Ivan Echegarrua Is life-long resident of New Orleans with over 35 years of construction and real estate experience. Ivan graduated from the Freeman School of Business with an MBA in 2003. Shortly after, he was offered the position of Director of Operations for Delta Title, which the largest title insurance company in the state.
In 2007, he left Delta for Vice President and minority partner in Smart Buy Kitchen and Bath which manufactured, shipped, sold and installed cabinets, granite and flooring the post Katrina rebuild effort in the Greater New Orleans area. In 2010, Ivan left Smart Buy to become President RF Development. The company was a boutique private equity firm which had a large percentage of it’s holding in real estate. The highest profile location being the building at 1009 Poydras which is now Walk-Ons. Ivan led the way in purchasing 50% of Walk-Ons parent company after being their landlord at the Poydras location. Shortly after the buyout, A negotiation was started the sell half of those shares to Drew Brees.
During that negotiation, Ivan held the position of CFO charged with building a professional accounting department. After the transaction was completed, Ivan returned to his real estate and construction roots.