BEHST Builders

Brief Bio

BEHST Builders, Inc. is owned and operated by Jon Benoit.  BEHST Builders, Inc. has completed more than 100 projects in the St. Augustine area over the last fifteen years.  Our Portfolio web page shows a sample of the variety of projects that we have completed.  Jon earned a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Jon's graduate work focused on historic preservation and urban revitalization, a perfect training for working in St. Augustine's historic neighborhoods.  

Prior to founding BEHST Builders, Inc. Jon worked as a project manager for a custom home builder in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In Richmond, Virginia Jon worked as a project manager for a non-profit housing development corporation building and rehabilitating single family homes within historic neighborhoods.  Prior to finding a passion for architecture and construction, Jon worked as an operations manager and project manager for a Fortune 500 financial services corporation.  

Jon has also served as a Board member of the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter for over four years and served as board President for three years.  Over this tenure, the board and staff have nearly doubled the shelter's housing capacity while finding ways to have lasting impacts on the community's most vulnerable men, women, and families.  Jon currently serves on the City of St. Augustine's Historic Architectural Review Board.  This board reviews development projects with the city's historic neighborhoods and entry corridors.    

BEHST Builders, Inc has expanded over the years to include a diverse team of associates who each bring a unique skill set to the construction industry.   

Joe Hill has worked with BEHST Builders in one capacity or another for over ten years.   Joe owned and operated an independent landscape and irrigation company for several years before working full time with Jon.   Joe brings great knowledge of Florida's unique site conditions and an uncanny ability to solve all sorts of problems in the field.  The reality is that custom homes and high end commercial construction are getting more and more complicated and Joe has the mechanically oriented mind set to navigate this new world. 

Tom Worden is a master carpenter by trade but has successfully made the transition to project superintendent.    This transition is a challenge but Tom has an advantage because he has so much experience with all types of carpentry.  Tom has been managing projects for BEHST Builders for four plus years.    

Carey Murphy is our Office Manager and Fiscal Commander all in one.    Carey has the challenge of managing a group of guys that don't want to fill out paperwork and turn in receipts.   Carey manages payroll and employee benefits such as paid time off and health insurance.  To her credit, Carey facilitated bringing a group health care plan to the team so that our associates have both workmans compensation insurance in the case of an injury on the job but they also have access to health insurance for preventative care.   Carey has been running the office for BEHST Builders for over two years and brings over a decade of experience working for other construction related businesses.  

John Corpuz is the jack of all trades that every custom construction company needs to get the job done.  Johnny brings tens years of experience in property management to the team.   Johnny's strength is his willingness and ability to do anything from carpentry, drywall, painting, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, roofing, and the list goes on and on.   Johnny was added to the team in 2018 and hasn't looked back.   

Ron Cordy is a master carpenter with more than 30 years experience in trim carpentry.   Ron has a motor that drives much of the energy on site.  His ability to problem solve and deliver all kinds of custom carpentry for our customers is why he has been a steady presence at BEHST Builders for nearly five years.   

Colin Worden is a young man showing great promise as a carpenter.  He has been with BEHST Builders for over two years, but in this short time has has experienced a wide range of projects and responsibilities.   Colin brings youth to a team that desperately needs it.   Colin would do anything for a customer to make sure the job is done right.