Shortly after achieving his Master's Degree in Finance, Jim gained his first experience in the industry through the development side of real estate. It was there, which fueled Jim's desire to tap into his creative nature and educational background to establish James Engle Custom Homes in 2000. His ability to offer innovative home designs with a strong focus for quality construction, lead Jim to be one of the most trusted and well respected builders in the Kansas City market today. Married to his college sweetheart, Cindy, the two are enjoying life with their two children and family dogs. In his personal time, Jim enjoys training with his children in Okanawan Kenpo Karate and Jujitsu or lifting weights and conquering yoga with Cindy. Also a passionate fisherman, Jim loves a little rest and relaxation at the lake.
Ben's depth of knowledge in the building industry was gained by working with top professionals, holding positions in each department of construction and, most importantly, putting in the hours, studying the business, processes and science of new home construction. But lucky for James Engle Custom Homes, this native Kansas Citian chose to settle down with his family here. Always competitive in nature, our leader was also successful outside of work. Back in 1994, he gained the title of Mountain Bike State Champion in MO. You may also see his competitiveness on the golf course from time to time, or at a local running race. When he is not perfecting his passion of turning raw dirt into someone's dream home, Ben may be found soaking up the rays with his friends and family on the beach.
Kim 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'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.
Sarah brings 20 + years of residential architecture experience to JECH. She grew up in Wichita, tagging along with her mom, a realtor, walking through homes. After graduating from KSU, she moved to Overland Park, married her husband Ron, and has 2 amazing daughters. When she's not designing or customizing plans for our homeowners, you might find her playing the piano for church youth services, or catching a game of volleyball. Escaping to the mountains is her idea of rest and relaxation.
For those of you who don’t already know Erin, 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 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.
Camping, boats, floats, bonfires and fun. That nearly sums up this fun loving lady's favorite things. We only say "nearly" as the three things that rank higher in this girl’s priorities (other than performing outstanding work for James Engle) are her husband, daughter and extensive group of family and friends. Born and raised in Harrisonville, Randa remains a country girl at heart, lending to her strong work ethic and high expectations.
Sr. Construction Manager
Band aids, fruit snacks and laughter fill Dave's Sunday afternoons with busy grandchildren. Born and raised in the Kansas City metro, Dave brings thirty four years of experience to James Engle Custom Homes. He does enjoy spending the majority of his time with his children and family, however if it were up to him, they would all be unwinding together at the beach or an appealing cabin on the lake.
Brian's love for building is evident in his daily devotion to deliver a home that surpasses our homeowner's expectations. Several years of experience in the industry has equipped Brian with the expert knowledge to accomplish this task. As one of our adorned members of the James Engle team, it is no surprise this isn't the first successful team he has had a huge part in. Back in his senior year of high school, Brian help lead the Carrollton Trojan football team to the State playoffs; a goal not achieved in over 30 years. We are certainly thankful this small town hero chooses to be a hero on our team today.
‘Work hard, play hard’... We have many employees that might fit this saying, but none quite like Brett. 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 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 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, 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.
You could call Gregg 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 Gregg could, he would teach the world of all things: to be kind.
Louisiana native and crawfish connoisseur, Ryan 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.
Construction Manager Asst
Quality Control Manager
Deon, a native of Kansas City, grew up in a custom homebuilding family and became familiar with all aspects of construction at a very early age along with his three brothers. His father taught a strong work ethic and a dedication to quality. He has many years of construction experience in both the small custom and large production environments in a variety of roles which helped round out his knowledge. Close to his heart are the concepts of continuous improvement and building science while helping people realize their American Dream. When not tracking through sawdust he likes to spend time taking walks with his wife, trying new recipes in the kitchen or on the smoker, tinkering in his woodshop, golfing or playing softball. He is a big fan of humor and believes in keeping life in perspective.
Mark's enthusiasm for the home building industry is evident through
years of commitment to this field and true desire to assist our homeowners. Taking pride in his work is obvious to anyone who meets Mark, but his pride can also be seen in his personal life, as an all-pro dad. When Mark sets work aside, he is found at one of his 4 children's sporting events. The philosophy that family comes first is not only important to Mark, but a value we admire and support at James Engle. Our homeowner's agree, we are blessed to have this Central Missouri graduate on our team.
Humble and compassionate are two adjectives that describe Marilyn spot-on. She continually aims to better herself; the testimonials from our homeowners ring true. With her years of extensive knowledge in the building industry and genuine passion to help others, it comes to no surprise that our clients love Marilyn. Her customer service skills were inherited at an early age as a small town native of Wellsville, KS. Marilyn understands the importance of family.
During her free time, s
he can be found enjoying the
lake with her VIPs. But, if you are looking to thank her for her hard work, she is currently accepting free vacations to Costa Rica!
Gayle has benefited the home building industry with her proficiency for over ten years. She has lived in the Kansas City metro area her entire life - with the exception of earning her accounting degree in the treasured land of KU Basketball, Lawrence, KS. The only thing that might take her time away from her beloved team, would be a tranquilizing, calming home on the beach.
Cyndy 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.
This gal not only has a knack for numbers, but a true passion for animals and the outdoors. When she is not
the accounting demands
at James Engle
, she is running her own dog boarding facility or taking a ride on one of her treasured horses. Always being a successful entrepreneur, she had even owned her hair styling business for over 15 years. This mother of 4, truly knows how to live life to the fullest and we are thankful she chooses to share some of her time with us.
What is a document coordinator, you ask? Well, in this case, he's a person with extremely over qualified skills, looking for some creative past time! We are really lucky to have this very talented individual on our team. With over 3 decades of detailed oriented work experience for the Government, Lynn is now enjoying his retirement with our organizational duties. However, this over- achieving family man does allow himself time to enjoy the beach now and then with his loved ones. If he chooses to indulge himself in a little personal time, a good book may catch his attention. That is until football season, where you then catch Lynn cheering on the Chiefs.
Real Estate Consultant
Cindy currently contributes over 15 years of real estate experience to the JECH team. Once a vision, James Engle Custom Homes became reality with the assistance of Cindy's business management background and her entrepreneurial spirit. This spirit can even be seen in her personal life, where she devotes free time to helping others set physical goals through fitness and proper nutrition. An accomplished runner, Cindy enjoys the life of the physically fit. She leads by example as she sets high expectations for herself personally and professionally