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Giving Back!

Keesee Associates is committed to giving back to the community. As we try to recover from Hurricane Irma, we can see just how much we lean on each other in times of need. It is important to help others when you can, and Keesee is honored to give back to organizations such as Second Harvest, New Hope for Children, Bags of Hope, and GROWS. In addition to these wonderful charities, each year, a Keesee team member collects shoe donations from staff to embark on a journey to his homeland, Nicaragua –  giving shoes to people in impoverished areas.

 

One of the charities closest to Keesee Associates heart is their involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Over the years they have designed homes, provided construction documents, and participating in the Builder’s Blitz, Raise the Roof, and Women Build events. Keesee Associates is happy to raise funds, raise walls, and put their muscles to good use for a great cause. Keesee will continue to support Habitat and other charities each year, sharing a passion for helping others.

Mike Keesee Installed as 2018 GOBA Director

Last week, GOBA held their annual Installation and Awards Dinner and we are thrilled to announce that Mike Keesee was re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three year term! Mike was also honored with the Presidential Eagle Award for outstanding service through his dedication to the industry and to the success of the Mission of the Greater Orlando Builder Association.

Mike understands the commitment it takes to be a member of the Board – he served as Chairman of the Remodeling / Design Council, Chairman of the Membership Committee, served on the Finance Committee, Secretary, Associate Vice President and currently is the Immediate Past AVP.  He is also a current director to FHBA and NHBA and serves on the FHBA building code task force.  Mike has been a member of GOBA since 1994 and in past years he has been awarded the SPIKE Award of the Year, 2-time Associate of the Year and was honored with 2 Presidential Citations.We are all so proud of Mike’s accomplishments!

 

Keesee All-Stars go to Dallas

Earlier this year, Keesee Associates was nominated to apply for the 2017 Great Game of Business All-Star Awards!  The winners of the All-Star Awards are recognized in a special presentation at The Annual Gathering of the Games. Keesee being one of the finalists, a few of Keesee’s shining stars headed out to Dallas, Texas to attend the conference on September 6-8.

From these finalists, judges selected six All-Star Awards, including one Rookie of the Year, one Pioneer and one Hall of Fame inductee The prestigious list of All-Stars includes organizations from around the globe that have shown unwavering commitment to the principles of The Great Game of Business and open-book management while demonstrating outstanding results.

The Great Game isn’t just about generating profits, cash and wealth; it’s also about distributing it for the good of everyone involved. To recognize the players that embody this spirit of generosity and desire to help others succeed. Keesee is honored to be on the 2017 Great Game of Business All-Star Team!

 

 

Famosa Gardens Winery Now Open

We are thrilled to announce that the winery we designed, Famosa Gardens, is now open for your enjoyment! You can also book your special event there and watch fireworks from nearby Disney. The Orlando Sentinel Growth Spotter hosted a VIP wine tasting last week and Keesee staff can report that the Island Grove fruit wines are simply divine! Pictured below from the left is Keesee VP of Architecture James A. Garritani, RA, Famosa Gardens owner George Chen, Keesee PM Jamie Lynn Muroski, and Growth Spotter editor Bob Moser. You can read the article here.

 

About Famosa Gardens: Organic, bio-dynamic and perma-culture farming has arrived in Kissimmee, Florida. Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens, located adjacent to Formosa Gardens Village and is Offering an impressive array of unique fruit wines, Island Grove Wine Company is an established wine producer in north central Florida. Island Grove is also the largest producer of organic blueberries in the state, with two farms located in Hawthorne and Arcadia, Florida. The new winery will feature fabulous wines from Island Grove, in addition to over 40 grape wines of international origin. Island Grove’s harvesting expertise, combined with our eco-friendly approach to the 13,000-square-foot winery construction, will make for some of the best quality wines and micro-brewery craft beers imaginable. Guests will enjoy seven acres of lush botanical gardens and a farm-to-glass experience. The facility will also house 3,000 square feet of meeting space, plus several acres of outdoor meeting and wedding venues. The fun-filled fruit farm and garden will be accessible to all ages, while the winery and micro-brewery will be for those over 21 years of age.

 

 

 

 

And the Winner is… Keesee Associates!

 

The Greater Orlando Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council set off their annual Major Achievement Awards this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Keesee was honored to be awarded first place for best print advertising!

The event showcased several hundreds of most worthy sales and marketing efforts and awarded the best of the best in the home building industry and Keesee Associates was honored to be awarded first place for best print advertising!

This year’s theme was Disco as it takes hustle to make it in marketing. A good time was had by all as disco fever spread like fire. Cong rates to all the winners.

“The Greater Orlando Builders Association introduced the MAME Awards (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) in 1983. Every year industry professionals use the Majors as a springboard for careers and companies to reach the next level. Over the years, hundreds of award recipients have gone on to receive further recognition on the state and national level.”

 

 

 

Keesee and Partners Win Big at 2017 Parade of Homes

Recently, the winners of the 2017 GOBA Parade of Homes was announced and Keesee and partners won BIG!! We are proud to have been a part of the following winning projects:

First Place
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Delray
First Place
Rey Homes – Inspire
First Place
Maronda Homes Inc. of FL – Sierra V
First Place
CalAtlantic Homes – Weston
First Place
CalAtlantic Homes – Regent
First Place
CalAtlantic Homes – Barrington
First Place
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Sanibel
Grand Award
A.R. Bailey Homes LLC – Delray
First Place
CalAtlantic Homes – Killarney
Mike Keesee (left) with Tom Garver of A.R. Bailey Homes. A.R Bailey was an overall Grand Award Winner for a model Keesee designed in their new community located in Winter Garden, Canopy Oaks.
About the Parade of Homes: Every year the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) provides the Central Florida community with the exciting opportunity to learn about the latest trends in home design, advanced technology in energy efficiency, and innovative practices for green building applications at the Parade of Homes™ showcase event.

Our Design Office Is Moving

 

We are proud to announce that on June 1st, 2017, Keesee Associates design studio will be relocating to a larger facility in Apopka at 945 South Orange Blossom Trail.  We are combining efforts with our recently developed Architectural Division to further enhance the services we provide to our valued customers. Loyalty from customers like you has fueled continued growth, making a move to a larger facility necessary.  Since Keesee Associates opened its doors in 1992, your continued business and support is one of the main reasons why we’ve grown so much over the years.

In 2012, Keesee Associates focused on raising awareness of our talented home designers, and decided it was time to have a dedicated design studio to enable laser focus on building relationships and gaining new clients interested in custom home design or, reimagining their current home with renovation and remodel.

By 2015, it became apparent that Keesee Associates would be best served by offering full architectural services including commercial construction.  Shortly after, James A. Garritani, RA joined the firm and brought with him over 25 years’ experience in the commercial market.  The combination of Keesee Associates and James Garritani has been showing growth since.

As a result, and to accommodate our growing customer base, we will be moving our design studio to our Apopka office.  The Apopka office remains the home of our award-winning Performance Team which has handled a massive amount of production home plan management.  This Performance Team is also being made available to support both the Design Division and Architectural Divisions under one roof.
We look forward to serving you at our new address!

Something Big Is Coming!

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Balmoral at Waters Edge is Feltrim Group’s luxury vacation homes resort, designed by Keesee Associates.  Located between Disney, Lego Land, and some of the best restaurants and golf courses in the world. The resort has its own unbeatable on-site amenities as well!

 

 

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In attendance at the Grand Opening was the legendary Brazilian soccer player, Ronaldo, for the groundbreaking event of his R9 Soccer Academy, also by Feltrim. The academy and soccer field will be located directly next to the resort, and Keesee is honored to be the firm selected.

You can view the video from the March 31st opening HERE!

 

 

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