Since our founding in 1978, we have continued to contribute to the built environment as a design-driven real estate development firm.  We celebrate the fundamental connection between design and nature as an approach to serving the communities where we practice and the people who live there, while continuing to evolve and innovate.


We serve as the owner, the architect, the developer and the general contractor, providing unique degrees of freedom that allow us to work from a shared vision.

Optima’s growth trajectory continues under the second-generation leadership of Tara Hovey and David Hovey Jr. as they partner with founders David and Eileen Hovey. Tara and David Jr.’s succession is planned and purposeful as they set the course for Optima’s senior leadership team to take on new challenges; to advance how technology enhances design, development and construction; and to continue boldy elevating what we deliver.

Ownership Team

David Hovey Sr., FAIA

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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Eileen Sheehan Hovey

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Optima Real Estate Inc. and Optima Realty Inc.

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David Hovey Jr., AIA

President, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Architect

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Tara Hovey


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Leadership Team

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Glencoe, IL

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