has worked hard and done well.
He earned a BS and MBA at the University of Southern California; became one of the youngest vice presidents ever for one of the world's largest banks; assisted his family's international manufacturing business and established RDL Investments, Inc., a real estate investment company that manages residential, office, industrial and resort properties in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
But settling into Las Vegas over two decades also helped define his
"At 32, making money was the path to success," he
"At 50, I'm very aware that having material goods doesn't make one feel any better."
"To succeed on the economic ladder is through education," he
The Lees have already donated more than $200,000 toward the effort, but the battle has been personal for Duncan
"We had to work for everything we got," he
"The building was donated, the supplies were donated.
We attracted the support of surrounding businesses.
Mostly, we had to push against the prevailing bureaucracy to get things done.
was also in the forefront to recruit forward-thinking Clark County
School Superintendent Dwight Jones from Colorado.
The Lees have also been active leaders in their own children's distinguished alma mater, The Meadows School
takes pride in the couple's efforts that contributed to the school having a young principal who won a Milken educator's award and a 100 percent four-year college acceptance rate.
In true Lee style, he
expects they will stay deeply involved even though their children have now both graduated.
"We're happy to continue the legacy of this distinguished institution," he
Last, but hardly least, Duncan Lee also serves as a trustee of the William "Bill" Endow Scholarship fund, which provides college scholarships to high-achieving Asian-American high school students.
Born in Oregon, Endow was placed in American internment camps at age 6 with other Japanese-American families.
He became an accomplished engineer in Las Vegas, and volunteered in the public schools.
"I add my voice to the dozens of people around Las Vegas who are grateful for the near-daily wisdom that they can count on from Duncan Lee," says NCF President and CEO Gian Brosco.