A passion for property and the lives it creates

Our Leadership Team brings a wealth of experience to Caydon. Experts in their field, they are guided by a desire to move people’s lives and cities forward.

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Joe Russo, Principal & CEO

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.

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Derrek Lerouax, COO, USA

Derrek serves as Chief Operations Officer of Caydon USA.
Prior to joining Caydon, he developed multifamily properties with Trammel Crow Residential and built high-rise properties for The Hanover Company. He holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Houston and a Bachelor
of Science from Texas A&M University. Derrek and his wife Emily have two children and enjoy college football, youth sports, and spending time with family.

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Jarrod Stratton, COO, Australia

With 20 years experience in development and construction, Jarrod has been instrumental in delivering over 3,000 apartments across many high profile Melbourne projects. He is wholly involved in every Caydon project and his aspiration is to ensure Caydon apartments are built to enhance communities and help shape cities for years to come.

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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.

Doug Pyne, General Counsel

Doug Pyne is General Counsel for Caydon USA and manages the legal needs of the US division. Prior to joining Caydon, Doug was Corporate Counsel for Whitestone REIT, a real estate investment trust located in Houston. His previous experience includes VP – Real Estate Law for Macy’s Department Stores and Senior Real Estate Counsel for RARE Hospitality, a restaurant company. Doug has 17 years of experience as an in-house counsel representing publicly traded companies and another nine years in private practice at law firms.

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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.

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Steve Williams, International Marketing Director

Steve has over 15 years 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.

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. During her seven years with Caydon, Emma has worked in various capacities across 15 large-scale Australian and US projects. She is currently studying for her Master of Business Administration.

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.

Coy McKinney, Development Manager

Over more than 25 years in the construction industry, Coy has worked on some significant projects. Coy served as Chairman of the Board for the Houston Chapter of the Construction Leadership Council and on its Steering Committee.

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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.