Evan 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, Evan formed Shames Makovsky Mortgage Company which specializes in “non-conventional” financing. The mortgage company led the company into the equity markets and consequently into development. Working with Motty, Evan took Shames Makovsky Realty Company from a small industrial brokerage firm to a full-service commercial real estate company offering brokerage, development, property management, and lending.
Evan is the managing partner/member and part owner of over 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.
Evan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Masters 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. Evan was also given an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University in 2008.
Evan and his wife Evelyn (Evi) have three grown children, Noah and his wife Arinn, Dorit and her husband Aryeh and Elana and her husband Joshua and nine grandchildren, Liat, Kyra, Nili and Ezra Fischer, Aliza, Max and Isaac Makovsky, Charlotte (“Charley”) and Jack Parver.