While Diamond Custom Homes was officially established in 2010, our track record in Southwest Florida goes back more than 25 years. From Sarasota to Marco Island, we’ve created magnificent homes of exceptional quality. And since the day Michael Diamond founded the company, we’ve treated everyone like a friend of the family. This has led to countless enduring relationships with clients and industry partners, as well as continued growth and involvement in the community.
Common beliefs, uncommon results
Skill, experience, collaboration and complete professionalism. These are the ingredients of Diamond’s collective passion for working together and delighting our clients. From each member of our team, you can expect the highest level of service and personal attention.
Our founder, Michael Diamond has 20-plus years in the home building industry. He holds both Florida Contractor and Florida Real Estate Broker licenses as well as a B.A. from Colgate University. To ensure the highest quality outcomes for every client, he personally maintains strong connections to top architects, designers and subcontractors. At home, Mike spends his private time with his wife Nina and their three children.
Jeffrey Benham is co-owner of Diamond Custom Homes as well as its head of financial operations. With over 10 years of experience in the luxury custom home market, Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Florida Real Estate License. Formerly, he served as both a CFO and senior financial advisor to several prominent companies and met Mike while working as the director of sales and as a former CFO for another luxury home builder. When he’s not focused on Diamond’s trade partners, clients and project objectives, Jeff spends time with his wife and daughter.
Vice President of Operations
Danielle Gunther began her career in Connecticut with a large commercial construction management firm and has 30 years of experience in construction project management and operations. Her experience also includes 10 years with Yale University as associate director of project management and project manager, while also managing large capital construction projects with architects and designers throughout the world. As Vice President of Operations, Danielle oversees all construction operations for Diamond Custom Homes including new construction, remodeling, warranty service and estate management. She will also lead the development and enforcement of business policies and procedures for the company and its teams.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
A native of Miami, Sam Heitman has been a Naples resident for more than 20 years, representing luxury home builders and developers in Southwest Florida’s top golf communities including Mediterra, Grey Oaks and Quail West. As VP of Sales and Marketing, Sam is responsible for day-to-day leadership and management of the sales division, sales personnel and business development personnel. His responsibilities also include estimating and plan development collaboration, serving as a liaison with clients during construction, developing and implementing annual advertising plans and budgets, developing and executing the company’s REALTOR® outreach efforts, as well as developing and executing its homeowner referral program.
Director of Construction
Matt McKoane has over 23 years of residential and commercial construction experience. Having owned his own construction company for 12 years, his leadership and business skills make him an asset to Diamond and great for his role as Director of Construction. As the Director of Construction, Matt leads our construction and project management teams, establishing standards for quality, delivering homes according to those standards and evaluating alternative construction methods for cost efficiency.
Senior Project Manager
Pat Moseley brings 20 years of project management experience to Diamond Custom Homes. His experience in management, strategic planning and team leadership makes him a perfect fit for the Senior Project Manager role. Pat collaborates directly with clients and works with superintendents to see projects through to completion. As Senior Project Manager, Pat also helps manage and mentor the other Diamond Custom Homes projects managers.
George Cavada is a homebuilding industry veteran and has called Southwest Florida home for over 20 years. He joined the Diamond Custom Homes family as a project manager. From start to finish, George ensures projects run smoothly and expectations are exceeded. He collaborates directly with clients and works with superintendents to see projects through to completion.
John Plecki has been in the Southwest Florida construction industry for the last 25 years. He prides himself in his ability to accomplish any goal and overcome any construction challenge. As a project manager, John collaborates directly with clients and works with superintendents to see projects through to completion. In his free time, John has been enjoying his new lifestyle as an empty nester as he celebrates his kids graduating college.
Dan Rosen brings over 20 years of estimating and purchasing experience to Diamond Custom Homes. As purchasing manager, Dan is responsible for preparing preliminary and final budgets for new construction, bidding and estimating, issuing purchase orders and analyzing subcontractors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Building and Construction Technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
A New Hampshire native, Deborah earned an interior design certification from the University of New Hampshire, and a real estate sales associate license from the State of Florida. Involved in the construction and interior design industries for 30 years, she was the owner of Interior Reflections, a business that sold custom window treatments, upholstered furniture and interior accessories for residential clients.
Senior Job Superintendent
Chris Schneider brings 23 years of construction industry experience to Diamond. As senior job superintendent, he is responsible for on-site coordination for all phases of building projects, and coordinating all subcontractors, materials and equipment. Chris ensures specifications are strictly followed, and work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. He is DOT (Department of Transportation) and OSHA safety certified. A third generation construction industry veteran, Chris began his homebuilding career in Cleveland as a carpenter focusing on remodeling homes. In 2000, he relocated to Southwest Florida and built homes for actress Sharon Stone and AC/DC singer Cliff Williams. Today, Chris and his family live in Estero.
Lee Meadors is a Florida Certified residential contractor with over 25 years of construction management experience. His knowledge in engineering, framing, footings and design make him perfect for his role as job superintendent. As a superintendent, he oversees vendors and projects from start to finish. No detail is missed when Lee is in charge.
Sean Rhodes grew up in the construction industry with his father also working in construction. Sean graduated with an associate in drafting and design and started his professional career as a tradesman in remodeling. His range of industry experience including new home construction, remodeling, roofing, and cabinetry design makes him a perfect fit as job superintendent. As a Job Superintendent, Sean oversees job sites, works closely with trade partners and ensures the construction schedule stays on track. In his free time Sean is spending time with his two children.
Eric Kachurchak, our job superintendent, brings over 25 years of experience to Diamond Custom Homes. In his role, Eric monitors job sites from planning to completion, manages subcontractors and ensures the Diamond quality standards are followed. He began his career in Ohio and relocated to Florida in 2018. Eric is also an experienced crane operator and semi driver.
Anthony Marzella has been in the construction industry since he was 14 and brings almost 30 years of experience to Diamond. As finish superintendent, he is responsible for closing out all custom homes, focusing on the finish schedule, creating punch lists and driving home close out within a scheduled time frame. He is OSHA safety certified and has taken a wide array of construction courses. Anthony also has extensive historical home restoration experience, previously working for celebrities like Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Allen Jackson. In his spare time, he renovates his own home with his wife, fishes and does craft-oriented activities with his three children.
Jose Zacatelco Tepale
Jose brings a variety of experience to Diamond Custom Homes making him perfect for this role. As warranty manager, Jose is responsible for taking care of all customer service needs including meeting with the homeowner and coordinating customizations or corrections of any issues.
Director of Architectural Services
As Director of Architectural Services, Karen Velasco-Carter plays a vital role in the Diamond Custom Homes process, working closely with clients to articulate their ideas. She is responsible for the coordination between architectural drawings and the interior design drawings for all new construction, as well as the permitting and design drawings for remodels. Karen also manages the remodeling division. She has been in the industry for 20 years, with her previous experience as an architectural designer for two prominent design studios. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from San Buenaventura University, is an AIA associate and a certified general contractor. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, tennis and dancing.
Director of Estate Management
Originally from New York City, Francisco Morales moved to Florida in 2002 and brings over 15 years of remodeling industry experience to Diamond. As director of estate management, he is responsible for taking care of all customer service needs when a new home is in its final stages. This includes meeting with the homeowner and coordinating customizations or corrections of any issues, as well as managing partners and vendors. When he’s not working on home sites, he likes to go fishing, play sports and spend time with his family.
As Marketing Manager, Sydney ensures our marketing goals are met through budget oversight, developing marketing strategies, and implementing marketing plans. Her experience includes serving as marketing manager for a full-service residential and commercial real estate developer, and as an account executive with a Ft. Myers-based advertising agency. In her free time, Sydney enjoys being on the water with her husband and two great danes.
Assistant Project Manager
Kasey learned of the strong culture at Diamond Custom Homes and was eager to be part of the company’s bright future. He joined us as an assistant superintendent and with his quick learning and leadership mentality, Kasey was soon promoted to assistant project manager. As an assistant project manager Kasey assists in the bidding and buying process, coordinate and conduct pre-construction meetings and maintains control of all plans including specifications and revisions to ensure the construction team is in possession of all current documents. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sports management from McDaniel College. Kasey loves his Goldendoodle Kona, fishing and spending the day at the beach.
Bids Coordinator/Asst. Project Manager
Tiffany Phillips has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Her experience expands across every area of the construction process which makes her a great asset to Diamond Custom Homes. In her role as bid coordinator and assistant project manager, Tiffany assists all departments as needed; implements, trains, and maintains all software used by the construction team including Procore, DocuSign, MS Projects, etc. She also assists with coordinating bid campaigns and bridging the gap between accounting and construction. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading and hanging out with her dogs Kree and Luna.
Abel Mosqueda Pena
As a service technician, Abel is responsible for small jobs including repairs, lighting electric, plumbing and more. Abel plays a vital role in our estate management division with his attention to detail and ability to work quickly without compromising quality.
Anjeza brings over seven years of expertise in financial operations to Diamond. She’s served both high-end custom home builders and commercial developers. Anjeza is responsible for managing accounts receivable and payable, supervising all accounting and financial functions, establishing and implementing financial policies, performing risk assessments and preparing annual budgets and forecasts. As a leader of the accounting team, she will closely monitor the company’s financial health; maintain, manage and analyze financial statements, payroll, budgets, and more.
As a construction laborer, Thomas provides a hands-on approach to his responsibilities, managing on-site coordination of all phases of building projects, as well as subcontractors, materials, and equipment. He ensures projects are completed on time and within budget. When Thomas is not on a Diamond Custom Homes jobsite, you will find him fishing with friends and family.
María Perez brings over 15 years of experience in business administration and human resource management to Diamond Custom Homes. As our administrative assistant, María is responsible for supporting the daily operations of the office; ordering supplies and project items; telephone service; meeting scheduling, coordination and preparation; mail and delivery; coordinating supplies and more. In her free time, María loves to travel, discover new cuisines with her husband and go to the beach.
From our valued clients
New Custom Home
New Custom Home
“During the building process we hired an inspector to review the workmanship on a monthly basis and there was never an issue with any of the inspections. We moved into our home in August 2014 and have been enjoying the beautiful workmanship. If we had to start over again, we would go right back to Diamond Custom Homes. It was a pleasure working with them.”— BILL AND JAN
“Diamond Custom Homes built our dream home in Quail West. We interviewed several builders and decided to go with DCH based on their stellar track record throughout Naples building beautiful homes. We are ecstatic with the result. Also, Mike Diamond's support team was great during construction as well as after we moved in making sure every detail was attended to in a timely and professional manner. All in all, we have nothing but accolades to share about our Diamond Custom Home.”— LES AND JUNE
“It is with great pleasure that my wife Laura and I recommend Diamond Custom Homes as a builder for your future home. Starting with Mike Diamond and with the help of his entire staff — the difficult process of designing and building a custom home was made significantly easier. The Diamond team showed a high level of professionalism and a particular attention to detail. They chose and managed sub-contractors extremely well. Their on-site management team was present everyday, overseeing and ensuring that every job was done with care and precision. When problems or issues arose during and after construction the staff and particularly the onsite manager was quick to respond and all issues were resolved to our satisfaction without hesitation. An overall masterful job — well done!”— HOWARD AND LAURA
“Diamond Custom Homes has uncompromising integrity. The Diamond team was very professional, very easy to communicate with, and very attentive to details and value. Steve was our on-sight supervisor and he kept an eye on even the tiniest details and made sure they were perfect. George let me know what was going to happen when and kept us on track as far as making design choices. He was delightful to work with. And throughout the process, Mike stayed involved, ensuring our satisfaction through every phase, including after we moved in.
We have been in our home a year now, and love it. Not only do we have a beautiful, well constructed and designed home (close to budget), but Diamond Custom Homes made it a pleasure getting here.”— Joe and Cynthia
While there’s no greater reward than appreciation from our clients and the relationships we’ve built with them, Diamond is honored by the recognition we’ve received from a variety of distinguished industry organizations.
- Best Custom Home 4,000 to 6,000 square feet, Ladera
- Best Renovated or Restored Residential Project, Aria Condo Renovation
- Best Custom Home 4,000-6,000 square feet, Laurene model
- Best Kitchen Design for a Custom/Spec/One of a Kind Home, Diamond residence
Sand Dollar 2018
- Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes ($2,750,001 – $3,000,000), Private Residence in Quail West
- Best Use of Custom Wood (over $50,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Kitchen Design (over $250,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Custom Home of 8,000 square feet, Private Residence Custom Home
Sand Dollar 2017
- Best Use of Custom Wood (Under $30,000), Basseterre Model Home
- Best Master Suite ($50,000-$100,000), Basseterre Model Home
- Best Kitchen Design ($200,001-$250,000), Basseterre Model Home
Sand Dollar 2016
- Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes ($2,000,001 – $2,250,000), Custom Home
- Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes ($3,500,001 – $4,000,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Smart Home ($2,000,001 – $2,250,000), Custom Home
- Best Outdoor Living Area ($30,001 – $50,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Use of Custom Wood Under ($30,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Use of Custom Wood ($30,001 – $50,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Flooring Over ($50,000), Custom Home
- Best Flooring Over ($50,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Master Suite Under ($50,000), Custom Home
- Best Master Suite ($50,001 – $100,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Kitchen Design ($50,001 – $100,000), Custom Home
- Best Kitchen Design Over ($100,000), Magnolia Model Home
Sand Dollar 2015
- Product Design of the Year-Single Family Homes ($3,500,000+), St. Kitts
- Best Use of Custom Wood Above ($50,000), St. Kitts
- Best Kitchen Design Above ($100,000), St. Kitts
Sand Dollar 2014
- Best Master Suite (Over $100K), Capistrano at Quail West
- Best Use of Custom Wood (Over $50K), Capistrano at Quail West
Sand Dollar 2013
- Best Kitchen Design, Alessandra at Grey Oaks