Celebrating our Founder Sam Kitchell

Last month we came together to celebrate our Founder Sam Kitchell by volunteering with nonprofit organizations in communities where we live and work. During our annual Founder’s Day, Kitchell employees-owners representing five states and 21 communities participated in 30 community projects, ranging from park clean-ups in Anaheim to making care packages at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The list of organizations we benefited includes:

Our efforts resulted in nearly $30,000 raised for these local charities by donating $25 per employee, per hour to the nonprofits where our employee-owners volunteered.

Thank you to Sam Kitchell for having the vision to found Kitchell nearly 70 years ago, and to all of our employee-owners who are committed to sustaining his legacy of philanthropy and community service!

Watch our Founder’s Day video at this link.

GO Girls! Kitchell female executives rock leadership honors

Congrats to our Director of Preconstruction Julie Garcia and hardison/downey Director of Business Development Lisa Buelna on their recent recognitions in two prestigious business rankings.

Julie was named one of the Phoenix Business Journal‘s Forty Under 40 honorees, and Lisa was named one of Arizona Business Magazine‘s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate.

“Julie and Lisa are a big part of our story,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “They live and breathe our employee-ownership values and we’re very fortunate to have them bring value to our company every day!”

Read Julie’s profile:


Read Lisa’s profile:

Most Influential Women: Lisa Buelna, hardison/downey