Drees Homes Celebrates 95 Years in Business

Jan 31, 2023

Drees Homes Celebrates 95 Years in Business

FORT MITCHELL, KY. — Drees Homes is proud to celebrate 95 years of building dream homes for tens of thousands of homeowners across the country. In addition to celebrating 95 years in business, the company was recently named a U.S. Best Managed Company, a program sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal and is set to close yet another record-breaking revenue year. 


The Drees Homes story began in 1928 when German immigrant Theodore Drees crossed the Atlantic with visions of a better life. Today, the first Drees home ever built, a brick cape cod in Wilder, Kentucky, still stands as a testament to Theodore's dedication to craftsmanship. Theodore's son, Ralph, joined the business in 1959 after serving in the Army. It was Ralph Drees' philosophy of diversification and industry leadership that took the company into new markets. Today, Drees Homes builds in 10 different metros spanning the Midwest, Southeast and Texas. Drees is the nation's 19th largest privately-owned home builder – the 36th largest overall. 


While the original values of excellence and integrity continue to serve the company well, David Drees, President and CEO since 2000, has been instrumental in cultivating a culture that promotes an unwavering commitment to homebuyers and always doing what is right. Drees employees sustain this culture by living it every day – treating each other as family, celebrating successes together and learning from marketplace challenges. Unlike other family-owned builders, Drees uses the most advanced programs to do something very personal – create the customers' unique idea of home in their dream community. David stated, "Our company purpose of enriching lives by making dream homes easy is dependent on a focused approach that always begins and ends with quality, personalization and customer service.” These values have only been strengthened over the years the Drees Homes commitment to excellence runs four generations deep.  


About Drees Homes: Family-owned and operated for 95 years, Drees Homes has earned the title of "America's Best Builder" (twice) from Builder Magazine, "National Builder of the Year" from Professional Builder Magazine, as well as the "National Housing Quality Award" from the National Association of Home Builders. This is known as the prestigious “Triple Crown” of national homebuilding awards. Headquartered in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, Drees operates in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, Raleigh, Washington D.C., Austin, Houston and Dallas. The company operates as Drees Custom Homes in Texas. For more information, visit