Bob Lesperence is NYL&L’s Managing Partner. He has been in the land business for almost three decades and has loved every minute of it! He’s often overheard saying: “The land business can be quite challenging, but ultimately it’s very rewarding to see how owning land improves people’s lives. I never tire of seeing the joy on our customers’ faces!” He has been with NY L&L since 1996. Bob obtained his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Land Use Planning from the State University of New York and has held a New York State Broker’s License for over 20 years. He is active in his community serving on both Town and County Planning Boards. He enjoys everything outdoors and can often be found hiking, fishing or hunting with his black lab Trigger, at his side. He has two grown children and will soon be blessed with his second grandchild. Bob resides in Oneonta.
Alan Lord is the Acquisitions / Project Manager for NYL&L. His time is spent searching the state for unique properties. Alan will evaluate hundreds of tracts of land before finding one that meets the company high standard for quality and affordability! After obtaining a degree in Forestry and Land Surveying from Paul Smiths College, Alan spent the next 10 years working for several surveying and engineering companies in New York and Massachusetts where he gained experience with large acreage surveys, subdivision evaluation, design and approvals. Shortly before joining NYL&L, Alan obtained his NY State surveying license and has been a licensed land surveyor ever since. For 20 years he has overseen all company acquisitions, subdivision design, governmental approvals and construction on every one of NYL&L’s projects. He grew up here in upstate New York spending a great deal of time in the outdoors camping, hiking, boating, hunting and fishing. Alan obtained a lake front home almost 30 years ago from one of his first projects. He married his wife Maryanne, raised their 3 children and still resides there to this day.
Donna Vandermark has been Office Manager with New York Land & Lakes for 20 years and is very thankful for the people she works with and for the great company that it is. Donna is the liaison for our customers from contract to closing. She enjoys listening to customers express their excitement about their land purchase and their amazement of how smooth and easy NYL&Ls make the closing process. Donna volunteers at an ecumenical faith based thrift shop and enjoys bike riding, snow shoeing, walking, Broadway shows and other theatrical performances and working out with Zumba.
Tammy Kruger has been coaching NYL&L clients in their land endeavors since 1999. Now managing the team of land specialists at NYL&L, her first love remains connecting her clients with land that feeds their soul, family, portfolio or legacy. She aims to be the top educator of land in New York, as continuous research is applied to her own land investments as well. You may see her chatting with flowers or wildlife in the forest, reading a book by a stream, paddle boarding in a lake, swimming a day away or hammocking (she really wants this to be an acceptable word).
Erin Drake is one of our senior land investment specialists. Erin moved to beautiful upstate New York almost 3 years ago from the Washington DC area where she managed residential and commercial Real Estate. Growing up in the area she was always making trips to the Virginia countryside and Blue Ridge Mountains to play with her horses, ride ATVs, and camp. Erin always preferred to be outdoors whenever she had the chance which is why she jumped at the opportunity to move up to the mountains of New York. Now, she has the chance to enjoy the outdoors full time with her job here at New York Land and Lakes where she gets to share her love of the outdoors with her customers.
Joana Meding is the newest member of the NYL&L team. Her mission is to re-invent NYL&L’s social media presence and improve public relations. She focuses on corresponding with great and timely customer communication, online and through the phone. She has also come a long way with designing and setting up educational newsletters and emails. Born and raised in Portugal, she chose the northern Catskills as her home. This truly speaks for how special New York State is. Joana is also a great photographer, who loves to capture candid photos of our properties, our people and wildlife. She insists there in nothing she enjoys more than taking a hike up a mountain with her dog, Aryah, by her side. Aryah was adopted from a Humane Society, where Joana previously worked. Aryah is our office dog in training, guided by our senior office dog, Trigger.
Trigger the office dog. Owned by Bob Lesperence, Trigger is a fixture in our office. If you visit us, you might find him curled up on the couch but when it’s time to head out to one of our properties, he’ll be more than ready for a romp in field with his beloved NYL&L people! You might also meet him out at one of our events where he loves to great everyone and beg for treats from unsuspecting customers.