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Our Team

Mark Caithness

Builder, Designer, Sales

Caithness Construction, LLC was founded by Mark I. Caithness in 1996. As a resident of Sarasota for over 30 years, Mark has been an active part of this area’s real estate market growth and development. Before graduating from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, he completed multiple real estate courses as well as remodeled homes. He always had a vision and passion for enhancing homes and properties across Sarasota. Mark’s initial days in the home building business started on the sales side, but quickly moved over to the construction side. Within six months in the building industry, he began his own custom home construction company and built it from the ground up. He has over 20 years of experience building and designing custom homes as well as developing neighborhoods all around the Sarasota area. Mark is a leading expert with creative home design solutions specifically crafted to fit your lifestyle from start to finish. He is not only committed to building beautiful homes with high quality construction standards, but also ensuring every customer receives superior service and satisfaction.

Alicia Natale Caithness

Business Development, Marketing

Alicia has over 15 years of experience with strategic planning, market analysis and business development. She also brings consulting skills in quality management and operations improvement. At Caithness Construction, she specializes in new home and land sales, marketing of homes, model-home interior/exterior design selections as well as staging of new construction homes. Since 2014, she has been a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Platinum with expertise in single family, waterfront, land and luxury home sales. She has a Master Degree of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from the University of South Florida.

Craig Platt

Superintendent

With over 21 years managing construction projects, Craig brings extensive on-site residential construction expertise for both residential luxury homes and multifamily homes.  As project manager for several building companies, including Arthur Rutenburg Homes, Todd Johnson Homes and Medallion Homes, he delivers strong construction and communication skills with coordinating subcontractors and suppliers, overseeing project schedules and time-lines while also ensuring high quality and customer satisfaction.  Craig also has over 8 years of trade-specific management skills including electrical, roofing, plumbing restoration and overall maintenance projects.

Kevin Emberton

Superintendent

With over 40 years in the construction industry, Kevin brings 22 years of experience as a superintendent overseeing construction and field operations of new custom homes as well as remodeling of single family homes and commercial projects.  At Petz Development, he was in charge of managing all subcontractor work and trouble-shooting custom design plans and blue prints.  He began in the aluminum business and owned a carpentry company before specializing in residential framing, siding and trim.  

Michelle Gossett 

Project Manager

Michelle has over 34 years of experience in the construction business and brings an extensive knowledge of building methods, construction practices, bidding and purchasing. She has 15 years of project management and customer liaison skills from First Communities Corporation (an Arthur Rutenburg Franchise) and Tangerine Development. She was a lead project engineer and customer liaison with Dooley and Mack Construction for 10 years before joining the Caithness Construction team in 2006.

Lana Damsky

Accounting/Billing

Lana joins us with over 15 years experience in office management, full-charge bookkeeping, accounts receivable, payroll and financial reporting.  She has worked for several local builders and subcontractors, bringing strong construction industry expertise in office management, accounts payable and bookkeeping. With a degree in computer programming, she is also highly skilled with computer software usage and development, including Quickbooks Pro & Premier, Buillder Trend and CompeFloore (CUF).  She is also trained and skilled in graphic design. 

Ashley Cherilla

Office Assistant, Exterior & Interior Home Design Selections

Ashley joins Caithness Construction with over 15 years of customer service and hospitality experience. She also brings 5 years of staff management experience, coordinating customer orders and improving product delivery. Most recently, she has worked in the interior design industry as a consultant at both Ralph Interiors and Bee Ridge Lighting.

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