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Our Team

Professionals with a passion for perfection

JAMES RAMOS | ceo

James Ramos is the Founder and CEO of Ramos Companies and a licensed General Contractor. 

 

James has built an award-winning design-build firm, grown one of the fastest-growing RE/MAX agencies in the country, and successfully developed multi-family developments throughout Tampa Bay. 

 

James is an accomplished author, radio host, and speaker who is respected for his innovative views in the real estate and construction industries. 

 

James holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Florida and an MBA from Emory University, where he finished in the top 2% of his class. 

Chuck Leadbetter | president

Chuck Leadbetter is the President at Ramos Design Build. A native of Maine, Chuck has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. Which includes residential, industrial and commercial construction.

 

Chuck acquired a very strong background and knowledge in construction property management, estimating, networking, capital improvement budgeting, employee management, safety training, construction consulting, and mentoring young professionals joining the construction industry.

 

He attended the University of Maine, Orono and Farmington campuses where he studied business management. The 35 plus years of construction includes 25 years of owning and operating a general contracting company in Maine and also owning and operating a construction consulting company for six years.

 

Chuck is currently resides in St. Petersburg with his wife Lisa.

DANIEL DEPURY | OPERATIONS MANAGER

Daniel Depury is the Operations Manager for Ramos Companies. A proud Tampa native, he possesses an unwavering passion for furniture design, which propelled him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in industrial design at Auburn University,

 

With a robust background in design, adept problem-solving abilities, and a dedication to customer service, Daniel's expertise is crucial to the company's operations.

 

As Operations Manager Daniel oversees all the Ramos Companies brands which includes Ramos Construction, Enoteca Wine Storage & Accessories, Dakota Workspaces and Dakota Products. Daniel loves working with customers, solving problems, and seeing a concept come to completion.

david fraga | comptroller

David Fraga has been in the finance industry for 10 years and plays a crucial role at Ramos Companies.

 

Also a Tampa native, when David’s not analyzing numbers, he’s volunteering his time at a local community theater.

 

As Comptroller, David manages the finances of all entities of Ramos Companies, from Construction, to Development, and Real-Estate.

jaime miller | Director of pre-construction

Jaime Miller was born and raised in South Tampa, growing up in a family involved in construction and real estate. Jaime attended Stetson University in Central Florida for undergraduate.

 

Jaime’s prior experience is with the largest high-production builder in the country, having managed the purchasing department with a heavy focus on cost control, methods for strategic procurement of goods and services, streamlining processes, team leadership and production scheduling.

 

As the Director of Pre-Construction, Jaime is applying her prior experience to take the quality and professionalism of Ramos Design Build to the next level with team management, process automation and diversification of resources to ensure that new projects launch seamlessly from Pre-Construction planning into Construction jobsite actualization.

 

In her spare time, Jaime enjoys taking part in all the Arts, Culture and Dining that the growing Tampa city life has to offer, with her husband and teenage son.

Hevelyn Villar | Project Manager

Originally from Londrina, Brazil, Hevelyn Villar has been involved in the design and construction field since 2004.

 

She started with her family's construction company, Planolar Construction and Development, and she slowly got involved in every part of the construction process, which helped cement her desire to be involved in the process of building dream homes.

 

Hevelyn graduated from the University of Utah with a graduate degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, and now works with us at Ramos Companies as a project manager after years of working in construction management. 

KENNEDY HAUGEN | ASSISTANT Project Manager

Kennedy Haugen is an Assistant Project Manager for Ramos Companies. She initially joined the company as a Communications Coordinator, however over time, she discovered her true passion for the design and construction process.

 

Kennedy's dedication to realizing our clients' visions prompted her to transition into a more hands-on role as an Assistant Project Manager. Her detail-oriented nature and strong interpersonal skills have proven to be valuable assets, allowing her to excel in her new position.

 

Kennedy loves witnessing the transformation of ideas into tangible designs. Her enthusiasm and commitment to her work make her an integral part of the Ramos Companies team.

Chuck Culp | working superintendent

For Chuck Culp, building a home is not just a job; carpentry is in their blood. Chuck’s carpentry experience started at a very young age, learning a lot from his father and working in carpentry from a young age.

 

That experience has only grown over Chuck’s many decades of building, and we at Ramos Companies consider ourselves lucky to have their knowledge and expertise on our team.

 

Building anything requires a strong foundation, and Chuck Culp serves as one of the many examples that show why Ramos Companies is built on bedrock.

Andrew Arena | Director of development

Andrew Arena has over 35 years of experience appraising, developing, managing, financing, purchasing, selling, and brokering in the Tampa real estate market. He’s helped develop everything from medical offices to condominiums to Walgreens stores in both Hillsborough and Pinellas, and even student housing for the University of Tampa.

 

Andrew attended Hillsborough Community College and holds a real estate license in the State of Florida. Before coming onboard with Ramos Companies, Andrew worked as the Real Estate Director for one of the largest real estate holding companies at the time, and then was a partner with Anthony & Associates and Anthony Development Group, where he helped complete various development projects. Andrew is married and lives with his wife and two children in Tampa, Florida.

John McKinnon | Real Estate

A Florida Gulf Coast native, John McKinnon knows Tampa Bay and is passionate about living here. From its waterways, trendy restaurant scene, and energetic social atmosphere. John McKinnon loves this city and wants you to love it, too. A long-time restaurant and beverage consultant, John understands the importance of high-end customer service and clear communication.

 

John will ensure your home buying experience is relaxed, transparent, and as stress-free as possible. John’s motto is simple, “The right process for the right result.” John is an avid rock-climber and surfer and enjoys all of the bounties of Tampa Bay’s natural landscape. He lives in Old Seminole Heights, with his wife Gina.

Marco Lamonte | Realtor

Marco La Monte is a father of 2 and a recent grandfather. Mark is a lifetime resident of Tampa, Florida. He loves family time, vacations and helping people locate the home of their dreams. Mark is very involved in the community volunteering at local schools with food drives for the children.

 

Mark loves to fish and has been navigating the waters in Tampa Bay for over 35 years. Mark loves sports and is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Partners

Lauren Klein Interiors | Verified Vendor | Interior Designer

Lauren Klein has spent much of her life designing homes, specializing in residential design for single family homes. After spending many successful years in California working as a high-end interior designer for multimillion dollar homes, Lauren brought her company, Klein Interiors, to Florida and started working with Ramos Companies as one of our verified interior designers.

 

Were you to ask her, Lauren would always say that the most rewarding part of working in home construction is not the money or the renown, but the look on a client's face when you deliver the home of their dreams as a finished product. With that attitude towards home design, Lauren is a perfect fit with Ramos Companies.

McNamara Design | Verified Vendor | Interior Designer

Mckinlay rose | Verified Vendor | Interior Designer

Amanda Koenn | AKA integrated Marketing

Amanda Koenn is the Founder and Managing Director of AKA Integrated Marketing, and an important part of our marketing team.

 

Amanda is a seasoned marketing professional with over thirteen years of experience in helping clients reach their goals through integrated marketing campaigns.

 

She is passionate about implementing a customer focused marketing strategy that helps prospects make the buying decision that is right for them. 

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