M B McKee Company began operations on May 1st 1943. It was started by M B “Mac” McKee who had been a successful salesman for Clowe & Cowan. The company opened in a small storefront with his wife Ione doing the billing.
He started by making alliances with local machine shops and fabricators to create the products that were hard to find during this era. He soon became known as the “GO TO Guy” to source hard to get items during WW II.
From the beginning the company was built on the foundation of Service and Solutions. The company grew from this small beginning to several employees and two locations, and gained the reputation as a place that has what you want “In Stock”.
M B then partnered with Jack Brown to form Brown-McKee Engineering Company which still independently operates today. MB’s son, Macky, moved from his position in sales to become President in the early 80’s and grew the company to three locations. The oil crisis then led to a consolidation of the three locations and a return to a single site in Lubbock.
In 2001, Macky’s daughter Cindy became President, and his son Mark became Vice President of Operations, while Cindy’s husband Kirk Cole became Vice President of Sales. This team has guided the company through a steady growth and over the period increased business tenfold.
Recently the company opened a store in Hereford (2010) that is bringing new customers and service levels to that area of Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.
The company under this leadership continues to maintain the Vision of it’s founders, “Great Service, Large Inventory, and in-house Design” As Cindy says, “We Want To Be your” SINGLE – SOURCE – SOLUTION” for products and services.
PRESIDENT – CINDY COLE
Cindy Cole, the daughter of Macky McKee, started with the company in 1984, while Macky was still actively involved. She has worked in accounts receivable billing, inside sales, purchasing, account payable and payroll. In 2001 she was appointed President, and since that day has driven the company to achieve significant growth through strong sales, and continued outstanding Customer Service.
Cindy is a graduate of Lubbock High School, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Texas Tech in 1987. She is an active member of Texas Tech Ex-Students association, and is an Alum of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She is married to Kirk Cole, a Vice President of Sales for the area. They have two children one of whom is now a freshman at Texas Tech.
VP OF SALES – KIRK COLE
Kirk Cole, Vice President of Sales, has been with M B McKee since 1990. He started like all new employees in the warehouse learning the products, later he was assigned to pickup and delivery to gain knowledge of the customer base, so after a few short months it was into sales. It is there that he has made the great impact on the company, helping to drive sales to its present level and leadership in the Industries where M B McKee has focus.
Kirk is a graduate of Lubbock High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Tech in Ag Economics and Real Estate. He is a member of the Tech ex-student association.
He is very active in the business community of his customers. He is a member of Texas Cotton Ginners Association, Independent Cotton Ginners Association, The Panhandle Grain and Feed Association, and GEAPS (Grain & Elevator Processing Society). Kirk also teaches classes for these groups and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas Cotton Ginners Assoc. Teaches courses in Safety in Lifting, and Power Transmission to customers of these industries.
MARK MCKEE – VICE PRESIDENT
Mark McKee is the Grandson of M.B. McKee Sr. and the son of Macky McKee. He is the third generation of the M.B. McKee Company. He started working for the company while attending Monterey High School in 1982. He later graduated Monterey in 1984 and went on to further his academics at Tarrant County College. In 1987 he enrolled in Texas Tech as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and began his career in the company at that point. He has held numerous jobs in the company which began with warehouse and deliveries. He later worked inside sales and has moved on to outside sales.
In 2001 he was appointed as Vice President and has overseen the daily operations of the company. He is currently responsible for M B McKee’s safety and meeting DOT requirements as well as outside sales.
Mark has 2 children ages 9 and 6. He has 2 step-children ages 21 and 23. He also welcomed his first grandchild in 2014. He is married to the love of his life JoJo McKee. He loves spending a great deal of free time with his family. His hobbies are playing golf, boating and snow skiing.