Our Team

For over 30 years, Larry and Melissa Kemick have been building custom luxury homes throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. The Kemicks are known for being the first builders to employ many advanced energy-efficient concepts within the state of Florida as well as providing a wide range of high-end finish selections as “standard” features to their clients. Today, the team at Kemick Builders and Consultants prides themselves on producing exceptional luxury homes that are as practical as they are elegant.

When Larry and Melissa Kemick began building custom homes in 1987, they established their new company under one simple premise: building every house as if they were going to live in it themselves. It didn’t take long for this belief to drive the pair towards the developing field of energy efficient construction. At trade shows across the Southeast, Larry and Melissa encountered many practical, new concepts which they saw had the potential not only add value but also save their clients tens of thousands of dollars in utilities and maintenance over the life of their home. They were some of the first builders to see the value in this socially responsible business model.

Over the next couple of decades, the Kemicks became a national leader in energy-efficient construction and design. They were the first builders in the State of Florida to use or make standard products like radiant barrier plywood, solar hot water heaters, on-demand water recirculation systems, programmable thermostats, high-efficiency heat pumps, and expanding foam insulation systems. Their foresight paid off, earning them a strong reputation within the industry, 15 Aurora Awards from the Southeastern Builders Conference, and partnership with the National Association of Homebuilders for determining the most effective ways to influence new energy codes

Today, Kemick Builders and Consultants’ employs a highly-experienced team to closely manage a select number of luxury home projects each year. Our team, company structure, and specialized work processes allow us to pass along the greatest value possible to our clients.

Our Team:

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Larry Kemick

Builder, Owner

Having completed nearly 500 homes over a 30-year span in Sarasota, Manatee, and Hillsborough counties, Larry Kemick is one of the most established builders in the greater Sarasota area. Since building his first custom home in 1987, Larry has completed projects valued up to $3.5 million in value in some of the area’s most prestigious communities and offsite locations.

Larry began his professional career as a Crew Chief in the Air Force. Upon completing his service in 1983, he refocused his attention from jet fighter engines to homebuilding. His passion for all things technical led him to complete coursework emphasizing drafting and design, air conditioning and heating, and electrical systems. This background has proven to be invaluable in allowing him to recognize and incorporate many innovative and efficient design features ahead of his peers.

Larry’s Role in the Kemick Process:

Larry takes an active daily role in the management of the entire building process. From meeting with potential and current clients, subcontractors, suppliers, and building officials to managing the designs, features, and modifications on each project, Larry is always ready to roll up his sleeves and get involved in all aspects of the process. Larry espouses a “whatever it takes” attitude in getting his homes built correctly and he expects the same from everyone else in his employ.

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Melissa Kemick

Owner, CFO

In addition to over 23 years of experience in the construction industry, Melissa’s background also includes being a licensed real estate broker and serving as a comptroller in the non-profit and medical sectors. Alongside managing Kemick Builders’ finances, Melissa’s involvement spans the life of the entire project, focusing on the areas of permitting, human resources and subcontractor management. Her relationship with clients, banks, and subcontractors ensures that each job progresses smoothly and according to budget.

Melissa’s Role in the Kemick Process:

After the design and contract phase, Melissa guides our homes through the permitting process by gathering and submitting information required by each municipality to assure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
Once permitting is complete, Melissa’s role is to work with the client or their chosen bank representative to manage the financial schedule associated with each home. She also works with the construction team to select subcontractors and ensure that all parties on site maintain the proper insurance and safety credentials.

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Kent Whitley

Director – Sales

Having spent over half of his 20-year career selling Kemick homes, Kent is our longest tenured salesperson. He enjoys combining his industry knowledge and design expertise to help clients visualize and create the details which make their home unique.

Kent’s Role in the Kemick Process:

Kent assists our clients in the design of their structure, down to each and every element that turns a concept into a home. Kent’s attention to detail combined with his years of experience in custom home building with the Kemick team assures that your custom home is functional, timeless, and up to the highest standard.

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Nick Kemick

Director of Business Development

Nick joined the Kemick team from Dallas, where he worked in the investment management field. He is currently in a project-based role while he studies for his building contractors license and learns the family business.

Nick’s Role in the Kemick Process:

Nick’s business development role includes projects related to branding, office systems, and workflow development. Alongside his role within the office, Nick also works with our vendors to aide in decisions about purchasing and finish offerings.