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Spotlight - Kenneth Moore, President, KCM Cabinets Inc.

image Kenneth Moore, President, KCM Cabinets Inc., San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio native Kenneth Moore found his niche in life. Building cabinets isn’t just a way of life, it’s a passion, as is the construction industry in which he has made a name for himself.

 

 

 

 


Where were you born?
     I was born and raised here in San Antonio.  I grew up on the south side of San Antonio, I-37 and FM1518 back in the day, Loop 1604 and the Hardy Road area.  There was no Bill Miller’s out there then.

Where did you go to school?
    I went to Southside High School and  graduated in 1978.

Did you go to college after high school?
    I went to college for a while until I decided it was time to go to work. 
    After I left college, I moved to Bandera, TX and went to work for a cousin who was running heavy equipment.  I was running dozers and helping cleanup after the flood.  Then I went to work for a gentleman named Joe Hearn doing remodeling and home construction.  I got married in 1982 to my first wife.

How did you get started in the cabinet business?
    When I was working for Joe, he was contacted by H-E-B and we started building cabinets for H-E-B out of his shop there at his house.  I worked for him for about two and a half years before I got married. I was very fortunate because he taught me a lot and I was always willing to learn. 
    After I left there, I went to work for a company named Hussmann, here in San Antonio. That’s when the store fixture industry was really big – doing convenience stores and jewelry stores.  I worked there for a long time, from New Mexico to Oklahoma, Arizona to Mississippi and all over Texas building and installing cabinets.
    Then I went to work for SK Enterprises for about 12 years.  We were probably better friends than we were as employee-boss.  He taught me the business side of the company.
    After SK Enterprises, I went to work for another company where I met some of my key people that I now have here.  I didn’t believe in that company’s business tactics.  I was uncomfortable with the way they did business, so when I got THE call it was a no-brainer.

When did you start KCM Cabinets?
    I started KCM Cabinets in May, 1998.  I was the only employee.  The phone was ringing off the wall.  People wanted to pull contracts from the former company I had worked for and were calling me. I had to tell them that I was the only employee and couldn’t take on more than I could handle. I just sat at my desk and asked myself, “What did I just do?”  I had just taken x-amount of dollars out of our savings to start this company. 

What made you decide to go out on your own?
    My ex-boss from SK Enterprises called me up when he was ready to retire and asked me if I wanted the business.  We had many discussions during my time with him about the business so I was a little leery.  He told me he was done and he wanted $30,000, plus he had two working contracts with contractors that I knew from the past that came out to about $36,000 worth of work. I was told if I took it over, they would give me the work and change the contracts over in my name - that was the call.

Was it rough in the beginning?
    I would do all my bidding and estimating during the day.  I had friends that would come help me at night and we would work until about midnight. The next day, I’d start all over again.

What is your secret to being successful?

    I won’t say it was I.  It’s the team I put together.  My philosophy is treat people the way you want to be treated.
    Even though I’m the owner, I don’t feel like the owner.  I have my job to do just like they do.  I don’t micro-manage.  I let my employees do their job.  They know what to do and how to do it.  I don’t promise things we can’t deliver.
    That’s how I look at things.  I basically took my company from one employee to 30-plus employees and they are great.  They are a bunch of individuals that take pride in what they do and how they do it.

How long have you been married?
    I just got remarried two years ago to my second wife, Beth. 

Do you have children?
    I have a daughter, Andrea and a son, Bradley.  Bradley is actually working for me now until he goes back into the police academy.  I also have a stepdaughter, Tiffany, and with Beth have two 13-year-old grandchildren.

Are you involved in the construction community outside of KCM Cabinets?
    I’m going on my second year as president of ASA (American Subcontractors Association).  We are going in a great direction and my plate is full.

What do you do outside of work?

    I volunteer at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.  I’m chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.  February is a busy month.  I pretty much live on Gembler Road for the 18 days of the rodeo.
    I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great organization that can help so many kids.  I’ve been to scholarship presentations and to see the smile on these kids’ faces and, not just the kids, but also the parents knowing that you’re helping them with their education.  It’s just the most rewarding feeling one can experience.

How long do you think you will volunteer at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo?
    I’ve been chairman of the Hall of Fame committee for six years.  I’m thinking my time is close to handing over the torch, but I will continue to volunteer.  I’ll always do something in some capacity. 

Is there anything else you do in your spare time?

    I finally got my place finished in Rockport, and then the hurricane hit.  I was really lucky though.  I had a broken window on my trailer, lost a building that we had just finished the Wednesday before the hurricane hit and a tree fell on my gate.  However, my metal building withstood Harvey.  All the metal is intact and I don’t have a screw one missing.  We got the gate back up and everything cleaned up down there.
      
Are you planning to retire in Rockport?
    Right now that is where I am leaning.  I like it down there.  It’s pretty simple in Rockport.  I’ll be happy retiring in an RV.  When I do retire, I want to have a good life.  I don’t want to have struggles. I’ve actually started taking off on Fridays to go down there.  I stopped playing golf.  I used to play golf all the time and was a pretty decent player.  I think I have only played three times this year.  
    I don’t think I will every totally retire because  I think I would get bored.  I figure in about 10 years, I might think about it.  -cmw


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