About the Esses

The Vision

Over 75 years ago, Cameron Argersinger organized the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix, forever transforming the Finger Lakes region and bringing the prestigious sport of road racing to its picturesque landscapes. The vision that ignited this passion remains vibrant and thriving at The Esses. Our community was founded to honor and perpetuate the spirit of the original Watkins Glen, ensuring that its legacy endures for generations to come.

At The Esses, we blend the thrill of motorsports with luxurious living, creating an environment where the excitement of the track and the serenity of hilltop living coexist harmoniously. Our vision is to preserve and celebrate the heritage of Watkins Glen while offering an unparalleled lifestyle to our residents. By choosing The Esses, you become part of an international living legacy, embracing the rich history and vibrant future of one of the world’s most iconic racing destinations. Live the vision, and let the birthplace of American road racing inspire your every day.

The Idea

The Esses was founded to provide race enthusiasts with the ultimate blend of luxury living and unparalleled trackside access to Watkins Glen International, one of the most iconic racetracks in the United States. Here, residents enjoy the thrill of motorsports right from their doorstep, coupled with the finest amenities and breathtaking views, creating a unique and exhilarating lifestyle experience.

The Team

The team at The Esses is a perfect blend of race enthusiasts, investors, and Finger Lakes residents. Our team not only boasts years of motorsports and investing experience, we have the full support of the Watkins Glen International Raceway.

David Suess


As a former Marine, owner and executive of an IT consulting firm, David is experienced and knows how to lead, build, operate and drive projects and businesses to a profitable success. He is the driving force, ensuring projects and business development are completed to a profitable end, ensuring the vision of The Esses are implemented.

Tim Clark


Recently completed building executive level homes near an urban race track for motorsport enthusiasts. As an experienced contractor focused on high-end and exclusive Golf club renovations, and experienced in building housing developments, Tim knows the executive level construction.
He will ensure the planning, specifications, and processes of construction are met at the highest standards.

Advisory Team

Dawn Burlew

President of Watkins Glen International

Judy McKinney Cherry

Executive Director SCOPED
CEO/CFO Schuyler County IDA

Jon Beckman

Director of Business Development Works Design Group
Former Vice-President at Watkins Glen International

Rob Driscoll

Owner of AutoTechnic and the AutoTechnic GT4 IMSA Teams