Executive & Support Staff

Executive & Support Staff

Phil Holoubek, President

Mr. Holoubek is the founder and President of Lexington’s Real Estate Company. Since earning his MBA from the University of Oregon in 1995, he has kept the words of his mentor close to his heart: “You can do good and do well; the two are not mutually exclusive.” Since 2000, Phil has been passionately pursuing transformation in downtown Lexington. His development philosophy is rooted in urbanism – reforming the design of the built urban environment and raising the standard of living by creating better places to live. He has implemented this philosophy in each of his downtown projects.These developments have been highly successful and well received by young professionals, retirees, and other advocates of Lexington’s vibrant Downtown community.

LRC was formed with the goal of providing affordable quality rental options in Lexington’s disadvantaged neighborhoods. After achieving this goal by renovating existing dilapidated properties and renting them at market rates to hundreds of residents, Phil and LRC moved to developing new properties. Previous development projects have resulted in over $50 million in downtown real estate. LRC is considered “The Downtown Experts”, a reputation earned from years of dedication to bringing responsible improvement to downtown Lexington. Phil is actively involved in many civic organizations and ventures that share his goals for Lexington. He was among the founders of the Lexington Young Professionals Association, which now boasts nearly 1000 members. Phil has served on the boards of the Lexington Center, the Downtown Lexington Corporation, the Urban League and several other local organizations. Additionally, he has served on community task forces designed to improve LFUCG budgeting practices, LexTran operations, and has served on the Steering Committee for the Downtown Development Authority’s Downtown Lexington Master plan.

Below are some of the development and civic awards that have been awarded to Phil and LRC:

Development Awards
Main & Rose

  • Winner AIA 2008 Architectural Award
  • Winner Herald Leader 2008 Reader’s Choice Poll (Best Downtown Development)
  • Winner LFUCG 2008 Historic Preservation Award
  • Winner Bluegrass Tomorrow 2008 Vision Award
  • Winner Downtown Lexington Corporation 2008
  • Downtown Streetscape Award
  • Winner Downtown Lexington Corporation 2008
  • Urban Innovation Award
  • 2nd Place Ace Weekly 2008 Best of Lex Reader’s Poll (Best Local Lofts)

Nunn Lofts

  • Winner Best Local Lofts (Ace Weekly 2008 Best of Lex Reader’s Poll)
  • Winner Best Old Building Rehab (Ace Weekly 2008 Best of Lex Reader’s Poll)
  • Winner Bluegrass Tomorrow 2008 Vision Award
  • Winner Downtown Lexington Corporation 2008 Urban Innovation Award

Civic Awards

  • March of Dimes “Building the Community” Award
  • Urban League YP “Community Service” Award
Suzanne Thornton, Director of Operations

Suzanne Thornton is an Operations Manager who works with LRC to oversee operations of LRC, LRC Properties and the LRC Office Suites. She believes developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything she does, both professionally and personally. 

Suzanne has worked with LRC and been a Real Estate Agent for over 10 years and has over 23 years of experience working within the intricacies of people and property management. She is a licensed Real Estate Agent, and holds both a KY Liability Insurance Adjusters License, and a Certified Apartment Manager Certification.

She holds a BS in Merchandising & Apparel from the University of Kentucky, where she studied cultural/historical, economic, social/psychological, and scientific aspects of the textile and apparel industry.  

When she is not working, she enjoys watching and attending UK sporting events, boating with friends, yoga, and assisting family & friends with interior design projects. 

Chelsea Wallace, Digital Marketing Manager/ Administrative Manager

Chelsea joined our team in 2019. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability Management, she loves that her work at LRC helps to positively contribute towards the Lexington community and the surrounding environment by reducing urban sprawl. Chelsea has lived in Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, and now calls Kentucky home. She loves the beauty of downtown Lexington and surrounding farmland. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, live music, travel, and being outdoors.

Robyn Colwell, Administrative Assistant

Robyn joined our team in 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Alice Lloyd College. As a south eastern Kentucky native, she has seen the impact of community development (and lack thereof)  as well as the necessity for nice affordable housing. This first hand experience is what drives her passion for the work she does as LRC. In her free time, Robyn enjoys art, crocheting, concerts, travel, and spending time with her family.