz.