We believe that Ryoak stands out from the crowd because our real estate professionals have a broad range of experience in Appraisal, Brokerage, and Development.  The foundation of the Ryoak philosophy is that understanding what factors are driving the value of a property is at the core of all real estate projects.  We believe that our team is better at being Appraisers, Brokers, and Developers because we are active participants in each segment.  We use real-time data from each segment of the industry to provide our clients with a full picture of what is driving the values for the market.   

The Foundation of real estate is understanding its Value.

James Schuepbach



MAI, Licensed Broker, Developer


James has been in the commercial real estate industry since 2004.  He has extensive experience appraising all commercial property types and right-of-way projects.  He founded this firm in 2010 with a focus on CRE appraisals, consulting, and brokerage.  He has been a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) since 2009 and he is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in the state of Texas. Over the past 15 years Mr. Schuepbach has provided property valuations for thousands of commercial & residential properties with combined values in excess of $2 billion dollars.  Mr. Schuepbach is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas. James has leveraged his backgrounds in appraisal and brokerage to thrive as a developer and investor, with numerous successful projects on his resume.

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Drew Hawkins

Drew a. hawkins


Certified General Appraiser, Real Estate Agent, Developer, Investor

Drew has been in the real estate industry since 2013 when he joined the Ryoak team.  He has experience appraising commercial properties for lending purposes, estate planning, and right-of-way projects.  He is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in the State of Texas and Commonwealth of Virginia. Drew spent several years in southwest Virginia where he procured new clients and quickly established an excellent reputation of quality, credibility, and reliability. He has leveraged his valuation background by investing in and managing value-add projects. He returned to Texas to help grow the Ryoak brand across all business segments. He is an active investor and plays a pivotal role on the Development team. Drew is also responsible for marketing, client development, admin, and other operational duties. He is also a licensed real estate agent in Texas with a focus on sale and leasing transactions for commercial property types.

Lisa Nickel

Lisa Nickel

Senior Adviser

Developer and Real Estate Agent

Lisa is a member of the advisory team and a sales agent at Ryoak Real Estate Group. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, a majority of which has been in the development of large scale master planned communities in the Houston area. Ms. Nickel founded Genesis Collaborative, a full-service land development firm in 2011.  Ms. Nickel joined the Ryoak Real Estate team in 2017, bringing extensive land development experience and a broad network of industry professionals.


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lindy walker

Administrative Assistant

Lindy is responsible for accounting, payroll, and office production support.  She allows Ryoak to meet the needs and concerns of our staff, clients, and vendors by providing reliable back-office support.