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Your Industry Leaders in Land Development

Gaskin Banks is an expert in land development, born and bred in the Southeast. As an affiliate of LyonJay, we provide exceptional service and value to our rental housing and home building clients.

Our vision is to bring great-looking communities to life by redefining land development through exceptional service and unparalleled value.

When you partner with us, you tap into a deep wealth of knowledge and resources to bring your project to life successfully. From initial planning phases and expert due diligence to site development and risk mitigation, we lead your project to the finish line — on budget and on time.


The Partners

Jennings Lyon


Jennings is responsible for establishing corporate policy, developing and implementing the company’s strategic direction, and creating profitable, synergistic corporate relationships.  Outside of Gaskin Banks, he serves as the Founding Partner and CEO of LyonJay and  President and Founding Partner at both Hudson Oak Development (a rental housing firm) and LML Construction (a multi-family/multi-use general contractor and developer). Formerly, as the VP of Business Development at LML Construction, Jennings spearheaded the firm’s expansion across 9 states, driving annual gross contract volume to over $100M. ​

With his extensive professional background and deep industry roots, Jennings is uniquely positioned to take advantage of current real estate market trends and population growth across the Southeast. Despite his busy schedule, Jennings still finds time to serve the Greenville community and be together with his wife and two children.

JK Jay


J.K. has always had a passion for transforming raw land into communities where lifelong memories are made. His responsibilities at Gaskin Banks include creating and maintaining relationships with the company's capital partners, selecting sites, overseeing project development, and underwriting new projects. To date, J.K. has secured One Billion Dollars in debt and equity commitments and is responsible for a current portfolio valued at over half a Billion Dollars. Before joining the team, J.K. worked at a regional private equity firm where he acquired, developed, and redeveloped distressed residential and multifamily communities and single-family rentals. Later, he and his father founded The Jay Company, specializing in the development and brokerage of commercial properties. 


As a former Clemson lineman and All ACC Academic Team honoree under Coach Dabo Swinney, J.K. is an excellent leader and team player. He is committed to creating great investment opportunities for LyonJay’s capital partners and developing top-notch communities where residents are excited to build their lives. Outside of work, J.K. enjoys giving back to his community by mentoring Clemson student-athletes, serving on the Board of Directors for Clemson’s Letterman’s Association, and serving on the Laurens County Transportation Committee. This year, J.K. was selected as a recipient of Greenville Business Magazine’s 2021 Best & Brightest 35 and Under.



Todd Malphrus first began his career in 1986 by purchasing a development property alongside his father, which he later developed into 85 residential lots in Bluffton. Since then, he has launched multiple businesses and completed various projects spanning the Southeast US, Caribbean, and Central America. Todd previously served as Vice President & Director of Construction for Quinn Residences. He also previously served as the Vice President of Malphrus Construction which produced $200 million per year in annual revenue. He is currently the Founder and Managing Member of Cornerstone Group LAC, which develops affordable housing in Latin American and the Caribbean. Through his companies and experience, Todd has completed over $1.5 billion in projects across the Southeast US and beyond.  


With an extensive professional background and 35 years of experience, Todd is extremely knowledgeable in Construction and Development. His responsibilities at Gaskin Banks include site selection and acquisition, along with project development oversight. He is qualified to take over a variety of projects with a portfolio that includes airports, resorts, highways, seaports, and over 10,000 residential lots. In his personal life, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


Our Services

We transform land into communities through industry-leading experience.

Residential land development is what we do, through and through. It’s not just one sector on a long list of services — it’s our sole focus.


Our Footprint

Our love of the Southeastern United States runs deep, and so does our firm’s footprint across the region. Gaskin Banks, our favorite fishing spot near Hilton Head island, inspired our name and reflects our deep connection to the area we call home.


As one of the premier land development firms in the area, our team's combined experience represents several billion dollars.


In the News

September 10, 2021

LyonJay starts land development advisory company

GSA Business Report

September 8, 2021

LyonJay announces new joint venture company, Gaskin Banks

GroundBreak Carolinas

September 8, 2021

Greenville's LyonJay launches new joint venture, Gaskin Banks

Upstate Business Journal


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