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The Collins Builders Team

Jacksonville and the surrounding area is our backyard. We are from here. We live here. We love it here. And we want to help you love your new home. You don’t want surprises when building your dream home. You want the job done right and in a timely fashion by professionals in each facet of the home building process. Every day we put our decades of experience in the home building industry on display. From initial conversation to moving day, we are with you throughout the process.

Ashley Collins
Ashley Collins
Owner
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Since 2003, Ashley Collins has been the owner of Collins Builders. A Jacksonville, Fla. native, he is a graduate of the Bolles School and holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Stetson University.

After college, Ashley entered the home-building business with a local company, Trademark Homes, as an assistant superintendent in December of 1999 and worked his way up to superintendent in 2000. From 2000-2001, he managed the construction of more than 70 homes. In late 2001, he moved on to work for another Jacksonville-based home builder, SEDA, in the estimating, budgeting and purchasing department as well as the construction department and worked extensively in internet-based scheduling software from 2001-2003.

In May 2003, Collins Builders was founded. For the first five years, Ashley led incredible growth for the company, from building one home the first year to 148 homes closed in 2008. When the economic downturn came in 2008, Ashley led the company through the recession, weathering the tough times and since 2013 has experienced 25 percent year-over-year growth. He credits the success to God, his family, a talented team of professionals at Collins Builders and an unwavering commitment to serving clients. Ashley is happily married to his wife of more than 20 years, Jeanie, and is blessed with four children: Hayden, Rowan, Lawson and Lincoln. Jeanie has been a steady and faithful encouragement by his side and he is eternally grateful to her. He credits his success to her devotion and their commitment to the Lord. When not leading Collins Builders, he enjoys attending church, reading, date nights with his wife, fishing, sports and vacations with his children.

Having been in business since 2003, Ashley continues to lead by serving others to help them prosper both personally and professionally and by delivering customers a homebuilding experience of the highest quality and service that is second to none.

Mark A. Knowles
Mark A. Knowles
Chief Financial Officer
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Mark Knowles is Collins Builders’ Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is an Ohio native who moved to Jacksonville, Fla. to attend the University of North Florida, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. While pursuing his college education, Mark worked in the construction industry and gained familiarity with the profession and the greater-Jacksonville market.

Mark continued in the construction industry as the controller for Stokes and Company, one of the fastest growing local builder/development companies in northeast Fla. at the time. In 1986, he joined Joseph Collins’ company as CFO, overseeing the accounting department, developing and maintaining lender relationships, reporting to partners, assisting with land purchases and the preparation of tax returns and financial statements. Most importantly, Mark was responsible for establishing more than $100M in construction and development financing. Additionally, Mark was instrumental in the creation and eventual sale of two building companies; each sold to national home builders.

While working with the senior Collins, Mark also worked with Ashley Collins and acted as Collins Builders’ CFO from its inception. After winding down senior’s successful development business in 2016, Mark migrated to the CFO position with the Collins Builders’ management team.

When not working, Mark is an avid distance runner and loves the outdoors. He also enjoys woodworking and serving others who have “construction” related projects, especially those who have needs in his local church. Shortly after moving to Jacksonville, Mark met Peggy, his wife of 44 years. He and Peggy raised four children and now love traveling to visit them and their grandchildren.

Tim Calderala
Tim Calderala
Chief Operating Officer
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Tim Calderala is Collins Builders’ COO. Born in the Chicago area, and raised outside of Columbia, S.C., Tim has spent his entire career involved in all aspects of residential construction and real estate. While still in high school, he began working in construction, performing demolition and various construction-related tasks and quickly recognized his passion for building new homes. Tim received a B.S. in business management, with a minor in psychology, from the University of South Carolina.

After graduation, Tim moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he was employed by The Jones Company, a reputable local custom home building team, as a purchasing/estimating manager working on high-end projects. It was at The Jones Company where he really dug in and gleaned from the tremendous wisdom of the team to diversify his overall knowledge of the industry. Over a five-year period, he took on several roles in order to diversify his knowledge base and, ultimately, ended up being promoted to operations manager for the company, relocating his family to Jacksonville, Fla.

Upon moving to Jacksonville, Tim joined the team at North Florida Builders, a highly reputable local custom home builder. Over a five-year period of working to help build a team to sustain continual growth as one of the largest custom home builders in Northeast Fla., he was able to combine his construction knowledge with his passion for real estate to continue his growth and development and take on the role as Vice President of Operations.

In 2014, Tim joined Ashley Collins and the Collins Builders team to help enhance and diversify the product offering and to introduce a new custom home division. During his tenure, the company focus has shifted to support the move to high end custom home building and Tim is responsible for all day to day aspects of sales, interior design, marketing, finance and construction. Tim also has a particular passion for architectural design and for creating relevant, beautiful new plans with personalized and diverse features.

During six years at Collins Builders, with his high energy level and unwavering passion for quality custom home building and customer service, Tim has helped to grow Collins Builders to one of the largest independent builders of custom homes in Northeast Fla.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, exercising and traveling with his wife Jaymee.

Whitney Julian
Whitney Julian
Architectural Plan Designer
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Whitney Julian is the Architectural Plan Designer for Collins Builders. A native of Mount Dora, Fla., Whitney holds a bachelor’s of fine arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has 13 years of experience in design - both interior and architectural.

Attracted by the family atmosphere, Whitney joined Collins Builders in 2018. In her role, she works closely with clients to turn their wants and needs into their custom dream home. Whitney is able to help clients visualize their new homes by using virtually interactive technology to customize their experience.

Whitney holds a strong commitment to clients to support them technically and creatively. She is dedicated to listening to clients and has a good understanding of the construction process and how design elements will translate into a space.

When not at work, she enjoys painting, going to the beach, and baking sourdough bread.

Jill Brittain
Jill Brittain
Design Center Manager
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Jill Brittain is Collins Builders’ Design Center Manager. Jill is a Brooklyn-native and a graduate of the New York School of Design, has spent 20 years in interior design with both home builders and design houses in New York and Florida.

She has worked with Tui Pranich and Associates, a world-renowned interior design firm in New York and Miami, and a national home builder. In her role with Collins Builders, Jill leads clients through the interior design of their new home, assisting with paint color and finish selections and other decoration considerations.

Jill is committed to designing spaces - from exterior options for the greatest curb appeal to interior paint colors cabinet hardware - that truly make clients’ houses their dream homes. She understands that a home is where families make memories and that having meaningful, thoughtful spaces makes those memories even better. Jill is dedicated to making the Collins Builders’ design center a place where clients can explore every option for their new home with no detail going untouched.

She recently moved to downtown St. Augustine t o be closer to her kids' schools. Her son plays college basketball for Flagler College and her daughter swims for St. Joseph Academy High School. Being downtown reminds Jill of Brooklyn, where it was easy for her to walk everywhere at all times of the day.

Jason Fountain
Jason Fountain
Purchasing and Estimating Manager
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Jason Fountain is the Purchasing and Estimating Manager at Collins Builders. He is a Georgia native and holds a bachelor’s of science in construction management from Georgia Southern University.

Jason brings more than 20 years of construction experience to his role at Collins Builders, including 11 years in purchasing and estimating in homebuilding. He joined Collins Builders because of their reputation, genuine commitment to quality and service, and faith-based family values.

Jason manages all aspects of purchasing and estimating for Collins, supporting both sales and field operations. He is dedicated to sourcing the best materials and trades available to our area to ensure Collins is equipped to build the highest quality homes in the Jacksonville area.

Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

Peyton Davidson
Peyton Davidson
Director of Marketing
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Peyton Davidson is Collins Builders’ Director of Marketing. A Ponte Vedra Beach native, Peyton holds a BS in advertising from the University of North Florida.

She has spent the last 10 years leading marketing programs in the real estate, development and homebuilding industries in the Jacksonville, Fla. area and Raleigh, N.C. In her new role, Peyton is leading Collins Builders’ marketing efforts relating to brand development, social media, public relations, vendor relationships, paid media, event planning and agent relations. Additionally, she will be organizing the company’s philanthropic/service programs in the greater-Jacksonville community. Peyton is also involved in the home-building process by supporting the sales, architecture and interior design team to ensure they have everything they need to easily assist homebuyers from one stage of the building process to the next.

Collins Builders’ reputation for service to clients and quality craftsmanship and the ability to support a growing brand attracted Peyton to join the Collins’ team upon her return home in 2020. Being a faith-based and family-owned company was also an important part of her decision.

In her free time, Peyton enjoys watching college football and taking her English Bulldog, Sir Chumwell, swimming at the beach. She is also involved in many charitable efforts including Davidson Cares, SMC Cares, St. Augustine Youth Services, Relay for Life and March of Dimes' March for Babies.

Jaymee Calderala
Jaymee Calderala
Operations Coordinator
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Jaymee Calderala is Collins Builders’ Operations Coordinator. She was born in Michigan and raised in Columbia, Tenn. and studied at Columbia State College, graduating with an associates degree in accounting. Jaymee and her family moved to Jacksonville, Fla. in 2002.

Prior to joining Collins Builders as the accountant in January 2010, Jaymee worked in a CPA firm, for a custom homebuilder and for a municipal building department. In 2014, she moved on to develop the operations coordinator position as the company grew. In her role, Jaymee supervises the daily pre-construction operations at Collins Builders and works to continuously improve the efficiency of each department. She is the primary point of contact for clients from contract through closing. She assists with permitting, client questions, change order processing and provides myriad other client support functions throughout the entire construction process.

Additionally, Jaymee is responsible for developing and monitoring each project’s preconstruction milestone and schedule. She works with the sales team, project managers and construction manager to ensure the contracts and pre-construction schedules are aligned and followed.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years, Tim, and their children and grandchildren. Jaymee is a member of First Baptist Church, Nocatee and enjoys serving in her community as an organ donation advocate.

Steve Bourre
Steve Bourre
Construction Manager
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Steve Bourre is Collins Builders’ Construction Manager. From a military family, he grew up all over the world, finishing school in North Carolina.

Steve moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004 to work with Collins Builders. He began his time with the company as an assistant project manager and quickly worked his way up to a project manager. In that
role, he managed the construction of two neighborhoods in the Jacksonville/Mandarin area. After two years with Collins Builders, he became the production manager and took over management of the Construction Department and its project managers.

During the construction process, Steve is involved early - prior to contracts being written - performing a site evaluation to determine the steps required to kick off the project. This includes the examination of road and entry conditions, homesite-clearing needs (trees or buildings), overhead and underground concerns, and drainage, among others. One of his favorite parts of the job is performing the site walk
with clients to show where the house will go prior to the start of construction, so they can visualize their
dream home.

Steve and the team of project managers are dedicated to building a quality home for each and every one of their home owners, taking pride in going the extra mile for the homeowner in the thoroughness of
their quality control walks and checklist at each main phase of construction. Steve also plays a critical role to ensure training for project managers and trade partners is ongoing as the industry, products and
building codes are constantly changing. He enjoys offshore fishing, when he can find the time, and following his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matt Bullard
Matt Bullard
Project Manager
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Matt Bullard is one of Collins Builders’ six project managers. He is a life-long Jacksonville resident with more than 20 years of experience in construction - both residential and commercial. A licensed general contractor since 2003, Matt has led projects from Florida to the Dominican Republic, where he built several Naval facilities for the U.S. Southern Command.

Matt returned to residential construction with Collins Builders in 2018. He was attracted to the company because he believed in their core values of faith, quality, customer satisfaction and service. For him, completing a project that meets all the client’s expectations is the true definition of success. He achieves
this by a commitment to details, building a relationship with the client throughout the build, keeping them up to speed on the progress of their build and being happy to answer any and all questions along the way.

As a project manager, Matt oversees all aspects of the homebuilding process, working closely with clients, engineers and architects to develop plans, establish timetables, and determine labor and material costs, ensuring the project is completed on budget and within scope.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending quality time with his son, Gavin, watching college football, fishing and playing golf.

Dalton Raulerson
Dalton Raulerson
Project Manager
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Dalton Raulerson is a Project Manager for Collins Builders. He is a lifelong resident of MacClenny and graduate of Baker County High School.

Dalton began his career in construction while still in high school and remained in the family business upon graduation, rising to become the main superintendent for the company. He joined Collins Builders in 2017. Through his previous work, he was familiar with Collins’ reputation for superior customer service and the integrity and transparency they demonstrate with all their trade partners. The company’s faith- and family-based foundation is what ultimately attracted Dalton to Collins’ Builders.

As a project manager, Dalton oversees all aspects of the homebuilding process, working closely with clients, engineers and architects to develop plans, establish timetables, and determine labor and material costs, ensuring the project is completed on budget and within scope. For Dalton, the favorite part of his job is meeting new clients and helping them begin the journey that culminates in their dream home.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Brandi and two children, Kelston and Rylan, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Judd Cummings
Judd Cummings
Project Manager
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Judd Cummings is a Project Manager for Collins Builders. He was born and raised in the Jacksonville, Fla. area. Judd served four years in the United States Air Force, spending most of the time stationed at Royal Air Force Chicksands, England. After his Air Force Service, he moved to Charleston, S.C. earning an Associates Degree in 1996, before returning home to study business management at Jacksonville University.

Judd joined Collins Builders as a Project Manager in August 2019. He started his construction management experience in 2002 in the on-your-homesite home building segment. After spending several years building homes for national production builders, he wanted to get back into custom home building on clients’ homesite with a local builder that provides each homebuyer with a unique and personal building experience. In 2019, this led him to Collins builders.

Judd oversees all aspects of each project’s build from site development to the completion of the home, continuing through each home’s warranty. He is responsible for developing and monitoring each project’s milestones. He works with both internal and external team members to ensure the schedules are being adhered to and tracks the progress of each build making sure they are being completed on time and to the Collins Builders' standard. He visits sites daily and attends weekly production meetings to stay up-to-date on decisions related to design and scope of work, as well as to manage and monitor the overall project status and quality.

When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with family. Judd has two sons, both currently studying construction management at the University of North Florida. He also enjoys activities at the beach and on the water, traveling and playing golf.

David Astorga
David Astorga
Project Manager
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David Astorga is a Project Manager for Collins Builders. He began his construction career upon graduation from high school, everything from painting to remodeling companies. He now holds an associates in applied science in building construction technology from Sante Fe Community College and a Florida Certified Building Contractors license.

David has been managing residential construction projects since 2005 working for national and private home builders in Florida and North Carolina. He was attracted to join the Collins Builders team because the company echoes his commitment to providing clients with the best home building experience possible and a sense of purpose that goes beyond work life.

At Collins Builders, David oversees all aspects of the homebuilding process, working closely with clients and trade partners to establish timetables and manage labor and material needs, ensuring the project is completed on budget and within scope. For him, success in his job is when the customer is so thrilled and happy at the time of closing that building a life in it is all they think about. 

When not at work, David enjoys spending time with his family and extended family and has always been an automotive enthusiast and mechanic. 

Jill Malone
Jill Malone
Office Manager
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Jill Malone is Collins Builders’ office manager. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Jill has more than 10 years of diverse experience in the construction and engineering industry, working on residential, commercial and federal government projects.

At Collins Builders, Jill supports construction operations, including permitting, utilities, vendor agreements, scopes of work, insurance, and safety and regulatory compliance. Additionally, she maintains the company’s financial information, tracks vendor information and builder assignments, and provides accounting functions.

Jill was attracted to Collins Builders by the company’s reputation, commitment to customer service and a culture that empowers their employees to take ownership of their work and succeed. For her, success is providing a good first impression of the company, its values and its work through her interactions with customers and potential customers and to provide whatever support the Collins Builders’ team needs to provide the best service possible to clients. She achieves this by being flexible, an active listener, and demonstrating a positive attitude and commitment to lead publicly with the company’s values. She also cites a diversity of experience that allows her to see the bigger picture outside of her own position.

When not at work, Jill enjoys spending time traveling and biking with her husband Jeff and with their children and their spouses.

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“Honest & Trustworthy group”

Collins Builders was an honest & trustworthy group to work with when we built our new home. They were very knowledgeable and educated you along the way so you knew exactly what to expect.

Zach Melton

“I really enjoyed the experience”

I really enjoyed the experience and willingness that the team at Collins offered. They were great helping me through my deployment and keeping me informed of all that was going on with the house during construction.

Mr. Halladay

“I enjoyed the whole process with Collins”

I enjoyed the whole process with Collins.  They were available to answer questions throughout the entire process and willing to listen to all my concerns and explain the things I didn't understand.  I felt confident the information they gave me was accurate.  If I ever build again I will use Collins for sure

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