Originally from New York, Lee learned about real estate from his grandfather who purchased, sold and managed real estate in Manhattan. In the 1990s, Lee owned a commercial brokerage in Miami, Florida, when he created a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), which went public in 1996. Upon his arrival to Tulsa in 1999, Lee worked at various residential and commercial brokerages and eventually partnered with Sheryl Chinowth to form Chinowth & Cohen Realtors as well as C&C Commercial Realtors. He received his Oklahoma Brokerage license in 2005 and has since grown Chinowth & Cohen Realtors to be the largest independent real estate company in Oklahoma.
Currently, Lee is active in the Greater Tulsa Area of Realtors (GTAR) RCA Committee, Legislative Committee and RPAC Committee. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Association Realtors Finance committee. Nationally, Lee is a member of the Real Trends Leadership Council, a real estate consulting and communications company considered to be a leading source of analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry. Licensed in both Oklahoma and Florida, Lee is currently the CFO and co-owner of Chinowth & Cohen Realtors.