Leadership TeamOur leaders have a combined 150+ years of community management, construction and insurance restoration experience.
Chuck Schneider is an experienced business owner and executive who now focuses his energy on leading the day-to-day operations of LHR. In 1999, he co-founded and served as President of the Minnesota-based community management company, Community Development Inc. (CDI). In 2006, he went on to cofound Lincoln Hancock Construction. When CDI was acquired by Associa in 2012, it was one of the largest community management companies in Minnesota. Having owned his own restoration and construction company for 12 years, he has extensive experience in the construction industry, and has been involved in more than $150 million in insurance claim work. Under his leadership, LHR has completed major construction projects in 20 states, as well as in Canada and Mexico, with projects ranging in size from $350,000 – $45,000,000.
Sean Fee has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Sean previously served as a Warranty Manager and Project Manager for the national home builder, Centex Homes. He has attained more than 30 General Contractor licenses throughout the U.S. and holds several certifications with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. He joined LHR in 2012 as the leader of the construction department. He has overseen well over 100 large scale commercial construction projects in 20 states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.
Ben Smith CMCA®
VP Business DevelopmentAs a former community manager, Ben has helped manage more than 30 communities. In his role as community manager, he has personally experienced several catastrophic claims that he was responsible for managing. He is a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®), and continues to educate himself on industry changes through various avenues, including CAI. Ben’s deep understanding of community management is a great asset in streamlining the restoration process for LHR clients. Since 2012, Ben has been helping LHR’s clients through large insurance claims and construction projects. He has served Associa clients in 20 states, as well as in Mexico and Canada, representing over $100 million in insurance claims and construction projects.
la Thao is a data-driven leader, placing a high emphasis on strong accounting controls to enable accurate financial reporting. She has more than 14 years of experience in the accounting industry, with 10 of those years in the commercial and residential construction industry on various projects ranging from new construction to restorations and remodels.. She is responsible for leading financial integrity and sustainability of LHR and has streamlined the accounting process to ensure compliance with client contract terms, including managing progress billings on multiple client contracts ranging from $1MM to $12MM concurrently. She joined LHR in 2017 and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baker College, Michigan
Jeff Forshee is an experienced construction executive with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He has completed over 500 fire and water estimates, completed rehabs on 1,100 homes, and effectively consulted on and estimated more than 75 construction defect lawsuits. Additionally, he has managed both the accurate deployment of $38,500,000 in residential new construction projects, and the construction of a 125,000 sq. foot. 43-unit condominium building.
Matt Steele PCAM®, CMCA®, AMS®
Senior Vice President, Integrated Services, Associa®
As senior vice president, Matt is responsible for the oversight of all of Associa’s integrated services – including maintenance, construction, insurance and purchasing -throughout North America. Previously, Matt lead Associa’s management branches in the western region for five years. He also served as the vice president of Associa’s National Field Services, where he was responsible for managing the maintenance operations for Associa branches. He holds his AMS®, CMCA® and PCAM® designations from the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and has more than 25 years in the community association management industry.