Who We Are
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.
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.
Director of Administration
Julie Russo began working at McKee Homes in June of 2012. As the director of administration, she prides herself on hiring and managing a top-notch office and sales staff. She also helps McKee Homes support several nonprofit programs including the Alzheimer’s Association, The Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch, Operation Military Kids, The Fayetteville Duck Derby and KidsPeace. Julie has helped organize the Fayetteville Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which has raised over $60,000 for the cause.
Prior to working for McKee Homes, Julie was an elementary school teacher for the Wake County School District. She taught in several schools in the Raleigh and Knightdale area and currently volunteers in Wake County Schools on a weekly basis. She has a strong desire to help students read, comprehend and solve math word problems. She has developed a system, which fosters the importance of reading comprehension when solving a math word problem. Through the use of graphic organizers, Julie teaches children to diagram a math story prior to solving. This technique encourages students to fully process the meaning of the math story.
She hopes to expand this program to the Fayetteville and surrounding areas schools.
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.
Customer Care Manager
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.
Online Sales Counselor
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 website live chat operator, answers many of our Fayetteville area sales calls, and handles all McKee online leads.
Jamie Gosselin joined McKee Homes as their bookkeeper in August 2013. She was honorably discharged from the Army in June 2013. Prior to her service in the military, she worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for a general contractor in Vermont for over three years. She has her Associate of Science in Accounting and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her husband is an NCO in the Army and she has a passion for her pets, two Siamese cats.
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.
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.
Brad has spent over 20 years in the home building business as a production manager, purchasing manager and an estimator. He attended East Carolina University . He is very involved in coaching youth sports and his church. He is marreid to a wonderful woman named Wendy and has an awesome son named Addison.
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.
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.
Coldwell Banker Advantage Team Elite Sales Agent
Gary works with Coldwell Banker Advantage, Team Elite. He Graduated from Methodist University in 2005 with several scholar athlete awards, and continues to enjoy the strong dynamics of the Fayetteville area.
Real estate transactions can be complex and frustrating, but with the right agent on your side, your job becomes much easier. Give Gary a call so he can start answering your questions.
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.
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 is responsible for all of our online marketing efforts including our company website, Facebook sites, and YouTube Channel. He also writes blogs and newsletter articles related to the building industry as well as designing and running promotions for Facebook and various realtor events.
Director of Planning and Development
Geoff's position as Director of Planning and Development includes coordinating land purchse and development for new communities, purchasing and contract administration, and overseeing McKee Homes Customer Care program. Geoff's professional experience includes over 38 years in real estate development and single-family and 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.
Lead Project Manager
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.
Construction Project Manager
James joined the McKee Homes team with 30 years of experience in residential construction including framing, project management, punch and warranty.
James and his wife have been married for 22 years and have one son. In his spare time, he and his family enjoy being on their boat, water skiing, fishing and camping.
Construction Project Manager
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.
Lead Project Manager
Kenny Jones, Jr. is a lead 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.
Construction Project Manager
Paul is originally from the Florida Keys and has served many roles in the construction industry including Operations Management, Project Management, Sales and Marketing Management, and Construction Superintendent.
In his spare time, Paul enjoys Golf, race cars, and spending time with his family.
Construction Project Manager
John joined the team in 2014 and brought a wealth of construction knowledge and experience with him.
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