Katie Adams and Marley McKenna own and operate the brokerage of McKenna-Adams Commercial Realty, a brokerage with deep roots in the Bozeman commercial market.
McKenna Realty was originally established by Mike McKenna in 1986 after he identified the opportunity for commercial real estate work in the Gallatin Valley. Through periods of growth as well as national economic downturns, McKenna Realty remained a key fixture in the local commercial market, advising clients on the best investment for their business goals.
After joining the company in 2013, Katie’s passion for advising clients and navigating transactions made her a natural fit to take over as supervising broker in 2017 and owner in 2019. Following shortly, Marley joined the team as an agent/owner. Katie and Marley drive McKenna-Adams into the future through development, investment and commercial property work.
I joined McKenna Realty in the spring of 2013 with a background in real estate and an understanding of different marketplaces across the country. Working side by side with Mike for over seven years I learned the many nuances of commercial real estate transactions and the importance of creative thinking. Our brokerage has a nice balance between the depth of Mike’s experience, Marley’s entrepreneurial mindset, and my holistic approach to real estate. Together we match clients with a property that is right for them. It is a great feeling to know your client feels confident, educated and empowered in their decision.
“If I could give one thing to anyone interested in commercial real estate, in any capacity, is the knowledge that there will be challenges, that is the nature of the game - but we are here to find the solutions to those challenges!”
My husband and I have chosen to build a family in a community that flourishes because of the outdoor lifestyle we are afforded. As a family, we like to spend our time camping, hiking, and watching our toddlers identify the many dinosaurs at the Museum of the Rockies. This community has given me so much to be thankful for and I am passionate about contributing to its continued prosperity.
Over the past decade, I’ve owned, operated, and sold multiple successful businesses. With a strong business background, I offer expertise in the commercial real estate world by understanding economics, location, and how the property affects the greater goals of any venture. Community, quality, and ethical practice are the pillars of the work I do and I am motivated strongly by the desire to see our valley grow in a positive and sustainable way.
Giving back is a driving priority in this commitment. I’ve done this in part, by sitting on community boards that do excellent work in our community including The Downtown Business Association, Bridgercare and I currently sit on boards for The Women’s Business Center, Prospera, and the Downtown Urban Renewal District.
“I believe that there is a positive outcome possible in any pursuit and I work extensively in off-market real estate, finding properties for clients, even when there appear to be few options. In a competitive market like ours, I will go the extra mile to create successful real estate relationships.”
As a 5th generation Montanan, I can safely call this place my forever home. In my time off I enjoy hiking, skiing, biking, camping, and exploring the rivers and lakes in our great state with my husband and daughter.
Founding Partner / Retired
After officially retiring in the fall of 2022, I now serve McKenna-Adams in an advisory capacity. A fixture in the commercial real estate market through over 40 years of rapid growth as well as recession, I served on several boards and worked with various organizations in town. My knack for problem-solving meant that I found working with each individual and helping them fulfill their specific needs brought me the most satisfaction and allowed me to look forward to each day.
“When consulting with McKenna-Adams, my goal for every client is to use my experience and skills to make transactions happen in the best way possible, making sure they are fully educated in the market and have a clear understanding of the potential for the property they are investing in.”
In retirement, my focus has shifted to enjoying traveling, golfing and hunting. I am also an avid reader and have been a part of the same book club for over 20 years. My favorite things in the world are my wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.
I come to McKenna-Adams Commercial Realty with a background as a CPA. Transitioning from public accounting to real estate was a no-brainer for me, as it satisfies my entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for knowledge. Possibilities within the industry are vast, and working with Mckenna-Adams allows me to realize these possibilities while focusing on opportunistic real estate ventures in the Bozeman market with the best in the business.
“I believe there are solutions to every problem, and real estate is no exception. As a newcomer to the industry with an unconventional background, I feel I can offer refreshing solutions to current and future clients of McKenna- Adams.”
Southwest Montana has always been a special place to me. I enjoy every outdoor activity the area has to offer, and establishing my career here in Bozeman is a journey I am already loving. In addition to my CPA designation, I have completed all CCIM coursework and am completing my 2 year experience requirement for distinction. Along side of my work with McKenna-Adams, I also hold a role at a boutique real estate development firm based in Livingston, MT.
For over twenty years I’ve been privileged to support a wide variety of organizations, facilitating productivity and bringing positive results to clients and communities. Being the daughter of a contractor, my work with McKenna-Adams allows me to merge hard-won administrative expertise with the familiar language and detailed realities of construction. I’m pleased to lend my efforts to a firm that is committed to creative solutions and excellent service for its clients and the valley at large.
“I firmly believe that clear communication and respectful collaboration produce optimal outcomes for any endeavor. My goal with every project is to fully understand the goals of all parties and ensure their ability to navigate each step of the process with confidence.”
I come to Montana by way of Colorado, and couldn’t be happier to call Bozeman home. Aside from work, I’m a self-professed fantasy/sci-fi geek and lover of scenic drives, eclectic music and bar trivia competitions.
I bring a background of entrepreneurship and project management to my work with McKenna-Adams Commercial Realty. My path to Montana began in the Florida panhandle, and included a stop in Nashville along the way. Witnessing the impacts of growth and development in a range of markets has helped me to understand the great potential for property investment in Montana. My role with an established presence like McKenna-Adams affords me the opportunity to engage the Bozeman area’s unique market in equally unique ways.
“I always strive to ensure that clients reach their ultimate property goals through my commitment, accountability, and enthusiasm. I never give up on finding the perfect site for a client's venture.”
In addition to working with McKenna-Adams, I'm also part of a family-owned real estate development company in Livingston, MT. When I’m not in the office, you're likely to find me skiing, rafting, and generally just soaking up the outdoor beauty of Montana.