Our Founder – David Lefkovits
David was born in Brazil and raised in Venezuela, South America. Since a very young age, he worked with his family businesses on weekends and summers where he was exposed to entrepreneurial life. By age 13 he was managing one of his family’s business operations on the weekends and school vacations. He moved to the US in 1991 to obtain his Industrial Engineering degree at Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology). Bio continued below this video….
He commenced his career in technology at a small software firm in Atlanta where he was very involved in the growth of the organization. He developed business operations in Latin America and continued through his company’s merger with a Dutch software company. He then moved to the Netherlands and was based in Amsterdam for five years where he led the European and Asia Pacific operations for the company’s Supply Chain Management division.
In October of 2003, David moved back to the US where he co-founded the LEFKO Group (www.LefkoGroup.com), a real estate development, commercial general contracting and Investments Company in Atlanta. Later he built LEFKO’s Residential Renovation arm (www.LefkoRenovations.com), which had exponential growth since its inception in 2007 despite the economic recession. He also founded, in 2008, LEFKO Financial Services which provides floor planning (inventory financing) for used car dealerships.
David has built his companies with a culture and modus operandi that is focused on exceeding customer expectations and operating in a significantly different manner from its industry peers.
His latest venture, Operationalizing Excellence (OpX), began as a hobby following his obsession to systematize excellence in his business operations and to deliver an exceptional customer experience. He developed an actionable framework and model so that his success and results could be replicated in other service based businesses.
He has been involved with the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Junior Achievement Company Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Brookhaven. He served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the executive committee of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Georgia and is a founding board member of Hugging His Lambs, a non-profit organization focused on providing opportunities to the under privileged Hispanic youth. He also served in the board of directors of the Atlanta chapter of EO (Entrepreneurial Organization).
David’s hobbies are tennis, flying, scuba diving and riding his cruiser. He is a single engine VFR rated private pilot and holds an Open Water II diving license. David is fluent in Spanish, French and conversational Hebrew.
He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Lisa, son Matthew and daughter Vivian.