A distinguished member of the New Orleans business community, Harold Doley, Jr. was the first African-American member of the New York Stock Exchange when he began his career there in 1972. Three years later, Doley founded his own financial firm -- the realization of a dream that began with a childhood curiosity for business fostered inside his father's local grocery store. Doley Securities, Inc., the oldest African American owned investment-banking firm in the nation. Doley Securities, Inc. provides investment products and services to institutional clients. As the lead investment banker for Doley Securities, Inc., Mr. Doley guides the firm's participation in tens of billions of dollars in transactions annually involving federal agencies, state and local governments, international entities, and corporate and institutional clients.
Villa Lewaro, the home of Madame C.J. Walker on the Hudson in Irvington, NY was acquired by Harold E. Doley Jr.,in 1994. He did not disclose the cost. It was designed by the first registered black architect, Vertner Woodson Tandy, at a cost of $250,000.
Originally bequeathed to the NAACP, the estate which is located on two acres of land and contains a thirty-five room house and a carriage houses. Madame Walker selected the site due to its proximity to the estates of John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie.