Principal, EDG Korea
Mr. Lee was born in Seoul (South Korea) and has lived in USA for most of his life. In real estate world, Mr. Lee has 30 years of experience of development and property management in the USA, Middle East, and Asia.
Currently, Mr. Lee is a Vice Chairman and principal of EDG Korea based in Seoul and Los Angeles. EDG Korea is pursing the Korea Cultural Project.
In 2015, EDG Korea launched a large scale urban development project in eastern coast of South Korea. The project concept includes ocean resorts, hotels, CASINO, theme-park, commercial and residential properties.
In 2005, he was a president of UAD, Inc (Urban Asia Development), the U.S. real estate development company and a developer for the Kintex Hotel & Resort development in Koyang City in South Korea, USD $270 million, with more than 500 rooms and a shopping center complex. He played the key role securing the development right and brought together a team of development and investment group of both domestic and overseas including Carlyle based in New York and Starwood (Sheraton) based in Japan.
During 1989 -1996, Mr. Lee was a general partner of K&L International which worked with top ranking construction and development companies such as Hyundai and Daewoo in the U.S. and in the Middle East, particularly UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain. During 1996 – 2000 he was a senior consultant to Daewoo Construction & Engineering based in South Korea working closely with then president of Daewoo to orchestrate the process of turn-key project of USD $700 million construction and development project in Bahrain.
Prior to joining K&L International, Mr. Lee was a CEO and a chairman to Mutual Investment Management, Inc. which oversaw development/construction of shopping malls and office buildings in Los Angeles and South Bay, California and CECOM Building in New Jersey.
Other than real estate development, Mr. Lee has been active in political affairs domestically and internationally. In 1992, Mr. Lee was appointed by California Senate Speaker, Willie Brown, as one of six members to head studies of the economic forces and influence by Asian in California. In 1995, he was appointed by Governor of Arkansas, Jim Guy Tucker, as an advisor to the state of Arkansas for economics. He took a numerous trips to Korea with business delegates from Arkansas during Bill Clinton presidency.
Mr. Lee also served as an advisory board member to former president of South Korea, Kim, Dae-Jung, and as a steering committee to DNC (Democratic National Committee) during President Bill Clinton. He was an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) during 1985-1988. It is a premiere leadership organization of successful Chief Executives ages under 40.
Mr. Lee obtained his BS Degree in Business Administration from USC (University of Southern California) and further studied in real estate development and finance in MBA courses.