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The Kay Team

A quality organization starts with its people

We encourage you to take a few moments to learn more about our staff and their role in the production process. We are proud to have them as part of the Kay Builder’s family. They ensure that your home is designed and built to your specifications and that after you make settlement any questions or issues you have are handled promptly and professionally.

Rick Koze

Owner/President

After a successful fifteen-year career as a Fortune 500 executive, Rick Koze accepted the mantle of president of Kay Builders, Inc. in 2002 from his father Richard (Dick) Koze, who took the company his father had founded in 1961 and turned it into one of the more prominent family-owned construction businesses in the Lehigh Valley.

Now this third-generation owner and operator is carving out a new era for Kay Builders. Rick brings with him an extensive financial background and business savvy that has prepared him to reshape Kay Builders and continue to meet the changing demands and expectations of today's homeowner. Rick visits markets around the country to see new trends for himself, has an in-depth understanding of the housing market in the Lehigh Valley, and continues to build on the advantage of being a vertically integrated company.

Rick grew up in the construction business, becoming a regular fixture at job sites while still in elementary school. He attended Emmaus High School where he excelled in football, basketball, track and academics. He continued his football and academic careers at Yale University where he earned a B.A. in economics and a minor in chemistry.

For the next 15 years, Rick held prominent financial positions at Fortune 500 companies. From 1986-1991, he served as a debt-rating analyst in the transportation industry for Standard & Poor's and then worked as a risk manager for Merrill Lynch in New York for two years. In 1993, he moved to Atlanta to become vice president of mergers and acquisitions for ChoicePoint. There he led more than 60 acquisitions and divestitures, and helped boost the company's market capitalization from $600 million to more than $3.5 billion.

As a resident and businessman in the Lehigh Valley, Rick supports several local initiatives including the Boys Scouts of America - Minsi Trail Council and the Burn Prevention Foundation, which provides burn injury prevention education for those at greatest risk in eastern Pennsylvania.

Brian McKendry

Vice President
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Brian joined Kay Builders in November of 2015.

As an accomplished sales and marketing professional, Brian has 17 years of distinguished performance in the real estate and new homes industry. He has a broad-based background encompasses an exceptional work ethic and commitment to organizational objectives.

He is excited to be a part of the Kay Builders Family and looks forward to growing the company.

Dave Foraker

Vice President of Operations

Dave joined Kay Builder in the Spring of 2012. As the Vice President of Operations, Dave is responsible for managing the production team on all day-to-day operations at all of our residential communities. He manages the warranty department and is responsible for acquiring experienced and reputable contractors for all building aspects.

At age 20, Dave began working in the construction industry. He started out as a concrete mason and moved onto framing after about 8 year. As a framing manager, Dave was responsible for scheduling and managing 20 to 30 different contractors over 3 communities. After about 10 years, he decided to join Kay builders as a Site Superintendent at our Trio Fields community. After 3 years Dave accepted the position of VP of Operations.

Dave enjoys working with Kay Builders because it gives him the opportunity to utilize his skills everyday. With 60 years in business, Kay Builders has shown their strength and ability to grow. Dave loves being part of a team that is striving for excellence. He looks forward to a great future with Kay Builders.

Greg Heck

Vice President of Finance
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Greg joined Kay Builders in May 2016. As the Vice President of Finance, he is responsible for managing Kay's banking relationships and projecting the company's financial performance into the future.

After earning his MBA in Corporate Finance from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Greg spent 6 years in commercial banking. Most recently, he worked for a commercial real estate developer in Wilmington, Delaware.

Greg is excited about this opportunity to help grow Kay Builders into one of the preeminent home builders in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Ed Di Lello

VP of Site Development

Ed joined Kay Builders in 2016. He oversees engineering, planning and site development from conceptual stage through completion. Ed provides the day-to-day leadership and management of field personnel as well the overall direction and scheduling of subcontractors. He also maintains an ample supply of improved lots to support home sales in multiple Kay communities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Ed has over 20 years of experience in Site Development, including Residential, Commercial and Public projects. He has held many positions over the years as a labor, foreman, estimator, project manager and now VP of Site Development.

Ed is excited and proud to work at a company that has been around for over 60 years spanning 3 generations. He looks forward to using all of his experience and adding to the Kay Team and supporting their continued success.

Amanda Schuler

Production Coordinator
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Amanda joined Kay Builders in 2013 as the Production and Marketing Coordinator. She enjoys working with such a big established company. Amanda enjoys working as part of both the Production and Marketing teams and helping out whenever she can.

She is very involved in the home buyers process helping buyers select all their interior and exterior colors and options as well as an being a big part of the Marketing team organizing events and spreading the news about Kay Builders.

Amanda is originally from Alabama and spent 3 years in the Army. After she served her country, she obtained her Real Estate License in 2004 and has been helping clients find their dream home since then.

Being a part of the Marketing team is something new for Amanda and she is looking forward to learning more and helping grow the company!

Lauren Daniels

Marketing Manager
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Lauren joined Kay Builders in 2014 as our Marketing Manager. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Masters in Business Administration, she brings with her a diverse background.

In her role at Kay Builders, she is involved in all aspects of marketing from designing to updating and managing the website.

Lauren enjoys the close knit community at Kay Builders and is excited to be apart of their continued success in the new construction industry.

Karen Bonatz

Sales & Marketing Administrator
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Karen joined the Kay Builders Team in 2016 as our Sales & Marketing Administrator. Karen joined us with 14 years of Real Estate experience, the majority of which is in new home sales, for both national companies and hometown builders. As her experience is in new home sales, she enjoys a new challenge working at Kay Builders from the in-house, Sales and Marketing prospective.

Working for a family owned corporation allows for the opportunity of growing her knowledge of the industry in many areas. Karen will be involved in contributing to openings of new communities, Realtor outreach programs, CRM systems, and direct support of the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Karen enjoys working with a team that takes pride in quality assurance, positive customer relations that creates a valuable builder reputation, and contributes to numerous community programs, the Kay Team!

Sandy Sekerak

Trexler Field Sales Manager
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Sandy joined Key Builders in 1999 and is the Sales Manager at The Fields at Indian Creek. Sandy enjoys working with buyers and helping them customize various features throughout their new home.

Sandy has been a licensed Realtor since 1998. She has 20 years of sales experience, most of which has been selling residential properties.

She enjoys working at Kay Builders because they build high-quality homes and they are a local, family-run business. Sandy believes that excellent service is the key to success and that it brings in repeat business. She stresses to potential buyers that Kay Builders offers truly CUSTOM-i-ZABLE homes, in an excellent location, and at a very competitive price.

Linda Minnich

Trio Fields Sales Manager
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Linda has successfully started and completed 4 New Home communities with over 425 new home sales at Kay Builders. With over 27 years of experience Linda has served as a Director for the Lehigh Valley Board of Realtors, President of the program committee and served on the grievance committee and Arbitration Board. She is also a lifetime Par Excellence Award Member along with ranking in the top 5% of all agents nationwide, earning her a Gold Society award.

Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, she is the mother of 2 grown sons and 2 granddaughters. Her expertise is in new home construction and her market area is Nazareth, PA.

As a New Home development agent, Linda enjoys interacting with developers, contractor, builders, attorneys and mortgage companies and has received numerous awards for her track record and for top sales performance and customer satisfaction.

James "Jimmy" Blewitt

Laurel Field Sales Manager
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James joined Kay Builders in 2014 and is the Sales Manager at Laurel Field. He enjoys working in connection with new home buyers and walking them step by step through the process of purchasing a new construction home. He also enjoys working directly with production to assure time lines and quality standards are not only met but also to the standards of the individual needs of the buyer.

James has a BS in Communications with a Marketing minor from Penn State University. He has had 9 years of resale experience in the Lehigh Valley both residential and commercial. James is currently working on completing his Associate Brokers license.

He enjoys working for a reputable builder. Being family owned and operated has given "Jimmy" the opportunity to further expand his knowledge of Real Estate in the focused areas of new construction sales and land development.

Paul Dougherty

Sales Manager
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Paul joined Kay Builders in 2013 and is currently the Sales Manager at The Fields at Lockridge, located in Alburtis, PA. With 15 years of new home experience, as well as a background in construction, new homes sales was a perfect fit. He enjoys working in connection with new home buyers and walking them step-by-step through the process of purchasing a new construction home. He also enjoys working directly with production to assure timelines and quality standards are not only met but also to the standards of the individual needs of the buyer.

He enjoys working for a family owned business with an outstanding reputation as being one of the leading builders in the Lehigh Valley. The idea that Kay Builders can customize homes for families unlike other builders, makes Kay the perfect builder for your perfect home.

Fran Phelps

The Fields at Indian Creek
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Fran joined Kay Builders in 2016 as the Sales Manager at the Fields at Indian Creek, our Active Adult Community located in Emmaus.

With over 37 years in the Real Estate industry, Fran has worked in Bucks, Montgomery and Chester Counties. Having worked primarily in New Home Sales and in Sales Management, Fran is excited about the opportunity to now work in the Lehigh Valley and with everyone at Kay Builders.

She truly loves new home sales and watching new communities take shape. Fran can't wait to work with all of the buyers at The Fields at Indian Creek. She finds it rewarding to help buyers as they bring their dream homes to life!

Sara Zabienski

Settlement Coordinator
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Sara joined Kay builders in 2016 and brings 10 years of corporate management and extensive real estate knowledge to our organization. She looks forward to assisting the team by coordinating seamless, on-time closings for each client.

Sara is a proud graduate of Purdue University and received her Pennsylvania Real Estate license in 2014.

Joining the Kay team as the Settlement Coordinator was a unique opportunity that Sara jumped at, due to the fact that it allowed her to utilizer her real estate experience and corporate management background. Sara is excited to work for a family owned organization that is growing by leaps and bounds and one that has a strong sense of community and giving back.

Frankie Johnson

Sales Manager | Scenic View
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Frankie Johnson joined Kay Builders in 2016. She is currently the Sales Manager at our newest community located in Nazareth and Bushkill County, Scenic View.

With over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry, Frankie's specialty is in New Home Construction and enjoys every second of it.

Frankie is passionate about helping buyers build their dream home and enjoys assisting her clients every step of the way. She is proud to work for a reputable family-owned business that's one of the leading builders in the Lehigh Valley.

Shannon Cawley

Vice President of Design and Drafting

Shannon Cawley joined Kay Builder's production team in 2008. While managing the Design & Drafting Department, he specializes in home construction, design, permitting, cost analysis and pricing.

Shannon is currently working on seven Lehigh Valley sites: Trio Fields in Lower Nazareth, Laurel Field and Trexler Field in Upper Macungie Township, Lockridge in Alburtis, Blue Ridge Chase in Upper Saucon Township, Indian Creek in Emmaus/Upper Milford, and Heather Glen, a commercial project in Upper Macungie.

Shannon has 23 years of home-building and design experience. He attended the Pingry School, holds a B.A. in architecture from Lehigh University and, is a long-time resident of the Lehigh Valley.

Sarah Borowski

Design & Drafting

Sarah Borowski joined Kay Builders in 2011 as a part of the Design and Drafting team. On a daily basis, Sarah draws floor plans based on the modifications requested by our homeowners; this is where our CUSTOM-i-ZABLE options originate!
Sarah also plays a key role in designing new base plans for upcoming communities and assists the field crew with drawings needed for permits.

Sarah graduated with an Associate's Degree in Architectural Drafting and has been perfecting her skills in the industry since 1996.

Sarah loves working for Kay Builders because of her passion for New Home Construction and enjoys designing and drafting for a family-owned business!

Ken Plarr

Design and Drafting

Ken recently joined the Kay Builders team in early May of 2016. Ken works in the Design and Drafting department. He has over 35 years of Design and Drafting experience in the residential Construction field. Ken attended Northampton County Community College and studied Architectural Technologies.

Most recently, he lead the Design Team for a local Custom Home Builder for over 25 years. Ken is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies include grilling, cooking and designing new recipes for his wife's home canning business. Ken is excited to work for Kay Builders!

Brian Atherholt

Vice President of Purchasing

Brian joined Kay Builders in 2013. As the V.P. of Purchasing, Brian is responsible for purchasing and estimating for all of the Kay Builders subdivisions as well as their commercial projects.

Brian attended Kutztown University where he majored in Business Management.

Brian enjoys being an important contributor to the growing success of Kay Builders.

John D'Alessandro

Finance

John D'Alessandro plays a key role with Kay Builders as its accounting specialist managing accounts receivable and payable, payroll and financing, as well as the quarterly taxes and the monthly closing of the books.

John also is the IT specialist, overseeing the company's systems, network and e-mail and can trouble shoot any minor computer glitches that may come up.

John joined Kay Builders in 2004 after working for four years with Sycamore Construction in Quakertown, Pa. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa.

Ethel Gery

Office Manager

Ethel Gery has been part of the Kay Builders team for 45 years. She has done nearly every job possible and has worked in offices on Highland Avenue, in Shepherd Hills and now on Hamilton Boulevard.

She has seen the company grow continuously over the past four decades and is very proud of all that she has contributed to that growth.

Currently this Allentown Business College graduate helps out with the financial side of the business. She closes out the company.

Glenn Cox

Warranty Manager
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Glenn joined Kay Builders in 2015 as our Warranty Manager bringing over 20 years of warranty experience in the new home construction industry.

In his role as Warranty Manager, he communicates with homeowners post settlement to evaluate and answer warranty questions that arise. He also schedules and manages the completion of repairs needed.

Glenn is a New Jersey Shore native having worked in the new construction industry in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Glenn enjoys the team work atmosphere at Kay Builders and is proud that the company is constantly striving to improve.

Elmer Horvath

Customer Service

Elmer Horvath joined Kay Builders in 2007 as our Service Technician.

Elmer has been in the residential construction business for almost 20 years and is well versed in all phases of the construction process.

Once the homeowner occupies their home, Elmer handles all warranty-related issues and repairs for the home. It is that extensive knowledge that Kay Builders taps into every day to make sure all its building activities run smoothly, effectively and efficiently.

Before joining Kay Builders in 2007, Elmer worked for residential builders in Bucks and Northampton counties, including the K. Hovnanian Corp. and the Elliot Building Group. He spent a few years running his own company, which ranged from trouble-shooting to home improvement.

Jon Lamberton Jr.

Site Superintendent

Jon joined Kay Builders in 2013 as a punch out technician. Working his way up, Jon is now the Site Superintendent in our Laurel Field Community in Allentown and The Fields At Lockridge Community in Alburtis.

In his role at Kay Builders, he coordinates the contractors and inspectors during the production process. Making sure to combine all of our customers needs and wants into their new home is his goal.

Having worked in the industry for 20+ years, Jon is excited to be working for a local builder!

Joe Peterson

Vice President of Commercial Operations

Joe joined Kay Builders in 2015 as our Project/Construction Manager for the Heather Glen Senior Living Project. His role is to direct all construction and administrative activities associated with the facility.

For the past three decades, Joe has been building residential homes, multi-family structures and light commercial construction projects throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, having been involved in the construction management of over four thousand projects as the President/CEO of a mid-size construction company. In 2010, he was recognized for his accomplishments in the building industry by being honored with the prestigious Pennsylvania Builders Association's statewide "Builder of the Year" award. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical engineering from Temple University and is certified as a Pennsylvania Building Code Official.

Joe enjoys working in the family oriented Kay Builders environment and looks forward to providing solutions to the everyday challenges as a new member of the team.

Ed Flippin

Site Superintendent

Ed joined Kay Builders in 2014. He is the Site Superintendent of Trio Fields located in Nazareth, a community building Singles and Townhomes.

Ed oversees all aspects of new home construction.

Ed has over 20 years of experience in home and commercial construction throughout the area.

His favorite part about his position is the excitement a homeowner has when they receive keys to their new home! As Ed states, "it makes you feel you've done something good for someone!"

Jim Guenther

Site Superintendent

Jim joined Kay Builders in 2016. He his the Site Superintendent at The Fields at Indian Creek in Emmaus & Blue Ridge Chase in Center Valley.

Jim's duties as superintendent are to review plans and options for homes under construction. He schedules, meets with, and checks all work performed by contractors. He also meets with buyers prior to and during the construction process of their home, and with code enforcement, at each stage of the building process. Jim ensures that each home is constructed according to plan.

Jim graduated from Upper Dublin High school and started in the construction industry in 1983.

Even though it has been a short time for Jim at Kay Builders, it is very obvious to him that everyone here works together and helps each other extremely well, day in and day out, making the job run smoother.

Christopher Bliss

Site Superintendent

Chris joined Kay Builders in 2015 and is currently the Site Superintendent at our Trexler Field Community in Breinigsville, PA. Chris' duties are to review plans and options for homes under construction. He schedules, meets with and checks all work performed by sub-contractors. Chris also meets with buyers prior to and during the construction process to ensure the home is built to code and according to the blueprints.

Chris graduated from Northwestern Lehigh School and later went on to attend CIT Career Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Kay team, Chris ran a successful Residential Construction business for 17 years.

Chris enjoys being a part of the Kay Builders' construction team and working with highly qualified individuals in his field. His interests include hunting, fishing, Coaching and being a leader in his community.

Lee A. Christman

Site Superintendent

Lee A. Christman joined Kay Builders in 2017. He is the Site Superintendent of Blue Ridge Chase and our newest community Scenic View. Lee's role is to assure that your home is built on quality, built on time and budget. Watching your home being built thru your eyes is his greatest joy.

Lee has been hands on in all construction trades from site work to concrete, trim to paint and everything in between. Being so involved allows him to make sure the job is completed to the highest standards.

Lee enjoys the construction industry because of its fast-paced nature. Lee likes "the will do attitude" and practices this everyday.

Mabél Raymond

Senior Executive Assistant

Mabél joined Kay Builders in 2016. With her vast knowledge of the new construction industry, Mabél will be a great asset to the Kay Builders team in her role as Assistant to CEO, Rick Koze.

Holding both a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Real Estate license, Mabél brings with her 13 years of real estate experience, predominantly in new construction and real estate auctions where she was Senior Director of Project Management specializing in condominiums and luxury homes.

Mabél graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College and is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist.

She is excited to be working with Kay Builders because each day is more dynamic than the day before.