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McKee Homes Executives and Staff

McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina.

Second Annual Halloween Day Paintball Tournament 2015

McKee Homes 2nd Annual Paintball Tournament
McKee Homes 2nd Annual Paintball Tournament

Fayetteville 2015 HBA Cornhole Tournament

Fayetteville 2015 HBA Cornhole Tournament

Fayetteville 2015 Field of Honor

Fayetteville 2015 Field of Honor

Pat McKee

Pat McKeeFrom 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.


Michael McKee

Michael McKeeFrom 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

Julie Russo

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.


Bill Carpitella

Bill Carpitella

VP, Business & People Optimization

Prior to becoming a leadership consultant, Bill operated in executive positions for top-flight real estate and consumer goods companies for 25 years. During that time he learned that most corporate strategy and organizational change does not fail because it is poorly conceived; it fails because the organization is unable to execute. His consulting practice focuses on assisting clients in engaging their people's energy, commitment and focus on getting results.tightly bolting strategy to implementation.

Bill specializes in organizational change execution, talent acquisition and executive development and coaching. Formerly, he was the principal owner of the largest real estate Executive Search and Business Consulting firm in the US.

Prior positions in the real estate industry included Sr. VP Organizational Development at K. Hovnanian Enterprises, and SVP of Human Resources at Pulte Homes. His work in the consumer goods industry included VP of Human Resources positions for Bell & Howell and Bausch & Lomb respectively.

Bill also is a keynote speaker at national trade shows and contributes as a blogger and columnist for Pro Builder magazine.

Bill is a graduate of Temple University. He is an associate expert in organizational development with Lominger, the preeminent provider of research-based, experience-tested, leadership assessment and development tools.


In Memoriam

Joe McKee

Joe McKeeMr. 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

Matt McCarty

Matt McCarty

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

D’Andra Bennett

Bookkeeper

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.


Purchasing

Tish Oakley

Tish Oakley

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.


William Bynum

William Bynum

Pre-Con Coordinator

Will was in the Army for almost eight years as an Interior Electrician and as a Rescue Technician. He deployed to Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan during those eight years and attended Air Assault and Technical Rescue courses. He also trained over 400 AIT students in Fort Rucker, AL warrior task and battle drills and trained over 150 flight officers the level 2 combative course. He was stationed in Fort Rucker, AL for 4 years and Fort Polk, LA for 3 years and 11 months and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Will is from South Pittsburg, TN. He and his wife Sara have 2 children, Parker (3) and Makenna (3). Will enjoys drawing, writing, playing guitar, and Muay Thai.


Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

Budget Coordinator

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.

Sales

John Kamin

John Kamin

Director of Sales and Marketing

John M. Kamin comes to us from Keystone Homes in Lancaster Pennsylvania, where he was the director of sales and marketing for 7 years. John has an excellent reputation as a sales trainer and coach, with the ability to build trust and confidence in the entire team. John has also been recognized with many industry awards and has been a featured speaker at local and national events. He and his wife Lisa enjoy hiking as well as other outdoor activities and look forward to exploring the North Carolina trails.


Jennifer Buckwalter

Jennifer Buckwalter

Sales and Closing Coordinator

Jennifer is our new Production Coordinator as of Sept. 2014. Jenn monitors and manages all McKee Homes production and closings to ensure that all transactions close smoothly and on time.

Jennifer joined the McKee Homes team in August 2013 after relocating from Wasilla, Alaska where she worked as an administrative and customer care consultant at a custom home building company. Prior to living in Alaska Jennifer lived in Honolulu, Hawaii where she worked in public relations and marketing.


Amy Kahler

Amy Kahler

Selections Coordinator

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.


Michelle May

Michelle May

Wilmington Selections Coordinator

Michelle May has joined McKee Homes as the Wilmington Selections Coordinator. Michelle comes to us with twelve years of experience as a Project Manager and Interior Decorator for a custom home builder. She had the pleasure of guiding clients step-by-step from concept to completion of their dream homes. She designed and decorated numerous award winning Parade homes including “The Best in Show” home for the largest parade in Craven County in 2008. When she isn’t decorating houses and playing with paint swatches, she spends her time as a Textile Folk Artist where she gives workshops and lectures on her designs and book, “Fabled Fusions.” She is looking forward to living in her very own McKee Home, which she will share with her husband, David and her rescue pets, Hannah the rabbit and Sabrina the cat.


Jayne James

Jayne James

New Home Specialist

Jayne is a liscensed REALTOR and was a member of Coldwell Banker Team Elite whle living in the Fayetteville area. After moving to the DC area, Jayne began working for McKee Homes remotely and is now our Online Sales Counselor.

Jayne is our lead website live chat operator, answers many of our Fayetteville area sales calls, and manages all McKee online leads.


Tracy Green

Tracy Green

Assistant 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 married with two teenage daughters.


Wendy Haynes

Wendy Wahl

McKee Homes Sales Agent

Wendy Wahl worked for one of the top builders in Clark County Washington for nine years before relocating to North Carolina. Helping over 1500 new home buyers obtain their dream of home ownership has been one of her top achievements.

Wendy is continuing her career in the home building industry with McKee Homes as a sales agent in one of their prestigious communities—The Cottages at North Ramsey.


Corinne Smith

Corinne Smith

Coldwell Banker Advantage Team Elite Broker

Broker for Coldwell Banker Advantage, Team Elite. According to Corinne, the role of a Real Estate Agent is to guide the client through the buying, selling or relocating process, taking time to make sure they understand every step of the transaction. Team Elite services the Fayetteville, Ft. Bragg, Hoke, Harnett and Moore County areas of North Carolina. The Team Elite commitment to every client's satisfaction is the foundation from which a solid business relationship is built.


Marketing

John Rives

John Rives

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.


Charmaine Simmons

Charmaine Simmons

Marketing Coordinator

Charmaine joined McKee Homes in August 2012 after relocating from Wichita, Kan. with her husband. She brings more than four years of communication, marketing, and community involvement experience with her. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Wichita State University and a M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University. Charmaine has a wide spectrum of responsibilities at McKee Homes that include marketing, human resources, office management as well as various other responsibilities. In her free time, she enjoys KU basketball, cooking, and spending time with her husband, son and dog.

Kevin Kozlowski

Kevin Kozlowski

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.


Geoff Potter

Geoff Potter

Director of Planning and Development

Geoff's position as Director of Planning and Development includes coordinating land purchase and development for new communities, purchasing and contract administration, and future planning. Geoff's professional experience includes 38+ 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 two top 20 national builders.


Dave Potter

Dave Potter

Builder

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 Benson

Lee Benson

Builder

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

Kenny Jones

Builder

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.


Brad Corbitt

Brad Corbitt

Builder

Brad has spent over 20 years in the home building business as a production manager, purchasing manager and an estimator. He has rejoined the McKee Homes team as our Knightdale station builder. He attended East Carolina University and is very involved in coaching youth sports and his church. He is married to a wonderful woman named Wendy and has an awesome son named Addison.


Shane McLeod

Shane McLeod

Builder

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.


Jon Passaretti

Jon Passaretti

Builder

Jon Passaretti joins our team with more than 16 years in the home building industry. He most recently was a quality control manager with Toll Brothers. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, coaching and golfing.


Mark Dunahay

Mark Dunahay

Builder

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.