In 1951, A. Vernon Allen started the company, which would become one of the most established and finest custom homebuilders in Naples. Mr. Allen, a Kentucky native, moved to Naples and brought his trade to, what was at the time, a small fishing town. His mission was singular: to build only the very finest custom residences by combining unparalleled customer service with uncompromising attention to every detail.
During the ensuing years, AVA has maintained Mr. Allen’s focus on the zealous pursuit of quality, luxury and craftsmanship. We are very proud of our reputation for combining unequaled customer service and response with attention to detail and the finest craftsmanship in the Naples market.
Today, our company is directed by Ryan Benson and Andy Bringardner, whose expertise in construction and management maintained our reputation as the builder of the finest single-family custom residences in Southwest Florida. While we remain the builder of choice in Port Royal, we have built exceptionally luxurious residences in some of Naples’ other exclusive enclaves as well, including Old Naples, Royal Harbor, Park Shore, and The Moorings. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our company, our product and our processes for ensuring excellence.
Andy is a graduate from Barron Collier High School and Rollins College with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in Economics. After college, he favored returning to his hometown of Naples where he began his home building career working for a local shell contractor. There he gained his Certified General Contractor’s License. Years later Andy joined the A. Vernon Allen Builder Team as a Superintendent. His hard work, and passion for building made him a good fit with the firm where he also lead as a project manager, estimator and partner before acquiring the firm with co-worker, Ryan Benson.
Andy evokes a high level of business integrity. With an economic background, he understands that budgeting and financial planning is crucial to every project. Coupled with his construction knowledge, he can assist with many client decisions. He recognizes the value in customer service and client relationships. His uncompromising attention to detail includes superior construction methods, creative function and design, and innovative trends and technologies. Andy strives to maintain the focus of AVA on first-class quality, luxury, and craftsmanship.
Andy remains active in the community, and through his involvement with the Naples Chamber of Commerce has participated in Leadership Collier, as well as G.A.I.N. in addition to serving on their YLC selection committee and Matching Needs committee. Andy and his wife Allison reside in Naples and enjoy spending time together with their two children, Myles and Regan.
Starting with a college internship at a home building firm, Ryan has been passionate about building quality homes his entire career. After relocating from Toronto almost 30 years ago, Ryan attended Canterbury School in Fort Myers before going to Stetson for a degree in Business Administration, and later FIU for a Masters of Business Administration.
He joined AVA as a project manager, and eventually became Vice-President before acquiring the first with fellow associate, Andy Bringardner.
Ryan remains active in the community; serving on the Board of Directors for multiple organizations, including the Collier Building Industry Association, Florida Home Builders Association as well as National Home Builders Association. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County, past trustee of Canterbury School, and past president of the Naples Gulfshore Rotary Club. Ryan has also had the honor of being a Gulfshore Business 40 under 40 recipient, as well as a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders’ Young Professional’s Award.
He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Jessica, and four children, twins Banks and Rory, and twins Beckham and Ellie.