After leaving the Governor’s Office in January of 2007, Bob Lee went back to the private sector doing that which he began 20 years earlier…brokering real estate transactions. Joining his wife Nancy at Kentwood Real Estate allowed Bob to again be part of one of the metro Denver areas most dynamic real estate teams. Since 1987 the Lee Team has helped friends and clients buy and sell over 1,100 homes.
In March of 2004, Bob Lee was appointed Secretary of the Cabinet and Chief of Staff to Governor Bill Owens. During the ensuing 3 years he functioned as the chief operating officer for the State of Colorado. He was responsible for developing and leading a talented team of budget and policy advisors and for managing the State’s senior executives. As the Governor’s principal advisor, Lee was charged with implementing policy and working to achieve consensus between the Executive Branch and the Legislature on major pieces of legislation.
Prior to that appointment, Lee served as Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade; a post that he held since July 2000. In that position he served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and oversaw a wide range of economic development activities, which included domestic and international business development, small business programs, as well as the Colorado Tourism Office, the Motion Picture and Television Commission and the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Lee served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology, and as the Governor’s designee on the Colorado Economic Development Commission and the Governor’s Financial Review Committee. Additionally, he chaired the Motion Picture and Television Commission Advisory Board and was a member of the World Trade Center Board of Directors and the Economic Developers’ Council of Colorado.
Prior to joining the Owens’ Administration, Lee was an active member of the Denver real estate community. In 1995, he became part owner of RE/MAX Classic, an office which grew to 65 agents and was ranked among the metro area’s top producing firms.
In the early 1980s, Lee served as campaign manager for a number of Colorado political candidates. Among them was Apollo 13 astronaut, Jack Swigert, who went on to win election in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District. In 1983, Lee received a White House appointment in the Reagan Administration and served as one of two Deputy Directors in the Region VIII office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Following a three-year stint at HHS, he entered the world of investment real estate where, as a partner and Managing Director of RMI Capital Management, his company invested almost $250 million on behalf of pension clients in the western United States.
Lee is an active community leader. In 2016, Governor Hickenlooper appointed him to a fourth term on the Board of Directors of the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District. Lee formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Governor's Drug Control and System Improvement Board. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Regis University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.