Announcing KirE Companies!


-POWAY, APRIL 19, 2011 – KirE COMPANIES announces today it’s new development and home-building company founded by top local area industry executives Ken Baumgartner, former President and COO of The Corky McMillin Companies and Josh Santa, CEO of JNL Development, Inc.  Additional principals include Jason Shepard, Bryan Nimer and Guy Oliver.

“KirE Companies is a unique company that brings together five well-seasoned construction professionals into a partnership that recognizes the changing development and home building challenges and is excited to bring clients  innovative homes and projects built for the future,” said KirE Co-Founder and CEO, Ken Baumgartner.

KirE has several plans to begin developments and new home construction in the Ramona and Escondido areas specifically. Recently acquiring the single-family residential home development, known as Black Canyon Estates in Ramona, CA and the multifamily residential project known as City Square in Escondido, CA. Both projects currently have existing homes and KirE plans to restart the building in these projects and complete them.

“We are pleased that KIRE is bringing new, energy efficient and affordable single-family homes to the Ramona and Escondido areas,” said Josh Santa, KirE Co-Founder and President.

KIRE is also the general contractor for the well known developer, Chelsea Investment Corporation, and is currently in construction on their Pacific Sun Apartments in the Huntington Beach, CA

“We also currently manage over 1,100 single family lots in Imperial Valley, CA.  The projects are located in the cities of Calexico, Imperial and Brawley.  KirE is excited about the potential job growth with all the new green industries that are coming to Imperial Valley,” Jason Shepard, KirE Sr. Vice President of Land Development.


A Southern California based Construction Company, headquartered in Poway, is serving government, corporate, business and private clients with over 20 plus years of management, development and construction industry experience on multi-family and single family residential, commercial and industrial projects. KIRE assists with asset & property management, entitlement and permit processing.


Ken Baumgartner – prior to KirE Companies, Mr. Baumgartner served as the President, COO, member of the investment committee and Board of Directors during his 31 years at The Corky McMillin Companies, a large, well-respected residential development company based in Southern CA. Mr. Baumgartner received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in City Planning from San Diego State University and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license. Baumgartner is active in community affairs and has served on the board of directors for the South Bay Family YMCA for over 20 years. He also serves on the American Cancer Society Partnership Council,  is a former Director of Landmark National Bank and a member of Lambda Alpha, a national land economics organization.


Josh Santa – retains over 20 years of experience as a residential homebuilder operating JNL Development, Inc. as its President and CEO overseeing all aspects including estimating, drafting, design, permit processing and contracting. Mr. Santa retains a California contractor’s license as a General Contractor.


Former Project Manager for McMillin Land Development.  Mr. Shepard received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 2002 with a major in Regional Development and a minor in General Business. He completed post-graduate courses in Urban Planning at the University California San Diego (UCSD).  Mr. Shepard has a California Real Estate License and a CELSOC Certificate for Subdivision Map Act.  He is actively involved in the real estate industry as Building Industry Association of San Diego Y-Gen Chairman, BRC Chairman and member of Toastmasters.

ABOUT BRYAN NIMER Former Vice President for HRA Real Estate Management. At HRA, Mr. Nimer oversaw the selection, negotiation and acquisition of  new residential projects. Mr. Nimer graduated from Fairfield University where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance and completed the Urban Planning and Development Program at University of California, San Diego.  He holds a State of California Real Estate Salesperson License and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for Young Leaders.


Former Senior Vice-President of McMillin Homes, has been involved in the construction of over 6,000 single and multi-family residential units throughout California, Hawaii and Arizona. Mr. Oliver is a licensed General Contractor and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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