McKee Homes Executives and Staff
What Makes McKee Homes Unique
Trusted Partner: At McKee Homes we are solution experts who live our core values with an unwavering commitment to giving our customers a unique and incredible home buying experience.
Socially Engaged: We are active in every community we build in with a percentage of every home sold supporting key charities and helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s through our Joe McKee Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund.
Established Reputation: We give our customers piece of mind through our financial strength and our commitment to them through our 2-10 Home Warranty.
2018 January Staff Meeting
2017 Summer Staff Meeting and Geoff Potter Retirement Luncheon
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.
Special Projects Coordinator
Morgan Brown joins the McKee Homes team as a Special Projects Coordinator serving in the Fayetteville, NC area. Previously, Morgan had a seven year career in Accounting. She loves to travel and is a Chicago Cubs fan! Morgan was also a McKee Home Owner prior to joining the team.
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.
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.
Kelsey Rivera joined McKee as a part of the Purchasing department and grew into the PreConstruction Coordinator. She has a Bachelor degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Accounting. She loves spending time with her husband and daughter.
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
Patty is originally from Miami, FL but has called Cary, NC home since 1999. She brings over 15 years experience in several facets of the homebuilding industry including sales, marketing, design gallery and property management. Over her homebuilding career, she has worked for Lennar Homes and K. Hovnanian Homes. Patty’s last nine years were spent working at Nestle USA as a Regional Sales Manager where she gained operations management experience. Patty enjoys spending time with her husband Tony, son AJ and Beagle Winston. She loves to travel, and volunteer at her son’s school. Being bilingual, she also enjoys being involved with the Hispanic ministries at her church.
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.
Ashley Fortney moved to Fayetteville from Washington, but she grew up in Alaska where she lived for 17 years. She currently lives in Fayetteville with her boyfriend, Alex, and their 3 dogs. She enjoys going to concerts, hockey games, and spending time with friends and family. Ashley has a Bachelor in Business Administration and has worked a variety of jobs. Ashley has worked in health care, accounting, and marketing. When she is able, she enjoys traveling.
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
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
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.
New Home Sales Consultant
Billy Howell has worked the past 7 years in the wireless industry in sales. Prior to sales he worked on the builder's side at Standard Pacific homes, and his passion has always been with in the housing industry. He enjoys spending time with his two children and his wife, and salt water fishing. North Carolina has been his home for most of his life. He enjoys the city life for play, but feel great comfort laying his head down in the small town of Erwin.
New Home Sales Consultant
Ronnie grew up in the Great Northwest but is proud to call North Carolina home. She is a veteran of the US Army. After staying home with her children for the last 15 years she is excited to join the McKee Homes team.
New Home Sales Consultant
Kristen grew up in Vermont where she attended college, receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Soon after, she moved to Wilmington NC and started working as an administrative assistant for a real estate team before becoming a licensed broker. She is excited to bring her skills, experience and knowledge from General Brokerage into new home sales for McKee Homes. In her free time, Kristen enjoys going to the beach, traveling and spending time with friends, loved ones, and of course her yellow lab Cooper!
New Home Sales Consultant
Kay is currently working on her degree, majoring in Accounting with a minor in French. She loves to cook and her favorite dish is anything with pasta. Kay enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.
New Home Advisor
Rachel says she is the blessed mother of three wonderful children and wife to an amazing hardworking husband. In the past she has worked mostly in management roles within the healthcare field. Rachel began her real estate career almost two years ago which led her to McKee Homes! She feels blessed to have been chosen to be a part of the McKee Homes family and can't wait to see what this new season in her life brings!
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.
New Home Specialist
Scharina is originally from Alaska, but has lived in many states, the most recent was Texas before she moved to North Carolina. She loves music and is currently teaching herself to play the piano again. Scharina recently worked as a sales representative for a cell phone company, and is now learning about new homes and developing a career at McKee as a New Home Specialist.
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.
Director of Construction
Scott was raised in Southern Georgia and moved to NC in 1996. He comes from a construction family and has been in the building business for over 30 years. Scott loves sports, is a Huge Georgia Bulldog fan and plays ice hockey. He has been happily married to his wife for 26 years and has 3 wonderful kids. Scott is excited to be joining the McKee Homes family. Go Dawgs!
Lee joined McKee Homes as a Project Manager in November 2013. Prior to that, Lee owned his own home building 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.
Shane graduated Campbell University with a degree in Trust management and received an MBA in business. As the son of a contractor, he spent many weekends and summers working in residential and commercial construction. Upon graduating Shane worked for a reputable custom builder out of Raleigh for almost 10 years. He holds an NC contractor license since 2007. Shane and his beautiful wife Heather have 2 boys Cole and Colin, ages 7 and 5. Shane and his family love to saltwater fish, golf and many other outdoor activities.
Mike brings more than two decades of construction experience with him as he joins the McKee Homes team as a Builder in Southern Pines. He has spent most of his career developing and building residential neighborhoods for some of the largest national homebuilders. Mike is also a licensed general contractor. When not at work, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. In between kid’s soccer/baseball/basketball games, Mike tries to sneak in the occasional round of golf.
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.
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).
Michael was born and raised in the heart of NC. Since the early 90's, he has spent most of his career in the home building industry, all in the great state of NC. When he is not working, Michael enjoys being outside horseback riding or hiking with his wife and two pups.
Don is originally from Williamsport, PA, Home of little league baseball. He learned carpentry skills as a Sea Bee (CB construction battalion) in the Navy. Don is looking forward to building a life in North Carolina with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Brian relocated from central Florida, but was originally from Pennsylvania. He has two sons. Hunter, who is 18, just graduated high school and starts college at Michigan Tech in August 2018 as a mechanical engineer major. Carson, who is 14, starts 10th grade. Brian has been Involved with residential construction since 1987. He also has 4 years experience in light commercial building. Brian was a business owner for 25 years as well as a private pilot. He recently passed the NASCLA general contractor builder exam.
Jon is originally from Raleigh and has spent his career serving the construction industry in the coastal Carolinas since graduating ECU with a major in construction management. Jon's experience includes operating a home building business as a licensed general contractor, being a building inspector, and many years of project management for the home building industry. When he's not working you’ll find him on the water, with friends and family, or crafting furniture in his hobby wood shop. Jon loves the work atmosphere at McKee Homes and is excited about calling it his career home!
After serving in the Army, Jeff returned to Raleigh and earned his Construction Management Degree from Wake Tech. He shifted his focus from residential construction to stream restoration and roadway construction. Jeff and his family have recently moved back to North Carolina and he is excited to join the McKee family. In his spare time he enjoys being out doors and spending time with his wife, Jessica and their two children, Lily and Jack.
Monica and her husband recently moved from South Florida to Eastern North Carolina. They have a 2 year old daughter and a doggie. Monica loves to design and play sports. She's very excited to be a part of the McKee family!
Tyler joined the McKee Homes family in April 2018. He has experience in multiple trades and has returned to residential construction. Tyler has an associates degree from Johnston Community College in applied science and is working towards a business degree at UNC Pembroke. In his free time he continues to remodel his home in Raleigh and refine his woodworking skills. Tyler and his wife Erin have two loving pups, Stogie and Baja.
Valerie is a mother of one child and soon be to licensed for foster care. Also, an Army Veteran who served for eight years as Military police. Valerie earned her BA in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University. She returned to school and attended FTCC studying Building Construction Technology where she earned her AA. Valerie's interests are photography, culinary arts and rescuing animals.
Israel is originally from New York, has a wonderful wife, Melissa and three great kids, Shelby, Connor, and Owen. He retired from the military January 2017 and pursued a degree in Building Construction Technology, graduating with highest honors in March 2018. Israel is now with McKee for an exciting career working towards becoming a Builder really soon.
Mark is married to a wonderful caring wife named Connie. They have three sons, Cody, Logan (presently a military airman in the U.S. Air Force) and Elijah who graduates next year. Included in this family are three grandchildren, two dogs and two cats. After graduating from high school in Virginia, Mark entered the U.S. Air Force and spent 21 years and 8 months protecting our country. Mark is a proud retired military veteran, and has been involved continuously in the housing construction for the past 20 years. His favorite football team Is the Dallas Cowboys, baseball team is the Cincinnati Reds, and hockey is the Carolina Hurricanes. Mark’s past times include being the President of the Parkton Youth Association and a valuable supporter of my his brother’s dirt track racing teams. Mark is very proud to be a valuable member of dynamic McKee Homes team. Go team McKee.
As a previous owner of an HOA Management Company in Pinehurst, NC, Vickie worked over 20 years in the HOA industry - focusing in portfolio management. This involved working with homeowners and contractors to accomplish needs and goals amicable to all parties. Vickie currently lives in Pinehurst with her husband and in close proximity to their daughter, son in law and two amazing granddaughters with whom they spend as much time as possible.
Kati is originally from Maryland and moved down to North Carolina in 2008. She is happily married and with a beautiful four year old daughter. Kati and her family spend almost every Sunday at the North End in Carolina Beach enjoying the Salt Life. She was in community management previously and is looking forward to making McKee Homes her career company, assisting in any way she can.