National Development, Construction Firm Clayco Announces Merger With Optimus
McKee Named President of Clayco Realty Group
ST. LOUIS (Friday July 12, 2013) — Clayco, Inc. Chairman and CEO Robert G. Clark announces the merger of Optimus with Clayco Realty Group (CRG) to expand on Clayco’s long history of developing, financing and building construction projects using its uniquely integrated approach. Clark is also naming Christopher McKee, founder of Optimus, President of Clayco Realty Group.
“We are all pleased to welcome Chris to our team as he steps into a leadership role in our real estate development company,” says Robert G. Clark, Chairman and CEO of Clayco. “Chris’s proven ability to lead, along with his industry knowledge and broad experience, will be valuable assets as we continue to diversify our business to a more strategic capital driven business.”
In 2009, McKee founded Optimus, a development company featuring many prominent projects in the St. Louis Region and beyond. Notable projects that Chris has worked on include: Express Scripts, Peabody Opera House, NorthPark, Village of St. Mary’s in O’Fallon, and Westar. Most recently, Optimus expanded its portfolio to include purpose-built student housing projects throughout the Midwest with projects currently under development in Columbia, Missouri and Edwardsville, Illinois.
Before founding Optimus, Chris was President of McEagle Properties, LLC. With McEagle, he managed similar functions in the procurement of commercial real estate development leads. While at McEagle, he was instrumental in developing numerous projects throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
“Optimus and Clayco have co-developed many projects over the years and this marks a merger of two outstanding companies. I look forward to working more closely with Bob and the Clayco team as we continue to expand our real estate development business,” said McKee.
McKee earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University as well as his Masters of Business Administration from Washington University. He is a native of St. Louis and lives in St. Louis County with his family.