About LREI Property Management

We are incredibly thankful for the people, and success of LREI, and whether you’re a tenant, investor or realtor, we hope to count you as one of our future success stories! Starting small in August 2017, we had no idea that we would grow as fast and strong as we did.

We now manage more than 500 properties with a team that still feels like family. We’re not shy about this success because it’s driven by our philosophy to help people and provide exceptional service.

The LREI Story

LREI began in 2003 when Owner and founder Clay Smith and Stephanie Smith purchased their first rental property. In 2017 they set out to create a property management company that offered valuable service at an affordable price that owners can trust in.

The original idea for developing a Louisville property management company came to through experience managing real estate without systems and teams. Having heard horror stories of companies that were impossible to reach, return voicemails a week later, or send an email instead of calling. Companies had extensive repair costs and a terrible track record for keeping tenants. When they needed to delegate management of their 30 properties and free up time to start a company they decided to start their own company.

The industry needed professionals who offered great customer service, honesty and a strong work ethic. LREI was created from this initial dream. Since then, the company has grown to manage 500 properties in just one year because of client referrals and proven track record. The secret recipe is great systems where nothing falls through the cracks and an enthusiastic staff who loves property management.

The owners of LREI have been investing since 2003 and pride themselves as leaders in our local real estate market and the property management community. They are active members of KREIA (Kentuckiana Real Estate Investor Association) community and stay current on the latest property management industry trends.

Meet the Team

When you join LREI, you get the power of an entire, personable team whose sole aim is to help and delight you.

They love to solve problems and enjoy being able to help tenants and owners at the same time. But they also have a wide variety of other passions and interests.

Meet the team below and see who you’ll be working with from accounts, to property management, and maintenance.

Stephanie Smith » Director of Operations
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Stephanie has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and is certified in Dispute Resolution from Sullivan University. She has 8 years of professional recruiting experience and is a Certified Internet Recruiter.
Clay Smith » Director of Technology
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Clay is a former US Marine Military Policeman. He has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and an MBA from Sullivan University. In addition, Clay is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, and LEAN process leader. He is also a board member of the Kentuckiana Real Estate Investors Association. An avid investor and rehabber, he is a licensed contractor and bought and sold over 200 real estate investments.
Grace Cox » Accounts Payable
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Grace has worked in the banking industry and most recently joined LREI handling Accounts Payable and general bookkeeping.
Vanessa Vasquez » Administrative Assistant
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Vanessa has worked as a professional administrative assistant for several years. She joined LREI in 2017 and handles eviction coordination, late pay notification, responds to potential resident inquiries and monitors email communications.
Cassandra Chapman » Property Manager
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Cassandra has been connecting the people of Greater Louisville and Indiana to a myriad of local events and news as a local Realtor and former Regional Sales Director. After meticulously studying the markets and getting residents acquainted with local happenings, she quickly specialized in helping residents decide “where to go and what to do”, by assisting renters, homebuyers, sellers, and investors in their search. As a fun-going and laid back negotiating expert, Cassandra will quickly search and match your criteria. Diverse and flexible, she will help you find what you are looking for.
David Bennett » Property Manager
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David has worked in real estate as owner/landlord, as Leasing Representative and Property Manager. He holds a BA from University of Louisville and is a graduate of Weikel Real Estate School. David earned Professional Residential Property Manager Certification in October 2017. He is a member of Kentuckiana Real Estate Investors Association.
Kim Evans » Director of Maintenance
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Kim has 20+ years of experience in the Customer Service Industry. In addition, she has experience as a small business owner and attended college in pursuit of a degree in education.
Justin Leanhart » Business Development Manager
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Justin has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville. He has seventeen years of experience in Sales and the Customer Service industry. He is a member of Kentuckiana Real Estate Investors Association, and is also in pursuit of his Real Estate license. Justin is the primary point of contact for New Owners and onboarding new properties with the company.
Rick Massey » Maintenance Supervisor
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Skilled and experienced in planning, procurement, and execution of project management. Experienced in managing multi-million dollar construction projects, coordinating a workforce team of subcontractors, and performing budget allocation. Rick has worked as a Director of Maintenance managing teams of Facility Maintenance Technicians for the past decade.
Chrystal Stoudemire » Property Manager
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Chrystal has been performing Property Management for 16 years. She started out as a Leasing Agent and moved up in different roles. Chrystal was nominated for the 2019 Distinguished Service Award for Property Manager of the Year.
Lindsey Purcell » Administrative Assistant
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Lindsey has numerous years of customer service experience in banking and marketing. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at Sullivan University.
Angel Burdette » Leasing Agent
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Prior to joining LREI, Angel has worked as a Property Manager. She is familiar with The National Affordable Housing Management Association process and paperwork. As a previous property manager, Angel leverages her experience and knowledge working with prospective tenants to set expectations and help them find a home.