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.
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 joined Kay Builders in 2015. As the Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Brian leads the teams in our Marketing Department and all of our communities in the Lehigh and Bucks County.
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 joined Kay Builder in 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 joined Kay Builders in May 2016. As the Vice President of Finance, Greg 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 joined Kay Builders in 2016. As the Vice President of Site Development, 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Fran joined Kay Builders in 2016. She is currently the Sales Manager at Trexler Field, located in Breinigsville.
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!
Frankie Johnson joined Kay Builders in 2016. She is currently the Sales Manager at our newest community located in Emmaus, The Fields at Jasper Ridge.
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.
Debra Squires joined Kay Builders in 2017 as a member of the Sales Team at Trexler Field. She is currently the Sales Manager at Scenic View, located in Nazareth and Bushkill County.
With over 28 years of experience in New Home Sales, Debra is responsible for managing the entire process of New Home Construction. From the initial meeting with the potential buyer, to the day of settlement, Debra is there for the entire process.
Debra is looking forwarding to working for a reputable builder who has so many new communities coming in the near and long-term future. Kay Builders is not going anywhere, and she loves that!
Denise joined Kay Builders in 2018 as the Sales Manager for The Fields at Creek View. With over 20 years experience in new home sales, Denise has received many accolades over the years for customer service and satisfaction. This included being awarded Sales Person of the year for the most volume of homes sold, highest dollar amount and overall customer satisfaction in 2012 & 2017.
Denise has sold homes in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is OSHA certified.
Denise finds gratification in helping buyers throughout the entire homebuilding process. She is looking forward to working for Kay Builders because they are a local builder and offer high quality homes!
Virginia joined Kay Builders in 2018 as a Sales Assistant for the Trio Fields and Scenic View communities, both located in Nazareth. In addition, Virginia will be part of the Online Concierge team that guides our customers through the initial buying process and ultimately into the community that best suits their needs.
As a realtor for the past 4+ years, Virginia has gained a wealth of knowledge in working through the home buying process and specializes in making each of her clients feel like they are a priority. She feels open and honest communication are of utmost importance in such a large purchase.
Virginia is excited to be a part of the Kay Builders family because as a resident of the Lehigh Valley for over 30+ years, she has seen Kay's growth and is thrilled to continue to grow with them in this amazing journey.
Gina joined the Kay Builders Team in 2018 as the Director of Marketing. Gina has worked in the New Home Sales, Residential and Commercial Real Estates resale arenas as well as the Mortgage Industry in Marketing. Her experience and knowledge in many areas of the real estate arena allow her to see the whole picture of new home sales and how each division plays a big part in the home buying experience. She enjoys using her creative energy to bring attention to all the details that are so important when you are building a new home.
Gina believes working for a local builders allows you to really learn about the area and the communities being created. Marketing new neighborhoods allows her to share and really tell a story about all the amazing places in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County where you can build your custom-i-zable home with Kay Builders.
With all of the growth and new communities in the pipeline for Kay Builders, Gina is excited to take part in leading up the Marketing efforts as the company continues to grow and expand into new projects in 2019.
Elissa joined Kay Builders in 2018. Elissa brings to the position extensive office and administrative experience as well as a strong back ground in real estate. Elissa has held her PA real estate license since 2014 and has represented buyers, sellers and investors. Elissa has a Bachelor's degree in business Administration from Muhlenberg College and currently lives in Nazareth. One of her concentrations in college was Sales and Marketing, so she is excited to have the opportunity to support Brian McKendry, the VP of Sales and Marketing.
Elissa is excited to join the Kay Builders team to continue her career in the growing Lehigh Valley real estate market and to expand her real estate knowledge to include new construction with a reputable, family owned builder.
Nicole joined Kay Builders in 2018 as a Sales Assistant for both The Fields at Jasper Ridge and Trexler Field communities. Nicole will also be part of our Online Sales Concierge team, an important role that guides prospective buyers in their search for a new home!
Nicole recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley after living in Chicago for 12 years! She is happy to be back closer to her family and friends in her hometown that has grown so much over the years.
Nicole is excited to be working for such a reputable company that exudes small-town family values and impressive big city dreams.
MabÃ©l joined Kay Builders in 2016. With her vast knowledge of the new construction industry, MabÃ©l 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, MabÃ©l 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.
MabÃ©l 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.
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.
Kate became a part of the Kay Builders team in 2018, when she relocated back to the Lehigh Valley after living in Florida for the past 31 years.
Kate holds her degree in Interior Design from Indian River State College and even though she enjoyed working in interior design firms, her love has always been the architectural side of design, so in the year of 2000, she moved into the field of residential building.
Over her career with three unique builders, from production to semi-custom to high-end custom, she has held positions as a Selections Coordinator and then Design Studio Director, where she guided her team and more than 1,000 homeowners through the sometimes arduous, but always exciting journey from structural and electrical customization to the interior finishes of their home.
In her last position with Kolter Homes in Florida, she held the position of liaison to the outside architectural firms ensuring that hundreds of floor plans in 10 communities across the state were consistent, accurate and up to the company's standard of innovative design. As part of Architectural and Planning, she made it her main objective to work closely with all departments, such as Purchasing, Sales, Design, Production and Marketing to achieve a flow throughout departments.
Kate believes in order to be a true professional in any field, the most important action you can take is to be mindful of those who need you to do your best work so they can do theirs.
Kate hopes her unique perspective and experience of having worked in these different aspects of the home building process will serve Kay Builders in many years to come.
Sasha Lees joined Kay Builders in 2019 as a Design Studio Selections Coordinator, where she is responsible for guiding homebuyers through the exciting and sometimes arduous process of selecting standards, options and upgrades for their new home.
Sasha has spent over 15 years in the kitchen and bath industry working in design, sales and project management. Fueled by her passion for design and helping customers, she is enthusiastic to make homeowners' visions become a reality.
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!
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!
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 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 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 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 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 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!
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!"
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.