Samuelsen Builders
New Homes Tampa


Rick Samuelsen: Builder-President

The starting point of building a custom home starts with building a relationship with the home buyer, and over the last 20 years Rick has been building buyer relationships, and has built over 700 custom homes in the Tampa Bay area. Rick, and his team delivers the "Samuelsen Difference" by combining traditional "hands-on" workmanship, a quality team, with the latest designs, and quality products, to deliver your custom home. Rick has learned that A clear understanding of expectations and clear communication with our home buyers can transform a stressful process into an enjoyable experience. We want your experience to be fun and enjoyable, and we all work hard to make that happen. A graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, Rick keeps busy in his spare time with his family, sports, and softball.

Valerie Fleming : Construction Operations Manager

Valerie is a native of Florida, growing up in the Tampa area. She has had experience in all areas of the building process, from working with the sub contractors, to managing customer service. Over the last 12 years she has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of Samuelsen home buyers, making their new home dream a reality. Living in Florida has provided the opportunity to pursue her love for motorcycle riding, and golf. Val has 3 children, Christopher, Bradley, and Kaylen.

Don Fleming : Project Manager

Managing the construction of your personal home is a natural fit for Don. He has an eye for all the detail, plus over 35 years experience in the business. After mastering the craft of fine cabinetry, and finish carpentry, he became a project manager and oversees every building detail of your new home, and has delivered hundreds of new Samuelsen homes. Don has 2 daughters, and 5 grand kids, and also loves to sail, golf, and play in the local softball league.

Patti Samuelsen : Accounting

After a few years working on the Samuelsen Sales Team, Patti now works behind the scenes managing the company Accounting Department. Patti and her husband Rick have two teenagers, Samantha and Stephen. Patti's activities are yoga and running, and she most enjoys watching the kids grow into young adults, plus the opportunity to help keep the Samuelsen tradition growing.

Gary Syhlman : Warranty Service Manager

With 44 years of building experience including 12 years at Samuelsen Builders, Gary is committed to total customer satisfaction. His experience has taught him to provide the same needs of the customer during construction and after move-in that he would expect for himself. At Samuelsen Gary has built a Warranty Service Team dedicated to the homeowner. He and his wife MaryAnn have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. His leisure time might find him pursuing fishing, or a game of golf.

Darlene Fett : Marketing - Customer Care Sales Department

Moving from the Chicago area to Tampa Bay has given Darlene and her husband Jerry and daughter Jeri, the opportunity to pursue their love for scuba diving, and volunteering at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and various animal rescue organizations. Her 15 years of custom home experience has ranged for working on warranty service, purchasing, customer service, and managing marketing and sales teams. Using her organizational and management skills, today Darlene enjoys working with the Samuelsen Sales Team, and managing the home buyers through the building process.

Jim ReadingJim Reading: Builder Representative

Placing quality, value and customer service first, Jim has been a believer in the “Samuelsen Builders' Difference” since their early days of building in Trinity. Bringing over 35 years of experience in the residential building industry, Jim believes in customer satisfaction and understands that we must exceed our client’s expectations, with both a quality home and an outstanding building experience.  As a past repeat customer, having built two custom homes with the Samuelsen Team, he has experienced the "Difference" and is ready to assist future clients through the building process.  Jim is married to Patti, and they have 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

Brenda Farquharson: Professional Interior Decorator - Remodeling Manager

Brenda and her family relocated to the Tampa area from the Midwest in 1990. Brenda and her husband Dave have four grown children and four grandchildren. Brenda has been working in the field of Design, her passion for approximately 10 years after a long and varied career in sales management and marketing. Brenda is passionate about design and comfortable reading plans. She welcomes the challenge of assisting you with all of your remodel needs from updating a bathroom to redefining a new kitchen space or adding a new bonus room or mother in law suite while reflecting your own personal style.

Mike Ryan : Broker Owner of Samuelsen Realty

As the Broker-owner of Samuelsen Builders Realty, Mike has brought over 17 years of new home sales experience to the sales team. Since 1992, he had the opportunity to work with company founder Rich Samuelsen as they built hundreds of homes in the Trinity area. Today, navigating the Samuelsen buyers through the new home building process has kept him busy since graduating from Boston College. Mike and his wife Debbie, (Rick's sister) have 3 children, Lisa, Jonathan, and David. During his free time Mike is very active in church, plus enjoys scuba diving, fishing and golf.

Patti Reading: Sales

Prior to ever working at Samuelsen, Patti had years of Real Estate sales experience selling estate property, land, and personal homes. She continued to return to Samuelsen with her clients because of the quality, value, and the total building experience. It was no surprise when selecting a builder for her personal home, Samuelsen was her builder choice. Besides the love of selling Samuelsen Custom Homes, Patti has a passion for Prison Ministry, the church, and hiking the north GA mountains. She is married to Jim, with 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren.

Helen Ann Wortz: Sales

Bringing that extra spark of energy to the sales team, Helen Ann sets her sights on the specific desires of each one of her buyers. She uses her 30 years of business ownership and customer care skills to provide her buyers with total satisfaction on each sale. Helen Ann has 2 daughters, 5grandchildren, and she loves to travel and golf.                     

Deanna Elizabeth Johnson

Serving her community through volunteerism, fundraising, and childhood education, Deanna created a extensive network of professional contacts that led to her experience in real estate transactions in both the United States and abroad.  Over the last two years, Deanna has been privately contracted to photograph, list, and market real estate for several local agents, brokerages, and building companies in the Hillsborough/Pinellas/Pasco county area.  The quality, integrity, and commitment of Samuelsen Builders prompted Deanna’s decision to place her Florida real estate license with our realty company.