Mckinley “Ken” Dull is president of McKinley Building Corporation. Since founding Mckinley in 1992, Ken has grown the company to become Wilmington’s leading, locally-owned, commercial builder with over 300 projects to date. Ken graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering with a construction option. During his time at North Carolina State University, Ken interned with several engineering firms and was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha. After college, he moved to Winston Salem and worked for Landmark Builders as a project manager and design engineer.
McKinley Building Corporation has served the Greater Southeastern area of North Carolina since 1992 and has earned a stellar reputation for dependable, quality construction on over 300 projects across a wide variety of commercial buildings from industrial warehouse and flex spaces, to Class A office buildings, retail shopping centers, multifamily projects, and tenant upfits.
We have earned our reputation by building on a strong foundation of our core values – integrity, teamwork, and hard work. McKinley Building’s greatest assets are our people and the relationships we form with our clients, many of whom are repeat customers. From initial design through completion of a project, our customers enjoy a close partnership with a single primary point of contact to ensure that their project is a success – finishing on time, on budget, and with the highest quality possible.
We utilize the latest technologies in the industry to enhance the client experience but feel that the personal reliable and responsive communication our clients receive from the experienced expertise of our team creates the greatest value for them. Ensuring quality is our primary objective and quality, value, and attention to detail are the foundation of our business philosophy.
After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in civil engineering, McKinley “Ken” Dull moved to Wilmington in 1987 to work for a commercial contractor. He started McKinley Building Corporation in 1992 and McKinley Building has been providing quality commercial construction ever since. This is made possible by its highly qualified staff and the use of only the finest subcontractors and suppliers. Among the qualified staff, is a registered civil engineer, a professional land use planner, six office professionals, and one of the most knowledgeable teams of construction supervisors and craftsmen in the industry. President and Owner McKinley (Ken) Dull, has been personally involved in the building industry for over 27 years, a family tradition established by his grandfather who got started over 100 years ago in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.
Vision, Mission, Values
McKinley Building’s vision is to be the best commercial builder in Southeastern North Carolina.
Our Mission is to make our community a better place by:
- Delivering top-quality buildings at the best possible price
- Working to support the area where we work and enhance our quality of life with distinctive and enduring buildings
- Create a culture and environment for our employees to thrive and grow
Our core values are integrity, teamwork, faith, commitment, efficiency, compassion, and service to others.
Meet Our Team
Chad Hodges joined the McKinley team as project manager, with nearly 20 years of construction experience. He has exceptional expertise in managing projects and schedules while maintaining client operations. His educational and professional background have contributed to his extensive knowledge and experience in all phases of a building construction project. Several notable projects Chad worked […]
Andrew is our expert in all things financial and new business-related. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Andrew brought his 12 years of commercial banking experience and two years of focus on commercial real estate to McKinley as our business development officer. He was named Wake Forest University Banking School Distinguished Graduate in 2018 and Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America. Andrew has also dedicated his time to serving on many boards including Airlie Gardens, Step Up Wilmington Board of Directors, Wilmington Downtown Inc, Great Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, Lower Cape Fear Hospice Board of Trustees, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and as a First Presbyterian Church Youth Basketball coach.
Ashley Nicole joined McKinley’s team as a project manager assistant in May of 2019. She entered the construction industry in 2005 and has learned everything to date by being hands-on in the field and office. One of her biggest accomplishments is not having a college degree, but gaining all of her knowledge and abilities from working in various industries of construction including commercial, federal, state and private construction.
Brandon Lisk has been connected to the commercial pre-construction and commercial construction management industry for 23 years. He graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science in industrial technology with a concentration in construction management. A licensed North Carolina general contractor, Brandon has successfully completed several projects for McKinley. Brandon possesses many strengths in his management, but an indispensable one is his ability to make the customer’s experience easier than they expected. Brandon is consistently recognized in the field for his high level of communication, specifically between the preconstruction and construction services.
Keri is McKinley’s controller with more than 25 years of experience in both public and private accounting. With her bachelor of business administration in accounting and CPA, Keri feels that her expertise is in keeping track of the finances and QuickBooks. Her attention to detail, accuracy, and organization are vital to keeping track of the finances for McKinley.
Stephen Nunn has claimed the title of project manager at McKinley since 2016. Stephen holds a bachelor of science in industrial technology with a concentration in construction management and a minor in business from Appalachian State University. Stephen brings over 20 years in the construction industry to McKinley. His experience is primarily with construction management and cost engineering for various private, federal and state clients. He is also LEED-certified and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Pete Avery is McKinley’s vice president of administration and has been with the company since April of 2004. After graduating from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science in urban and regional planning and a master’s in public administration, he gained experience in several positions. For nearly three years, he was the town planner of Wake Forest, NC, served as a senior planner for New Hanover County for over 14 years, and was the director of land development at Nick Garrett Development Inc. for five years.
Watson graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a bachelor of science in construction management. He joined the McKinley team in 2016 and brought 18 years of experience in the construction industry with ten plus years of experience holding roles as a project manager, assistant superintendent, assistant project manager, sales representative, and account executive. His primary role at McKinley is to lead the project team to achieve customer goals. He believes that building long-lasting relationships with customers is his most important role at the company because strong relationships with clients, subcontractors, and suppliers are what ultimately lead to a successful project.