The Kenney Companies had its beginning in 1987 when owner Stephen F. Kenney retired from an eight-year NFL career due to a back injury. After his retirement Steve began his real estate career by developing single family residential subdivisions in the North Raleigh portion of Wake County. Kenney’s first project, River Oaks on Falls of Neuse Road, began in the spring of 1988 and was an instant success, being named the Outstanding New Residential Community in Wake County by the Raleigh-Wake Homebuilders Association. Kenney followed River Oaks with other single family neighborhoods and in 1992 was once again honored, this time as the Triangle Developer of the Year.
In the mid 1990’s, while still developing single family neighborhoods, Steve began the transition into the development and ownership of apartment communities. In 1998 Kenney’s company was named the Outstanding Small Business in the Raleigh Wake County region. By 2001 Steve had sold the last of his remaining single family lots and was devoting 100% of his time to the multi-family industry, and created a new property management company, Kenney Realty Services. Since that time Kenney Realty Services and its staff have since garnered numerous awards and honors including being twice named as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.
In 2008 with the addition of Kenney Development the organization is now vertically integrated, allowing it to control the entire process of developing, building, owning, and operating its apartment communities. The company moved into the field of student housing in the fall of 2003, building projects to serve Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Pembroke, NC. Since that time the company has expanded its footprint to include South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
From the process of selecting appropriate sites, to constructing the apartment buildings, to operating and managing those facilities, The Kenney Companies has positioned itself for continued growth in its quest to be the number one full service multi-family company in the Southeastern United States.