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our generations

1959
Jun 01

1959

Ron Kurtz begins work as a carpenter in Iowa (he maintains a strong passion racing cars).

1966
Jun 01

1966

Ron becomes a superintendent for his uncle’s construction company in Des Moines.

1967
Jun 01

1967

Ron moves the family to Cedar Rapids where he becomes a project manager (his passion for hot air ballooning begins).

1972
Jun 01

1972

Ron goes into business for himself, with his son assisting on job sites. They begin the construction of modest homes. With no formal contract, all their deals are founded on a handshake.

They complete their first home—1,200 square feet, and it sells for just $21,500.

1976
Jun 01

1976

Still in college, Randy begins taking a role in the family business and a move South is considered.

1982
Jun 01

1982

Randy graduates from Iowa State University with a business degree and the family business is relocated to Naples, Florida—a place with great potential for future growth.

They start with home remodeling and begin their first job on 14th Ave South in Aqualane Shores. All work, from demolition to carpentry finishes are accomplished by the father-son team of Ron and Randy. Within a year they work their way into the high-end, custom home beachfront market.

Jun 01

1982

The team moves from just remodels to building new estates. They begin their first new build in Gordon Drive.

Jun 01

1982 Graphic 1

Jun 01

1982 Graphic 2

1983
Jun 01

1983

An investor and physician from Chattanooga, Tennessee is impressed with their work and contracts the building of two homes on the beach. Word begins to spread, business grows and referrals are made on a word-of-mouth basis.

Ron and Randy receive the Beautification Award given by the Naples Art Association two years in a row for homes they physically build themselves.

1984
Jun 01

1984

The team is contracted to build their first homes in Port Royal.

1987
Jun 01

1987

As the business grows, Ron takes over the daily construction oversight, while Randy manages the business from the office. Their goal is to maintain the family company as a low-volume, high-quality home building business (a principle they still uphold today) never building more than four to five homes at a time.

1988
Jun 01

1988

The team begins building in Pelican Bay.

Jun 02

1988 Graphic 2

Jun 02

1988 Graphic 1

1991
Jun 01

1991

The team begins building in Bay Colony.

1992
Jun 01

1992

The team begins building in The Strand at Bay Colony.

1997
Jun 01

1997

Kurtz Homes Naples receives the Residential Builder of the Year Award by the American Subcontractors Association of Collier County.

Randy becomes a founding member and serves a term as President of the National Custom Builders Council (NCBC), which is a network of non-competing, high-end custom home builders from across the country that come together to improve best business practices, educate themselves in the newest construction methods and to set the highest standards for their industry.

1999
Jun 01

1999

Ron is diagnosed and begins a six-year battle with cancer.

The team begins building in Mediterra.

2002
Jun 01

2002

20th anniversary cruise to the Caribbean with the Kurtz Homes Naples staff and family.

2005
Jun 01

2005

American Specialty Contractors of Florida Inc. honor Ron with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jun 02

2005 Graphic 2

Jun 02

2005 Graphic 1

2006
Jun 01

2006

Kurtz Homes Naples launches condominium division.

2007
Jun 01

2007

25th anniversary trip to South Seas Plantation with the Kurtz Homes staff and family.

2010
Jun 01

2010

David Gordon, Randy’s son-in-law, joins Kurtz Homes Naples.

2012
Jun 01

2012

Kurtz Homes celebrates 30 years.

2014
Jun 01

2014

Carolyn Gordon, Randy’s daughter, joins the family business.

2035
Jun 01

2035

Noah Kurtz Gordon to join the family business.