Team

Lynne Walsh, CPC

President, Principal

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A founding member of Southcoast Partners in February of 1993, Lynne has provided executive recruitment services exclusively for the real estate industry since 1990. Her clients range from small local developers and management companies to the country’s largest owners and operators of real estate. The majority of her searches are performed for repeat customers and firms with whom she has developed long term relationships.

Lynne completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire. Following a career in airline management, she was vice president of a Houston based executive search firm, where she developed an extensive network of real estate executives. These relationships, as well as others developed since founding Southcoast Partners, have enabled her to become one of the nation’s premier real estate executive recruiters.

Lynne has been active in speaking before academic groups on the topics of individual career development and trends in various real estate professions. She has received the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation from the National Association of Personnel Consultants.


David Bowles, CPC

Executive Vice President, Principal

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David is a founding member of Southcoast Partners, Inc., and since 1980, he has worked with multi-family and commercial developers, property, and asset management companies throughout the nation to help them acquire experienced real estate professionals in a variety of real estate disciplines.

He received a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and had an early career in commercial banking, where he financed real estate developers and energy related companies for a major New York bank and then an independent Houston bank. He entered the search business in 1979, and in 1980 joined a search firm where he specialized in real estate recruiting, serving as SVP and division manager before leaving to co-found Southcoast Partners.

David has conducted national surveys on the issue of equity compensation within the real estate industry and been published in several industry publications. He has spoken at both industry and public forums on such issues as compensation and industry trends. He was chairman of the board of trustees for a leading private school in Houston for six years and was the founding president of the school’s endowment foundation.

David received the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation from the National Association of Personnel Consultants, and was recognized as CPC of the Year for the state of Texas in 2003. In 1995 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants, serving in various capacities for nine years, including President for 2002-2003 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants.


Debbie Purrazzella, CPC

Senior Vice President

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Since Debbie joined the Southcoast Partners team, she has successfully placed top multifamily real estate talent in operations, development and construction, and finance with clients across the United States. She came to Southcoast Partners from Insperity, previously known as Administaff, a leading professional employer organization.

After completing undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University, Debbie spent the early years of her career as a Public Information Officer and writer/editor for the federal government, working for the Departments of Defense, Labor and Energy in Washington, DC.

She then moved into the private sector as Assistant Director of Communications for the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce before joining the public relations staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston as News Media Coordinator and feature writer.

Debbie earned the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation through the National Association of Personnel Services in 2003.


David Lorenzen, CPC

Vice President

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As a Vice President, David excels in finding the perfect candidate for the hard-to-fill positions, earning him the respect of his clients and coworkers alike. He specializes in commercial real estate, with a focus on multi-family construction and property management, senior living and military housing.

After graduating with a Finance degree from the University of Houston, David had not planned on going into executive search, but due to the scarcity of jobs during the recession, he took the advice of a friend and tried his hand at recruiting and has never looked back. He particularly enjoys the challenge of the hunt to find the best fit in an employee for each client, and the satisfaction of helping candidates further their careers.

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews, as well as sports, hunting and serving the community.


Stephanie Skripka

Senior Associate

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Stephanie came to Southcoast Partners with over 20 years of experience in the Real estate industry. She began her career in mortgage lending as a bankruptcy and foreclosure specialist and then a mortgage loan officer serving the greater Houston area. After leaving the mortgage industry she obtained her Texas Real Estate Agent license from Champions School of Real Estate as well as a negotiation expert certification, CNE. As a Real Estate Agent, she was also a member of the following associations, HAR, TAR and NAR. She then gained experience in the multifamily sector, which launched her career in the recruiting industry.

Specializing in the multifamily industry, she is an executive recruiter and trusted adviser responsible for sourcing, screening and placing candidates in high-level positions. She is loyal to the clients and candidates that she serves, and has created a vast referral base from the high level and quality of service she provides.

Outside of her career, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, participating in church and community services, cooking for holidays or festive events and traveling anywhere.


Denise Watson

Manager of Administration

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In her role as Manager of Administration, Denise is the lifeblood and stabilizing agent for Southcoast Partners. Not only does she efficiently run the day-to-day activities of the company, but she maintains our different databases, oversees verification of licenses and education credentials, oversees accounting functions and is usually the first contact when someone reaches out to Southcoast Partners.

Denise’s educational background includes specialized courses in Business Administration at San Jacinto Junior College. She is experienced in international freight forwarding and has 14 years in education working as a Teacher’s Aide, Registrar and Principal’s Secretary.

Being a Texas native, in her spare time Denise enjoys the company of her family, running and gardening. She is a member of the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo committee.