Building Concepts was founded in 1999 by Dan Craven. For more than two decades, Dan established a reputation as one of the highest quality custom homebuilders and master remodelers in the Tampa Bay area. With a keen focus on the highest quality of construction methods and materials as well as a close knit relationship with each and every customer, Dan developed a legacy in the local homebuilding market of impeccable, precise attention to detail second to none. In 2016, Dan sold Building Concepts to Ben Walters and Ross Puzzitiello. Ben and Ross were presented with the opportunity to continue the tremendous value and quality brand that Dan created in Building Concepts.
Today, Dan is still an integral part of the Building Concepts team as a daily consultant, internal strategist, and key investor in facilitating current and future business opportunities. His consistent, open communication is a valuable asset as we maintain the success and reputation that has made Building Concepts what it is – a small homebuilding company known for its tremendous reputation and attention to detail.
Ben and Ross are using their more than 45 years of homebuilding experience to help maintain and grow Building Concepts into one of the leading homebuilding companies in the Tampa Bay area.
Co-Owner & President
With more than 16 years of residential development and homebuilding experience, Ben Walters brought a broad range of skills and knowledge to the table when he led a small group that purchased a niche custom homebuilder, Building Concepts, in 2016. Ben’s family heritage spans 6 decades of residential development in the Tampa market.
After graduation from the University of Florida in 2001 with a degree in Economics, Ben spent 9 years with a Tampa based Builder Magazine Top 100 Builder including 6 of those years as a President and Chief Operating Officer of multiple franchises. From there, and during the economic downturn, Ben joined a small group of homebuilding industry leaders that managed the residential portfolio for a $14B Manhattan based hedge fund. As a member of that team, Ben helped lead large scale residential projects and homebuilding operations in St. Augustine, FL, Nashville/Franklin, TN, Chattanooga, TN, and Myrtle Beach, SC.
In 2014, marriage and family brought Ben back to Tampa to pursue business opportunities near him and his wife, Sara’s family. The desire to find an opportunity to take many years of practice and growth to pursue a homebuilding ownership opportunity has been the culmination of a lifelong goal.
Co-Owner & Vice-President
Ross is a homebuilding and real estate industry professional with over 30 years of hands on residential and commercial real estate development and sales experience. During his career and under his leadership, his companies built thousands of homes and developed a similar number of homesites in the Tampa Bay area. These homes were Award Winning single family homes, townhomes and condominiums and they received industry recognition by local, state and national experts.
Ross also was the Chairman of two separate Community Development Districts that developed more than 2,000 home sites and had a budget in excess of $100M. He obtained his Florida Real Estate Sales license in 1991 and his current Florida Real Estate Broker license in 1994. Ross brings and exceptional level of expertise and experience to Building Concepts along with a proven dedication and committment to quality.