Construction has been a part of the Kennamer family for three generations. Before starting his own business, Ray worked for his dad, O.W. "Shorty" Kennamer beginning in the early 1970's. He worked with Shorty through high school and upon graduation, started working full time overseeing jobs. They worked all over Northeast Alabama involving themselves in a lot of residential and commercial insurance work, new construction, and remodeling. After Shorty's passing, Ray wanted to continue the legacy of quality construction in and around Marshall County by carving his niche in the home remodeling and renovation side of the construction industry by opening Ray Kennamer Construction in October of 1994.
After starting off in the residential side of construction, Ray received his general contractor license in 1996 to expand into the commercial side of the industry. Ray Kennamer Construction has completed well over 1,000 projects in its 22 years of business including the building of churches, home additions & remodels, and commercial renovations.
Ray is a Certified Graduate Remodeler and Graduate Master Builder through the Alabama Home Builders Association, past president of Home Builders Association of Marshall County, past president and member of the Albertville City School Board, past Albertville Chamber of Commerce board member and president, and a Marshall County Leadership Challenge Class of 2001 graduate to name a few involvements.
Ray's middle daughter, Kelly, has followed in her dad’s footsteps to pursue a career in construction. She worked with Ray during summer breaks throughout high school and between semesters at Auburn University while majoring in Building Science. Kelly was able to complete an internship with a large construction company in Orlando where she was a part of a new ten story hotel project. After that experience she really had her mind made up to continue on the path to obtain the degree in Construction Management and one day come back home to work with her father.
Kelly graduated from Auburn in 2012 and started in an estimating position for a metal fabrication company. After a year in estimating, Ray offered her a Project Manager position with Ray Kennamer Construction in February 2013. Most recently, Kelly has earned her home builders license with the state of Alabama and bought into the company serving as the Vice President. You can see Kelly driving around town most days maintaining jobsites and customer relations as well as helping with design aspects of each project.