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WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1986, KMR has grown through generations of South Florida’s ever-changing landscape – we’ve seen it all, and we’ve been a contributor to it. With industry experience across all aspects of construction, KMR has established itself as one of the premier multifaceted general contracting firms in South Florida. We believe that excellence is achieved through an unwavering dedication to quality in both craftsmanship and relationships. Since 1986, we’ve built both our construction projects and our client relationships on the uncompromising principals that foster such excellence: transparency, integrity, and diligence.

Our experience lends itself to cost-effective practices, thorough and timely completions, and an ability to navigate challenges with effective solutions through decades of successful projects. As leaders in innovative solutions, KMR prides itself on its ability to balance old and new, considering ourselves old-school early adopters: we welcome innovative techniques, but adhere strictly to our uncompromising business values and will only implement innovations that we know will stand the test of time.

How we deliver the KMR Standard to you:
We tailor our approach to all clients in order to suit their unique needs by handpicking the team of professionals with specific skillset for each project. Our professionals apply their technical skills to achieve high-quality construction in a timely and cost-effective manner, delivering the tangible value of the highest quality.

But it’s not just the tangibles: the client-first approach is the bedrock of our business, and it’s what has set KMR apart from others. Our commitment to safe construction, legal compliance, and transparency from start to finish is what ensures complete client satisfaction. Our team is here for you, every step of the way.

MEET THE TEAM

Kevin Rafferty

President / General Contractor

A South Florida Native, Kevin’s interest in construction started early – he was a “handy-child” on weekends and summer breaks at his father’s moving and marina companies in North Miami Beach. In his teens and 20’s, he was taken under legendary builder John Kurzman’s wing, where he worked his way from carpenter to lead foreman. Kevin continued his interest in college, where he studied construction in Gainesville, obtaining his Certified General Contractor license in 1983.

Upon graduation, Kevin served as Owner’s Rep & GC for prominent Developer Stan Baumann, managing all of Baumann interest, until he formed his own construction company in 1986: KMR Construction. Kevin has earned a reputation and nickname in the industry as “The Fireman” with cities, developers, and contractors thanks to his ability to provide out-of-the-box solutions in a timely and innovative manner, especially when complex issues arise. Kevin excels at maximizing value and minimizing risk for his clients.

Kevin is a hands-on, highly involved President: he is responsible for overseeing all significant aspects of the business, visits and performs on-site inspections for each construction project several times a week and is always on-site when major work requiring his unparalleled expertise is involved. Kevin serves as a lead executive working directly with architects, designers, and owners from pre-construction through completion.

Kevin is a member of the Building Trade Association and the American Institute of Architects and sat on the North Miami Beach City planning and zoning board for several years. He was recognized in 2003 as a top business leader in the United States for integrating successful business practices from the National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Council. An active member of the community, Kevin was recognized for his work with the United Way in the post-Hurricane Andrew cleanup and rebuilding effort and in 2004 was known as Coach of the Year for North Miami Beach Little League.

Willie Ornelas

Willie has been part of the KMR family since birth, as his dad has been a lead carpenter with KMR since the late ’80s. Willie has held every job title within KMR from Babysitter (of Kevin’s kids) and Laborer’s Assistant, to Project Manager at the young age of 21 – management of which, at a scope and size in the millions, fortified his nickname unofficial title: “The Prodigy.” Willie’s easy grasp of construction concepts prompted Kevin to take him under his wing as his mentor. Now, as VP of Construction, Willie coordinates and oversees all project operations at each construction site by leading and managing all on-site construction teams from the breaking ground to completion. Willie excels in managing all aspects of a construction project with all construction parties’ personalities – a key component to a project running smoothly. Willie’s focus on collaboration through leadership and compromise makes him a definite asset to any project.

Kyle Rafferty

Kyle started with KMR at the age of 14 with a broom in his hand and a job directive to keep the job site clean. Shortly after realizing Kyle was better with his mouth than his hands, he began shadowing Kevin and the clients, slowly working his way up to becoming the liaison between all parties. Kyle now manages all client interests, ensuring a smooth working relationship between the owners, suppliers, and sub-contractors of every project. As the client’s primary point of contact, Kyle is KMR’s master facilitator: from obtaining building permits and developing the construction master plan to the evaluation of bid proposals and on-site inspections, he receives and transfers all information among all appropriate parties and facilitates meetings when necessary.

Michael Rafferty

Michael’s KMR involvement started young: at 12 years old, he got his hands in the industry as a laborer’s assistant. Every aspect of the business piqued his interest – from the beginning to end of each construction project and all the work that occurred in between. As COO today, Mike oversees daily operations with the same enthusiasm he had in his pre-teens, implementing business strategies and procedures with years of experience. He sets overall goals for performance and growth while establishing policies that promote the company’s culture, brand, and vision. Michael’s organizational and management skills have played a pivotal role in KMR’s growth. Outside of KMR, Michael’s passion for fitness and sports led him to open a couple of gyms across south Florida, specializing in sports performance and fitness that is training dozens of professional athletes.

Carlos Dominguez

Carlos, a Miami native, and Army veteran is our drywall, framing, and stucco expert who has been working in the construction industry for over 35 years. Carlos served as General Superintendent for Miami Drywall & Stucco for more than twenty years, one of the largest drywall companies in south Florida in his time. He was recruited for his expertise as VP of Operations for another large drywall company before his involvement with KMR, where he managed projects of unusually large scope, including the completion of 50+ high-rise towers throughout South Florida. His expertise was applied on luxurious properties including Miami World Center, Panorama, Trump Towers, various Turnberry properties, and more. Today at KMR, Carlos’s years of experience in the field are applied in his management of project logistics, layout, subcontractors, scheduling, and project performance.

Jasmin Mazzarese

As office manager, Jasmin keeps the inner workings of the office running as smoothly for us as our project managers do for our clients out on-site. We are only as strong as our support, and Jasmin ability to steer the office ship is what allows the KMR team to attend to clients in the best way possible.

Kaitlyn Ortagus

Sue O’Brien

Sue is the structural support that keeps KMR’s inner workings well-maintained and smoothly operational. Whether it’s touching down on missing items from a client’s file or coordinating supporting documentation for the project, we have counted on Sue to provide the help that facilitates our day-to-day processes for almost two decades.

Cesar Ruiz

Cesar has over 20 years of experience installing and managing impact windows and doors; he was our first point of contact to bring on board when we decided to launch our window and door division. Our clients rave about his customer service and his efficiency to complete their projects successfully with unparalleled industry expertise.

Edgar Rojas

A Miami native and Navy veteran, Edgar’s KMR involvement started early: he worked alongside Kyle and Michael during high school summers before leaving to serve his country in the Navy. After returning from the Navy, Edgar continued his construction industry interest by taking a position as a project manager at a premier roofing company.
Edgar now applies his roofing expertise at KMR, bringing military discipline to all roofing projects – ensuring adherence to safety standards and timeline requirements. His disciplined approach ensures craftsmanship and project performance that exceeds client expectations while adhering to the client’s budget. Edgar holds a state-certified roofing license as well as a state-certified firefighter and paramedic license.

Jordan Batts

Even though he’s Pittsburg-born, we consider Jordan a South Florida native – it’s where he grew up as a local football star. Recruited to play Division I football at Northeastern University, Jordan majored in Business, which would lend its use to sales down the line.

After football, Jordan took his top-notch business skills into sales – roofing sales, specifically. He saw a massive opportunity in applying his business acumen to the roofing industry, and now oversees all of KMR’s roofing project operations. Jordan excels at bringing our client-centric approach alive in his customer service skills, his knowledge of roofing and repairs, and his ability to assemble the best team of personnel required for each job.

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