Decades young

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.

Michael Diamond
President

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
Vice President

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.

Chris Batchelor
Vice President of Operations

Chris Batchelor is a seasoned construction industry executive with more than 30 years of residential and commercial experience. As Vice President of Operations, he oversees all construction operations, including new construction, remodeling, warranty service, estate management, and cabinetry division. He is a state-certified general contractor in Florida and Tennessee, and studied business administration at Arizona State University. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, traveling, and spending time with family.

Deborah Maxner
Project Coordinator

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.

Greg Hawkins

Greg Hawkins
Project Manager

With over 30 years of management experience in the construction industry, Greg joined the Diamond Custom Homes family as project manager. He collaborates directly with clients and works with superintendents to see projects through to completion. Previously, Greg held various positions across Southwest Florida including regional director of construction, vice president of construction and superintendent. Greg is so passionate about his job he can be found remodeling his own home in his free time. When he isn’t wielding a hammer, Greg loves spending time with family and friends.

Chris Schneider
Job Superintendent

Chris Schneider brings 23 years of construction industry experience to Diamond. As 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.

Manny Oliveira
Job Superintendent

Emanuel Oliveira, whom we know as Manny, brings nearly three decades of expertise in the homebuilding industry. Prior to moving to Florida in 2014, he was owner of his own homebuilding company in New England. OSHA-certified, Manny manages construction and renovation processes and has extensive knowledge of framing, finishing, custom woodwork and master carpentry. When he’s not overseeing projects and teams for Diamond Custom Homes, he enjoys engaging in woodworking projects at home, playing pool and spending time with his family.

Anthony Marzella
Construction Laborer

Anthony Marzella has been in the construction industry since he was 14 and brings almost 30 years of experience to Diamond. As construction laborer, he is responsible for on-site coordination of all phases of building projects, and coordinating all subcontractors, materials and equipment. Anthony ensures specifications are strictly followed, and work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. 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.

John Bill

John Bill
Job Superintendent

John Bill, our superintendent, brings over 22 years of experience in construction supervision and onsite construction management. He skillfully schedules, monitors and inspects all work from start to finish. Previously, John served as superintendent for a custom homebuilder, overseeing subcontractors and all activities onsite. A Florida-licensed building contractor, he stays current through ongoing professional development courses. Early in his career, John spent 15 years in operations at Publix. We’re happy he makes homebuilding a pleasure with us.

David Ariza

David Ariza
Job Superintendent

Before joining the Diamond team, David leveraged his talents for three well-known production builders as well as a custom home builder here in Southwest Florida. For us, he oversees construction from groundbreaking to completion, scheduling and supervising subcontractors for all trades as well as meetings and inspections with county officials. David remains in constant contact with project managers, designers, architects and engineers. He holds two master’s degrees—in contract law and criminal law—and teaches classes part time to help drivers facing DUI charges restore their driving privileges. An avid runner, David also enjoys playing soccer with his five-year-old son, critical thinking debates with his nine-year-old daughter and quiet time with his wife Nathalia.

Jerry Lake

Jerry Lake
Job Superintendent

Jerry joined Diamond Custom Homes as superintendent with an impressive background in construction. He is responsible for supervising job sites, overseeing vendors and keeping everyone on track from start to finish. Before home building, Jerry was a country club maintenance supervisor, cabinet maker and he even ran a door and window shop in northern Florida. He is proud of his family including a wife, four children, five grandkids and two dogs. Jerry loves bowling and keeping his colleagues in stitches with his wonderful sense of humor.

Tim Scarsella
Director of Construction

Construction veteran Tim Scarsella is a licensed general contractor in the state of Florida with 30 years home building experience, starting as a field manager and working his way up to Director of Construction. He has established award-winning entry level and estate series custom home product lines. Previously, Tim was a superintendent with D. R. Horton and spent 14 years with Centex Homes. He attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in criminal justice before relocating to Bonita Springs, Florida where he volunteers for Wounded Warriors of America and Habitat for Humanity.

Karen Velasco-Carter
Architectural Coordinator

As Architectural Coordinator, 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 of drawings for remodels. Karen has been in the industry for 15 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.

Zachary Monger - Sales Representative at Diamond Custom Homes

Zachary Monger
Sales Representative

Zachary Monger started his career in real estate after earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing from West Chester University outside of Philadelphia. Since then, he represented several luxury builders in Southwest Florida before ultimately joining Diamond Custom homes in 2017. As a full-time licensed Realtor since 2009, Zachary wears several hats at Diamond. His primary responsibility is to keep our latest model home open 6 days a week, creating new client relationships and pointing out the Diamond difference to touring customers. He also markets Diamond’s remodel capabilities to customers and Realtors, as well as identifies potential land acquisitions for both Diamond and outside vendors. In his free time, Zachary enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s on the beach or playing golf at Quail West.

Mark Imbert
Purchasing Agent/Estimator

Mark Imbert started his career in the custom home building industry seven years ago in the Naples area, making his mark where he was born and raised. As a purchasing agent and estimator, he prepares budgets, estimates job costs, maintains databases, acquires goods and services and nourishes vendor relationships. In his free time, Mark loves traveling, enjoying the great outdoors with his wife and dog, playing guitar and building high-performance PCs.

Francisco Morales
Warranty Service Manager

Originally from New York City, Francisco Morales moved to Florida in 2002 and brings over 15 years of remodeling industry experience to Diamond. As warranty service manager, 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.

Melissa

Melissa Marotti
Accounting

Originally from Chicago, Melissa brings a well-rounded skill set to her role in accounting. Her past experience includes several executive administrative, estate management and interior design positions. In addition to keeping our numbers accurate, she oversees office duties as well as client and vendor relations. Melissa previously worked as a private investigator and vacationed in Naples for more than 20 years before relocating to Florida in 2010.

Kasey Nelson

Kasey Nelson
Assistant Superintendent

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 oversees job sites with confidence. Kasey’s professional career has taken several interesting turns, from corporate sales for the NHL Florida Panthers to human capital management consultant. 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.

From our valued clients

HALE­
New Custom Home

VANDERHORST­
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

Accolades

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.

Awards

Aurora 2020

  • Best Custom Home 4,000 to 6,000 square feet, Ladera
  • Best Renovated or Restored Residential Project, Aria Condo Renovation

Aurora 2019

  • 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

Aurora 2018

  • 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

Media features

2019

Home & Design Feature Article

2019

Florida Design Feature Article

2019

Florida Weekly Featured Article

2018

Florida Weekly Featured Article

2015

Home and Design Cover & Feature Article

2012

Gulfshore Life Feature Article

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