Caydon Leadership Team

Joe Russo, Managing Principal

Joe Russo started the Caydon team in 1999 and continues to be hands-on from concept to successful completion of every project. He is always one step ahead of the market in predicting new, desirable locations and makes the most of every viable opportunity presented to him.

Andrew Jones, Project & Corporate Funding

Andrew has over 20 years of property development experience specialising in accounting, tax and finance. His primary responsibility is to procure project and corporate funding as well as to maintain efficient capital structures. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, qualified Finance Broker and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Giuditta De Santis, Director of Architecture and Design


Giuditta leads Caydon's in house Architecture and Design team. Her thorough and collaborative approach is accompanied by a creative flair that ensures a remarkable result across all projects. Guiditta's impressive experience includes over 10 years of local and international experience. Giuditta has a Masters degree in Architecture with First Class Honours.

Emma Alexander, Director, Marketing & Sales

Emma, a native Melburnian, relocated to Houston in 2016 to head up the US Sales and Marketing Division and the Leasing and Corporate brand. Emma has a Master of Business Administration and during her eight years with Caydon, has worked in various capacities across 15 large-scale Australian and US projects.

Steve Williams, International Marketing Director

Steve has over 15 year’s senior management experience in marketing, brand and general management, delivering profitable growth across various consumer goods and commercial sectors. A versatile professional, Steve’s experience spans Fashion, FMCG, Liquor, Water, Agriculture and Property. He has strategically planned and managed key portfolios as well as marketing communication strategies for high profile brands and organisations.

Emily Thurston, Director, Development & Construction

Emily is a significantly experienced Development Manger, responsible for overseeing all aspects of design and construction for millions of dollars of capital projects throughout Houston. She was educated at the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Construction Engineering Technology. Included in Emily’s impressive resume are several assignments for the University of Houston and the Houston Methodist Hospital System. She has previously worked on residential and boutique hotel projects and this experience will be invaluable as we move ahead with our US projects.
Brooke Parson, Director, Accounting & Finance

Brooke brings more than a decade of construction industry experience to Caydon USA. She is responsible for all USA corporate and project accounting as well as our financial management. Brooke graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a Concentration in Accounting and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration.
Natalia Malek, Hospitality Manager

Natalia has over a decade of hospitality experience and specialises in hotel renovations and brand conversions. Earning her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting at the University of Texas, Natalia has an impressive career totalling over $1B of projects across the country. One of her most notable projects was the large mix-use development 5th and B in Nashville.
Khaled Noun, Development Associate

Graduating from the University of Houston with a focus in commercial construction, Khaled has worked in New York across a variety of projects including hotel, residential and commercial. Recently he received recognition for his talents, as part of the winning team for Houston Business Journal’s 2018 Mixed-use Landmark Award. His current focus is on Caydon’s San Diego and Seattle projects, bringing his passion for innovation to these latest developments.