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LHP Management names State Commissioner as its president

KNOXVILLE – Officials at LHP Capital, LLC have announced that Robert J. Martineau, Jr., commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC), has been named president of LHP Management, LLC.

In making the announcement, Phil Lawson, chairman and founder of LHP Capital, said that Martineau’s three decades of leadership experience and work in both private and public sectors will serve him well at LHP.

“I am delighted that we have secured an exceptional leader with a proven track record of success developing high-performing teams in a large, multi-faceted organization,” said Lawson. “At LHP we pride ourselves on delivering excellence and superior service to our residents and our many business and government partners. I am confident Bob will strengthen these relations and help bring LHP to the next level of success.”

As president of LHP Management, Martineau will be responsible for overseeing LHP’s multi-family rental properties and their staffs who provide quality and affordable housing for more than 7,200 families with limited incomes. LHP is a real estate development firm that specializes in the acquisition and renovation of government subsidized properties. LHP currently operates 56 properties in nine states and is expected to close nine deals in 2018.

Martineau will also serve on LHP’s executive leadership team working to strategize long-range goals for the company which has assets in excess of $650 million, said Carey Parker, CEO of LHP Capital.

“Bob brings an array of skills and qualities that will further the success of our property management division as well as our entire company,” said Parker. “His strengths in staff development and employee engagement will be invaluable to our property management staffs and we’re very excited to get him on board.”

At TDEC, Martineau increased employee engagement by ten percent, implemented professional development programs to provide leadership training and more than tripled the number of women in senior leadership positions in the organization. In recognition of his advocacy for women and women’s issues, Martineau received the Good Guy Award by the Women’s Political Cooperative in 2013.

The LHP Team consists of more than 300 employees working at the community properties and at the corporate office in Knoxville. Martineau will open a new Nashville office for LHP.

“These are challenging times in the affordable housing industry but that also means we have lots of opportunity to improve our service delivery model,” said Martineau. “LHP is a pioneer in this field and I look forward to working closely with the leadership team and with every individual employee to continue the company’s important legacy of providing quality and affordable living spaces residents are proud to call home.”

Prior to serving as a state commissioner, Martineau was a partner in the law firm of Waller Lansden in Nashville from 1995 to 2011. He was a senior attorney with the Office of General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 1995.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Martineau was named CEO of the Year by the Nashville Business Journal, he is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers and president of the Environmental Council of the States. He earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Minnesota.

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Published May 16, 2018

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