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As Accounting Manager, Karen is responsible for managing the daily financial and accounting operations of The Lykos Group, working closely with the president of the company. Before joining Lykos, Karen worked 5 years in the construction industry after working as a CFO in various industries for 30 years. Her roles included managing daily operations along with all financial and accounting data. In addition, she oversaw HR and recruitment and supervised a staff of over 15 employees, as well as provided internal controls, in-house audits and forensic analysis as needed. Karen holds a BS in Accounting from Rutgers, an MBA in Accounting and Taxation from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Trinity College and Seminary, UK. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and participating in activities with her grandchildren. She also reads, attends events at her church and enjoys her favorite hobby, diamond painting.
As operations manager, Michael Ricciardi brings 35 years of experience in the construction and building industries. His role entails overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations, including managing systems and planning growth. Before joining The Lykos Group, he ran construction, sales and marketing for a company that grew from building 90 homes per year to over 400 homes. He also ran a successful homebuilding business for 19 years and worked as a homebuilding industry consultant. His desire to work in an organized, ethical and customer-centric environment led him to The Lykos Group. Holding a Bachelor’s in English, he moved to Florida from Saratoga Springs, NY in 2018. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his two daughters, as well as cycling, fitness activities and Krav Maga.
Responsible for all financial operations including insurance and risk management, as well as construction cost and revenue management.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent. 10 years of accounting and management experience with day-to-day financial operations of an organization with 15+ employees. 5 years of accounting experience in the construction industry.
Jeff Mercer brings 15 years of experience in the construction and building industries. His role as project manager entails detailed organization and coordination of a portfolio of residential and commercial remodeling projects. Working directly with clients, he ensures the final product meets not only their needs, but also the promises made to them when they chose The Lykos Group for their project. Before joining Lykos, Jeff worked as a residential rough and finish carpenter, custom cabinet installer, commercial construction superintendent and, most recently, a residential construction project manager. He has a degree in business/construction management and Florida CAM (Community Association Manager) license, as well as a Chief Architect Residential Computer Aided Design software certification. Jeff joined Lykos due to the company’s reputation for high quality service and professionalism on all projects. Outside of work, Jeff spends time with his family, especially on the water boating and fishing. He also enjoys sketching landscapes and wildlife to relax.
Responsible for managing and coordinating all resources and documentation throughout the entire project with a high level of quality construction and customer service, on time and on budget.
College degree in construction or business, or equivalent work experience. 10 years of experience in residential remodeling, 5 years in construction management or 5 years in residential construction estimating.
Responsible for ensuring all subcontractors on job sites understand details of the plan as well as the production schedule for completion.
Minimum 5 years of remodeling or construction-related experience. High school diploma required, bachelor’s degree preferred.
Jonathan Aster brings 10 years of construction industry experience to his role as lead carpenter at The Lykos Group. Previously he worked as a carpenter on high-end residential projects, as well as small and large commercial work, including hospitals. He was drawn to The Lykos Group by the quality of our product, the awards we’ve won and the people who work here. Jonathan’s job primarily entails punch-out work as he is training to become a superintendent. He also holds a 10-hour OSHA and many equipment certifications. In his free time, Jonathan spends time with his family and friends, works out and goes to the beach.
As project manager, Kevin Biada brings 20 years of experience going back to working on job sites during summer breaks in high school. He is responsible for preliminary estimating and scheduling, as well as working directly with clients, team members, subcontractors and vendors to ensure a smooth and timely completion for each project. He was drawn to The Lykos Group by the opportunity to keep doing what he loves in the residential industry, but with larger scale projects and a strong team environment. Before Lykos, Kevin worked as a residential superintendent, working his way up to commercial estimator and project manager. He also managed his own residential remodeling company. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s in Building Construction from the University of Florida. Outside of work, he loves weekend family boat days with his wife and two daughters.
Thomas X. Lykos oversees the daily operations at Lykos headquarters, including managing projects and relationships, and protecting the financial interests of every client. Tom has been working in the construction industry since 1983, and he is every bit as passionate today as the day he started. His enthusiasm, ability to deliver on his commitments and dedication to satisfaction create a truly special experience for every client, every time.
In 1992 Tom Lykos moved from Michigan to Naples and started working for his father. In 1999, Tom and his brother bought The Lykos Group, Inc. from their father and turned the company’s focus to large remodeling projects. In 2002, Tom bought out his brother and expanded the project base to commercial remodeling and new custom home construction. Before becoming an owner, Tom gained valuable experience working in the field as a job foreman, and in the office as an estimator and company controller.
Tom Lykos and The Lykos Group, Inc. became members of the Collier Building Industry Association, Florida Home Builders Association and National Association of Home Builders in 1999. In 2009, Tom served as the President of the Collier Building Industry Association. He holds a state Certified General Contractors License. He has earned the National Association of Home Builders Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging-In-Place and Certified Green Professional designations.
Principal & Construction Manager
David Raffa is in the field every day making sure each project is following protocol, staying on schedule and maintaining the highest levels of quality. He started working in the residential construction industry in 1980, when at the age of 17, he was hired as an apprentice to craftsman trained in building custom homes. David quickly advanced through every phase of new construction and remodeling projects. His many projects included highly customized work for large homes and commercial buildings.
At the age of 23, David had already mastered carpentry and stair building. He began purchasing and developing individual properties. For the next ten years, David designed and built numerous custom homes. After living through years of Newport, Rhode Island winters, David chose to move to Florida in 1995 to continue his construction career.
David joined The Lykos Group, Inc. in February of 1995. David has been instrumental to the growth and development of the company. David oversees production for all construction projects. In 2006, David become an owner of the corporation and serves as Vice President of Construction.
Bryan Wild is the friendly personality new clients and influencers encounter when they first meet The Lykos Group. Wild has known the Lykos family since back in Michigan, where he worked for Tom’s dad, Sonny. 30 years on, he relocated to rejoin the Lykos team. Wild assures every client absolutely loves the remodeling process. He is active with community associations such as the American Institute of Architects, Building Managers International, Condo Owners and Managers Association and the American Society of Interior Designers. He is also Rotarian, volunteering time to local charities.
Patrick Guyton holds both a B.S. in Organizational Management from John Brown University and a M.B.A. from George Herbert Walker Bush School of Business at Webster University. Guyton’s construction career has often placed him at the center of major projects, including managing hundreds of builds across several states and multi-million dollar projects at Mercato and Grey Oaks Country Club. Guyton continues to facilitate beautiful builds as a project manager with Lykos. Guyton is an avid outdoorsman and proud husband, father, dog-owner and Razorbacks fan.
George Westgate’s passion is building—both homes and relationships. Westgate has been a Naples resident for over 30 years, but he hails from New Hampshire. Throughout his career, Westgate has worked in every aspect of the construction, from the field to commercial to high-end custom homes. To provide clients with the optimal product without sacrificing integrity or deadlines, he maintains positive working relationships with a network of architects, designers, engineers and subcontractors. Westgate is a graduate of Valdosta State University.
Senior Interior Designer
Karen Gomez holds a B.A. in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University, and A.A. in Interior Design from International Academy of Design & Technology. She is NCIDQ certified, and has held positions at several prominent design firms and showrooms. Gomez brings her fluency in design across the spectrum (anything from traditional to ultra-contemporary) to help clients create the perfect interiors. She is an active member of ASID and the CBIA Sand Dollar Awards committee. Gomez is a proud aunt and Anglophile who loves traveling and live concerts.
Demetrios Lykos, son of Principal Thomas Lykos, began working part-time at Lykos as an Assistant Superintendent while still in high school. Since then, Demetrios has gone on to become a full-time Assistant Superintendent, assisting in production on job-sites. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends.
Ricky Trimble began working for the Lykos Group in 2018 after initially working as a subcontractor on a Lykos project. With over 16 years of experience in the construction industry, Ricky wanted to continue his career with a company with a stellar reputation. As Assistant Superintendent, Ricky provides support to the Superintendents in every aspect of the construction process, from demolition to securing the job site at the end of the day. He helps to identify challenges and collaborate with the Superintendents to ensure a clean and orderly construction site. In his free time, Ricky enjoys fishing and cheering on his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Jim brings over 20 years of experience in the construction industry to the Lykos Group. Since joining the Lykos team, Jim has been overseeing the building process from start to finish, communicating with clients, coordinating subcontractors, managing budgets and ensuring projects are running on schedule. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Kellie and son Cullen.
Construction runs in the Campos family. Bill began his career as a laborer working for his father’s construction business over 20 years ago and worked his way up to Project Manager. Bill has many years of residential remodeling experience, both here in Southwest Florida and in New England. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural/Building Technology from the New England Institute of Technology and is a Licensed Certified Building Contractor in Florida. He enjoys all aspects of the remodeling process, from the design phase through turnover to the homeowner. As a Project Manager with The Lykos Group, Bill oversees all aspects of ongoing projects including communication with homeowners, submitting permit requirements, monitoring financials and coordinating with architects and designers. In his spare time, Bill enjoys golf, target shooting and spending time with friends and family.
As Project Manager, Jonathan’s primary objective is to work closely with clients and the Lykos team to manage construction projects from start to finish. He oversees projects, interacts with clients, and manages budgets. After graduating from the University of Florida with a BS Degree in Building Construction, Jonathan went on to become a Certified General Contractor, NKBA Certified Kitchen Designer and NARI Certified Remodeler. Jonathan has worked in the construction industry throughout the country and has over 20 years experience remodeling and building new homes. When he is not on-site, Jonathan enjoys photography, fishing and spending time with his son and wife.
Since 2016, Brittney has been a part of The Lykos Group working in all facets of the design and selection process. With an Associate of Science in Interior Design, Brittney is also working to pursue her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification. Her passion for the field started early after receiving an internship under a licensed Interior Designer at an upscale home furnishings store. Her passion drives her commitment to clients and motivates her to continue developing her talents today.
Following his father’s footsteps to The Lykos Group, David worked summers doing demo in high school, then came on board full-time as an assistant superintendent and was promoted to superintendent. Following a 4-year break to pursue a career in the automotive field, he returned to his position as superintendent in 2017. Overseeing all aspects of construction including scheduling, supervising, and ensuring quality, David is also the primary contact for the customer once their job goes into production.
Payroll Specialist Kelly Lykos is married to Tom and came to work for LGI after leaving her career to raise their three children. Returning part-time in 2011, Kelly manages all aspects of the in-house payroll, including taxes, job costing and benefits packages. She also works closely with the accounting department to assist in other areas as needed. Previously, she held a management position in the timeshare industry as a regional manager with Hilton Grand Vacations.
An accounting assistant with The Lykos Group since 2016, Joni has worked in the building industry for over three decades. She is responsible for writing purchase orders, entering invoices, entering credit card charges and reconciling credit card statements, as well as creating, sending and filing subcontractor’s lien waivers into the accounting system. Joni has a BS degree from Buffalo State College and, in addition to spending time with her family, enjoys painting watercolors and traveling.
As his Executive Assistant, Carolle assists Tom Lykos with all administrative responsibilities related to sales, marketing and office administration, as well as direct communications with clients and vendors. Most importantly, she manages Tom’s daily calendar to keep the focus on client requests and priorities. With a BS degree in psychology, Carolle came to LGI in 2017 in search of a new career following 25 years as a Human Resources Director and Corporate Recruiter for international companies.
Brittney is a design assistant with LGI. Since 2016, she has assisted the Senior Interior Designer in all facets of the design and selection process. With an Associate of Science in Interior Design, Brittney is also working on her NCIDQ certification. Her passion for the field started early when she received an internship under a licensed Interior Designer at an upscale home furnishings store—and is what drives her commitment to clients and motivates her to continue developing her talents today.
Barb Lykos worked alongside her husband Sonny when he opened his doors in Naples in 1991, as well as when he founded and operated The Lykos Group in Chicago and Michigan. Today, with her son Tom running the business, she’s the office manager. In addition to serving as receptionist, she works with clients, subs and employees. Barb is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Jennifer Vogel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Husson University with a B.S. in Accounting. She has 20 years of financial experience, including a role at L.L. Bean® and a VP of finance position at a construction business in Freeport, Maine. At Lykos, Vogel manages all the financial operations of the corporate office with daily tasks like preparing corporate financial statements, developing long-term budgets and overseeing the HR division. When she’s not managing the books, Vogel enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Kurt Cunard boasts an impressive 40 years of construction industry experience. He can count every aspect of the home building process as part of his repertoire, but since joining The Lykos Group in 2006, Cunard has acted as a superintendent. He prides himself on his network of positive relationships with subcontractors and his ability to see every project completed on time; when the client is happy, he’s happy. If you see Cunard away from the job site, he’ll be riding his Harley.
Thomas Cobb is a craftsman who’s hardwork has lead him from carpenter to superintendent. He began working in the building trade as a carpenter for a family remodeling company. 5 years later became a carpentry foreman, and 5 years after that, he became a structural superintendent. In 2011, Cobb joined The Lykos Group as a remodel superintendent, working to deliver projects in a timely manner and to the client’s exact specifications. When he’s not working, Cobb enjoys traveling and fishing.
Entering the construction industry literally on the “ground floor” as a project assistant for a commercial flooring company, and furthering her career with a stint as project administrator for a commercial general contractor, Robin has been with Lykos since 2016. As a Project Manager, she’s the VIP who helps work out those permit issues, obtains your Certificate of Completion and acts as liason between accounting, project management and construction, among many other responsibilities.
As project manager for upscale remodels and new construction, John Burlazzi is a 30-year veteran of the project development and construction industries. His role includes project development, early estimating, budgeting and scheduling, field operations management and other aspects of the building industry. John also held various executive positions working in the public and private sectors during his professional career. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering. His regard for quality, integrity, professionalism and client satisfaction have attracted him to the Lykos Group. John balances work with his free time with interests in spending time with family, friends and professional colleagues, skiing, bowling, mill-working and gravitation towards architecture.
Gary Hodges brings 30 years of residential construction experience to his role as project manager. Before joining The Lykos Group, he worked throughout Southwest Florida as a designer, project manager and chief estimator. He has also spent time in land development and custom metal fabrication. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Design, with emphasis on drafting, engineering, urban planning and architecture. A careful manager of details, he works with clients to help develop their ideas into finished products. Outside of work, Gary enjoys golf, woodworking and attending church.
Lead Carpenter/Punch Out Technician
Jerry brings over 30 years of experience in the construction industry to The Lykos Group. He previously worked as a journeyman plumber for over two decades and joined The Lykos Group in 2018. As a Lead Carpenter and Punch Out Technician, Jerry’s expertise includes all of the finishing touches on a project including paint, drywall repairs, installation and more. In his free time, Jerry enjoys riding his motorcycle and traveling with his wife.
A graduate of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Adams will soon mark 30 years supervising and managing projects across the entire scope of the construction industry. Adams has put his years of experience to the task of completing beautiful homes for Lykos clients since 2012. As construction supervisor, he maintains close relationships with both subcontractors and client to assure the project is completed in a timely manner. When away from work, Adams enjoys traveling or boating with his friends and family.