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Lewis Companies grows with community it serves
Valerie Lewis believes it’s important to live where she works and work where she lives. That’s what she’s been doing since 1990 when she started Lewis Companies, a property management and real estate development firm on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

And Lewis has seen lots of changes and growth along the Bluebonnet corridor where she works and lives. Likewise, Lewis Companies has changed and grown right along with the community.

The company now includes Lewis Maintenance and LWL Builders, companies that are managed by Valerie Lewis’ husband Lanny and her son Luke.

Lewis said she’s been encouraged over the years to expand their business into other areas of the city – and she’s done some of that – but she’s stayed true to her south Baton Rouge roots. Area 5 runs basically from downtown through the LSU campus, along Highland Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard to just north of Sunshine. Although the area has seen tremendous growth, Lewis still sees possibilities for bigger and better things.

“It’s growing, but it still has somewhat of a rural feel,” she said. “It’s really kind of ‘Country close to town.’ It’s got medical centers very close by. We’ve got the beauty of Highland Road. We’ve got the Mall of Louisiana. It’s an up-and coming, growing part of town.”

At the same time, the area still has lots natural beauty with plenty of land left. “To me, it feels like I still have room to breathe,” Lewis said.

Lewis Companies has been instrumental in the development around the Bluebonnet/ Highland Road/Burbank area.

In fact, they developed the shopping center where her office is located. Company services include property management, land development, and commercial & residential real estate. All totaled, the company manages between 800-1,000 properties for individual investors and 75-80 homeowners’ associations, Lewis said.

“We’ve been here lots of years in this community,” Lewis said. “We’ve been the No. 1 largest property management company in Baton Rouge for the last four years. I feel blessed to have had the success we’ve had. I feel blessed to have the employees we have.”

Lewis Companies has 30 fulltime workers, some of whom have been with the company since it was founded in 1990.

“I want everyone to know the employees we have are very dedicated,” she said.

Lewis said her company is heavily involved in community and charity organizations and is a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, the National Business Owners Association and the Business Partnership for Children.

And when disaster strikes – Hurricane Katrina and the August floods, for example – Lewis Companies has been there with boots on the ground helping clients and property owners.

“We were out there,” she said. “We were in the middle of it. We go the extra distance for our clients. Helping clients has brought us the most satisfaction over the years.”

Lewis and her husband operate State Capitol Raceway on U.S. 190 near Erwinville, the second oldest continuously operating race track in the U.S.

The racetrack is their way to give back to the community of racers who come from near and far.

Clients know they can count on Lewis Companies to take care of their property management needs. The company has expertise in leasing, budgeting and maintaining property.

The company also has certified climate control specialists on staff as well as carpenters, painters and general maintenance personnel.

And the family-oriented business still knows what personal service is all about. A trusted name for decades, Lewis Companies has a reputation for recognizing the needs of clients, whether it’s finding a new home, renting or buying.

“You don’t call here and get an answering machine,” Lewis said. “You get a voice. We just want to say, ‘Welcome Home.’ That’s just who we are.”