Our executive staff has, on average, over 20 years each of real estate development and management experience.
President & CEO
Robert V. Lankford
Robert V. Lankford is president, chief executive officer, and owner of Lankford&Associates, Inc., a company formed in 1982 to develop and manage commercial real estate. Mr. Lankford’s personal involvement in every project undertaken by Lankford&Associates assures clients the highest degree of attention to their unique needs. Mr. Lankford’s experience encompasses projects in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. In total, Lankford&Associates has developed over 4 million square feet of office, medical-office, government, residential, and biomedical space with a total value of approximately $1 billion. Mr. Lankford has instigated major real estate development projects covering a wide range of product types for over 30 years.
Prior to founding Lankford&Associates, Mr. Lankford served twelve years as Vice President and Project Manager for The John Madden Company, a major Denver developer. It was there that he oversaw the company’s construction subsidiary and was responsible for the master planning and execution of several large-scale development projects totaling more than three million square feet.
Mr. Lankford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is currently an Executive Board Member and immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and a participating member of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lankford is a member of the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) Community Plan Update Steering Committee and leads collaborative effort to launch the Downtown San Diego Business Attraction Program.
Chief Financial Officer
Robert A. Henry
Robert A. Henry joined Lankford&Associates, Inc. in 1987. He serves as its Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary/Treasurer. His responsibilities include budgeting, financial recording, projections, and supervision of accounting staff. Additionally, he works with outside CPA’s and consultants on corporate and partnership tax planning, emphasizing mitigation of tax liability. Mr. Henry has been involved with securing equity and debt financing for commercial developments in San Diego, Sacramento and in the state of Washington.
Mr. Henry’s background includes working as an assistant controller for Naiman & Company of San Diego, California, a national real estate company with offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he spent seven years with Scurr/Messenger of Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked as an assistant controller responsible for fiscal reporting and overall operations.
A graduate of Arizona State University, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business and Accounting. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Executive Vice President & COO
Mary D. Pampuch
Ms. Pampuch has over 25 years of experience in the real estate development industry and has been involved on 2.4M square feet of development deals worth approximately $900M. In her role as Executive Vice President, Ms. Pampuch is responsible for procuring and analyzing development activities and overseeing the property management arm of L&A. Her experience stretches across all aspects of real estate development and property management including lease negotiations, lease administration, CEQA processing, construction management, project entitlement, environmental remediation and restoration of environmentally sensitive habitats. As COO she is responsible for the firm’s day to day operations.
Prior to joining Lankford&Associates, Ms. Pampuch was involved in commercial/ residential property management as well as residential construction and sales. She was responsible for financials, budgeting, and supervision of support staff as well as interface with prospective investors and tenants. Furthermore, Ms Pampuch spent five years actively selling residential and commercial real estate in addition to assisting with residential construction accounts.
Ms. Pampuch received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix – San Diego and holds an associate degree from Western Wisconsin Technical College. Previously a licensed real estate broker in Wisconsin , she now holds a California real estate brokers license. She has also successfully received a certificate in Construction Supervision at San Diego State University.
Industry involvement includes the Urban Land Institute and National Association of Office and Industrial Properties. She also serves on the Urban Discovery Foundation Board and East Village Foundation Board. She was recently honored by BISNOW as one of the 50 most influential women in San Diego.
Samuel "Eric" Smith
Eric Smith assists Lankford&Associates, Inc. in expanding development feasibility and economic analysis at local and regional levels. Mr. Smith’s responsibilities include activities related construction management and asset review based on his background in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.
Mr. Smith joined Lankford&Associates, Inc. in April 2001, bringing a broad exposure of both Design and Construction of projects to assist in the procurement and construction of current and future projects. During his tenure with Lankford&Associates, Inc., Mr. Smith assisted in the completion of the development of the Yuma City Hall in Yuma, Arizona which opened in 2002. Mr. Smith has successfully managed the development of Broadway 655 in downtown San Diego; a Class A office tower which consists of 375,000 sf of office space, parking for 765 vehicles and 12,000 sf of residential apartments with a total value of $210,000,000; completion 2005.
In addition, Mr. Smith also acted as the general contractor and oversaw the construction of approximately 25,000 sf of Tenant Improvements within Broadway 655 totaling approximately $2,750,000. Mr. Smith successfully managed the development of The Pinnacle Medical Plaza in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego; a 89,000 sf Medical/Dental Office Building with a total core and shell value of approximately ; completion 2007. Nearly one-half of the building is leased by Sharp Rees-Stealy; the remaining portion of the building is leased by individual doctors and dentists. Mr. Smith acted on Lankford&Associates, Inc.’s behalf as general contractor and personally oversaw the construction of approximately 9,500 sf of Tenant Improvements for various doctors and dentists totaling approximately $1,000,000.
Mr. Smith has assisted in the entitlement of Lane Field hotel project, downtown San Diego’s premier waterfront development located on 5.69 acres of irreplaceable downtown waterfront property which will consist of an 800 key hotel development with associated conference center, ballroom, retail, spa, and restaurants. Mr. Smith is currently acting as the developer’s representative on the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine project in La Jolla, California. This facility will be a stem cell “collaboratory”, in which scientists from member institutions work in focused teams addressing critical health issues using cutting edge science and technology. This project is scheduled to be completed in 2011 with an approximate cost of $126,000,000 and will be LEED Gold Certified.
Previously, Mr. Smith worked as an assistant Project Manager for Hensel Phelps Construction Company, a national general contractor, from January 1999 to March 2001. Responsibilities with Hensel Phelps included field layout and construction staking, subcontractor coordination, soliciting subcontractor bids, reviewing, awarding and writing subcontracts, coordination with the Owner, Architect, and Subcontractor, reviewing and negotiating subcontractor change orders, and evaluation and processing of monthly owner and subcontractor billings.
Between May 1994 and December 1998, Mr. Smith worked with a Civil Engineer design firm in Lexington, Kentucky. His experience included the design of the following: detention ponds, floodway analysis, storm drainage systems, water distribution system and sewer systems as well as heavy highway and roadway design, redevelopment and planning, subdivision planning and design, traffic impact studies, industrial, commercial and retail development and redevelopment planning and design, site selection analysis studies, and parcel consolidation and subdivision planning and design.
Mr. Smith received a graduate degree of Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate and Finance from the University of San Diego in 2006. Mr. Smith received an undergraduate degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in May, 1996 and holds an Engineer-in-Training Certificate.