Alan and Anna Li, partners in life and in business, have lived in cities all over the world. He was born in Hong Kong but raised in London, where he met Anna, a Brit who had spent time in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. After marrying, they moved to the States, setting up house in Washington, D.C where Alan led a very large technology team. While there, Anna, who had previously held senior positions at Condé Nast, Sotheby’s and the Financial Times, realized a long-held desire to launch her own business.
“I started out in interior design but soon wanted to do more,” she explains. “I itched to take down walls and really see how houses could be transformed.” She became a licensed General Contractor known for a unique ability to revise floor plans, improve flow and enhance spaces so that homes are better suited to a modern lifestyle. Her projects have ranged from small cottages to large mansions, including several of the Lis own homes.
Alan saw an opportunity to help weekenders with the upkeep of their homes, enabling them to enjoy their limited free time without worrying about chores or dealing with local contractors.
After Alan stepped into a leadership role at AOL, the couple and their young son, Freddie, relocated to an apartment in Manhattan. Longing for a real house again, and wanting to expose Freddie to fresh air and the wonders of nature, they ventured upstate and bought a weekend place in the Catskills. They remodeled it, of course, and the longer they spent there, the more they yearned to live in it full-time. Like many other seasoned corporate execs, Alan had dreamed of getting off the treadmill but wasn’t quite sure how. So he just took the leap and quit his job. The family transitioned to the country and has never looked back. “We feel so comfortable in this wonderful community,” says Alan “And we’ve made great friends, people who are focused on what’s truly important in life.”
Still there was the question of how to make a living. Alan saw an opportunity to help weekenders with the upkeep of their homes, enabling them to enjoy their limited free time without worrying about chores or dealing with local contractors. And so Catskill Concierge was born. Alan then trained to become a licensed home inspector in order to provide his clients with a higher level of assurance. He knows what work needs to be done and uses a trusted network of local professionals to see it’s done right, from home maintenance and inspections to landscaping and pool services. A deft handling of budgets and timelines is a skill he brings from his corporate career.
It became clear that many clients also wanted help with refurbishing and remodeling their homes, so Anna joined Catskill Concierge to broaden the scope of services.
Not long after opening the business in 2014, it became clear that many clients also wanted help with refurbishing and remodeling their homes, so Anna joined Catskill Concierge to broaden the scope of services. Now they’re taking on projects large and small. “This weekend we found a puppy for a playdate with a client’s new fur baby,” she laughs, “did a walk-through of another client’s historic home house so we could begin envisioning the total remodel and then made a late-night run to check that a house had been properly locked up for a concerned client who had already returned to the city.”
“I love not having to deal with the usual corporate hassles,” says Alan, “and being my own boss.” His wife gives a knowing smile. “But he still has to answer to me!”
CATSKILL CONCIERGE INC.
910 Lenape Lake Road
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
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