Clayton Randle and David Hecht serve as Managing Directors of Ajax Holdings, a company that identifies opportunities, creates partnerships and provides leadership that results in successful business ventures and enriching work environments.
Their business is also committed to improving the social fabric of communities, “where we invest through financial support of various nonprofit groups and programs,” says Randle.
In pursuing this mission, he hopes to create long-term, increasing value for owners, employees, clients and communities. Working in development presents unique challenges, says Hecht. “Working in cities today requires one to be facile in so many areas. In a way, it’s the ultimate generalists’ profession. Succeeding in all of these areas is a constant challenge and I’ve had to learn to recognize when tasks are outside of my expertise.”
The duo’s accomplishments have included a recent development of May & Ellis at 221 Chartres St. in the French Quarter. “It was a great accomplishment for Clayton and me,” says Hecht. “That project honors the history of these robust historic industrial buildings and upgrades them in a thoughtful way – we carved two light wells out of the building to ensure natural light reaches everyone in the building.” Notes Randle, “I’m always striving to better myself and my work, so there really hasn’t been this “aha” moment, but I did feel a huge sense of accomplishment when my project in the French Quarter was completed.”
This fall they also plan to open a restaurant coming to the ground floor of the building.