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 Development
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.
Patrick Thomas Sr.
VP of Construction
Patrick Thomas is the Vice President of Construction for Cayetano Development, bringing over 30 years of industry-related experience to the company. He is a results-oriented professional with presence and integrity. Pat brings comprehensive administration skills and operational experience for both design implementation and the successful completion of projects. Patrick has been married for 36 years, has two sons, two grandchildren and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.
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.
VP of Sales and Marketing
Janie has been in the real estate business for over 12 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, Director of Marketing and Inside Sales, and now VP of Sales and Marketing. Janie is also a licensed mortgage loan originator by the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS). She is married to Pedro Contreras, has two children, Jaime Luna Jr and Jayda Luna.
Director of Servicing / Office Manager
Suelema has been in the real estate business for over 10 years. She graduated from South Texas Vo-Tech in 1987 and joined the Cayetano Development, LLC team in 2007. Started working as a receptionist & work her way up to Director of Servicing/Office Manager. Suelema knows the residential lot sales, note origination and collection business. She oversees all staff and customer relations on a day to day basis. Suelema lives in the Rio Grande Valley with her two children Alex & Celinda.
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.
Gladys L. Trevino
Gladys joined the team in 2015, bringing over fifteen years of customer service experience to Cayetano Development, has recently been promoted to the Sales Department. As Sales Associate she assists new clients from all across Texas through the entire lot purchasing process. Starting from their very first call or message asking for information, qualifying them, answering any questions they might have, and assisting them all the way until the closing of the contract. Gladys is also a licensed mortgage loan originator by the National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS). Her goal is easing the customers’ experience and giving them the peace of mind to make the right choice regarding their investment.
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.
Loan Servicing Specialist
Selina Gonzalez graduated from Donna High School. After graduating she started working in retail as a sales associate, where she gained 2 years’ experience in customer service. Since her hire, back in 2016, she has taken the time to learn most things in the office, starting as a Receptionist, to being in charge of checking our restrictions and now keeping track of the taxes. Selina is married to Juan Gonzalez and has three children Kassandra, Juan and Jerry.
Claudia I. Guajardo
Claudia earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas Pan American in 2008. She joined Cayetano Development as part of the accounting department in 2016. She recently got promoted to the Sales Department. As a Sales Associate she assists new clients from across Texas through the entire lot purchasing process. Starting from their very first call or message asking for information, qualifying them, answering any questions they might have, and assisting them all the way until the closing of the contract. Her goal is easing the customers’ experience and giving them the peace of mind to make the right choice regarding their investment.
Loan Servicing Specialist
Oriana graduated from Weslaco East High School in 2015. She attended South Texas College as a part-time student perusing a major in Business. Worked in retail as a Sales Associate, gaining 4 years of customer service experience. She started working at Cayetano Development in 2018, Performing various office management tasks and monitoring subdivisions for restrictions compliance.
Priscilla joined the Cayetano Development team in January 2013, after attending South Texas College for 2 years pursuing a major in Criminal Justice. Since joining Cayetano she’s worked in multiple departments of the company gaining lots of valuable experience. The multiple positions she’s worked in include receptionist, loan servicing specialist, collections specialist, act as trustee for foreclosures, call center specialist, sales associate, and most recently accounting assistant. Her primary role in the accounting department is managing yearly property taxes to ensure timely payments and maintaining accurate escrow balances on active servicing notes. Her other operations are managing monthly submission of documents and fees for the Home Owners Associations and assisting with various duties as required by supervisor.
Cristina E. Flores
Cristina started working at Cayetano in 2016, performing various office management tasks and is now part of the sales team. She meets and exceeds sales goals meanwhile acting as the company’s spokesperson on multiple published videos that share information about the company in both English and Spanish. As Sales Associate she assists new clients from all across Texas through the entire lot purchasing process. Starting from their very first call or message asking for information, qualifying them, answering any questions they might have, and assisting them all the way until the closing of the contract. Her goal is easing the customers’ experience and giving them the peace of mind to make the right choice regarding their investment.
Veronica began her real estate career in 2016 as a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams. Prior to that she was an office manager with a home health company. While her husband was serving in the Army she earned her Medical Assistant license with the National Health Association in 2006. Veronica has 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is married to her husband Lee and has 3 kids.
Ashley Gonzalez Muniz
Loan Servicing Specialist
Ashley graduated from Mercedes High School and worked in retail for 3 years before joining Cayetano Development. She is currently pursuing an Associate degree on Elementary Teaching at South Texas College in Weslaco. Ashley is in charge of delinquent accounts, following the legal process of accelerating notes, and preforming note foreclosures as trustee for Hidalgo and Starr counties. She lives in the Rio Grande Valley with her son, Aiden.
Loan Servicing Specialist
Wendy graduated from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest High School. She attends South Texas College in Weslaco, Texas, where she is pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing. Wendy lives in Donna, Texas with her mom, two brothers and her sister. She started working at Cayetano Development as receptionist.
Laura became interested in Accounting at the age of 19 where she was first introduced to it while attending the University of Texas A & M Kingsville. She pursued this interest for two years at a small firm before joining the Cayetano Team as an Accounting Assistant in September 2017. She assists in daily cash reconciliations and bank deposits. Laura’s responsibilities include preparation of outgoing checks for accounts payable as well as helping out as needed by her supervisor.
Garrett focuses on new site acquisitions, financial modeling, and site entitlements. He recently finished his BBA in Real Estate Finance at the University of Texas Austin where he served as an analyst for UT’s Real Estate Investment Fund. A valley native, Garrett brings local insight mixed with analytical intuition to Cayetano. Outside of the office he enjoys skimboarding, surfing, and traveling to surf towns around the world.
Cynthia joined Cayetano Development's accounting department in June of 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and International Business from the University TecMilenio in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to joining Cayetano, Cynthia worked for an import/export company and brings with her over six years of accounting experience. She is currently responsible for daily cash reconciliation, bank deposits, and helps with other duties as assigned.
Ana Karen Cano
Social Media Specialist
Ana Karen Graduated from Pharr - San Juan - Alamo North Early College High School and she attended South Texas College for 2 years studying to become a social worker. She worked in retail as a sales associate, gaining 3 years of customer service experience providing excellent bilingual customer service. She is currently Cayetano Development’s social media specialist.
Loan Servicing Specialist
Maria Loa also known as Mari or Mary started working for Cayetano 2019 as a receptionist and currently moved up to collections. Born in Mexico but raised in Weslaco, TX. She has 3 sons Armando Serrata Jr 29, Alejandro Serrata 24, and Adrian Serrata 22 and com-law husband Benny Garcia.
Growing up she did not have a stability coming from a family of migrant farm workers, attended more then 10 different schools in different states. In 1988 she obtained her GED at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, and in 1998 went to South Texas Vo-Tech receive her Certificate as a Computer Office Specialist.
Prior to Cayetano she worked for Hidalgo County for 16 years as an Assistant Court Coordinator City of Weslaco, City of Progreso where she gained customer service experience along with clerical work.
Hobbies include dancing and spending time with her family. Something she prides most is how united her family is.
Jayda Luna Graduated from 3-D Academy in Donna Texas. She has been helping out our Cayetano Office since a very young age when her mom Janie Loa would bring her to work to help out. During that time, she gained clerical and customer service experience. Jayda lives in San Juan Texas with her family and her husband Noe Benavides. Outside the office she enjoys movie nights, with the family, and cookouts.