Development II Founded
Founders Bob Brass and Steve Lewis met via common clients and became colleagues in the early 1980’s. Both wanted to start a company of their own. The pair wanted to have a more matrix environment, an environment that was more creative and less restrictive than the typical corporate environments they were used to.
Starting with $40 in Steve’s basement, Steve and Bob each put in $20 and started Development II.
Opened Corporate Office In Woodbury Location
They made it official heading to Litchfield Bankcorp in Woodbury where they set up their first business account together. They didn’t have a name for their company in advance of a potential client meeting, in the parking lot, they were flipping through an M.C. Esher book batting around names and discussing what the name of the company should be, Steve came upon the drawing “Development II” and decided that was the perfect name for the company. “Tessellation” was another name they bounced around in an effort to illustrate that their mission was to transform and develop companies, taking them from a static stage to a dynamic stage.
Began Phone-Calling Center
Anthony Giusto Joins The Development II Team
Anthony Giusto joined DII in 1999 as a Marketing Analyst and became Vice President and Partner in 2005.
Bob Brass Retires
Bob Brass retired in 2012. Bob’s legacy will forever be entrenched within after 23 years of devoted service to Development II. His trademarked research practices are still in use today.
Seni Hazzan joins the team through buyout of founder, Steve Lewis
In 2013, Seni Hazzan joined the team, when he led the buyout of the last remaining founding partner, Steve Lewis, and repositioned Development II from a market research and consulting company into a holding company that builds businesses. Steve Lewis still remains close to the company as a Senior Project Consultant and advisor.
Opened Woodbridge Corporate Office location.
DII opened a new corporate headquarters office in April of 2014 in Woodbridge, CT keeping the Woodbury office as support location and call center.
Rebrand of DII as a holding company and introduction of four distinct business units and new redesigned website and logos.
Development II is growing from a market research and consulting company into a holding company that helps build businesses through the Four Sub Business Units. Research, Labs, Capital Partners & Global Advisors.