The Morgan-Keefe Team
Morgan-Keefe Builders has been celebrating success since 1980, thanks in part to the vision and leadership of founding partner, Malcolm Morgan. His core business philosophies—communication, integrity, value, and quality construction—are shared by each member of the MKB team.
Malcolm excels in teambuilding. He enjoys listening to clients, assisting them in articulating their dream, and managing the company’s resources to make that dream a beautiful reality. In addition, he is skilled at creating cooperative and productive working relationships between clients, architects, his employees and subcontractors. Malcolm’s many years of experience enable him to negotiate projects effectively, maintain a “big picture” perspective for his team, and finish projects on time and within budget.
Malcolm began his building career at an early age in his native North Carolina. He worked in various trades on construction projects throughout high school and college. He also worked with his grandfather who was a field engineer for a national company. Malcolm went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina in Asheville with a major in economics and a minor in psychology. He holds a General Contractor’s License in the states of North and South Carolina.
When he’s not in the office or on the lot, he can often be found on the course. Golf has always been a passion for Malcolm. He’s played since high school and took it the next level in college. In 2004, Malcolm was given the opportunity to be an official PGA caddie for his good friend and PGA player Tommy Tolles. And as Malcolm puts it: “It was a once in a lifetime experience!”
Brenda is a CPA and retired from a 20 year career as Chief Financial Officer with a major southeastern retailer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Prior to her retail experience, Brenda worked in public accounting for 5 years. She joined Morgan-Keefe Builders as its president and chief financial officer in 2006. With Brenda’s background in management and finance, she quickly made a positive difference.
Brenda focuses on the administrative and management side of the business, allowing Malcolm to spend more time on job sites and marketing. She helps guide day-to-day operations as well as the financial direction of the company. Brenda and her husband David live in Asheville and enjoy in their spare time boating and relaxing on Lake Norman near Charlotte and traveling. They have 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Alfredo is a much valued job superintendent. He spends his time on site supervising subcontractors, scheduling, ordering materials and ensuring that plans and specifications are followed. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the construction industry, mostly with MKB but also including time spent working in the concrete trade. Alfredo shares MKB’s passion for exceeding client’s expectations.
Alfredo enjoys spending time away from work with his wife and three lovely daughters.
Brandon is native to Western North Carolina and has a passion for meeting client’s needs. His first construction experience was remodeling with his Father and Grandfather in high school and college. He also has 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry which really shows in his communication skills. Brandon started his own construction business in Charleston, South Carolina remodeling homes but recently moved back to Asheville to be closer to family. He is a carpenter by trade but has a wide variety of construction knowledge. Brandon has a heart for people and an eye for detail.
Outside of the workplace Brandon has a wife and one year old son he loves spending time with on their boat. He enjoys being outdoors, playing music, and golfing with his friends and Father.
Brian enjoys helping homeowners articulate and manifest their custom home vision. He draws on his exceptional interpersonal skills to clearly communicate this vision with subcontractors to ensure dreams do become realities. Brian’s unique eye for detail rivals and surpasses those with many more years of experience.
Brian brings more than 10 years of construction management experience to MKB and has been employed with the company since 2005. In 1995, after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in business, Brian started his own custom-home construction company.
Elaine joined the Morgan Keefe team in the fall of 2018 with over 30 years of business administration experience. Her travels have taken her from building budgets on Capitol Hill to building custom homes in Western North Carolina. Elaine has always enjoyed creating “dream homes” on paper – which led to a degree in Computer Aided Drafting Technology – and has over 15 years of experience in construction industry ranging from geotechnical testing to architectural stone estimating/project coordination to construction estimating. She enjoys putting the puzzle pieces of a custom home together in close collaboration with clients, designers, and architects.
In her spare time Elaine enjoys volunteering with a local housing non-profit, gardening, walks in the woods, trying new recipes, and hanging out with her two kids, family, and friends.
Joel’s broad-based construction experience gives him a unique understanding of how luxury homes are constructed from the first architectural renderings through project engineering to hands-on construction and master-crafted finish work. Joel enjoys working with homeowners to refine their custom home vision and then assembling a highly qualified team of craftsmen to artfully bring this vision to life.
As the son of a custom-home builder, Joel has spent more than 25 years in the construction industry. He holds a degree in Architectural Engineering and has worked as a tradesman, designer, estimator, facilities engineer and custom-home builder. Joel joined the Morgan-Keefe team in 2009 after relocating his family to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Keenan brings over 14 years of real world experience to the construction process that draws from experiences working with and managing stonework, timber framing and custom woodworking companies. Growing up in a family business environment, he developed and honed his strong leadership skills managing people from an early age. His keen attention to detail and innate ability to promote positive communication throughout the project lifecycle are key in the skillful execution of each project.
In his free time, Keenan is an avid mountainroad cyclist and values his time outside with his wife Michele and their 2 dogs Moe and Ella.
Martin’s attention to detail is apparent in all aspects of his project management—whether he’s sitting down with clients to discuss their luxury home vision, working with an architect to refine construction documents, or inspecting hand-crafted finishes to assure quality. He builds cohesive teams of professionals who are clear about project expectations and committed to working collaboratively to meet and surpass them.
Martin’s construction experience spans 28 years and two continents. He began his career as a woodworker and cabinet maker in France, where he received formal training in his craft and also earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After many years managing construction projects in both Europe and the U.S., Martin was drawn to the mountains of Western North Carolina where he joined Morgan-Keefe Builders in 2008.
McKenzie’s artistic eye and her keen attention to detail are key components when building a custom luxury home and provide her with tools to judge exceptional craftsmanship throughout the process. Her holistic approach to problem solving and team building brings a critical element to managing each project. She also has developed exceptional communication skills. Whether encountering subcontractors, working out details with architects or communicating a dream from a client, she works diligently to appropriately convey each message and keep each project moving forward.
In college, McKenzie interned with Morgan Keefe to grow in experience from all facets of the MKB process. She spent time estimating, managing and even spent time with the accounting team to gain knowledge of what makes for a successful company and luxury home project. In 2009, after completing her collegiate career in Construction Management and Business Administration, McKenzie joined Morgan Keefe Builders full time.
Ron was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio but moved to Western North Carolina as a very young adult. He fell in love with the mountains and has been here ever since.
Ron has worked in residential construction for over 30 years in the Asheville area, 25 of those years as a Superintendent. The many skills he has learned along the way make him a perfect fit for our home maintenance inspection service.
In his free time, Ron enjoys riding motorcycles, playing music with his two sons, and gardening with his wife.
Terry has over 30 years of expertise in both the residential and the commercial construction industry. Born in Asheville and a lifelong resident of the area, Terry grew up in a family of builders and learned the creativity and craftsmanship of construction while working part time during his school years. After graduating from Asheville Buncombe Technical College, he entered the industry full time expanding his knowledge and skill set.
He appreciates seeing a project evolve in great detail and has developed strong relationships with tradesmen to support successful projects. Collaborating with clients, architects, and designers to bring their ideas, concepts and dreams to a reality is something Terry has enjoyed throughout his career.
Will was drawn to the area by he and his wife’s love for the Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains, as well as his ancestral heritage. So, they decided to live where they had been going to ‘get away’ for a number of years.
Will’ s extensive background in Home Renovation coupled with years of experience in Luxury Property Management on Kiawah Island, SC make him a great, versatile fit at Morgan-Keefe.
In his spare time Will enjoys composing & recording thematic/cinematic electronic music, hiking & foraging with his wife and enjoying her wealth of culinary know how. Will is also an avid collector of antique books and etymological texts.
OFFICE & ACCOUNTING
Jodi Bell joined MKB in 2004. She has over 20 years of accounting experience working with a variety of businesses including Champion Hills Golf Community, where she first became familiar with MKB. Jodi supervises the office staff and works closely with the project managers in the administration of subcontracts. Jodi also assists the CEO and President in the administrative areas of the business.
Jodi was born into the construction business. Her father was a general contractor in South Florida and her oldest brother is a general contractor in Florida. Jodi’s husband, Don, is an electrical contractor.
Jacquelyn Higgs joined the Morgan Keefe team in 2017, bringing with her over 15 years of administrative and accounting experience. Jackie assists in the day-to-day accounting operations and works closely with the Project Managers and Executive staff.
Jacquelyn is a native of Western North Carolina and is currently working towards finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Liberty University. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and dogs.
Debra Hirsbrunner joined the Morgan Keefe team in 2016 bringing with her over 15 years of administrative and accounting experience, many of those years as an Office Manager for a landscape architecture company. Debra assists in the day-to-day accounting operations and works closely with the Project Managers and Executive staff.
Debra was born and raised in western North Carolina and has an Associates Degree in Information Systems and a Certificate of Basic Accounting from Blue Ridge Community College. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 young daughters.