Alamogordo Proud - Alamogordo’s French Brothers Homes Kevin Jewell Receives National Award


At and we showcase via our Alamogordo Proud Series those organizations, businesses and individuals that are passionate, positive and building a better community.

This week we recognize Kevin Jewell, Chief Operations Officer of French Brothers Housing as a recipient of a national award by ProBuilders which is recognizes and celebrates their 2023 Forty Under 40 class of energetic, innovative young leaders representing the future of the housing industry. 

Per ProBuilders, “With a wide range of achievements, this year’s rising young stars are pushing the boundaries of personal and professional accomplishment, tapping a range of skills, with a good dose of grit, ingenuity, adaptability, and a keen understanding of business and the ability to inspire and lead companies and teams.

Often the change agents in their companies, these successful young industry leaders show the way forward for home building. It's a bright, promising future!”

This year, they enlisted a group of past Under 40 winners to help them select the 2023 class from more than 100 nominations and also published an “Over 60” sidebar to recognize the value of retaining or hiring Boomer-age leaders for the home building  business.

Per Rich Binsacca, Editorial Director of ProBuilders, ”If you’re wondering how we select exceptional young housing industry leaders as our annual Forty Under 40, let me tell you: It ain’t easy.

Per ProBuilders, “This year we received more than 100 nominations to join the 2023 class, all of them deserving in some way (and most in many ways). Right out of the gate, we were confronted with excluding 60 or so rock stars. Ugh. So this year I enlisted a panel of past Under 40 winners who I knew would recognize special talent when they saw it—and they absolutely proved me right.

To get there, we used a simple scoring system to evaluate each nominee and then averaged our scores to determine the Top 40.

In the spirit of full transparency (and also so I could thank them again), here are the judges:

Rebecca McAdoo (Under 40 class of 2018) is regional president of Garman Homes, in Cary, N.C. A mother of three, she lists her hobbies as “Kids, Kids, and more Kids,” though occasionally mixes in a hot-yoga class or a great book. Among her many other talents is clapping with one hand.

Chris Hartley (2018) is VP of sales for K. Hovnanian Homes, in Dallas-Ft. Worth ... but that’s just his day job. He also is a frequent writer, podcast guest, and public speaker for the industry, a board member for Zillow and AtlasRTX, a marathoner and triathlete, and, most recently, a children’s book author.

Ashley Kent (2018) is the president and owner of Kent Homes, in Wilmington, N.C. A second-generation builder, she worked her way up the ladder of her father’s company, in the field, in the office, and in sales and marketing leadership roles before succeeding him in 2020.

Will Duderstadt (Under 40 class of 2017) is VP, chief marketing officer of corporate marketing at M/I Homes, in Columbus, Ohio, where he oversees online marketing campaigns, lead generation, SEO, PPC, social media, and content strategy. He serves on a Zillow advisory board and has presented at the International Builders’ Show five times and counting. Fluent in emoji, he is a fan of coffee, cats, sushi, tacos, and gardening.”

Out of thousands of potential candidates 100 were nominated and local business leader Kevin Jewell was selected. 

Kevin is dedicated to delivering top-notch quality and has brought about a new level of discipline within our company. He introduced and implemented a powerful mantra, ‘Quality, no Exceptions,’ within our production team, emphasizing the importance of upholding the highest standards in every aspect of our operations. This rallying cry has become the guiding principle for our entire organization, ensuring our team consistently delivers exceptional results.—Tommy French, president, French Brothers Homes

To see the full list of leaders selected around the nation visit

Alamogordo is fortunate to host a builder gaining national and this award demonstrates the tenacity of leadership that is #AlamogordoProud

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