Lee Cote

Senior Managing Director, Retail

With over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, Lee Cote partners with firms to create solutions while protecting retailers’ brands. She develops asset management strategies to increase profitability through various means such as store openings, closing and relocations as well as clearance events both online and in-store. Lee oversees Gordon Brothers' retail advertising department which develops comprehensive advertising campaigns to support sales events using social media, broadcast, print and online marketing. She also serves as Senior Merchant for a variety of retail sectors, with a focus on department stores. Lee works closely with Gordon Brothers' field consultants to direct strategies to maximize recovery, establish best practices for store operations and enhance morale for store-level associates. Additionally, she serves as one of Gordon Brothers' retail experts and signs off on all appraisals within her area of concentration and also serves in an advisory capacity for Gordon Brothers' portfolio companies (Ashley Stewart and Clair de Lune). Before joining Gordon Brothers in 1997, Lee spent almost 20 years holding various roles in department stores based in the mid-west. She is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.