Steven Guttman, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, is an industry veteran with over 40 years of real estate development experience. Previous to UOVO, Mr. Guttman founded and is also Chairman of Storage Deluxe Management Company (SDMC), of which he is the main investor. Mr. Guttman had a 30-year career with Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE), where he served as Chairman and CEO. During this period, Federal Realty’s real estate assets grew from $40 million to over $2.3 billion. He previously served as a Director of several banks, as a member of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center Advisory Board of The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, as a guest lecturer at MIT, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors of The George Washington University Law School, and as a member of the Board of Regents of Mercersburg Academy.
Mr. Guttman is a prominent business and civic leader and avid art collector. In 2016, Mr. Guttman was named Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by France’s government, the nation’s highest honor, for his contributions to France through his philanthropic work with the Centre Pompidou Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation, he has been instrumental in acquiring American works of art for the organization. Mr. Guttman is also a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Whitney Museum and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Miami Art Museum.