Ellen Chopay, Chief Operating Officer, was born in Bayside, New York and graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BS in Accounting. She obtained her CPA license from the State of New York. She began her career in New York City with the public accounting firm, Laventhal and Horwath but was later transferred to their Los Angeles office in 1986. Once in LA, Ellen decided to pursue interior design at UCLA and joined her practical and creative talents at the commercial design firm, The Urquiza Group, Inc. as their accountant. She eventually moved back to New York City to work with Cullman & Kravis in 1993 as their controller and was named the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. While Ellen enjoys the financial side of the industry, she continues to foster her creativity through decorative painting, dollhouse building, and cooking in her free time.