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Lee Chesnut

Principal, Chesnut Properties

Lee Chesnut is principal and founder of Chesnut Properties, a Solana Beach-based commercial real estate investment and development company. Chesnut started his namesake company in the fall of 1990, fulfilling his dream to be working for himself by the age of 30. Today, Chesnut Properties is working on projects that represent more than 60 acres of land and entitlements, totaling more than 3,000,000 square feet. Among Chesnut’s current projects is Millenia Office. The company is also working on adding state-of-the-art commercial space that could attract major educational and corporate tenants to the new 210-acre Millenia work-live-play community in eastern Chula Vista. Chesnut is aiming to break ground in early 2018 on the office space that will eventually span about 1.5 million square feet.

ALMA MATER: Biola University

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Founding Member and Benefactor for Collaboration4Cure Alzheimer’s San Diego

BUCKET LIST: To watch my first grandchild get married.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Always take a pause and the time to do the right thing.”