The Lovett Management Team: Professional, Engaged, Accessible
Kenneth M. Lovett, President
Ken and his father, Jack, founded the business in 1985 and built it from the ground up. Ken knows property management inside and out, from working as a doorman and porter in his youth to serving on the boards of directors of multiple residential buildings in which he has lived.
Ken is a member of both the Real Estate Board of New York and the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives & Condominiums. He holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Colorado State University. He also holds brokerage licenses for both real estate and insurance.
“We are committed to meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations,” says Ken. “One of the keys to our success is instilling professional pride in our employees to do a great job for our clients.”
Ellen Kornfeld, Vice President and Partner
Ellen manages The Lovett Company, dedicated exclusively to managing and marketing residential buildings in Manhattan. Ellen has been a successful real estate professional for more than 20 years, receiving numerous industry awards, speaking at industry conferences, and contributing to articles in The New York Times, Habitat Magazine, and other publications.
Ellen graduated with honors from Hunter College in Manhattan and holds both real estate and insurance broker licenses. She is an expert in building management, including capital planning, and prides herself on meticulous attention to detail to enhance the value of each property in her portfolio.
“The size and capabilities of our organization are ideal for Manhattan residential properties,” says Ellen. “We are big enough to create efficient economies of scale for competitive pricing, but small enough to deliver personal, flexible, best-in-class service.”
Ellen retired in the Summer of 2023.
Mitch Unger, Controller and Partner
A 25-year veteran at Lovett, Mitch is an experienced accountant whose focus is maintaining the financial health of properties managed by Lovett. He is responsible for all aspects of financial oversight, including budgeting, cost control, cash management, and long-term capital planning – all of which work together to safeguard and improve property values. Mitch works closely with condo and co-op boards to identify costs savings opportunities, streamline operations, and ensure buildings have sound financial footing for long-term stability.
A regular contributor to Habitat Magazine, The Cooperator, and other New York real estate industry publications, Mitch earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and studied Accounting in Pace University’s MBA program.
“Our attention to financial details is unmatched in our industry,” says Mitch. “We communicate constantly with our clients to provide sound guidance on key financial decisions — from day-to-day maintenance, to capital conservation, to long-term investments. Our mission is to give our buildings a stable foundation now, and provide for ongoing financial health in the future.”
Eugene V. Gardner, Director of Management
Gene has worked at Lovett since the company’s inception, managing a broad portfolio of residential properties across New York City. He has serviced all types of buildings, from luxury condominiums on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to 1,000-unit condo complexes in Queens. He is an expert at every aspect of day-to-day building operations, from HVAC maintenance to concierge service.
Gene earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. He also attended New York University’s Real Estate School and is a Builders Owners and Managers Association-certified Real Property Administrator.
“We carefully assess the needs and goals of our clients,” says Gene. “Then we use the experience of our managers and staff to achieve those objectives as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.”