Former Brown Jordan executive joins one of Louisville’s fastest-growing companies
Chris Carmicle, the former leader of Brown Jordan International Inc.’s Louisville operations, has joined Louisville-based DMK Development Group LLC as a partner, president and chief operating officer.
DMK Development is a development and general construction firm that focuses on health care and senior housing. Founded in 2007, it ranked second on Business First’s 2014 Fast 50 list, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the Louisville area. The company currently has about 25 employees now, said co-founder and CEO David Kitchen.
Carmicle will focus on managing daily operations and marketing its services for the health care and senior housing industries, according to a news release from the company.
Michael Kitchen, the company’s co-founder and David Kitchen’s brother, has relinquished the role of chief operating officer and will take on the role of chief development officer, a position that previously was shared by the Kitchen brothers.
David Kitchen told Business First Wednesday that the addition of Carmicle to the company frees him and Michael Kitchen up to focus less on daily operations and more on the development side of the business, including project financing.
“It allows (Michael) to do stuff that he’s trained (for) and really focused on and interested in doing,” David Kitchen said of his brother.
Carmicle has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, construction, manufacturing and consumer durable goods, according to the news release.
“As we grow as a company, it’s perfect to bring him in with the goals and obstacles we have,” David Kitchen said of Carmicle.
While with Florida-based Brown Jordan, he managed global production and distribution of furnishings to national and specialty retailers, hospitality companies, interior designers and professionals in the trade industry, the news release said.
Brown Jordan relocated its Louisville headquarters to Simpsonville a few years ago, and Carmicle has been working out of the company’s Shelby County offices while residing in Louisville.
Carmicle received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Bellarmine University. He serves on the board of directors of Louisville-based Republic Bank & Trust Co. and Zoeller Pump Co.