We are a full-service real estate firm committed to developing, acquiring, leasing, and managing high-quality commercial properties in Central Texas.  

We listen to our customers and the market when making our investment decisions. We pride ourselves in taking extraordinary care of our assets and the people that lease them. Our time-tested approach puts a premium on direct relationships and partnerships in all of our decision making.

Our team and our principals have been leaders in Central Texas commercial real estate for over 35 years. Today's team benefits from the strength and experience of the companies that combined to make us a full-service investment, development, brokerage, and services company.

Team Members

Scott Flack

Partner, CEO

Doug Thomas

Partner, Director of Leasing

Mike Joyce

Partner, COO

Rhonda Jaquez, CPM

Partner, Director of Property Management

Dax Benkendorfer

Vice President - Leasing

Mary Lou Bodenman

Director of Accounting & Partnerships

Carolyn Griffin

Senior Property Manager

Clark Grigsby

Junior Associate of Leasing

Cordy Hadenfeldt

Partner, Chief Engineer

Jennifer Hilgenberg

Senior Property Manager

Shelley Lamoglia

Senior Property Manager

Steve Mattingly

Partner, Development

Brent Ramirez

Partner, Development

Ellen Smith

Senior Property Manager

Don Vaglica

Vice President - Property Management

Ryan Whalen

Partner, Leasing & Investments

Ben Williamson

Senior Associate - Leasing

Steve Younkman

Partner, CFO

Sari Zuhn

Vice President - Property Management

Our Story

Live Oak Group Formed


Live Oak Group is established as a privately-held commercial real estate company with a reputation for integrity and creativity across a broad array of Class A projects, including office and retail properties in Central Texas and other regionally-based markets. Over the next 25 years, its founders built an asset portfolio of more than 700,000 square feet, as well as a vertically-integrated real estate services company.

The Gottesman Company is formed by Sandy Gottesman after his departure from a 20-year career with the Trammell Crow Company. With a well-recognized expertise in the industrial, office, retail, and land development sectors, The Gottesman Company goes on to play a significant role in Austin's commercial real estate marketplace, developing over 3 million square feet of space and leaving an indelible mark on the city.

The Gottesman Co. formed




Live Oak Group and The Gottesman Co. agree to merge. The teams' shared goal was to maximize the synergy of a combined office and industrial development and services platform in Central Texas. Key to the success of the new merger is the addition of a team of Trammell Crow Company leasing agents and property managers, who bring an institutional level of quality to Live Oak’s third-party services platform.

Leadership Transition


Live Oak is reorganized to reflect a new leadership team and a renewed focus on disciplined growth through development and investment. Scott Flack, Mike Joyce, Doug Thomas, and Rhonda Jaquez become managing partners.