Family First: Meet the McKee Sisters, Jenni and Kate
May 17, 2019
At McKee Builders, family is a part of everything we do — from the thoughtful way we design our homes to how we treat each other and our homeowners. As a family-owned business from the very beginning, we know just how special and rewarding it is to work alongside someone you’ve known your whole life. Say hello to Kate and Jenni, two McKee sisters who work hard every day to make McKee the best it can be.
For over 10 years, Kate has helped to strengthen our team and our process through several different roles, including overseeing the commercial offices and self-storage, working as the head of HR, representing the McKee team as our lawyer, and helping to redevelop the Franklin Mint to include residential housing, restaurants, and more. A multi-talented worker with exceptional attention to detail, Kate has proven that you can succeed at anything you set your mind to.
When it comes to her unique roles, Kate says that she absolutely loves working with tenants and creating new spaces in offices. She also looks forward to finding new projects that allow her to turn an existing building into “something really exciting,” and to be able to work closely with landowners and people in the township.
Above all else, Kate’s biggest passion is “creating something that adds to people’s lives,” whether it’s new homes or apartments. Of course, working with family is high up on her list too… “It’s great to know that people always have your back and are there to support you. At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is the same.”
As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Kate says that she’s fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible group of forward-thinking people who value respect. “My dad (Frank McKee Sr.) always instilled in us: If you do the work, people will respect you for doing the work.” Her advice for anyone looking to get into the homebuilding industry? Constantly learn by following others around, and last but not least, “show up.”
Just like her sister, Jenni has a dynamic skill set, and uses her strong work ethic to get every job done efficiently. She now runs two divisions, multi-family and manufactured housing communities (homes built under perfect conditions, the rain doesn’t stop this division!), and says that her favorite part is creating community. Just as empathetic as she is talented and knowledgeable, Jenni is one of our company’s biggest influencers.
As one of two women on the team, Jenni brings an entirely new perspective and personal touch to the homes, which not only results in improved aesthetic appeal, but heightened comfort and warmth too. Working alongside her brother, Frank Jr., Jenni loves nothing more than creating homes with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Her advice to young female professionals is to “find a company you love, that’s invested in you.” She believes in the power of mentors and real life experience, and thinks that learning from other people is just as important as bringing your own ideas to the table. Outside of the office, Jenni stays active in her community through philanthropic roles.
We’re incredibly fortunate to have Kate and Jenni on our team! We want to thank them for the extraordinary work that they do day in and day out, and for the positivity that they bring to every single employee and homeowner.