Nate Zehr, Zehr Homes’ founder, grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he spent summer breaks working for his Uncle Paul’s construction business. He continued gaining building experience during off-seasons at the University of Northern Iowa, where he played football as an offensive lineman. He discovered he enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing a job well done at the end of a construction project, but football was still calling.
Newly married to Lori, Nate moved to Lee’s Summit and started coaching varsity football and teaching industrial arts at Lee’s Summit High School. Construction found him again: A colleague knew about his construction background and started introducing him to subcontractors around town. Other coworkers started asking him to do small projects. The momentum built until he and Lori felt the time was right: Zehr Homes was born in 2002.