McKee Homes Executives and Staff
2016 Fall Staff Meeting in New Office
Fayetteville 2016 Field of Honor
2016 Spring Staff Meeting and Cornhole Tournament
Second Annual Halloween Day Paintball Tournament 2015
Fayetteville 2015 HBA Cornhole Tournament
Fayetteville 2015 Field of Honor
From 1990 to 2007, Mr. McKee was employed in various sales and management capacities with a Fortune 100 Company that specializes in building construction, renovation and maintenance. During that time he was the Business Director responsible for building construction, renovation and facility maintenance for the Company’s fastest growing and most profitable Division that included 16 aftermarket automotive battery manufacturing plants. Specific responsibilities included the creation, staffing and management of a team to address the Division’s growing needs for construction and maintenance. The team under Mr. McKee’s leadership was responsible for all facets of development, construction and renovation of various manufacturing plants.
From 2007 to present Mr. McKee has been a Developer and Home Builder in the Fayetteville, NC market. Specifically, he is responsible for developing & building one of Fayetteville’s most successful communities The Cottages at North Ramsey. He is also a 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he holds an Unlimited General Contractor's License in the State of North Carolina.
Mr Mckee was elected to the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville Board of Directors in 2013 and inducted as President of the FHBA in 2016.
Mr. McKee & his wife Julie Russo and their 4 kids reside in Raleigh, NC. They are active supporters of the NC State Wolfpack.
From 1984 to 2008, Mr. McKee held various positions with both public and privately held technology manufacturing companies. He has founded and managed several manufacturing, service, construction, and investment companies, along with managing several large multi-national development projects for a multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporation. Since 2008, Mr. McKee has been an active investor and developer of commercial and residential properties.
Mr. McKee is a resident of the greater Chicago area, and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
Mr. McKee and his wife of 22 years are blessed with four wonderful children.
Julie Russo is a co-owner of McKee Homes, which was formed in 2010 by Pat and his brother, Mike McKee. In 2012, she left the teaching profession to help Pat with the day-to-day management of the company. Since then, she has taken on many different roles from Director of Sales and Marketing to Vice President of Human Resources. Regardless of her role, Julie’s main focus has been the development of a strong company culture, based on three ideas: Passionate, Professional and Performance. Julie oversees The Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund, which was established in 2010 and is funded by a portion of every home sold. Although McKee Homes works with several nonprofit organizations, Julie’s main focus continues to be the Alzheimer’s Association.
Julie has not let go of her passion for educating the young students of North Carolina. She continues to work with NC State and volunteers at local elementary schools, where she focuses primarily on elementary mathematics. She has developed a system, which fosters the importance of reading comprehension when solving a math word problem, which she calls "Structures of Equality".
Julie and Pat have four busy, beautiful children at home. The family enjoys the beach and traveling together whenever they have the opportunity.
Mr. McKee managed programs and divisions for Union Carbide Corporation for over 35 years in various positions around the globe. Notable contributions include his position as General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors for Chemical Division for Union Carbide do Brazil, Ltda., and Litigation Coordinator for multiple hazardous events in India.
Mr. McKee also served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was recognized with a Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Service Stars, a United Nations Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, and a Good Conduct Medal.
Mr. McKee graduated from the University of Alabama, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He was also a member of the Million Dollar Marching Band at the University of Alabama. He later earned his Masters in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University.
Joe Marsena McKee passed away in April 2010 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. He is survived by a loving wife, two sons, two daughters in law, and eight grandchildren.
McKee Homes, LLC is dedicated to Joe McKee’s love for the home building business. He built many personal homes over his life and had always dreamed of becoming a Home Builder. His two sons Pat and Mike are carrying out that dream.
Finance and Accounting
Director of Finance and Accounting
Matt joined our team in October 2015 as the Director of Finance and Accounting. Prior to McKee Homes, he spent 15 years at PulteGroup and most recently was Vice President and Controller for Silverado Custom Homes based in Rochester, Michigan.
Matt is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received a BBA in Business Analysis/Operations Management. In addition to spending time with his wife (Louise) and two daughters (Abigail and Charlotte), he enjoys playing tennis, golf, fishing and running.
D’Andra Bennett is the Bookkeeper for McKee Homes. She was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and is an ambitious, family oriented and fun-loving person. Graduating from Methodist University with a bachelors in Mathematics has strengthened D'Andra's love of numbers and driven her to pursue an MBA concentrated in Finance. Her interests include singing, dancing, reading and spending time with her wonderful 3 year old son, Donovan.
Jessica De La Cruz
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Jessica graduated from Fayetteville State University in May of 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduating she got married to her high school sweet heart and started actively pursuing a job in accounting. Jessica says she is happy to be part of the McKee Homes team. In her spare time Jessica likes to read, mostly mystery or fantasy novels. She also likes to draw, paint and tackle D.I.Y. projects and enjoys bowling, watching television/movies and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Purchasing
Tish joined the McKee Homes team as our Director of Purchasing in March of 2014. She brings over 19 years of home building experience to McKee: 3-1/2 years as Purchasing Manager for Toll Brothers and 15 years at John Wieland as Operations and Purchasing Manager. Finding resource solutions is what drives Tish; she truly enjoys the dynamic construction process of combining various people and products to give the best value to our home buyers.
Tish is a native of North Carolina; she has a BA from East Carolina, and has studied rhetoric at the graduate level at NC State.
Pre Construction Manager
As Pre Construction Manager, Geoff currently oversees tasks related to Architecture, Engineering, budgeting and starts. He also does the estimating and orders/reviews truss plans. Finally, Geoff assists with land development and acquisition. Geoff's professional experience includes 40 years in real estate development and single family/multi-family home construction. Geoff's resume includes Purchasing Manager, Project Manager, Construction Manager and Vice President of Construction for national builders. Geoff has been married to his wonderful wife, Terry for 20 years. They enjoy the beach, movies, dining out and spending time with their granddaughters.
Samantha majored in Education before beginning her Accounting Degree. While working on her Bachelor’s she worked at various jobs including as a substitute teacher and a bank teller. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix. Afterwards she finished her Master’s in Accounting where she received the honor of being induced into the Delta Mu Delta International Business Society. She has future plans of becoming a CPA and contributing to the IFRS debate. She also loves to travel and has several family members who live overseas.
Melinda assists in the implementation of new systems as well as special projects. She coordinates budgets for homes, new neighborhoods and plans. She spent the last three years in Indiana, where she was a stay-at-home mother, completed her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and volunteered.
Josh has been in Fayetteville since 2003. He served six years in the Army as a Cryptologic Linguist. After the Army, he worked as an Intelligence Analyst for government contractor for almost six years. He graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Architectural Technology. Josh is from Northwest GA. He and his wife have two boys, Jacob (5) and Matthew (4). He also has a daughter, Jaylynn (12), who lives in Florida. Apart from spending time with family, Josh enjoys anything involving designing and building, including woodworking, welding, home improvements, etc.
Ashley has lived in Fayetteville more than half her life. She has made a home with her husband, Zachary, and her Russell terrier, Buster. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian ministries with concentrations in counseling and children’s ministry. While earning her degree, she worked a number of jobs including substitute teacher, university librarian, and administrative assistant. After graduating from college, she worked as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO of Building Blocks Early Education Centers. She also serves as Children’s Ministry Director at the Lakes Community Church in Sanford, NC. Ashley loves coffee, reading, and spending time with her family.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Jason Janssen is the Director of Sales and Marketing for McKee Homes. He is a sales professional with eighteen years’ experience in direct sales, managing corporate sales & training programs, and directing marketing programs. During the last decade he has served in an executive sales management role for three top ten home builders in the United States. He currently creates, implements and administers the overall sales and marketing efforts for McKee Homes throughout the state.
Sales and Closing Manager CSP
Jenn is our Sales and Closing Manager at McKee Homes. Jenn joined the McKee Homes team in 2013, bringing over 13 years of combined professional experience after relocating from Alaska. Prior to becoming an employee at McKee Homes Jenn found her passion for the new home building industry when she began working for a custom home builder in Alaska. Jenn has a passion for customer service and has spent her professional career working for top companies in their industry. Jenn was designated a Certified New Home Sales Professional by the National Association of Home Builders in 2017. In her spare time she loves to travel and spend time with her family.
New Home Sales Consultant
Prior to becoming an employee of McKee Homes Kristi worked for Fonville Morisey Barefoot as on-site sales agent representing McKee Homes in two neighborhoods. Before joining FMB and moving to the Sandhills area, Kristi enjoyed a successful career with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Realty in the Triad area and was recognized as part of their Honor Society which represents the top 13% of sales agents nationally. Kristi was also the Chair of the Young Professional’s Network for her local Realtor Association. Kristi’s success is rooted in providing exceptional customer service, she spent the better part of her career before selling real estate in the hospitality industry and has worked for several 5 star resorts and hotels. Her energy, knowledge and her love for the homebuilding and real estate industry is felt and appreciated by her homeowners, fellow REALTORS and peers. Kristi lives in Southern Pines and likes to spend time off doing something outdoors with her boyfriend and their dog.
New Home Sales Consultant
Erica joins the McKee team after working as a licensed real estate agent with more than 8 years experience in the Moore County area. Her love for real estate and new construction brought her to McKee Homes as a New Home Specialist. She is knowledgeable in the community, schools and the recreational activities Moore County has to offer. Erica enjoys assisting buyers in purchasing their dream home and goes above and beyond to make it a wonderful experience. She specializes in military relocation with clear communication from abroad. Erica and her husband, Mark, a retired First Sergeant, reside in Moore County with their 4 children.
New Home Sales Consultant
Jason Blanchard joins our team as the New Home Sales Consultant in River Glen. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in sales. In his spare time, he enjoys taking walks at the many trails in Fayetteville.
New Home Sales Consultant
Matthew joins McKee Homes with 9 years of experience in sales, customer service, and construction. A native of Western Massachusetts, Matthew received his Bachelors from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) and his Masters from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) before relocating to North Carolina with his wife Michelle. They now live in Apex with their two daughters, Eliza (4 years) and Vivienne (10 months). In his free time (of which there is very little), Matthew enjoys reading, piano, guitar, volleyball and disc golf. The rest of the time Matthew spends as the devoted father of two little princesses.
New Home Sales Consultant
Brad is a Real Estate Sales Professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry ranging from being the Owner / Managing Broker of his own firm, serving as a District Director and Broker in Charge for a national firm and being a Top Producer for one of the nation's largest building companies.
During his time off, Brad enjoys surfing, scuba diving and boating with his two children Addison and Will.
New Home Sales Consultant
Brenna worked as a sales and customer service representative for two years and then as a Fonville Morsey Barefoot sales agent fill-in at a McKee Homes model home. She became so fascinated by helping more and more people build their dream home with this one of a kind family owned company that she wanted to be more involved and came to work for McKee Homes full time in 2016. In her free time, Brenna enjoys DIY projects, playing with her dog Dingo, who looks like a Dingo! and date nights with her husband.
New Home Sales Consultant
Diana recently moved to Leland after 18 years of residing just outside the Raleigh area. She owned and operated her own licensed home daycare center for children up until they reached kindergarten. Throughout the years, she has built 4 homes and has enjoyed the building process, which led her to her current position. Diana is married with 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and taking classes at Pure Barre.
New Home Sales Consultant
Julie Good began as a McKee Homes New Home Advisor and has recently been promoted to New Home Sales Consultant. Julie was in the Hospitality industry for over 16 years, ranging in a variety of roles such as General Manager, Corporate Management Trainer and Personal Assistant to the VP of Operations. She also served as a loan clerk at a local Community Bank. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
New Home Sales Consultant
Lawrence joins the McKee Home team as New Homes Sales Advisor serving the Raleigh area. He brings with him 25 years of sales experience with 20 of them in retail sales management. Lawrence is a native New Yorker and moved to the Raleigh area in 2009. He enjoys the mountains specifically the Biltmore estate. He lives just outside Raleigh in Garner where he purchased a McKee Home in 2015.
Online Sales Manager
Jayne is a licensed REALTOR and was a member of Coldwell Banker Team Elite while living in the Fayetteville area. After moving to the DC area, Jayne began working for McKee Homes remotely and became our first Online Sales Counselor.
Jayne is now our Online Sales Manager and oversees our online team who are responsible for engaging and following up with all online web leads, live chat and phone calls as well as many adminstrative tasks.
New Home Specialist
Tracy joins our team with more than 10 year in the hospitality industry. She started out as a desk clerk/night auditor, and worked her way up to General Manager at Fairfield Inn in Lumberton and Fayetteville as well as a key management position at Courtyard Fayetteville. Tracy enjoys helping people, making customer service one of her strong points. Tracy also worked as a transaction coordinator for a Realtor learning every aspect of real estate transactions. For McKee, Tracy works with lead data and follow-up, closing data input and homeowner communication, as well as working directly with real estate agents. She is also one of our website live chat operators.
Tracy is a native of Fayetteville and is the proud mother of two teenage daughters.
Design Studio Manager
Amy joined the McKee Homes team as the Selections Coordinator in June 2013. As the Selections Coordinator she helps buyers with all exterior and interior selections for their home. Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mount Olive College with her Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Amy and her husband are also proud homeowners of a McKee Home.
Wilmington Selections Coordinator
Lara Jimerson serves as our Wilmington Selections Coordinator. She has a Degree in Interior Design from Iowa State University. She has lived in Wilmington for the last 10 years, working in management for Pier 1 Imports. She enjoys the beach, tennis, biking, reading, HGTV & Pinterest!
Online Marketing Manager
John joined the team at McKee Homes after working in the digital services division of a local Fayetteville advertising agency and running his own marketing and web development business for over 10 years.
John manages all of our online marketing efforts including our company website, live chat, sales call center, photography, video, online and content marketing.
Neasha comes to McKee Homes with a combination of 7 years’ sales and marketing experience with the last 4 years focused in Brand Marketing. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University. “I enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with my family and friends! My husband and I also like to volunteer in the community through his local group in our free time. We are proud parents of a son, DJ and two goldfish, Biggie and Tiny.
Director of Construction
Growing up around the construction industry, Kevin was introduced to the business through hands on experience. He began his career in the Syracuse area practicing all areas of the trade. After attending college in Rochester, NY, Kevin continued to work in the central New York area until he relocated to North Carolina in 1993. Before joining McKee Homes in August 2014, Kevin was an integral part of the growth and success of several national and local homebuilders in Charlotte, NC. During his 25-year tenure, Kevin has worked as area manager, project manager, senior project manager and vice president of construction.
Kevin has been married to his wife, Marybeth, for 22 years and together they have two sons, Jack, 17, and Ty, 16. Along with spending time with his family, Kevin also enjoys boating, football and hunting.
Dave has 12 years construction/project management experience. He has worked for one of the largest Builders in the country.
Dave is married with 2 children. He enjoys Chicago Bears Football and music.
Lee joined McKee Homes as a Project Manager in November 2013. Prior to coming to McKee Homes, Lee owned his own homebuilding and drywall company that operated in Wake and Johnston County, NC for over 20 years. He spends his spare time volunteering in his local community as a leader in the local Pop Warner football program he began in 2006 as well as an assistant for the South Johnston High School football team. Lee is an avid Dallas Cowboys and NCSU fan as well as a music lover. Lee and his wife, Michelle, have two children— Ashley 23 and Tyler 21.
Kenny Jones, Jr. is a project manager for McKee Homes and is currently living in Wilmington, NC with his wife, two daughters and a dog named Oakley. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which he acquired at Methodist University in 1990. He is a former financial analyst and has been in the housing and land development industry since 2003. Kenny has successfully managed communities in Wake Forest, Raleigh, and Knightdale. When he is not working, he enjoys focusing on his health and fitness, music, vintage cars and fishing.
Shane graduated Campbell University with a degree in Trust management and also received an MBA in business. He grew up the son of a contractor and spent many weekends and summers working in residential and commercial construction. Upon graduating he pursued his passion for project management, and worked for a reputable custom builder out of Raleigh for almost 10 years building in Holly Springs. He also holds a NC contractor license since 2007. Shane is married to his beautiful wife Heather going on 10 years, and has 2 boys Cole and Colin, ages 7 and 5. Shane and his family love to saltwater fish, golf and many other outdoor activities.
Tom Denney joins McKee Homes as an assistant builder in the Fayetteville area. He is a graduate of Portland State University where he has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Geology. He has over 15 years of commercial and residential construction experience where he has managed and performed as a supplier, installer, and project manager. He is new to the North Carolina Market and has implemented these roles in Portland, OR, Pittsburgh, Pa, and Chicago, IL. He is a strong believer in quality and safety. Tom is also a proud veteran of the United States Army Reserve where he served as a Civil Affairs NCO during a deployment to Eastern Africa. When not at work, Tom is most likely enjoying the outdoors and supporting the local music scene.
Mark joins as a Builder. He has been in the construction industry for close to 20 years. He has worked for two of the top 10 builders in the US, building single family, town homes and multifamily apartments. He is married to his wife Barbara and has two sons, Brandon and Michael. Mark is an NC State alumni. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and the beach. His favorite team is the Washington Redskins.
Mike joined Mckee Homes as a builder in the Fayetteville area. Originally from Northern Virginia, he brings over 30 years of construction experience in both residential and commercial. He is the proud father of two boys, both of which are in college. In his spare time, he enjoys taking in any outdoor activity and cooking for his boys.
Chris is originally from Louisiana and served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. He was a Construction Project Manager for three years and has been in residential construction for approximately seven years.
In his free time Chris enjoys firearms and spending time with his two sons.
Justin Phillips joined the McKee team as a builder in the Wilmington market. He's been in new home construction for over 10 years, previously working for a Fortune 500 company. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters (And fishing).
Ron Barnello previously owned a remodeling company as well as worked as a Real Estate Broker in Wilmington. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time in and on the salt water, home remodeling projects, cooking and spending time with his family and the people closest to him.
Customer Service Manager
Mark graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business Management. He has over 13 years of residential and commercial building experience in both North Carolina and Florida while working for himself and for a Fortune 500 Company. He has been married for nearly 20 years with three children: Emma 12, Savannah 11 and William 8. When not working, he enjoys being an active coach in his children’s sporting activities and working on special projects around the house.
Customer Service Technician
Margery joins us after stepping away from the health care industry. She will utilize her strong background in management and interpersonal skills to transition into a new industry. She's lived in Wilmington, NC for 12 years and loves spending time at the beach and volunteering with her favorite non-profit group, Headcount is a non-partisan voter registration group
Customer Service Field Technician.
Zachary joined the McKee team in August 2016 as a Customer Service Field Technician. He comes with experience from Ft. Bragg housing, as well as multifamily housing. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and puppies, reading, and watching movies.