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.
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.
Pat Moseley brings 20 years of project, team management and strategic planning to Diamond Custom Homes. As Director of Construction, Pat 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.
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.
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.
Anthony Balzano started his construction career in residential remodeling and large-scale custom home building. Balzano brings over 25 years of experience to Diamond Custom homes, and as a previous business owner he understands all facets of a business. As our Procurement Director, Balzano is responsible for leading the purchasing department while managing existing and developing new trade partnerships. He believes in treating trade partners with respect, integrity, and accountability. His positive attitude and let’s get it done approach is already making an impact at Diamond Custom Homes!
John Plecki has been in the Southwest Florida construction industry for the last 25 years. He prides himself in accomplishing any goal and overcoming any construction challenges. As our remodel manager, John collaborates directly with the remodeling team on front-end renovation scopes of work, estimating with the purchasing department and client relations on remodel kick-offs. In his free time, John has been enjoying the new lifestyle as an empty nester as he celebrates his kids graduating college.
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.
Hailing from Chicago’s suburbs, Mathew Goryl’s construction career was shaped by his family’s industry involvement. Goryl’s expertise started in high school, working for his uncle’s prominent framing company, and expanded when he joined a renowned custom home builder as a Superintendent, eventually becoming Senior Project Manager. Currently in his role as Project Manager, Mathew has direct communication with clients, coordinating with superintendents and creative designers. Ensuring the delivery of superior, high-quality homes. When he’s not at work you can find Mathew spending time with family and friends at the beach.
Matt McKoane has over 23 years of residential and commercial construction experience while owning his own construction company for 12 years. As project manager, Matt ensures projects run smoothly and client expectations are exceeded. He collaborates with superintendents and interior designers to see projects through to completion.
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 project manager. As a project manager Kasey manage 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.
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.
Alina Brezai holds a Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management and has experience in purchasing, customer service and overall project management. As assistant project manager, Alina is responsible for permitting and bidding. As well as collaborating directly with project managers, facilitating budgets, scheduling, customer selections and overall job updates. In her free time, you will find Alina doing yoga and meditating.
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.
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.
As a Job Superintendent, Cliff Fekette is responsible for managing job site safety, quality and schedule assigned projects from pre-construction to closeout. He collaborates with project managers and other project team members to maintain field coordination and ensure the project schedule stays on track.
Paul Michos has many years of general contractor experience making him perfect fit for the Job Superintendent role. In his role he is responsible for reviewing all project documents for constructability including drawings. He ensures job site safety, quality and schedules assigned projects from pre-construction to closeout.
Anthony Marzella has been in the construction industry since he was 14 and brings almost 30 years of experience to Diamond. As job 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 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.
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.
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.
Luis Ruelas assists the warranty team and job superintendents during all phases of construction. He manages small jobs, performs final punch list items and other tasks necessary for job closeout.
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.
Stephanie Kenney has lived in the Naples area for most of her life and has been in the accounting world for over 20 years! She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Hodges University, graduating with the honor of Cum Laude. Throughout her professional career, she has worked in the construction and property management industries, specializing in analyzing data and providing clear advice and financial recommendations for companies. Her passion lies in problem-solving business issues, recommending money-saving solutions and presenting top-notch financial data. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys volunteering in various kids’ programs with her church, traveling with her husband and swimming with dolphins!
Alma Cueva joins the Diamond Custom Homes team as our accounting assistant. In her role she performs invoice and general-leger data entry, credit card and bank reconciliation, generate purchase orders and assist the senior financial officers as needed. In her free time, you can find Alma enjoying Mexican folklore ballet dance with her daughter and spending time with her family going to museums and watching movies.
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
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“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