Kim Brune has spread her knowledge in the real estate industry for over ten years. Her expertise and compassion are shown through every encounter. What she enjoys most about the homebuilding trade, is the final aftereffect of not only building a customers’ dream house, but creating that house into a home. Kim’s free time is spent with friends and family either on her boat at the lake -basking in the sun, or testing her strident vocal cords at a rowdy sports game.
VP of Sales
Great conversation with friends and family on a warm summer day equals Rachael Durant’s idea of the perfect Sunday afternoon. Rachael grew up in the land of crab cakes and harbors; as her first 18 years were spent in Baltimore, MD. Being in the Real Estate industry for over thirteen years, she understands the importance of being ‘home’ - which makes her the ideal ally to assist you in your search for the perfect floor plan. This positive, goofy, competitive gal believes that it’s not what happens to you that makes you who you are, it’s how you react.
For those of you who don’t already know Erin Cooper, the phrase "Talk to me, Goose", resonates well with her bubbly personality. Over the past eleven years, Erin has built an extensive resume based on her meticulous and diligent work ethic. However, her number one job is being a loving mother to three beautiful little girls whom share her charisma. An ideal afternoon for Erin and her family would consist of taking her three 'fishies' swimming on a warm sunny day, while indulging in their favorite cuisine: pizza (it's a food group, right?)!
Being in the homebuilding industry for over 13 years, Jason Renner has extensive insight into all aspects and phases of the build process. Hidden in this orderly, city guy facade, lies a true wilderness dweller. A mountaineer at heart, he prefers the rough terrain and essence of nature. Jason is an immense family man, therefore he deeply acknowledges the true meaning of Thanksgiving; his favorite holiday. This day brings joy, quality time with family and friends, and great food! Most of all, it is a constant reminder to be thankful for what you have - not only once a year, but every single day.
Marketing and Process Coordinator
‘Work hard, play hard’... We have many employees that might fit this saying, but none quite like Brett Lloyd. Brett has dedicated over 23 years to the construction industry. Being a professional of the trade, his expertise comes highly recommended and appreciated by all. Brett was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California prior to moving to the Midwest. Spending his free time floating around the lake on his pontoon certifies for Brett an ideal, yet tame Sunday afternoon. Free falling 13,000 feet out of a perfectly good airplane? That’s a better afternoon!
Steve Jaso prides himself with the generosity of sharing his ‘sweet dance moves’. Here and there, he can be a walking definition of the word Ornery. Steve is a lover of sports, especially when it involves cheering for his children on the soccer and softball fields. He grew up watching KU basketball and like most, appreciates the proud winning traditions. One holiday that holds strong for Steve, is Independence Day – the 4thof July. Nothing can beat bringing friends & family together for laughs and explosives!!
Without throwing out a specific age, Kevin Schneider includes 30 years of industry expertise. Kevin failed to share with us his favorite-all-time-funniest prank, due to the amount of blackmail we would have on him, if such a story were printed. We assume this is where his current phrase was initiated: ‘Wisdom comes from humility.’ If you can’t find Kevin, head out to his weekend lake house; there he will be: BBQ in hand, swaying to the smooth tunes of John Cougar Mellencamp.
Chad Gregoire, also known as ‘Gregwa’, brings sixteen years of experience to the James Engle family. Being a big time hockey fan, you can hear him cheering for the Detroit Red Wings and the Missouri Mavericks during the season. In fact, he loves to share his knowledge of why most hockey players don’t drink tea: first of all they don’t have many teeth, second his favorite teams have all the cups! Chad stated that his favorite holiday is Christmas because he loves the mentality people have of giving and caring that time of year. He really wishes this mindset would last year round. Therefore, if you see Chad out and about, just remember: lunch is on him.
A veteran to the homebuilding industry, Dennis Pugh has over 18 years of experience planning, coordinating and supervising construction projects from early development to completion. If Dennis could meet anyone, past or present, he would choose Abraham Lincoln, aka 'Honest Abe'. The equitable traits of both individuals, speak for their genuine character. An old soul at heart, Dennis shows his pride by honoring Independence Day with gratitude and then, of course- food, fun and fireworks!
You could call Gregg Rizzotto a ‘seasoned’ Construction Manager… not because of his age, but because he has survived 28 years in the homebuilding industry. When he’s not on the clock, he is relaxing in his lounger watching football or Nascar. Being such a gentle soul on the JECH team, if Greg could, he would teach the world of all things: to be kind.
Construction Manager Asst
Louisiana native and crawfish connoisseur, Ryan Malagarie brings more than thirteen years of experience from the homebuilding industry to JECH. When Ryan isn’t giving his all to his work schedule, he enjoys unwinding in his hammock with his young boys. Listening to nature and sneaking in an occasional quick nap are usually on the ‘to-do’ list as well. Being a nationally licensed soccer coach, this skilled fanatic loves heading to the Sporting Park to cheer on Kansas City’s newest professional team – Sporting KC!
Construction Manager Asst
Happy-go-lucky, Brent Dishman, grew up on a farm in a small town in Northwest Missouri. It was that small town that gave Brent the values, appreciation and gratitude that he carries with him today. Brent spent the majority of his time helping his father restore aged Victorian homes. When his experience branched, he began remodeling homes and from there, learned the craft of building homes from the ground up. Taking a break from hard work, Brent enjoys the beach life. With open arms, he welcomes the laid back lifestyle and tranquil atmosphere of the shore.
Cyndy Hurd came to the Kansas City metro area 27 years ago from Western Kansas. This kind and warm-hearted gal shares her pride for being from ‘farm country’. One thing Cyndy could never give up would be the necessity of a hearty, home-cooked, country meal consisting of her two favorite staples: steak and bread. Cyndy has confirmed her loyalty and dedication to the JECH family, as she is soon approaching her third year with the company.
What if there was an afternoon when everyone in America took the time to help someone else? Marilyn Silvers can only imagine the possibilities! Humble and compassionate are two adjectives that describe Marilyn spot-on. She continually aims to better herself; the testimonials from our homeowners ring true. One phrase that leaves her lips frequently is: ‘Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is.’
Dee Dee Pitts
If you see ‘Carpe Diem: Seizing the Day with Dee Dee Pitts’, while strolling your latest bookstore, be sure to purchase this amazing read! If this autobiography were real, her fun-loving, spunky, easy-going personality would pop right off the page. Dee Dee has been an employee with JECH for the last three years and is often found planning and organizing social events, delivering closing gifts to thrilled new homeowners, and initiating marketing ideas. In her free time she can be found at the lake, or holding a heavy role as ‘soccer mom’.