Mr. Winston Lee is Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Development at Valiance and brings over 16 years of real estate development and structured finance experience to the team. Having closed over $600MM in transactions, from debt placements, equity capital raises, and JV equity structures, Mr. Lee brings a multi-faceted depth of experience in support of the firm’s strategy, investment decisions, construction management, operations, and the overall execution of our opportunistic investments.
Prior to joining Valiance, Mr. Lee started his career on the principal and lender side of the business, where he brings extensive acquisition and development experience in retail, multi-family, and office properties while working for a privately held boutique real estate firm. His entrepreneurial experience includes being a senior member on a 21-acre mixed-use development in Riverside, CA, a repositioned vacant K-Mart shopping center in Palmdale, CA, and 139-units of ground-up luxury apartments across 4-projects in Los Angeles, CA.
On the lender side, Mr. Lee served as a Corporate Banking Officer for Comercia Bank in their Real Estate Group, where he financed construction and land development loans for many of LA’s largest real estate developers. In addition to his real estate experience, Mr. Lee was a successful start-up founder of a consumer product and brand where he grew annual sales to $2.5MM and gained distribution into over 1,000 stores including, Costco, Target, and Whole Foods. His talent and unique background adds a valuable perspective to the team and is a positive influence on our company principles and culture.
Mr. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds a California real estate license.