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St. Louis' Best Places to Work for 2017

St. Louis Business Journal | Monday, February 6, 2017

Taken from a pool of nearly 150 nominations for the St. Louis Business Journal Best Places to Work Awards, these local finalists come from all areas and industries.

The 47 companies and their employees completed surveys administered by Quantum Workplace, which used its own algorithm to measure communication, management structure, benefits, teamwork and several other factors at each local firm. The companies were grouped by size and ranked by Quantum to determine the most employee-friendly workplaces in St. Louis. 

The Business Journal will announce the winners of each category at an awards breakfast on Thursday, March 2 at the Frontenac Hilton. See the March 3 edition of the Business Journal, which will also showcase the winners of each category. 



St. Louis Business Journal | Friday, October 17, 2014.  

The Better Business Bureau (BBB), Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois presented Torch Awards to 10 businesses and two charities and Student of Ethics awards to three students at a luncheon at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

Mark Whitacre, a once-rising star at Archer Daniels Midland who became an internationally known informant on the company’s price-fixing practices in the 1980s, gave the keynote speech. Whitacre said much of the credit for his actions should go to his wife, who encouraged him to report the price-fixing to the government and stood by him through his years working undercover with the FBI and later when he spent eight years in prison.

His experience taught him to become a business leader who serves his employees and his customers rather than simply serving himself, he said.

Robert Hoffmann, president of Hoffmann Brothers Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing, summed up many of BBB’s accomplishments over the last year. Hoffmann said the support of more than 6,000 businesses helps BBB build trust in the marketplace through services ranging from BBB Business Reviews to dispute resolution.

The companies and nonprofits recognized at the event include:

BSR Services Inc., Center For Hearing & Speech, Chesterfield Fence & Deck, Classic Carpet & Flooring, Empirse Comfort Systems, HDIS Inc., Jim Butler Chevrolet, Riggs Construction & Design, Safe Connections, St. Louis County Cab Co., StorageMart, and Payne Family Homes.

Businesses are evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. The awards committee, made up of previous winners, looks at how the company benefits customers, employees and the larger community. They also must meet BBB ethical, advertising and selling standards.



McKelvey, Payne & Consort team up for $60 million residential development 

St. Louis Business Journal - August 15th, 2014.  Payne Family Homes, McKelvey Homes, and Consort Homes — the third, fourth, and fifth largest homebuilders in St. Louis, respectively — are coming together to acquire 58 acres in Creve Coeur from the Jewish Community Center to build a new residential community.

Officials are claiming the community, called The Villages of WillowBrooke near the intersection of Lindbergh Boulevard and Schuetz Road, will be the largest new home community in West County. When completed, officials say the value of the 148-home community will be more than $60 million. Officials closed on the deal today and did not release the land acquisition cost.

 Plans call for three neighborhoods in the community, each with their own entrance. Payne will construct 56 homes in The Groves at WillowBrooke with prices starting in the mid-$200s. Consort will build 54 homes in The Manors at WillowBrooke with a starting price at $280,000. McKelvey will build the highest priced homes in the development, 38 at homes starting at high $300s.  The size of the homes will range from 1,627 square feet to 4,015 square feet and individuals who purchase a home in the development will receive a free one-year Jewish Community Center family membership.



Payne Family Homes to Revitalize Inactive Wentzville Development

Local Builder to Create $37 Million Neighborhood Perfect for the First-Time Buyer

St. Louis (Oct. 29, 2014) – Payne Family Homes has just closed on the acquisition of 308 acres of land with developed lots in Huntleigh Ridge, an existing neighborhood north of highway 70 in Wentzville, MO, just 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis.  Partially developed in 2007, new construction stopped at Huntleigh Ridge and the neighborhood has lain dormant since 2012.  Payne Family Homes will now breathe new life into the project, finishing this new community with 168 homes perfect for young families and other first-time home buyers.  Payne plans to break ground in October 2014.

Wentzville is known as the Crossroads of the Nation because of its convenient location in western St. Charles County, situated at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 64.  According to the 2010 U.S. census, this once-sleepy suburb is now the fastest-growing city in the state of Missouri, with total population growing more than 300% since the 2000 census to just over 29,000.  Payne will entice even more families to Wentzville by building their popular Vision series at Huntleigh Ridge, a collection of floor plans designed for the first-time homebuyer.  

“We’re excited to be building north of Interstate 70, a first for Payne Family Homes,” said Cyndie Roche, vice president of sales and marketing. “Payne is happy to be bringing homes to families in the Wentzville school district who care about quality as much as price.”

Payne’s Vision Series, named after the visionaries that inspired them, offer outstanding design valued for budget-conscious buyers.  Customer-designed from the ground up, these ranch, one, one and a half and two story homes offer a spacious owner’s suite and an open concept great room, kitchen and café.  These two and three bedroom plans were created to bring quality and craftsmanship to 1300 – 2630 square feet of living area filled with light, thoughtful use of space and features not often found in this price range. 



Stake Your Claim at the Villages of Willow Brooke

St. Louis’ Premiere Builders Now Accepting Contracts on

New Homes inside Highway 270


St. Louis, MO – October 31, 2014  –  Payne Family Homes, Consort Homes, and McKelvey Homes will accept contracts for its new St. Louis development, The Villages of Willow Brooke, on October 31st.   The contracts will be completed and signed on a first come, first served basis at the builder’s sales trailers located at 1309 North Lindbergh in Creve Coeur. 


The Villages of Willow Brooke will be 148 homes built on 58 acres of land in the heart of Creve Coeur next to the St. Louis Jewish Community Center at Schuetz and Lindbergh. The neighborhood will be made up of three distinct villages, each with its own entrance. The $60 million Villages of Willow Brooke will offer new homes in west St. Louis County, inside highway 270, an area where buyers traditionally find only older homes.


“Homebuyers have been so enthusiastic about the opportunity to own a brand new home in this area of St. Louis,” said Ken Kruse, president of Payne Family Homes.  “The Villages of Willow Brooke are perfectly suited to families looking to live in the heart of St. Louis county – great schools, wonderful amenities in a beautiful neighborhood situated just minutes from the airport, 64/40 and I 70.”


Payne will build 56 homes in The Groves of Willow Brooke from the builder’s Lifestyle Collection, a series of three- and four- bedroom ranch and two-story homes ranging from 1,627 to 3,186 square feet.  The Lifestyle Collection features great rooms with vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchens, owner’s suites with full bath and walk-in closets, a flex room, an optional fireplace and an optional screened-in porch.  The Lifestyle Collection includes their bestselling Geneva, Meridian, Montego, Bristol, and Breckenridge floorplans.