Principal | CEO
Chris Kemmerly’s inspiration to start and build respected homebuilding and development companies began during his formative years, which were guided by two hard-driving Illinois homebuilders with a talent for seizing opportunities — his father Jack and grandfather John Frederick.
Chris’ mentors taught him that integrity, perseverance and humor were integral to growing a solid business. This advice served him well at the University of Arizona where he graduated in 1982, and at his first job with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services, where he worked as an intern in college and a commercial real estate broker after graduation for four years before he joined Kennedy Brothers Construction (KBC), the largest home building company at that time in Chicago.
By age 28, Chris relocated to Southern California and became a co-owner of Galey & Kemmerly Homes, a Carlsbad-based homebuilding company. After a few years, he ultimately sold his interests in California prior to moving his operations to Tucson in 1992, when he formed the Kemmerly Company and built his first custom spec home.
In 1995, Kemmerly formed Miramonte Homes and began building single-family homes in Southern Arizona. At that time, Kemmerly also began developing and building owner-occupied build-to-suite office and industrial buildings in Southern Arizona as the Kemmerly Company.
Before the recession hit in 2008, Chris sold his home building company to Standard Pacific Homes and ran their Southern Arizona home building division for a few years before he bought his home building company back from Standard Pacific and cemented his reputation for building quality homes with integrity while he weathered the recession. Today his company is one of the largest independent builders in Arizona, known for real estate development expertise; durability in the marketplace; and unwavering dedication to quality, craftsmanship, customers and the community.
In a state dominated by national homebuilders with little knowledge of northern and southern Arizona’s unique culture, Kemmerly has proven to borrowers, lenders and investors that his companies have the edge when it comes to navigating the complexities of local real estate development.
Building successful projects that provide value to both buyers and investors is Chris’ top priority. Today, Chris and his team have built exceptional and highly respected companies with annual revenues of more than $64 million. When asked how he did this, Chris will tell you, “Treat others as you wish to be treated.”