Donna has overseen and has been responsible for all aspects of Management and Leasing, Brokerage and Sales, for Two (2) Major Real Estate Companies in New York., spanning a period of over 30 years. She has successfully sold many properties with her team, both Residential and Commercial, in addition to crafting both purchases and sales of partnership interests within the vast portfolio of which she was Account Executive.
A native New Yorker, Donna began her career in 1981 when she worked for Helmsley-Spear, Inc. in their Corporate Accounting Department. She then went on to learn Management and Leasing in the Garment Center (now known as “Midtown South”) under the direction of her mentor Irving Schneider.
In order to take advantage of such a unique opportunity “DZ” turned down a full scholarship to Baruch College, in New York City. Instead, under the tutelage of Schneider she learned the Real Estate business from the “bottom up”; from Administrative Leasing Assistant, to Assistant Building Manager to Building Manager to Account Executive to Asset Manager!
On the Ownership’s behalf, Donna M. Zavattieri undertook the task as the leader in the Sale of the Company (Helmsley-Spear, Inc.) in the Fall of 2007.
In the last decade, under Donna’s leadership whether as Broker/Asset Manager or Managing Member of her firm SAFE HARBOUR REAL ESTATE GROUP, LLC., Donna and her team have sold over half a billion dollars in Real Estate.
SAFE HARBOUR REAL ESTATE GROUP, LLC was formed in in 2015. An active brokerage Partnership today, SHREGROUP is a full service Real Estate Company specializing in Brokerage, Sales and Acquisitions, and Leasing and Property Management. Donna has been involved in deals in all Boroughs of New York, and has special affinity to Real Estate in the Hamptons area in Suffolk County, New York where she has her second home in the beautiful town of Sag Harbor.
Active charities include: GAMBINO MEDICAL AND SCIENCE FOUNDATION/THROUGH COHEN’S CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER OF LONG ISLAND, ST. JUDE, ST. JOHN/S FOOD PANTRY, ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN IN BAYSIDE QUEENS, NEW DESTINY HOUSING FOR WOMEN, BRONX, NY. to name a few.
Donna has a passion for Decorating and has purchased, designed and built a home in the Hampton’s area which made several magazines and was sold successfully in the Spring of 2022!
Donna is a NYS Court Appointed Receiver.