Ira Zlotowitz

Ira Zlotowitz, the youngest president of any top 10 mortgage brokerage, took the commercial real 

estate industry by storm at the age of 21. His story starts at Meridian Capital, where he integrated 

mastery of the cold call into the company’s business model, trained several large teams of callers 

and was responsible for the launch of new offices nationwide. This campaign, the success of which 

would repeat itself, expedited unprecedented growth for the company. A year prior to his first at 

Meridian, the company closed $300 million in loans. Just four years later, in his final year there, they 

closed over $2 billion.

 

In 2001, Mr. Zlotowitz formed Eastern Union Funding. Together with Abraham Bergman, he built 

Eastern from a four-person office in Brooklyn into a national firm, with over100 real estate 

professionals. Meanwhile, the company has taken off. The company closed $3 billion in 2014. In a 

three year cycle beginning in 2010, Eastern Union achieved 253 percent growth, according to data 

from Crain’s New York Business Journal. Further, Eastern Union launched an equity division and 

unveiled a prepayment refinancing option. Mr. Zlotowitz and his team at Eastern, established their 

presence, and amplified their impact by working actively with a growing network of roughly 85 

lenders. Eastern stays ahead of the pack by developing its data resources and employing the talent 

of brokers who remain in command of the often fast-paced and challenging evolution of the market.

 

For this, Mr. Zlotowitz and the company he founded have won numerous accolades.  The New York 

Times recently featured Mr. Zlotowitz for Eastern Union’s successful navigation of the industry. That 

story was inspired by the unmatched growth of Eastern Union and Mr. Zlotowitz’s results-driven, 

tenacious and sometimes contagious attitude to the business of which he is a scholar. His story has 

proved interesting to others as well.  In 2005, the then-29-year-old real estate professional, Mr. 

Zlotowitz, earned coveted placement on Crain’s New York Business’s “Forty-Under-40” annual 

feature. More recently, Eastern Union was listed by Inc. Magazine as the number one fastest 

growing real estate company in the United States. Crain’s, meanwhile, revisited Mr. Zlotowitz’s 

activity when Eastern Union was listed in the publication’s “2014 Top 50 Fastest Growing 

Companies in New York City.” 

 

Mr. Zlotowitz has offered numerous real estate courses to the public and remains deeply involved 

with furthering education. Actively participating in, and contributing to, several curriculum-related 

charities and programs, one of which he founded himself at age 19 and is still massively successful 

today. Mr. Zlotowitz resides with his family in Lakewood, N.J. For more about Ira, visit www.easternuc.com/iraz.