John T. Skolfield III was born in Winter Park, Florida in 1960. His father chose, after six generations on the same land in Maine, to move his family, business, and future to the heart of Winter Park where John has lived his entire life. In 1998 John married Joanna Henkel whose great-grandfather was building on Park Avenue when it was little more than a dirt trail and a Citrus Packing House.
John's full-time immersion in residential construction began at the age of 17. For the next 27 years, a tool belt rarely left his waist. In the 1990s, John bought, renovated, and sold about 50 houses long before there was a reality show called "flip that house." Over two decades ago John hired Anthony Rizzo, age 10, to help with construction. This relationship has evolved into a full partnership producing over $30M of residential remodeling.
John and his wife both live within a few blocks of their office and their childhood homes. They have two wonderful daughters and still make the annual pilgrimage to Maine.
Anthony Rizzo was born in Des Moines, IA, in 1979. He and his parents relocated to Winter Park in 1981 to aid his grandfather in coming out of retirement. His grandfather had moved to Winter Park in 1954, and opened Adams Upholstery on north Mills Avenue, which he operated until his retirement in 1980. His grandfather later reopened the family business with his son Tom, under the new name Rizzo & Sons Upholstery. The store was located across from what used to be Holler’s Chevrolet on Fairbanks Ave. until 1990 when a decline in his grandmother’s health forced the family to close the business.
As Anthony grew up, he was exposed to the construction industry through the many custom homes his father and uncle built, in and around the Winter Park area. His inquisitive nature led him to meet John Skolfield one afternoon as John was working on a newly acquired rental property next door to Anthony’s home on Walker Avenue. That meeting turned into a lifelong friendship and later partnership in Skolfield Homes, LLC. In June of 2003, Anthony married Melinda Mathews. Melinda is a fourth-generation Floridian with deep roots in both Winter Park and College Park. Her grandfathers and great grandfather owned and operated several well know businesses such as Slayton Harrison Roofing, the College Park Rexall Drug Store, and Harrison Grocery, and for any years JB Mathews garage door company. In April of 2005, Anthony and Melinda’s daughter Samantha was born. Samantha’s birth served as point of inspiration for Anthony, helping him refocus his business energy on Skolfield Homes to ensure its long-term success.
Anthony is presently the co-owner of Skolfield Homes, LLC, holds his state-certified building contractors license, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Growth Management from Rollins College. His extensive experience in the construction industry includes building over 20 custom homes and working extensively with complex renovations and additions. Anthony’s experience also extends to a strong knowledge of condo renovations, old and historic home renovations, as well as, progressive “Green building” practices. He is dedicated to his family and his company’s vision of renovations and relationships that last a lifetime.
Troy Gualandi relocated to central Florida from Illinois in April of 2004, after spending 10 years in the Marine Corps, 6 Years working in the structured wiring business and 5 years as an Emergency Medical Technician. He joined the Skolfield team in November of 2004 as an apprentice carpenter. After working on numerous projects at Skolfield Homes, throughout Winter Park and New Smyrna Beach area, he was promoted to Project Estimator in November of 2005 evolving into his current position as Production Manager. Troy has a great gift of effective communication with former, current and future clients. He prides himself on integrity, productivity, effective client interaction, and client satisfaction. Troy is a go-to person when one has an intractable problem. The impressive relationships and respect he's earned from the various building departments makes permit processing to proceed with minimal complications.
Gina is originally from Niagara Falls, NY. She lived in New Mexico for 1.5 yrs. After leaving N.M., she decided to move to Orlando in 1985. She worked as a graphic artist for a real estate magazine for 10 yrs. In 1994, she went to work for Equifax for 11 yrs. In 2005, she was faced with the decision to either relocating out of state or looking for another position locally. After a brief search, she joined the Skolfield team in September of 2005 as an assistant office manager. She was soon promoted to Office Manager in August 2006 and has since become an integral part of the day-to-day business operations of Skolfield Homes, as well as overseeing all office activities. Where careful tracking of numerous accounting details are needed, Gina has proven for over a decade to handle these tasks thoroughly and pleasantly.
Mike Cox was born in Winter Park and has lived in Orlando all his life. He started in the construction business with his father as a young man working weekends and summers learning the art of plaster and stucco work. Mike is a 4th generation plasterer and is very proud of his trade. He started working with Miller Plastering, Inc. in 1994 and worked there on many large commercial projects. In 2000, he took a job with AK Holcomb Construction as a Project Manager at Sea World. Mike supervised many types of projects at Sea World until 2001 when he decided to start his own stucco/plastering business, Cox Plastering, Inc. After running a very successful business for 14 years, Skolfield Homes was fortunate to have him join the Skolfield Homes team in October 2014. Mike comes with a great ability to communicate and address concerns in an even tempered manor as well as an intimate understanding of the craftsman mindset. Mike has a wonderful wife, Tina and four great kids.