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Smart Moves begin with Croom Construction Company

Our well-established relationships with industry design professionals provide us the flexibility to accept unique design challenges from our clients, helping them realize their vision of home. Along the way, we’ve earned a reputation for integrity, quality and competitive pricing. Building or remodelling a home is a major decision. Selecting a licensed general contractor with the experience and professionalism that exceeds your expectations is a smart move.

Meet the Croom Construction Company Team

DAVID CROOM – President

“Today, the homes we build and restore are often custom, one-of-a-kind designs. They often exceed the complexity of commercial buildings. When you are dealing with complicated roof structures and artistic details, you need to have remarkable skilled people to do these jobs well. To me, it’s the difference between good and the absolute best.”

No one in Vero Beach is more synonymous with residential building than David Croom, founder of Croom Construction Company. In more than 38 years of operation, he has built over 800 estate homes in the most prestigious developments such as John’s Island, Windsor, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, and The Moorings.

An early advocate of thorough training for field personnel, David has raised the bar in the local construction industry. His adherence to the highest standards of quality is legendary. He also believes in making the home-building process smoother and more fun for the clients. It’s never approached as a one-time project. “You’re a Croom client for life,” he says.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering from the University of Georgia, MBA from the University of Miami
Florida Class A Certified General Contractor
Director, Marine Bank & Trust Company
Member, John’s Island Architectural Review Committee
Past National Director, Nation Association of Home Builders
Past President, 100 Club
Economic Development Committee of Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
Past Director, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Florida East Coast Chapter and Chairman of the Treasure Coast Chapter
Past President, Vero Beach Treasure Coast Kiwanis Club
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DAVID LYONS – Vice President

“Everyone at Croom has so much pride in what they do. It is not just about building a beautiful home, but it’s also making sure the client is really happy. We have an excellent team who strive to execute perfect fit and finish. We never comprise.”

For more than 30 years, Dave has managed all pre-construction activities at Croom Construction Company and works closely with owners, architects and engineers during the design and planning stages for each project. Since 1986, Dave has been responsible for more than $500 million in sales of both residential, commercial and renovation projects. 

As a trained mechanical engineer, he brings a deep understanding of the complex systems that go into a project. And he shares David Croom’s insistence on delivering top quality for Croom clients.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University
Board, Associated General Contractor of America (AGC)
Chairman, Indian River County AGC Advisory Committee
Recipient, AGC’s President’s Award for Outstanding Committee Chairman
Member, National Home Builders Association
Volunteer, Environmental Learning Center and Beachland PTA
Coach, IRSA Youth Soccer and Basketball
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CHARLES CROOM, Vice President – Operations

“I’m not happy unless the client is 100% satisfied. That’s on every job, every day. Everyone at Croom works to this standard.”

The Croom commitment to client satisfaction is shared by a second generation. David’s son, Charles, joined the company in 2006 after 10 years in commercial construction in the Orlando market. Charles manages the activities of all Croom Project Managers and Field Superintendents, making sure each project is completed on time and on budget. He enjoys building strong relationships with clients and ensuring their experience is a pleasant one.

Bachelor’s degree in Building Science from Auburn University, and a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, the honorary construction fraternity
Florida Class A Certified General Contractor
National Home Builders Association
Past Board of Directors, IRC Education Foundation
Coach, Vero Beach Little League and IR Soccer Association
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JOE KIRBY, Vice President – Estimating & Purchasing

“The accuracy of our state-of-the-art computerized estimating system distinguishes us among local contractors. No cost overruns and no surprises are benefits Croom customers appreciate.”

Joe is responsible for all estimating functions of the company. In his more than 25 years with Croom Construction Company, he has estimated over $350 million worth of projects. Under his supervision are detailed preliminary estimates, plan reviews, subcontractor competitive bids, carpentry labor estimates, and management and estimating for our painting division, Precision Finishing & Painting.

Graduated with honors from the University of Florida School of Building Construction where he was a member of Sigma Lambda Chi, the honorary construction fraternity
Florida Class A Certified General Contractor
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MARILYN KOLAR – Material Selection Coordinator

“Croom hires the best specialists. When everyone does their job, all the pieces fit together like a perfect puzzle. Croom is a master at putting it all together.”

Before joining Croom, Marilyn worked in design management for MacKenzie-Childs. A master of all the details, she helps clients choose the hardscapes and design materials in a home.  With her amazing organizational skills and fine eye for interiors, she makes the decision-making process a pleasure, not a chore, for clients. Charles Croom readily admits that Marilyn is our “secret weapon.” Every client raves about what it’s like to work with her.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College
Member, local American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”
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AARON BENSON – Renovations Division Manager

“Our renovations division is growing because we’ve earned a reputation for understanding the complexities of dealing with older homes. We protect the existing structure while delivering re-styled space on time and on budget.”

Originally from Lake Worth, Aaron earned a degree in Building Construction Management from the University of North Florida. He joined Croom Construction Company in 1999 and has more than $80 million of renovations to his credit. 

Always calm under stress, his personality is suited to the changes and challenges renovation projects present. Because most projects are undertaken in the summer months when clients are not in residence, they appreciate his detailed weekly reports.

Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of North Florida College of Computing Science and Engineering
Florida Class A Certified Building Contractor
Environmental Protection Agency Certified Renovator
Cal Ripken Youth Baseball League Coach
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JAYSON CLAYTON – Senior Project Manager

“Croom’s company culture is precisely why we continue to exceed our client’s expectations. Completing a job with precision and perfection is critical in this industry.”

Jayson joined Croom Construction Company more than 18 years ago. He began his career as an Assistant Project Manager and then moved up to an Estimator and Pre-construction Manager. Jayson was promoted to his current Senior Project Manager position in 2017. He has estimated more than $70 million of projects.

Jayson and his wife recently welcomed their first child – a healthy baby boy – into the family.

Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida of Building Construction
Master of Science in Building Construction, University of Florida
Florida Class A Certified General Contractor
Member of Sigma Lambda Chi, honorary construction fraternity
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JASON FLYNN – Project Manager

“Moving from the field where I worked directly with crews to communicating directly with clients enables me to provide a unique project perspective. I have always been impressed with Croom’s commitment to providing excellent service and craftsmanship from start to finish of any project.”

A graduate of Florida State University, Jason began his career at his father’s construction company before joining Croom Construction in 2006. He started as a Trim Carpenter and expertly navigated his way to Field Superintendent in 2011. 

By 2015, he was promoted to Project Manager. His skills and passion for the industry coupled with his experience in the field make him the perfect fit.

Jason and his wife have two children and reside in Vero Beach. Their young son is already part of the Croom team – he was featured in several marketing photoshoots and “stole the show!”

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JAMES CHOQUET – Supervisor, Precision Painting & Waterproofing

“David Croom understood how important a quality paint job is to a finished project, and believed that having his own painting staff was the way to guarantee that quality. I was lucky enough to be hired at the beginning.”

James, originally from Providence, R.I., moved to Vero Beach as a teen. He completed technical coursework at IRSC, earning OSHA and EPA certifications. He also has specialist training in scaffolding erection and high lift equipment. Already a Licensed Painting Contractor when he joined Precision Finishing and Painting back in 1997, he has worked his way up to managing a team of 20 painters. 

He says that the key to a good paint job is all in the preparation of surfaces before paint or stain is ever applied. James is proud of his team’s reputation for furniture-quality finishes or woodwork and other wood surfaces. This, he says, is what separates run-of-the-mill painters from experienced pros.

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Severe Weather

WE REMAIN PREPARED

Severe storms are never a welcomed visitor, but they are a fact of life when you live on the east coast. Over the years Croom Construction Company, our clients and Vero Beach have experienced their share of hurricanes and other severe storms. Proper preparation is the key to weathering these storms with as little damage as possible. We have a solid storm preparedness plan that has proved extremely successful, including:

  • Direct coordination and communication plan with local emergency service providers, including the Vero Beach Police Department and Indian River County Sheriff’s Office so proper approvals can be provided at designated check points·      
  • Direct communication with all private gated communities in which we have projects so post-storm access is immediately available as required
  • Emergency procedures to safeguard our computer servers and hard drives as well as alternative banking arrangements in case of sustained power loss
  • Securing of all jobsites and company materials pre-storm from Day 6 through Day 3 of projected landfall, allowing ample time to Day 1 for evacuation and employees’ personal planning
  • Designation of our teams’ post hurricane meeting place
  • Inventory and updating of Croom’s hurricane material boxes and generators prior to each July to ensure all required items are in place, replenished and serviceable
  • Direct communication with our affiliate, Whitehall Professional Property Management, who also has an excellent emergency preparedness plan pre- and post-storm for our property management clients

Many of our clients are out of residence during storm season and are understandably anxious when storms are approaching. Croom Construction Company and Whitehall Professional Property Management’s severe weather preparedness program and excellent communication standards with our clients helps take the edge off the worry.