About Davila & Defusco

About Us Davila & DeFusco was founded in 2013 by business partners Valery Ernesto Davila and Lisa Fortune DeFusco. Val has been an insurance agent and top producer for a local insurance agency in Methuen, MA since 2010. Lisa is a small business entrepreneur with a well-established real estate appraisal business in the Merrimack Valley. We have life-long community ties in the Methuen area, as well as an understanding of the local ethnic diversity. Valery Ernesto Davila Val was born in Dominican Republic and came to America when he was just a young boy. He spent much of his life growing up in Lawrence. After graduating from Lawrence High School, he went on to become the first member of his immediate family to go to college, attending the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Val paid for his education by waiting tables and working in property management. It was while waiting tables that he met his wife, Susan. Val graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree, as a History major with a minor in Criminal Justice. His intention was to continue on to law school. However, he determined that that was not the path for him and instead, he wanted to serve his country, so he and Susan joined the U.S. Army. After basic training, they were married here in Methuen and sent immediately to their first duty station at Fort Stewart, Georgia with the 3rd Infantry Battalion. Val’s first son, Sebastian was born in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Val was sent to Kuwait to serve his country in Operation Desert Thunder. He retired from the military in 2000 and returned to Massachusetts. Shortly after moving to Methuen, Val’s second son, Jacob was born, completing their family. Val began his career in insurance working for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company negotiating third party claims. In 2005, he became a sales agent, ranking as one of the top ten agents in Massachusetts. In 2010, he joined Harrington Insurance Agency in Methuen where he expanded his sales knowledge in to commercial lines. As the top sales agent for three years straight, he decided it was time to start his own insurance agency. Lisa Fortune DeFusco Lisa is a graduate of Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. She has started three companies in her career. Between 1988 and 1992, Lisa was involved in the start-up and managing of a large Night Club in Methuen, MA. In January 1995, Lisa started Fortune Appraisals, a real estate appraisal company specializing in residential real estate appraising. In 2007 she started a new venture, which specialized in Mass Appraising and Ad Valorum taxation focusing on Essex and Middlesex Counties. Both companies were merged in 2010. Fortune Appraisals continues to be a thriving company with a well-respected reputation. Through her Real Estate Appraisal business, Lisa has been able to give back to the community by providing charitable work to organizations such as safe houses for women in the Merrimack Valley, handicapped housing in the Framingham area, and the Chelmsford & Westford Housing Authorities.