John Held, President

John Held started in the construction industry in 1974. He earned a degree in Finance at Florida Atlantic University and incorporated Builders Plus, Inc. in February 1988. His expertise in tilt-up construction has guided the company to phenomenal growth; Builders Plus has established itself as one of South Florida’s eminent tilt-up contractors under his leadership.

Mr. Held oversees all jobs from bid through completion. He is experienced in all facets of construction from conception to project closeout. His knowledge and experience in strategic planning provide practical perspectives that result in unique benefits to clients.


Jon L. Cipyak IV, Vice President/CEO

Jon Cipyak earned his degree from Florida Atlantic University and held several accounting and financial management positions before joining Builders Plus in 1997. As Vice President of Builders Plus, Mr. Cipyak has executive responsibility for firm operations. He acts on behalf of Builders Plus for contractual instruments, sub-contracting agreements, bonding, and all financial matters.

Mr. Cipyak is involved in all project aspects to personally ensure client satisfaction with each project. His diverse experience provides valuable insight for integrating management, accounting, and human resource plans. He is a key factor in the continued strategic development and current operations management of the company.


Denise Santiago, Chief Operating Officer

Denise Santiago joined Builders Plus in 1997, and has since earned a Master’s Degree from Florida International University in Construction Management. Denise has held several positions, growing her responsibility within the company.

Currently, Ms. Santiago establishes and maintains customer relations, pursues projects bidding and contracts as well as execute marketing and business development plans. She oversees each project from start to finish.In January, 2009, Ms. Santiago earned the Green Advantage Certification for Commercial Building. In May, 2011, Ms. Santiago received her license as a State Certified General Contractor.


German Suarez, Chief Estimator

German Suarez has over 22 years in the construction industry and is an expert consultant for construction operations, particularly value engineering. He earned a degree in Architecture in 1985; he was the successful owner of a development company in Colombia prior to joining Builders Plus in 2006. In addition to estimating, his duties include the coordination of construction planning and job take-offs.