Our Team

Professionals with a passion for perfection

JAMES RAMOS | ceo

James Ramos is the Founder of Ramos Companies and a licensed General Contractor.  Over the past 15 years,he has focused his efforts on creating opportunities for investors through Ramos Development, building an award-winning design-build firm, growing one of the fastest-growing RE/MAX agencies in the country, and launching the Dakota Design Build Cooperative – an innovative retail and co-working concept.  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

A native of Maine, Chuck Leadbetter has over 35 years in the construction industry. Which includes residential, industrial and commercial construction. Throughout his personal and professional career he has always been active, whether as a triathlete in high school, a biathlete in college or by consistently being involved with his community. 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. Chuck 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 acting President at Ramos Design Build Corporation and resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Lisa.

david fraga | finance manager

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

lily oliva | Marketing communications manager

Born and raised in South Tampa, Lily Oliva joined the Ramos team in 2021. She graduated from Florida State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in media communications. Her experience includes social media marketing, web design, and strategic communication, all of which play a vital role in upholding the quality of image and branding that is Ramos Companies. As Marketing Communications Manager, Lily manages customer intake and all client records as well as helps implement effective campaigns, ensuring that new construction projects keep coming in through the door, and that our level of service is maintained at every step of the process. 

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. 

arch Mclellan | Assistant Project Manager

Arch McLellan joined Ramos Companies as a Working Superintendent and Program Construction Manager in August 2021. Before coming to Ramos Companies, Arch served in the Marine Corps where he spent his career in Aviation and Special Operations. With a family background in construction, he worked for a Mason throughout high school and college and is currently working schedules and operations here at Ramos, focused on ensuring clear communication between the field and office. Arch's experience in the military translates to improving your construction experience by focusing on preconstruction, which is very similar to military planning. "I've been involved in getting hard things done my whole life; the Ramos Way is a great way to reduce the complexity of making your project a reality!" -- Arch McLellan. 

crystal mathews | project accountant

As Project Accountant, Crystal Mathews provides extensive bookkeeping support to our team here at Ramos Companies. A Business Administration graduate from American Intercontinental University, Crystal assists our Finance Manager in issuing invoices and purchase orders, reviewing budgets, and providing project managers as well as clients with timely financial reports. Originally from Minnesota, Crystal has lived in Tampa the past 14 years and currently resides with her family and son. 

johnnie drury | working superintendent

Johnnie Drury has been working in the construction industry for over 40 years. Originally from Kentucky, Johnnie grew up in a family of builders, and built his first two homes when he was only 17 years old. As Working Superintendent, Johnnie oversees the day-to-day operations and materials on the construction sites, ensuring quality control standards are met at all stages of the projects. Construction is an integral part of life for Johnnie, and we are proud to have him as a part of our 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.

Doug Finn | working superintendent

Doug Finn has over 50 years of working in residential and commercial construction, and we at Ramos Companies are thankful to be able to have their expertise go into every home with which we work. Doug has worked on dozens of job sites across the northeast, from apartment buildings and shopping centers to massive custom homes, and everything in between. When we look for carpenters and laborers, we seek out the best and Doug surpassed all our criteria, and continues to do so when it comes to making sure our work is completed at the highest level of quality.

Joshua Allen | working superintendent

Joshua Allen, or Josh as he prefers to be known, has been a valued member of our team from the moment he joined with Ramos Companies. Josh has spent over 20 consecutive years working in the construction of large-scale and luxury residences in the state of New Hampshire, and reached out to us to see if we’d be interested in hiring him once he and his family relocated to Florida; with their particular skill-set and bountiful experience, hiring Josh was a no-brainer. Since then, Josh has worked on many successful projects, and helps make sure that Ramos Companies meets our standard for impeccable quality.

Andrew Arena | Developer | Real Estate Consultant

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 life time 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.

Freddie Langiotti | Realtor

A Tampa native, Freddie graduated in 1988 from the University of Tampa with a degree in Business Management. A 4-year baseball letterman, Freddie was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1988 and was a minor league player for 4 years before getting injured. After the major leagues, Freddie served 6 years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, but his love of baseball was too much, and he returned to the field in 1997 as a minor league coach with the New York Yankees, and subsequently as the Athletic Director of Tampa Catholic High School from 2000-2014. Then, in 2017, Freddie became a licensed Realtor. His management skills experience, love of negotiation, and knowledge of the Tampa Bay area are qualities that enhance his ability as a real estate agent and investor. Freddie enjoys traveling with his wife, volunteering, hunting, fishing, playing golf and attending sporting events. He currently lives in South Tampa with his wife Shannon, daughter, grandson, and 2 furry children.

Stephanie Donovan | Realtor

Stephanie Donovan is an established agent in the Tampa Bay Area. Most important to Steph is providing excellent service to buyers and sellers in order to earn their trust, referrals, and repeat business. She’s in the business of helping people and selling homes from all price ranges. Clients appreciate her patience, ability to listen, and market knowledge.

Joining the Ramos Companies Team, Steph connects her local and global networks while utilizing smart and effective marketing strategies and state of the art data tools to best deliver an exclusive level of service to her clients.

 

She received her bachelor's in communication from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, and previously worked as a Communications and Marketing Professional. 

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 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 twelve 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.