SVP of Development
Leising brings more than forty years of development, construction, management and marketing experience to the DePalma group. Joe started his career in the lumber, construction, and development business. His experience includes planning, construction, development, and management of four star resorts in Texas.
Before joining DePalma Hotels and Resorts in 1992, Joe was a General Manager and Vice President of Business Development for the nation’s largest independent hotel management firm. He resigned from that company after twelve years of service to join DePalma.
Leising's experience ranges from developing and operating major hotel and resort properties to assisting financial institutions, municipalities, and owners with development, "work-out services”, and operational analysis. While operating hotels and resorts, Joe Leising has traveled and worked with Texas Statewide Tourism partners promoting Texas destinations throughout the USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany and Mexico. He is very well known and respected by CVB’s, Associations, Meeting Planners, TxDot Travel Councilors, Governor’s Office of Tourism, and the hospitality industry statewide.
Joe has received state awards for his service to the Texas Tourism Industry over a period of 43 years. He is a Past Chair of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors’. Other positions held include the President of the Rio Grande Valley Hotel Association (RGVHA), Vice President of the Texas Hotel Sales and Marketing Assn. (THSMA), and President of the Niagara Builders Association. He received the Distinguished Service Award presented by First Lady Rita Clements, “Tall in Texas Award” presented by Senator Eddie Lucio and the Texas Tourism “Lifetime Achievement Award” presented by the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA). He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a member for over 25 years and has held an active real estate license in Texas since 1971.