Michael Keller is Brisa Builders Corp’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and has general oversight of the operations for both the development and construction executions. His responsibilities include all operations and logistics strategy to ensure management efficiencies within the organization, build and mentor the appropriate in-house resources as well as identify and engage outsourced services to implement our delivery models.
In the 1990s while living in New York, Michael oversaw the construction of over 1,500 units of affordable multi-family housing under various city sponsored programs, 350 units of senior housing; the vast majority under HUD Entitlement 202 and 20 owner-occupied with rental component New York City Housing Partnership homes. During this time Michael was also involved in delivering a 240 bed nursing home facility for the Episcopal Health Services, a 20,000 SF multi-health services facility, a laboratory addition and 4 satellite primary care centers for Brookdale University Hospital.
Michael’s accomplished career spans over 32 years and has been dedicated to construction management and real estate development. He began his career in New York City working as a day laborer in 1981. By 1986 he was a superintendent; and in 1988 he turned to retail where he managed the completion of over 1.5 Million square feet of retail space including three large shopping centers. His career has taken him from coast to coast and covers the spectrum of construction types. He’s managed the construction of restaurant facilities in Indiana and Illinois, several projects at the Indianapolis Zoo; shopping centers in Ohio and Indiana, including large anchor tenants such as JC Penney, Hills Department Stores, Elder Beerman Department Stores, Sears Roebuck, Comfort Inn Suites, Lowes Theatres, and Radio Shack. He’s completed large affordable housing projects in New York; and countless medical facility projects across the U.S. including New York, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and California.
Michael’s multidisciplinary expertise gives him special insight regarding every aspect of the development process. He has managed residential, medical, hospitality, and retail projects. He also has public works and city planning experience from his time as Chief Engineering Inspector for the City of Xenia Ohio where he served as acting City Engineer and sat on the Board of Zoning Appeals. His executive management experience includes his roles as Vice President of Design and Construction for the DASCO Companies and Senior Development Manager for Hammes Company Healthcare where he oversaw the development of over 1,500,000 SF of investment grade medical office space collectively and managed a staff of architects, engineers, consultants and general contractors.
Michael Keller graduated from Pacific Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. In addition to his bachelor’s degree he has completed additional studies in: Construction Industry Cooperative Alliance – Clemson University; Rural Technical Assistance, Dept. of Civil Engineering – Ohio State University; Construction Management and Estimating – New York University; and Quality Control Engineering and Technology – Mount San Antonio College.
A native of California, Michael grew up in West Covina and currently lives in Long Island, New York with his family.