President, Nevada Division
Lewis Apartment Communities (57 years in Nevada)
Type of Business: Multifamily Developer | Hails from: Los Angeles, CA | 46 years with company in Nevada | Based: Statewide
How did you first get into your profession?
I joined the family business nearly 50 years ago and am now responsible for the Nevada operations of the Lewis Group of Companies. During that time, the companies have built over 25,000 houses in Nevada, plus 1,000 apartments in Las Vegas and now we are underway with 1,000 apartments in Reno. After selling the home-building division of the company in 1999, we have focused in the development of multifamily properties, shopping centers, land development and other commercial ventures. We believe multifamily is one of the most vital sectors of the market as housing is in such demand, particularly in the northern portion of the state.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
A scientist. I was always interested in science. I’m a trustee for the Desert Research Institute Foundation. What those men and women do is groundbreaking and fascinating.
What business advice would you give someone just starting in your industry?
Development of any kind is fluid and changes as the market does. The one constant is your name and reputation. Always be proud of the work you have done and the method you chose to accomplish that work. Go the extra mile, learn all you can about the business and make meaningful connections with industry organizations and industry leaders.
What is a little known fact about yourself?
I’ve traveled the world quite a bit and I’m not shy at all about trying what some people might think are odd foods.
What was the toughest lesson you’ve learned in your career?
The market cycles can be deep, and they can be long.
What is your motto?
Always try to treat others as you would like to be treated, whether they be total strangers, your family or your employees. No exceptions.
What is your favorite thing about living in Nevada?
We are living in exciting times here in Nevada. There have always been attributes like the outdoor activities, having all four seasons and the sense of community you don’t find everywhere, that make this a great place to live. The added growth statewide is offering more access to jobs, unprecedented diversity in our economy and promoting the addition of much needed improvements to infrastructure. I am very much looking forward to what lies ahead.