Kyndel W. Bennett
Kyndel Bennett is the CEO of Cayetano Development, a developer of affordable residential communities throughout the State of Texas. Kyndel is a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry having worked in development, construction, and as a principal in a billion dollar real estate investment fund. He has extensive experience in structuring, syndicating, developing and managing complex real estate projects. He received an MBA with a real estate concentration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is actively involved in the Austin Community having served on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas (Past Chair), the Colorado River Alliance (Past Chair) and as a Trustee of Trinity Episcopal School (Past Chair). He is also a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council and an Executive Member of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance and Investment Center. Kyndel is married to his wife Laura and has two children Barkley (15) and Johnny (13).
Matthew J. Long
As President of Cayetano Development, Matthew focuses on property acquisition and development across all Texas regions. Prior to Cayetano, Matthew ran a multi-million dollar sales program for Double-Take Software in North and South America. He also founded and subsequently sold a group of retail stores on the east coast. Matthew earned a BBA in International Business and a BA in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. He is active in the Austin community, serving on the Board of Directors of HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), and is also a member of the Travis County Archeological Society. Matthew lives in Austin with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters.
VP of Sales & Marketing
John began his real estate career in Austin while attending the University of Texas before moving to the west coast where he managed a portfolio of office and industrial properties in Southern California. While in California he also founded a drinking water company and subsequently sold his interest in that business after joining Bennett Interests. John focuses on land acquisition and site development in Austin and South Texas. John has been married 20 years, to Jan Mays, and they have 5 children - 4 boys and 1 daughter.
Mona has been in the real estate business for over 15 years. She graduated from South Texas Vo-Tech in 1998 and immediately joined the Bennett Interests team. Working her way up from receptionist to Vice President, Mona is extremely familiar with the residential lot sales and note origination and collection business. She oversees all staff, sales and customer relations on a day-to-day basis. Mona is also a licensed mortgage loan originator by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS).
VP Accounting - Bennett Interests
After graduating from the University of Texas Pan American in 2006 with a BBA in Finance, Yandy worked for a public accounting firm, Hidalgo County Auditor where she gained extensive professional knowledge in accounting and auditing. Before joining Cayetano Development in 2013, Yandy worked for International Paper, a publicly traded packaging and paper manufacturer. Yandy's meticulous work ethic is essential for preparing and reviewing Cayetano's financial statements, as well as reporting Cayetano's monthly and quarterly financial and investor reports. She also assists with the preparation of year-end returns and external audits. Yandy and her husband, Humberto, have one daughter, Ivanna.
Claudia I. Guajardo
Claudia earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas Pan American in 2008. She worked in El Valle Loans as CSR/Office Manager where she gained experience in lending. She reviewed applications and credit reports, pre-approved and closed customer loans, balanced the cash register and organized daily office operations and procedures. She joined Cayetano Development as part of the accounting department in 2016. Since joining the company, she has been working closely with the VP of Accounting. She assists in the preparation of daily reports, reconciles bank statements, accounts receivable and payable. Claudia and her husband, Demetrio, have a son named Leonardo.
Suelema has been in the real estate business for over nine years. She graduated from South Texas Vo-Tech in 1987 and joined Cayetano Development in 2007. She started working as a receptionist and worked her way up to General Manager. Suelema knows the residential lot sales, note origination and collection business. She oversees all staff, sales, and customer relations on a day-to-day basis. Suelema lives in the Rio Grande Valley with her two children, Alex and Celinda.
Clint focuses on land acquisition and development in Central Texas. Previously he was with Lynd Development Partners, where his responsibilities included acquisitions, asset management, dispositions and capital markets activities for multifamily developments in Texas and Colorado. Prior to that, he worked as a Finance Manager for The Corky McMillin Companies, a subdivision developer and home builder. Clint began his real estate career as an analyst for John Hancock Life Insurance Co, where he was involved in the financing of commercial and residential properties throughout the Southwestern U.S. He received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Texas Tech University. Clint and his wife, Lana, have three children, Madelyn, Charlie and Kate.
Office Manager / Executive Assistant
Tracy Mancinelli is the Austin Office Manager / Executive Assistant at Cayetano Development, LLC. She specializes in organizing office procedures while providing administrative assistance to ensure daily operations run smoothly. Tracy is an administrator with over 20 years’ managerial and administrative experience. She comes to us with a background in politics serving as a Legislative Aide in the House of Representatives, and has worked on several campaigns.
Assistant General Manager
Janie has been in the real estate business for over 11 years. She graduated from South Texas Vo-Tech in 1998 and joined our Cayetano Development, LLC team in 2005. Working her way up from receptionist to Assistant General Manager, Janie knows the residential lot sales and overall process of note origination. Janie is married to Pedro, and has two children, Jaime Luna Jr and Jayda Luna.
Priscilla Cantu began her Criminal Justice career while attending South Texas College in Weslaco, Texas before joining Cayetano Development. Priscilla joined the team in 2013 as a receptionist and later moved up to the Collections Department. She is in charge of overseeing and collecting on all delinquent accounts, following the legal process of accelerating notes, and performing note foreclosures as Trustee for Hidalgo and Starr Counties. Priscilla was recently promoted to Sales Representative and will assist with the sale of new developments in the Rio Grande Valley.
Selina Gonzalez graduated from Donna High School. After graduating she started working in retail as a sales associate, where she gained two years of experience in customer service. As a retail sales associate she would provide bilingual (English and Spanish) customer service to a diverse clientele, addressing their questions regarding merchandise and product availability. She recently joined Cayetano Development in 2016 as a receptionist at the Rio Grande Office. Selina is married to Juan Gonzalez, and has two children, Kassandra and Juan.
Cristina E. Flores
Cristina is currently enrolled in The Univeristy of Texas Rio Grande Valley as a full-time student, pursuing a BA in Criminology. She started working at Bennett Interests in 2016, performing various office management tasks and monitoring subdivisions for restrictions compliance.
Emma Olvera recently obtained a position as office clerk at Bennett Interests in 2016. In 1983 she graduated from South Texas VoTech where she achieved her certificate in accounting and bookkeeping by trade. She is a native of South Texas and has gained a wide range of experience throughout the years with clerical work. Her duties pertain to assisting, preparing, and filing documents as they become needed.
Gladys L. Trevino
Gladys graduated from South Texas Vo Tech in 2000 where she earned her certificate as a Medical Office Specialist. She then gained six years of experience working as a receptionist in a medical office. In 2015, Gladys made a career change and joined the Bennett Interests team. She is in charge of managing all of the tax accounts for past and future developments in the Rio Grande Valley. Her duties include keeping the account balances up to date, making sure balances are paid on time, and following up on collections for all delinquent accounts. Gladys lives in Donna, Texas with her husband, Pete, and two children, Brianna and Jayden.
Lead Sales Rep
Adela focuses on residential lot sales and marketing efforts for Cayetano’s communities in Central and South Texas. Adela provides excellent, bilingual customer service for new and existing lot owners. She brings over fifteen years of sales and customer service experience to Cayetano, most recently as the Lead Sales Rep.