The McCaffrey Group Wins 2018 California Family Business Award


The McCaffrey Group, a leading third-generation family homebuilder that specializes in community development, residential construction, realty, and mortgage brokerage in California’s Central Valley, was honored as the top family business in the Institute for Family Business’s California Family Business Award program. The award has a rigorous selection process – this year there were 115 nominations, and the top 20 businesses were interviewed by local judges and then a panel of out-of-state judges determined the winner of the award.

“We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award and commend the efforts of the Institute for Family Business for preserving the family business model and recognizing its economic impact on our region,” said Brent McCaffrey, president and third-generation leader of The McCaffrey Group.

The Institute for Family Business is hosted by the Craig School of Business at Fresno State University to support the family business model by providing a forum for exchanging ideas, research findings, and information about issues that are unique to family businesses.

The McCaffrey Group was recognized for its company culture where all leaders are supported to thrive, as well as their smooth transition to third-generation leadership and vision.  The McCaffrey Group was also selected because of its commitment to giving back to the community with a particular focus on children and education.

A joint California Legislature resolution led by the Honorable Tom Berryhill, 8th Senatorial District, reads: “By contributing to the success and sustainability of the community in which it does business, The McCaffrey Group enhances the quality of life for community residents and instills a great sense of pride in individuals who are associated with it.”

Beneficiaries of The McCaffrey Group’s extensive charitable work include: The Central Valley Chapter of The American Heart Association, local medical centers, veteran organizations, area schools, and college scholarships for area high school students. They also established a $25,000 McCaffrey-Knowlton Scholarship at Fresno State University for students pursuing a degree in city and regional planning.

“We are committed to strengthening the communities we build by supporting many local organizations,” Brent McCaffrey said. “Through donations, in-kind gifts, and volunteer work, we understand the power of a community that cares.”

With three generations of family homebuilding and land development experience, The McCaffrey Group has deep roots in California’s Central Valley.  More than 40 years ago, Bob and Karen McCaffrey joined her father, John Bonadelle – a pioneer in the local homebuilding industry – to build homes for families in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

“My father began building homes for veterans coming home from serving in World War II,” said Karen McCaffrey, vice president of The McCaffrey Group.  “As a child, I remember walking the land with my father and listening to his vision – it is an honor to continue the tradition of building quality homes and desirable communities where families can thrive.”

The tradition continues today with the addition of Bob and Karen’s son and daughter, Brent and Lauren, as well as their son-in-law, Ash Knowlton, and Liz McCaffrey, their daughter-in-law, to the company.

The McCaffrey Group has been honored with many of the building industry’s highest awards, including induction into the California Homebuilders Foundation Hall of Fame, as well as recognition form the United State Environmental Protection Agency, the California State Senate, the National Association of Home Builders, the California Building Industry Association, and Builder magazine. In addition, they recently received the 2018 Diamond Award from CVLUX magazine for giving back to the community and the coveted 2018 Best Builder Award by CVLUX readers.

“For us, it’s not about just building new communities and homes, it’s about reinvestment in the area where we live and work,” Brent McCaffrey said.  “That’s why giving back to our community and being good stewards of the land are at the core of what we do.”