Catherine Lee Named President of Douglas Elliman Texas

Douglas Elliman Realty announced July 25 the appointment of Catherine Lee as President of Douglas Elliman Texas.

Catherine Lee
Catherine Lee

Previously the Chief Operating Officer and In-House Counsel for Elliman Texas, Lee has played a vital role in the brokerage’s expansion throughout Houston, Dallas and Austin. Former CEO Jacob Sudhoff will continue to work with the firm as co-owner of Douglas Elliman Texas and in his new role as Senior Leadership Advisor.

Prior to joining Elliman, Lee served as Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Sudhoff Companies, until Douglas Elliman formed a joint venture with Sudhoff Companies creating Douglas Elliman Texas. She has been a strategic family investor with Sudhoff Companies since 2010, becoming a major influencer in the company’s luxury real estate development across retail, multifamily,and residential with projects ranging from value-add repositioning to ground up construction.

Before beginning her career in real estate, Lee owned, operated and franchised 22 Applebee’s statewide and managed a 70-manager team with 1,300 employees. She was the only female franchisee for the global restaurant brand. Prior to the restaurant business, Lee previously served as an Associate with Vinson & Elkins in their finance section.

Born and raised in Houston, Lee graduated with honors from Rice University and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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