Our Team


President & Project Manager

Aidan is a Founder and the President, of Calusa Construction, Inc.

Aidan has extensive experience in all areas of construction, having started working for a General Contractor in Philadelphia, PA at the age of 13. He worked there through high school graduation, learning the construction process and becoming a finish carpenter. As a passionate carpenter, he briefly considered turning to a career in hand made wood furniture before opening his own general contracting business on the Philadelphia Main Line in 1979, focusing on renovation and additions.

During his time in the Philadelphia area, Aidan was very focused on staying true to the original style and feel of the buildings and homes he renovated and expanded. He developed a reputation for creating renovations and additions indistinguishable from the original structure, leading to work on several historic restoration projects.

Aidan left Philadelphia in 1998 to pursue his dream of working on new construction, which becoming less prevalent in the area due to a lack of available land. Moving to Florida, he began by building a spec home in the Aqualane Shores community of Naples, FL and joined Deerbrook, Inc., a local general contractor as a project manager. Aidan brought his passion for detail and quality, to his work in Florida, quickly becoming a partner with Deerbrook. While with Deerbrook, he worked on homes all over the Southwest Florida area from the Sanibel and Captiva Islands down to Marco Island.

In 2013, Aidan co-founded Calusa Construction, Inc. Fueled by over forty years’ experience and a deep respect and love for quality construction; he is a true master in his field. He is personally involved in every project Calusa takes on. His eye for detail is second to none, which shines through in every completed project. Under his leadership, Calusa’s resume boasts some of the finest new homes in Southwest Florida.

Aidan holds licenses as a Certified General Contractor and Home Inspector in Florida as well as a Certified Builder in South Carolina.

JOHN KENNEDYFounder & Treasurer

John has enjoyed a career as a successful entrepreneur. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Lowell Technology Institute (now UMass Lowell) and Masters in Business Administration in Accounting from UMass Amherst, he entered the workforce as an auditor for KPMG in 1976, spending five years there rising to audit manager.

Over the next ten years, John held several financial positions including CFO and independent consultant, priming him to take on some much higher profile entrepreneurial projects. From 1993 through 2002, he served as CFO for two publicly traded companies, with the specific purpose of bringing one company to its IPO, helped facilitate rapid financial growth, and closing four acquisitions.

In 2002 John started pursuing one of his most significant professional accomplishments in co-founding Nova Analytics Corp. and again serving as its CFO and president of its management company. Along with a partner, John assisted in raising venture capital as well as subordinated debt to buy thirteen businesses, primarily located in Europe. Over the next six years he helped grow the company from a startup to approximately $180M in revenue with over nine hundred employees before selling the operating units for significant return for his investors.

In 2013, John brought his financial and entrepreneurial expertise to the construction arena as a co-founder of Calusa. His professional experience coupled with Aidan’s expertise in the construction arena make Calusa really well rounded for a general contracting firm.

John spends his free time pursuing his dream of playing the top 100 golf courses, fishing, and with his beautiful dogs Maggie and Sophie.


JOELGeneral Superintendent

Joel began his career in construction straight out of high school in Michigan, working for a Commercial Contractor as a Foreman in 1983. In 1989, he opened his own building and remodeling contracting company, leveraging and expanding his construction and business skills. In July of 2000, Joel relocated to Florida, where he joined the Calusa team.

Joel holds a Florida Building Contractors License, as well as several other professional certifications. His responsibilities include managing new construction as well as ensuring consistent quality through all of Calusa’s projects. With over seventy commercial and residential projects under his belt, Joel is an expert with experience in all aspects of the construction industry.

Joel likes to go fishing in his spare time.


David is an incredibly talented Superintendent with thirty years of residential and commercial construction experience. Dave comes from a carpentry and woodworking background, giving him a discerning eye for detail that we value immensely.

During his first year with Calusa, Dave took on an extremely challenging project, completing our first spec home in Seabrook Island, SC. Facing serious logistics issues almost five hundred miles away from our home office; Dave expertly entered this new market, creating an absolutely stunning island home.


John began working in Publix Supermarkets in 1981 bagging groceries, working his way up to a management position by 1988. After spending the next eight years gaining management experience, John made a career change to construction in 1996, when he started working with a building contractor finishing homes. He has been a construction superintendent since 1998, being involved in the construction of over eighty homes and commercial projects.

Joining Calusa in 2015 as a superintendent, John brings a wealth of experience to our team.

John enjoys a vigorous love of the outdoors with his wife and two sons.



Gabe and Vinnie are two highly skilled and experienced finish carpenters.

Gabe has worked in construction for over thirty years, starting in roofing with his father and progressing to finish carpentry sixteen years ago. He has worked on over one hundred high end homes, doing everything from trim to built-in cabinetry and entertainment centers.

Vinnie has been in construction for over forty years, learning finish carpentry from his father and sticking with it throughout his career. He has also worked on over one hundred homes in all aspects of carpentry.

Vinnie and Gabe have worked together for over twelve years, joining Calusa in 2014. Their skill and experience is seen in the exquisite finishes in all of Calusa’s homes. Because they work for Calusa, rather than being paid per job as most carpenters, they are able to take the time and care to make every aspect of our finishes perfect.

Working with Gabe and Vinnie are two apprentice carpenters, Robbie and Taylor. Working with our experienced professionals on the job, they began learning how to do things correctly from day one, securing talent for Calusa’s future.

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