As a young man rising at 5:30 a.m. every morning to bale hay and milk cows, Edward Dovner grew accustomed to the rewards of hard work at a young age. He left his family farm south of Boston to seek his fortune in sunny Florida, and quickly became the charismatic Cabana Boy at the famed The Diplomat Hotel (now The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa) in Hollywood, Florida. Seeking to apply his skills with people to another arena, Edward Dovner accepted the position of sales agent with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Within three years in the position, Edward Dovner garnered numerous awards and attended the Leader’s Conference. After leaving his sales post at the age of 24, Edward Dovner made a name for himself as a successful entrepreneur and currently holds upwards of 30 years experience as a small business owner.
Edward Dovner’s first company, an honor snack-vending pursuit, proved profitable and propelled him towards another venture. Recognizing the public’s growing interest in finer coffee, Edward Dovner founded Northeast Gourmet Coffee. The products of Edward Dovner’s roasting business quickly found a place on the shelves of supermarkets, in the break rooms of offices, and on the tables of many East Coast restaurants. Edward Dovner then sold the company to take on another market, and conceived First Choice Armor & Equipment, which provided industries of law enforcement, military, and security with lasting protective solutions and accessories.
A multi-faceted professional with an eye for many consumer arenas, Edward Dovner is currently working to release products in bicycle storage and portable fitness. He resides in Delray Beach, Florida, and supports an array of charities, including Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Catholic Charities USA, and Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service. An enthusiastic traveler, Edward Dovner enjoys trips to destinations including South America, Mexico, Asia, and Europe.