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. With more than 40 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

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

CHARLES CROOM, Vice President

“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
Board of Directors, Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
Coach, Vero Beach Little League and IR Soccer Association
Past Board of Directors, IRC Education Foundation

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

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”

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

DAN CASALE – Senior Project Manager

“I love being back in my hometown and building custom homes that blur the lines between construction and art.”

A Vero Beach native and St. Edward’s School graduate, Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Florida’s Rinker School of Building Construction. He brings with him an impressive portfolio of commercial construction experience within the healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacturing, aerospace, and higher education industries, including the 1,000,000-square-foot UCSF Benioff Women’s & Children’s Cancer center in San Francisco. His attention to detail helped him develop a robot (patent pending) to autonomously layout construction drawings on slabs. In his free time, he loves to surf, snowboard and spend time with family.

Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management from University of Florida, graduated Cum Laude
Master of Science in Building Construction, University of Florida
Certified LEED AP
OSHA 30 Certification

Andy Swetz – Senior Project Manager

“I’ve managed major construction projects from Florida to Puerto Rico in my career. Croom Construction is extremely professional and dedicated. It’s a pleasure to be part of the team.”

A native Floridian and avid fisherman, Andy is a Certified General Contractor with more than 30 years of commercial and residential construction experience, including a vast knowledge of concrete and masonry construction. His experience with managing high-end residential construction and large commercial buildings are especially valuable to the Croom team. He graduated with honors from the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Building Construction Management.

Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management from University of North Florida
State of Florida Certified General Contractor

TJ Dupuis - Project Manager

“We always maintain a high set of standards. Croom is a professional, family-oriented company that maintains a good relationship with the client long after the project is complete.”

Originally from Indian River County, TJ is a prime example of how having a passion for something early in life can lead to a satisfying career. His passion for building and architecture came to fruition while he was in his final semester of college. With now more than eight years in the industry, he is still as motivated today to learn new things as the first day he started. Team work is important to him and its shows as he manages multiple projects.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indian River State College
Attended and played football for Florida Atlantic University

SAM COLTON – Estimator

“I’ve worked in many different facets of construction, and I especially respect the culture of excellence that Croom Construction cultivates.”

Since 2005, Sam has worked in the high-end residential construction industry. From framing, home renovations, and commercial projects to project management and estimating, his well-rounded experience is a perfect fit for Croom Construction Company. Born and raised in Vero Beach, he enjoys water sports, hunting, and lots of family time with his two, young children.

Bachelor of Arts in business management from University of Florida
Master of Science in Building Construction Management from University of Florida
Multiple industry certifications

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


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.