About Us

KennMar is a commercial real estate investment firm in Speedway, Indiana. With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve been finding new opportunities for development and redevelopment and managing every detail from start to finish.

Our Philosophy

Smart development requires a knack for anticipating what the market will demand in the coming years.

Roadway expansion projects, local industry growth, and municipal improvement projects are just some of the factors we look for when finding sites for development and redevelopment. We also look for retail development opportunities that would allow for multiple tenants serving a variety of needs, to ensure long-term economic stability.

Our Values

Serving the Community

While our goal is to find the best opportunities for our investors, we always put the needs of the community first – if local residents oppose a development, or if a project could in any way have a negative impact, we won’t move forward with it. When we ask ourselves, “Have I done any good in the world today?” we should be able to answer with a resounding “Yes.”

At KennMar’s headquarters – a former freestanding bank branch – congregants of a nearby church had for years been using the parking lot during off-peak hours for overflow parking. When we redeveloped the bank branch to become our home office, we talked with church officials and let them know they were welcome to continue using the lot. That’s what we mean by “doing good” and avoiding negative impact – the parking lot fulfills an important need in the community and should continue to do so.

Our Commitment to Excellence

With every project, we consider how we can produce an outstanding result. For a builder, an office building is just a construction project, but for the people who will work there, that building is a home away from home. It’s where they spend most of their week, and the finishing details can greatly enhance their daily experience. Interior spaces with abundant natural light and exteriors with beautiful landscaping are just a few features that can make people feel more relaxed and happy in the workplace.

Our Team

Meet The Executives

Brent Benge

President and Chief Executive Officer

Brent’s background in investment management began immediately after his college graduation. Since then, he’s become an expert in his field, and after founding KennMar, he recruited a leadership team that shares his passion for ethical development and redevelopment. As KennMar’s president and CEO, Brent’s responsibilities include strategic planning, identifying investment and development opportunities, and managing development and redevelopment efforts.

Education

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
Master of Business Administration
*Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Indiana University
Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Studies

Civic Involvement

Wheeler Mission Ministries
Board Member
Central Indiana Youth for Christ
Board Member
Second Presbyterian Church
Deacon (inactive)

Chris Carriere

Chief Financial Officer

Chris has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of industries including commercial and residential real estate; retail, wholesale, governmental, and not-for-profits; and financial institutions. As CFO for KennMar, he evaluates the risks and ROI for potential projects, negotiates contract terms and licensing agreements, and works with local municipalities to secure bonding for projects.

Education

Louisiana State University
Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Civic Involvement

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member
Louisiana State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member
Zionsville United Methodist Church Finance Committee
Member
Zionsville Redevelopment Authority
President

LeighAnne Likens

Vice President of Development and operations

LeighAnne has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, including acquisitions, forecasting, commercial leasing negotiations, and oversight of malls, office buildings, and community centers. As VP of Development and Operations for KennMar, she develops new revenue streams, identifies opportunities to improve operational processes, and seeks new stakeholder partnerships.

Education

Indiana University
Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising

Jim Nommay

Corporate Controller

Jim’s extensive experience in accounting and finance includes the development of formal accounting policies, management of reporting and budgets, and oversight of productivity. As Corporate Controller for KennMar, he manages billing, accounts payable and receivable, and financial recordkeeping.

Education

Indiana University
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Dean's List

Civic Involvement

Cobblestone HOA
Board Member
Brownsburg Junior Soccer League
Board Member
Brownsburg Junior Athletic Foundation
Co-Founder/Past President
CYO; Football, Basketball, Soccer
Coach, Youth Athletics
Sertoma
Past Member

Vernon Bogan

Corporate Controller/HR Specialist

Vernon has held several senior-level accounting and controller roles involving tasks such as tax planning and compliance, regulatory reporting, and monitoring project costs and profitability. He has previously managed payroll operations, revenue forecasting, and development of accounting processes – experience that has helped him in his role as an adjunct professor in business management/accounting for Ivy Tech College. As Corporate Controller/HR Specialist for KennMar, he manages all aspects of payroll and human resources operations, including tax compliance, benefits administration, and employee development.

Education

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.
Graduate Certificate, Essentials of Business
American Intercontinental University, Hoffman States, IL.
Graduate Certificate, Essentials of Business
University of Phoenix (AZ.)
Master of Management; Concentration: Human Resources Management
Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis
Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Arts & Humanities
Certificate, Concentration: Business Foundations
United States Army
Certificate, Concentration: Human Resources Management Qualifications Course
Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System Course
Resource Management Budget Course
Certificate, Accounting Specialist Course

Christine A. Warnock

Office Administrator

Christine has an extensive background in assisting business operations, managing projects, and serving as a liaison between company departments. Her experience also includes supervisory positions and customer service oversight. In her role as Office Administrator for KennMar, she coordinates team calendars, facilitates meetings, and oversees other essential office operations.

Education

Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership &
Manufacturing Materials Management

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