The Leadership Team

KELLI LAWRENCE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 15+

As CEO of Onyx+East, Lawrence is responsible for overall strategic direction.

Lawrence came on board following a 6-year tenure as a principal partner of Cityscape Residential, a full-service development and construction firm specializing in luxury multi-family communities throughout the Midwest. As a partner at Cityscape, Lawrence played a fundamental role in the development of approximately 4,500 multi-family, for-sale and rental residential units, valued at more than $750 million, in numerous markets across the Midwest. With 15+ years of experience, Lawrence’s earlier career initiatives include working in the public sector, where she served as the long-range planner for the City of Carmel, Ind. and worked on special planning districts, corridor and neighborhood plans, thoroughfare planning and redevelopment areas.

EXPERIENCE: Lawrence currently serves as the Ball State Alumni Council Chair. Previously, she served as Urban Land Institute (ULI) Indiana Chair and National ULI Multi-Family Silver Product Council Vice Chair. Her family actively supports the Riley Hospital Children’s Foundation, where she recently served as chair and board member on the Riley Society Advisory Committee.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University, majoring in economics. Subsequently, she achieved a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, majoring in marketing. Her accomplishments have been recognized in various media outlets, including Indianapolis Woman Magazine and multiple IU Kelley School of Business publications. She was also the recipient of the Ball State Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Alumni Award.

ANDY LAHR
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 15+

As co-founder & CFO, Lahr oversees corporate operations, accounting and finance, investment and asset management, and capital markets.

Lahr has negotiated debt and equity sources to obtain more than $1 billion in financing for mixed-use, commercial, multi-family and for-sale attached and detached projects. He was one of four co-founders of Milhaus, LLC, a vertically-integrated, multi-family and mixed-use real estate operating and investment firm. As the former CFO/COO at Milhaus, he lead the financial and operational expansion from a 4-person to 300-person enterprise across nine markets over an 8-year period, while exponentially increasing profitability and enterprise value throughout that time.

EXPERIENCE: Lahr’s expertise includes accounting and financial management, asset management, debt and investor relations, investment allocation, corporate operations, and strategic direction and oversight. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University with focuses in business management, finance and economics.

DAVID LEAZENBY
VICE PRESIDENT OF ACQUISITIONS
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 20+

As co-founder of Onyx+East, Leazenby leads acquisition and development. Always an advocate for smarter development and sustainability, he applies leadership on site selection and design to create optimum value for the land, project, investors and neighborhood. His vision consistently delivers innovative products.

EXPERIENCE: Leazenby has executed roles as developer, owner and consultant throughout his real estate career. His project experience includes the planning and development of more than 12,000 residential units and 500,000 square feet of commercial space comprising $1.5 billion in total investment. In 2010, he co-founded Milhaus, which has become one of the fastest growing multi-family companies in the United States. He was named to the IBJ’s “Forty Under 40” list and was selected for the Indianapolis Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University in urban planning and development, as well as environmental design.

ERIC JEFFERSON
DIRECTOR OF SALES+MARKETING
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 20+

Jefferson is responsible for lead generation, sales execution and closing coordination. He also serves as a consultant on land acquisition, market research and product development.

EXPERIENCE: Jefferson is a licensed real estate broker in Indiana and Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University. He has led sales and marketing efforts for single-family, multi-family and senior living developers in the Midwest and Florida. Throughout his 21-year career, Jefferson has been responsible for 650+ real estate transactions, totaling more than $160 million in volume. His expertise includes strategic sales initiatives, lead generation, market analytics and general real estate consulting.

KELLY NICHOLL
DIRECTOR OF BRAND+CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 30+

Nicholl is the master of making Onyx+East look good. She uses her keen sense of design and customer relations to shift perspective of Onyx+East’s product to best serve clients and the urban environment.

EXPERIENCE: Nicholl has more than 30 years of experience in interior design, marketing and economic development. Her unique history of leading design teams at large homebuilders, as well as accomplishments rebranding and marketing the State of Indiana, bring a unique perspective on reaching customers and providing a differentiating experience—all while keeping the ultimate mission of making Indiana one of the leading places to live and work top of mind.

RYAN HAMMOUDEH
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 15+

Hammoudeh leads operational functions, including architecture, purchasing and production services.

He is responsible for helping the team create a forward-thinking plan and elevation designs that meet the diverse lifestyle needs of Onyx+East homebuyers.

JOSH PRESITS
DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION
TOTAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
15+

Presits is responsible for directing all construction planning and operations at Onyx+East.

His competencies include vertical site construction, process improvement, purchasing, estimating, strategic project planning and individual training and development.

EXPERIENCE: Presits is a United States Army Veteran and a graduate of Purdue University. As a third generation carpenter, he knew from an early age that he wanted a career in homebuilding. He has more than 15 years of experience with high-end custom homes and large-volume production homebuilding. 

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