Eileen Sheehan Hovey is chief executive officer (CEO) of Optima Real Estate Inc. and Optima Realty Inc., which are Optima’s brokerage entities. Mrs. Eileen Sheehan Hovey has led all sales, marketing, website and social media efforts since her instrumental role in scouting and acquiring the land for the firm’s first project in 1978.

She is a managing broker in both Illinois and Arizona and oversees Optima’s real estate brokerage business Mrs. Hovey is responsible for setting the strategic vision for all sales, leasing and marketing of the company’s developments. Since founding the company with her husband David Hovey Sr., Mrs. Hovey has successfully sold and leased more than 6,000 units spanning over 40 multifamily projects.

Mrs. Hovey holds a Bachelor of Art degree in history from St. Louis University, and is a member of the National, Illinois, and Arizona Associations of REALTORS. Mrs. Hovey has devoted much of her time to philanthropic organizations. She is on the Founders’ Board for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as well as the Founding Board of Erica’s Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and destigmatizing depression.