As a second generation Gainesville native, Steve McKinney knows the ins and outs of his home town. Leading up to his affiliation with Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish he has over forty years of experience in business, including construction, restaurants, retail, real estate, and energy consulting. In addition to attaining success as an entrepreneur, Steve has many years of active community service. Having been licensed as a Real Estate Agent since 1987, he has engaged in transactions of residential, commercial, lease negotiation and business opportunity.
Steve is a decorated Viet Nam veteran and having held a top secret clearance with the National Security Agency assuring clients that he will keep any private information in complete confidence. After serving in the Navy, he worked with Jack Baggett Paving Company handling numerous positions including estimating and negotiating contracts. A large part of Steve’s history involves the restaurant business having established Café Gardens on Siesta Key in 1980 and operating Café Gardens adjacent to UF from 1983 until 2010. Immediately after closing of the Café, Steve became certified as a Class I Energy Rater and was a principal of Simonton & McKinney, LLC, consulting with businesses and homeowners to reduce energy use. Since teaming up with the Beery Rainsberger Group at Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors in 2012, Steve has contributed his expertise in over 150 commercial deals and won the respect and confidence of his clients.
Along with his wife, Jane, Steve helped re-establish Young Life in Gainesville and they have served on the local board for over 29 years. They were honored to be named as charter members of the Young Life Founders Board. Steve is a past chair of the Local Young Life Advisory Board and past chair of the Finance and Fundraising committee. He currently serves on the Development Committee for Anthem Church.