Member Newsmaker: Nicole Keown

Terry SwensonHomeAid Houston, Member News, Newsmaker of the Month

Nicole Keown, purchasing manager for Sandcastle Homes Inc., joined the company over a decade ago. Nicole is responsible for managing all the purchasing and land planning activities within Sandcastle Homes as well as managing the design center. Sandcastle Homes is a midsized production home builder in the central Houston area primarily building in the Houston Heights.

Nicole & Daisy

Nicole has been active in the GHBA for most of her career. Nicole serves on the Green Built Gulf Coast Committee, as well as the HomeAid Houston executive board, and the GHBA board of directors.

“I really enjoy working with the GHBA,” said Nicole. “Being involved allows me to have a direct impact on our industry and a positive influence within our community. Being on the board has been an incredibly valuable experience and I sincerely enjoy contributing my time and effort into such an amazing organization.”


Something most people may not know about Nicole is that she is always giving and helping others both personally and professionally. Nicole loves remodeling projects and loves the opportunity to roll up her sleeves and take on at least one project each year for HomeAid Houston/HomeAid Cares. Nicole has a big heart and loves the opportunity to give her gifts to agencies in our community that don’t necessarily have the resources or network to get things done cost effectively and still enable them to serve their patrons. By working with HomeAid, Nicole is able to serve her community and her HBA simultaneously which, to Nicole, is priceless.

In addition to a full-time career, being a full-time mom, a philanthropist, and a Pomeranian dog-mom to Daisy, Nicole is also a personal trainer. Her passion for a lifestyle centered around individual wellness and self-improvement has enabled her to maintain a work-life balance and encourages those around her to focus and strive for the same thing.