Pamela Keller, Keller Homes

Ask Pam Keller how she’s been able to accomplish so much in her life, and she points to two key factors: One, her own innate determination to achieve objectives; and two, a supporting cast of folks who have helped her overcome challenges.

“My story,” she says, “is one of pure grit and determination to be the best that I can, combined with the good fortune to have a wonderful family, husband and mentors along the way who believed in me through thick and thin.

Pam Keller was born in Daytona Beach, Fla.; her family moved to the Springs when she was eight. By age 11 she was helping to sell flowers in her parents’ floral shop. At 19, after a year of college, she dropped out to sell real estate.

She flourished in that business, married and had a child, but never gave up on a college degree. She received encouragement from Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS chancellor; last May, she got that degree. “Pam is very influential. She just kept after me,” Keller says. Another tribute to determination and a good mentor.

Relationships have been the joy of her life, and none is more important than the one she shares with her husband. “After all these years working together, we feel lucky that we still get along so well,” she says. “We both think the same way about business — we’re early adopters. We’re asking ourselves, ‘What’s the next horizon?’ The next one is never far away these days.”

One memorable homebuilding experience was the project Keller Homes took on for the television show, “Extreme Home Makeover.” They were touched by “the selfless commitment of the Barrett family,” she says. The Barretts are a local family that has adopted five children. “We did so with the hope to encourage other people to follow the Barrett’s example and consider adopting children that are looking for a place to call home.”

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Pam volunteers for myriad nonprofits and community-based organizations, devoting considerable time to economic development initiatives. She chaired the Springs Economic Development Board in 2007-08. “I am passionate about our community and believe that it is my responsibility to give back as so many have given to me. We have a great community, and we need to keep it that way.”