Founder & CEO
Bob Hurwitz has been a real estate broker and consultant for over 25 years. He is the Founder & CEO of Hurwitz James Company, established in 1986 and specializing in the marketing and sale of multimillion dollar estates and luxury residential developments worldwide.
Bob is regularly featured on Extra, NBC Open House, Mansions and Millionaires and HGTV’s Million Dollar Room, as a top Realtor in Los Angeles dealing with high-profile properties and clients and often called upon in print and television interviews for his expertise in worldwide luxury property buying trends.
He is a consummate negotiator who has lectured to real estate professionals and trained numerous agents on closing techniques, the psychology of buyers and sellers, and transactional problem solving.
Bob’s clients are diverse, ranging from entertainment personalities to foreign sellers and buyers from Asia, Canada, Latin America, India, Europe and the Middle East.
His worldwide listing inventory of trophy properties exceeds $3 Billion in 13 different countries. Because of the nature of his clientele, which includes celebrities, Fortune 500 executives and foreign sellers and buyers, Bob understands the importance of interacting with all the parties’ representatives.
He has multilingual translators on staff and his extensive experience consulting and negotiating with attorneys and business managers assures a smooth transaction.
Bob exerts extreme discretion in both the number and qualification of agents who work for Hurwitz James due to the nature and exclusivity of the type of properties and clients the company represents.
Director of International Marketing
Michael Courtney is Director of International Marketing for Hurwitz James Company. Working with Bob Hurwitz, he helps create, coordinate, and implement global marketing strategies for select overseas estates represented by the company. Bilingual and world traveled, his ability to actualize creative marketing ideas and analyze and act on overseas estate property buying trends is a valuable asset to the company and its rapid expansion into the international luxury property marketplace. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in International Marketing.
Lydia Simon is a top producer who has been setting sales records on luxury properties for over 25 years. Consistently ranked in the Top 1% of realtors internationally her experience covers a wide range of properties, including single family estates, commercial and investment properties, and overseeing the sales of entire luxury condominium complexes. Her encyclopedic knowledge of values and expertise at adapting to changing market conditions led to her being featured on CNBC’s “High Networth” as a leader in the Southern California Real Estate Industry and her subsequent appearance on Bravo TV’s hit series “Million Dollar Listing.” Lydia was raised in Woodstock, Vermont and educated at Skidmore College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Theater. Before entering real estate she modeled for Elite, then pursued a career in film and television, appearing in several off Broadway productions as well as ABC’s “All My Children.” As a world traveler with countless journeys to foreign lands and a voluminous overseas clientele, she is a perfect match for the international scope of Hurwitz James Company. An expert negotiator, Lydia takes pride in often representing the same clients in multiple transactions over many years, and her combination of skill and integrity has produced an incredibly loyal following.
Jake Hurwitz has literally grown up around the real estate business and been party to a wide array of transactions, ranging from residential single family homes, to hundred million dollar plus luxury home developments both domestic and abroad. He has been seasoned from a young age on what is required to make a successful deal and his unique perspective and outside the box thinking is a major asset to our marketing team. A graduate from UC Santa Cruz, Jake has developed an assemblage of qualities that are invaluable in the business realm. As a captain, MVP, and All-American of the nationally ranked volleyball team at Santa Cruz, Jake is an exceptional team player who understands the drivers of success both on an individual level, and as a collective unit. Jake is ecstatic to be bringing his team oriented attitude to the business field.
Violet has been selling real estate since 2005. Trained and mentored by Bob Hurwitz, she has successfully established a diverse portfolio ranging from first time buyers to multimillion dollar clients. Originally a San Diego native, Violet began her real estate career as loan officer, organizing and speaking at first-time home-buying seminars, helping numerous buyers achieve their American dream of owning their first home while guiding them through the entire process. Her love of people is what initially attracted Violet to real estate. She is driven to meet the needs of her clients with focus and care. With high standards and her client’s best interest in mind, she completes all her transactions in a professional and ethical way and keeps a consistent level of enthusiasm. Because real estate can be very challenging and stressful at times, Violet’s prefers to approach every situation with a “can do attitude” and optimism in order to find the best solution for her clients.
Mimi Frei has been selling real estate since 1992. She built her real estate career exclusively at Hurwitz James Company. Trained by Bob Hurwitz, she has successfully established a diverse portfolio ranging from first time buyers to multimillion dollar entertainment industry clients. Born and educated in Switzerland and fluent in five languages, Mimi has represented numerous European buyers in their purchases of estate properties in the United States. Her long experience with the high end residential market, combined with astute negotiating skills, has provided her with a long list of repeat buyers and ongoing referrals. With high standards and her client’s best interest in mind, she completes all her transactions in a professional and ethical way.
Kary Kang has been a top producing agent for over 10 years, with broad experience marketing and selling everything from individual luxury homes and penthouses to investment properties, including major hotels and development projects. Growing up in San Marino Valley and with a degree in Finance and Economics, she is a self starter with a savvy understanding of current lifestyle trends and luxury brands. She is a consummate professional with interpersonal skills and a strong worth ethic. Kary enjoys an active lifestyle including golf, cycling, racing, yoga and volleyball, participates in community events and is a supporter of a wide range of philanthropic causes. Committed to personal growth and development through educational courses, books and social organizations, Kary is a world traveler and fluent in English, Mandarin and Korean.
Melissa Endo is a California native and has been a Realtor since 2013. She has a Business Marketing degree and her determination, market knowledge, optimism and competitive spirit has awarded her top sales representative status multiple times. Besides an outstanding work ethic and single minded focus on the highest level of representation for her clients, she is a mother of two daughters and a dedicated humanitarian, actively helping many local charities such as CASA, San Fernando Valley Mission, ASPCA, and other organizations helping alleviate homelessness in Los Angeles.
Award-winning, top-producing luxury estates director, Andi Yates brings over 20 years of real estate expertise to The Hurwitz James Company. Locally known and internationally connected, she specializes in all arenas of residential, development, commercial, and hotel real estate transactions, serving clients across Los Angeles County and Southern California as well as internationally. Andi’s impeccable reputation and unparalleled work ethic, combined with her boundless energy, stellar negotiating skills, and sharp attention to detail, assures her clients receive the highest level of knowledge and service the industry has to offer. Over the course of her career, Andi has been privileged to represent some of the city’s trophy properties and record-breaking sales, counting numerous celebrities, athletes, musicians, investors, developers, and CEO’s nationwide among her loyal clientele. A Vancouver, Canada native, Andi attended UCLA where she studied law, interior design, and architecture. Driven in life and business, prior to her foray into real estate, Andi traveled the world as a model, raced Formula race cars, and ran a law firm for a successful Beverly Hills attorney, where she mastered the art of negotiation. Considering her lifelong passion for art, travel, and design, real estate proved to be a natural fit for Andi. Whether she’s negotiating deals for her clients or assisting them with remodeling projects to transform their properties into dream homes, Andi loves representing families and individuals with all their real estate needs and is humbled by her clients’ trust and friendship over the years. When she’s not working on behalf of her clients, Andi enjoys traveling and spending time with family, friends, as well as actively involved in children’s education, development and animal charities.
Originally from Germany, Davina earned her BA in Advertising from Pepperdine University and then pursued life on the catwalk as a Ford Model. Having created longstanding, trusting relationships with various kinds of clientele all over the world, Davina used this gift to develop a highly successful real estate career. Her experience includes having provided sales and marketing expertise to several prestigious developers of branded marquee properties throughout Los Angeles. Her expertise is highly sought after by luxury property clientele. With more than a decade of experience, she has also consistently closed several record breaking residential sales in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. In 2015 alone, she has sold over 40M in real estate. Davina has travelled all over the world to sell properties, has an in depth understanding of the market and how this best serves her clients. Unequalled integrity, skillful negotiation and professional excellence has earned her continued business from elite clientele. Her highest commitment to each client’s successful results through well informed decisions is what she values most and makes her your strongest advocate.
Paige began her real estate career at the age of ten, developing and managing elaborate kid-built tree houses in the suburbs of Houston. She has been building her portfolio and pursuing her love of real estate in The Hamptons, Malibu, and the greater Los Angeles area ever since. Paige is a true southern social dynamo/debutante who, even after traveling the world, has “never met a stranger.” Although her formative years were spent in Texas, Paige left for the East Coast to study design. She is an honored graduate of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and an award-winning creative entrepreneur, designer, and producer, specializing in creating compelling products and content. Paige started at the top and never left, spending the early part of her career working with A-list celebrities and on-air talent as an Emmy-award winning IATSE costumer, wardrobe stylist, and now, as a producer. Paige has made a career out of designing, selling, and buying really nice things. In a word, she is a people person with great taste.
Paige joined the HJC team in 2016 and even before she had her business cards, Paige completed two local transactions and negotiated a multi-million dollar listing and 1031 property exchange in Southampton, New York. Paige is solution-driven and covets efficiency, taking great pride in top level negotiations skills and top level representation for her clients.
With over a 10 year background in successfully developing multi-million dollar luxury estates, estate management, marketing, and sales, Will Fuller has been hand selected to spearhead the expansion of Hurwitz James Company into Florida. A Maine native, Will has lived a bi-coastal life from an early age, providing him a unique perspective on different markets. Will received his bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in management from the University of Maine. Will’s vision in addition to his artistic sensibilities, out of the box thinking, and understanding of Florida and California markets makes him the perfect storm in working with the most discriminating luxury home buyers and sellers.
Digital Marketing Manager and Database Administrator
Sandeep Maurya is the Digital Marketing Manager and Database Administrator for Hurwitz James Company. With a diverse technical and marketing background encompassing website design and branding, online marketing, SEO and web analytics, Sandeep identifies and evaluates new digital technologies and uses Web analytics to optimize marketing campaigns, email marketing, social media and display and search advertising. In addition he oversees global wide research into identifying ultra high net worth individuals for the company’s database and works directly with Bob Hurwitz in designing and implementing marketing campaigns over a wide variety of platforms.
Director of Development in The Netherlands and Scandinavia
Isabella was born in Stockholm, Sweden where she graduated from film and theater school. She began her career in the media industry and later on also started her own clothing line. Isabella has a very strong and diverse background that, in addition to real estate, includes retail sales, precious metals trading, corporate and trust management. She’s now living in the Netherlands and with her understanding of the luxury home market in the area she is the ideal choice to direct the expansion of Hurwitz James Company to the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Isabella speaks Swedish, English, Norwegian, Bulgarian and Dutch. Her ambitious, empathetic and positive attitude, combined with an amazing skill set will bring the company’s unique brand of marketing and representation to the region at the highest level.
Director of Development in France
Thibault Delacour is the Director Of Development in France for Hurwitz James Company. With a diverse business education background and degrees from universities in the United States and France, Thibault is the ideal representative to bring the Hurwitz James Company’s unique brand of marketing to the luxury French market. World traveled, and fluent in French, English and Spanish, his tenacity, work ethic and creative marketing ideas while assisting Bob Hurwitz on the sale of estates in French Polynesia made him the number one choice for the position. At ease working with the most affluent and sophisticated clients and with an encyclopedic knowledge of French luxury real estate, Thibault is in charge of representing and marketing the finest properties offered for sale in the country on behalf of the company.
Dean Ellison is the exclusive Canadian agent for the Hurwitz-James Company. He was personally selected by Bob Hurwitz after an exhaustive search and interview process as the absolute best representative to spearhead the company’s expansion into the luxury market in Canada. While spending years building his personal real estate portfolio, Dean developed a keen and detailed knowledge of British Columbia and Vancouver while quickly ascending to the top 10% of agents in Western Canada. “The region possesses settings and properties unmatched on a global scale, it’s multicultural and diverse economy attracts investment from all parts of the globe, primarily Asia and the Middle East”. Dean’s eye for design excellence, in depth knowledge of architecture and developed sense of the region, ensures clients’ interests are dealt with on an highly educated and business savvy level. “Connecting with their interests, passions and energy is what truly puts us all in a great position for success, building friendships is central to all of my business strategies.”
International Business Development Manager
James Smith is the International Business Development Manager for Hurwitz James Company. Originally from Australia, James has an extensive background and expertise in worldwide real estate markets and international property transactions. James is generally first contact on sourcing and analyzing overseas commercial properties, including hotels, resorts and luxury home developments and making the initial decision on whether the prospective property is a good fit for representation by the company. Besides interacting with owners and developers across the globe, he has created an ever growing network of leading real estate professionals throughout Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He has a passion for flying and is a licensed private pilot. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit, traveling the world and experiencing many different cultures.
Sukhjit Randhawa is the Consultant for Alternative Investments at Hurwitz James and sources out assets in all classes on a discreet basis using his extensive global network. Sukhjit is serial entrepreneur, having started software startups, real estate developments, acquisitions & divestitures in Canada, the US and in the Caribbean country of Belize. Sukhjit is currently involved in various areas within the Alternative Investment real estate sectors– hotels, condo developments, extended care facilities, hospitals, and golf course lifestyle opportunities with Greg Norman. As a principal, financier, and dealmaker, Sukhjit is also working with Carlson Rezidor in SE Asia. Sukhjit is very well networked with high net worth individuals, family offices, Investment Bankers, and Private Equity professionals in North America, Asia, Middle East and Europe.
Alex Ahlstrom is the exclusive agent in China for Hurwitz-James Company. Through his hard work and inner-drive Alex mastered spoken and written Mandarin in less than three years. His enthusiasm, intelligence, and unique experience and position as the only foreigner inside the most distinguished real estate development group in Beijing led him to the top of the list of applicants when Hurwitz-James initiated its expansion into the Chinese market. Originally from Texas, Alex has also lived in California and across China. With a degree in Global Business, he is at ease crossing cultures within the United States or across the Pacific, and is a trusted advisor to Chinese investors in the global luxury market.
Director of Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Jorge De Leon is the Director of Development in Latin America and the Caribbean for Hurwitz James Company. The company’s expansion into the luxury estate and resort development market in this area required someone of Jorge’s specialized background. With more than fifteen years as a business broker in South Florida, long time experience in Latin America as a marketing professional, business development consultant, plus hands-on work as a developer of luxurious ecological properties he is the ideal representative for the company in this role. Jorge earned an MBA degree in International Business from the University of Miami and has participated in numerous transactions involving luxury hotels, golf resorts and spas in his career. Relentless dedication, extreme passion and strong relationships with clients are emblematic of Jorge’s work ethic. Jorge is also an expert on Green Construction having completed certification courses for LEED AP certification and is a member of the US Green Building Council. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.