The Lee family has been heavily involved in the Austin real estate market since 1982. Having weathered the housing bust of the late 80's and the current volatility in the marketplace, Robert Lee, President and CEO of LD&C, continues to build an impressive resume of development projects.
A track record of proven ROI and leading edge strategy has allowed for exponential growth including Lee Properties, one of the most successful property management companies in Austin.
LD&C has the proficiency and experience required to thrive in marketplace niches often overlooked or too complex for the average developer. Our experience and achievement are testament to the breadth of knowledge we bring to every project.
LD&C will actively engage in the economic development of the Central Austin area by creating high quality, profitable land development & construction projects. We develop investment opportunities, expand the local market's real estate offerings, and sustain a long-term market position for ourselves and our clients.
Robert Lee - Owner/CEO
Robert's first involvement in real estate began when he started doing property turnovers for his mother in the late 1970's. After graduating from the University of Texas he became an onsite sales agent for Bill Milburn Homes opening the Anderson Mill West subdivision.
Thereafter Robert started his first company called Expert Carpet Care growing it into one of Austin's largest carpet cleaning, water and fire restoration, and floor covering companies in Austin. Clients included The Driskill Hotel, Camp Mabry, and over 150 apartment complexes.
During the late 1980's he moved to New York and worked in the plastics resins industry as a product manager for Formosa Plastics, as a plastics and chemical trader for both domestic and international customers with Marco Polo Intl and Soloman Brothers.
Robert was asked to return to Austin to take over the family business in 1991 and returned to help manage the family investments and grow Lee Properties into the successful management, leasing, and sales company it is today.
In early 2000, tired of purchasing properties on the open market, he decided to start building his own investment properties. Over the last 10 years Mr. Lee has, as principle, designed, built, and owned over 60 million dollars in real estate projects in the central Austin area.
Projects included, land development, subdivision development, condos, student housing, single family, multifamily and commercial properties.
He is a scuba diver, an Eagle Scout, and a 3rd degree black belt in the International Shuachio Association, who has competed in international tournaments such as the National Taiwan Competition. Robert lives in Austin with his wife Emily and their two children.
Bill Knauss - Senior Vice President
Mr. Knauss has over eighteen years of development experience on various projects both nationally and internationally. Over the last decade, Mr. Knauss has been directly involved in the development, design and construction of over $750 Million in real estate assets, consisting of nearly 2,000 multi-family residential units, multiple resort and boutique hotel developments, commercial office space, retail, and light manufacturing facilities. In his role as Senior Vice President for LD&C, Mr. Knauss will be responsible for overseeing overall development operations, including site selection, modeling, financing, budgeting, design and construction, and leading the project teams to ensure the successful completion of all projects. Mr. Knauss holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering with a specialization in Structural Design from Old Dominion University and a Master's Degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue University.
Shirley Arredondo - Vice President of Operations
Shirley has been in commercial real estate for over a decade. She began her career in real estate in property management working for Lee Properties. Her attention to detail and efficiency spurred her career growth and soon she was responsible for over 250 rental units in Austin and the surrounding areas. Her skills managing tenants, contractors and owners continued to develop quickly, allowing Shirley to easily transition into residential construction management.
Shirley became the Operations Manager for Lee Construction, a sister company to Lee Properties. There she thrived managing residential developments. Her responsibilities included: oversight on the design and construction documents and accounting, managing workloads, superintendents, subcontractors and professional tradesmen, among many other important management responsibilities. Shirley continued to excel and her accomplishments include working on the sales and development team of a 31 unit duplex subdivision and generating over $9.7 million in sales of homes and duplexes in Austin.
Shirley joined LD&C in 2012 as Operations Manager to represent the owners of 21Pearl during construction, a 136-unit student housing project in West Campus. Shirley is now LD&C's VP of Operations, and will help manage the daily workload of our commercial development company. Shirley is a native of Austin and has seen this town rapid growth. She is a dedicated soccer mom, wife and mother of five. When not in the office, Shirley enjoys country music and Austin's diverse lifestyle.
Lori Kendall - Marketing and Business Development
Lori Kendall graduated from The University of Texas at Austin's Moody School of Communication from the 3rd ranked program in the nation at that time. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a certificate in Business Foundations, she quickly made her way into the tight knit real estate community focused on student properties just outside her alma mater. After working for several years as an Office Manager/Social Media Manager for a local property management and leasing firm, Lori was hired on to Lee Properties where she would work with LD&C's owner and CEO, Robert Lee. Lori currently works doing social media, graphic design, and content creation, as well as fulfilling many other marketing duties and roles, for LD&C and its affiliate companies.
Chris Zaiontz - VP of Real Estate
Chris Zaiontz moved to Austin in 2008 after graduating from Texas State University with a BBA in Business Marketing. After working in corporate sales for Dell Inc., he decided to change career paths and pursue his passion for Real Estate. He focuses on the importance of building personal relationships with his clients while dedicating himself to providing the most professional and highest level of customer service in the industry. After working with West Campus Living for three years, he quickly became one of the top-producing agents in the Campus and Central Austin area.
JoEllen Eggert - Project Manager
JoEllen graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architectural Studies and a Bachelors of Science in Construction Science. She immediately began her career in the construction and development industry on a twenty-two story multifamily project in Downtown San Diego. Since then, she has worked on all sides of the equation in roles as the contractor, the consultant and the owner of various project types and construction models. She has been directly involved in the development and construction of over $300 Million in multi-family projects and has worked on the project controls and the program management of several large city development and HUD community development projects. JoEllen is actively involved in several professional organizations that encourage women in the workplace and STEM fields of study to school-aged females. Outside of work hours, she is typically enjoying the beautiful parks and restaurants of Austin with her two young daughters and husband.
Mary Peace Brown - Executive Assistant
Mary Peace graduated from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington with a degree in Sociology. She moved to Austin from North Carolina in 2014 and was charmed by the friendly people and plethora of activities that Austin has to offer. After working in clinical research for almost a decade, she decided that she wanted a change of pace and started working with 24th Street Realty in sales and leasing. Mary Peace was offered a position with LD&C in April of 2017 where she assists the team with general day to day activities as well as handling warranty requests for recently completed projects. She enjoys the challenge that each day brings as well as helping the team reach their goals. In her free time she enjoys sewing and knitting.