Builder’s Story

About Butte Companies

Butte is a family owned and operated Scottsdale Company known for unique and charming niche projects. We pour our energy into one major customized creation at a time because we believe it’s the attention to distinctive details that sets us apart. Visit The Landmark, our ultra-luxury urban condos located in the coveted North Scottsdale/Kierland area, which combined high-service luxury with the convenience of a pedestrian friendly location to get an idea of the inspiration behind Easy Street.

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Ed Lewis

Developer/Owner, Butte Companies & Easy Street

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After earning an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Colorado, Ed had successful careers of 8 years each at General Electric Company and Arizona Public Service. In 1985 he started Butte Construction Company and for 15 years built large commercial, retail and residential projects.

In 1993 he began developing commercial property under the Butte name. Over the years he has created numerous multifamily, single family and Class A office projects such as Kierland Corporate Center. With the completion of The Landmark, one of the most successful mid-rise residential condo projects in Arizona, Ed became one of a select few in Arizona that has developed 98 ultra-luxury condos that sold for an arrange of $1,000,000. The Landmark ultra-luxury condos in Kierland can be seen at In his career, Ed has successfully developed over $250,000,000 of projects in Arizona and Colorado.

A longtime community activist, Ed has been involved in numerous Boards including Valley Partnership and Valley Leadership. In addition, he has served on the National Multi Housing Council Advisory Committee and the Town of Paradise Valley Planning and Zoning Commission. He is currently active in industry organizations Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).  In 2015 Ed was honored as the Heart for the Homeless Award recipient for his tireless volunteer work and board service with UMOM New Day Centers (Arizona’s largest shelter for homeless families).

Maura Casey

VP of Sales, Easy Street

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Prior to joining Easy Street South/Butte Realty, Maura was President and Designated Broker of a local real estate brokerage specializing in condominium sales and development.  Maura has sold over 500 condominiums since 2004.  Although a licensed broker for more than 30 years, Maura has vast experience in commercial appraisal,  multi-family project management, land acquisition and entitlement processes.  Maura moved to Arizona after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

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Ron Emes

Project Director, Easy Street

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Ron Emes is a seasoned professional in the real estate development and construction arena.  He began his career in the commercial general contracting space climbing the ranks to project manager working on various types of construction from tilt panel movie theatres (Harkins Cine Capri 101) to high rise luxury condo towers (The Scottsdale Waterfront).  In 2007 he switched over to the development side of the business as a Director of Development for residential tracts of land under design/build development in the DC Ranch/Silverleaf neighborhoods.  In 2008 Ron started his own general contracting business specializing in luxury single family home remodels and commercial tenant improvements.  Ron is an AZ licensed dual building contractor as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.  He now utilizes that 15 years of experience to benefit future buyers of this new luxury condo development in Carefree, AZ.

Dennis Pegowski from Butte Companies in Arizona
Dennis M. Pegowski

Controller, Butte Companies

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Dennis joined the Butte team as the Controller in 2011 bringing with him over 14 years of experience in corporate accounting and financial management in the real estate development industry.  As Controller, Dennis is responsible for all accounting and finance functions, cash flow analysis, loan management and compliance, forecasts, budgeting, project proformas, overseeing project acquisitions, project cost accounting, construction loan draws, close of escrow coordination on residential sales and office management. Some of the notable projects that Dennis has worked on as part of the Butte Team are the Landmark II and Hillcrest I Condos.

Dennis grew up on the East Coast and graduated from Bentley College in Waltham, MA with an Economics/Finance degree.  After college, he relocated to Scottsdale in 1996. He spent the next 14 years working for SunCor Development Company. He spent his last 5 years at SunCor as Director of Accounting.  While at Suncor, he oversaw the financial process for multiple master planned communities as well several residential developments. Some of those projects include Stoneridge, a master planned community in Prescott Valley, AZ, Palm Valley, a master planned community in Goodyear, AZ, Edgewater at Hayden Ferry, a 40 unit Condo tower in Tempe, AZ, and Bridgeview at Hayden Ferry, a 104 unit Condo tower in Tempe, AZ. In February 2011, Dennis became a CPA.

Dennis enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with his wife and two kids, a son and a daughter. Dennis usually spends his weekends coaching his son’s baseball team and watching his daughter play volleyball.

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Kendle Design Group

Design Consultant, Easy Street

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Kendle Design Collaborative is an award winning architectural practice specializing in modern luxury living. Headquartered in a 1941 adobe ranch home on the historic Cattletrack Arts Compound in Scottsdale Arizona, we draw our inspiration from a multitude of artistic influences, focusing on the craft of building, while listening closely to context and nature to guide our way. The result are regionally inspired modern designs, always with a sense of surprise and wonder, that speak poetically of their place, their community and the unique character of those who inhabit them.

Whitneybell Perry

Architect, Easy Street

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  Mix in empathy and luck with Mr. Einstein’s insightful quote and you get to enjoy 39 years of challenge and delight practicing residential architecture in Arizona.

Whitneybell Perry Architects is embarking on its 40th year of designing an abundance of creative homes for the challenging and spectacular American Southwest.  With two offices in Phoenix, WPA designs a wide variety of residential needs and densities working as a team with contractor and developer to achieve imaginative designs celebrating function, structure and beauty. 

“Easy Street South homes are designed with contemporary comfort and style respecting traditional character.  Homes and spaces wherein to live, work and dream.” –Douglas T. Whitneybell, AIA