Mark Miller


Chief Executive Officer

Mark Miller, a native of Sarasota, founded Westwater Construction in 1991 providing excellence in custom residential building and renovations, and commercial renovations tailored to the demands of his clients. Early on, he established a reputation for quality and efficiency, placing Westwater Construction in high demand among Southwest Florida’s most discriminating home-builders, general contractors, and business people seeking excellence balanced with reasonable expense. As this reputation grew and flourished through the 1990’s, Mr. Miller realized that corporate expansion would be essential for Westwater in the new millennium. Therefore, he made the decision to search for further dimension and depth to insure the continued success of his already thriving company. Today, the company manages 15-25 projects at once with excellent results.

Emma Joels


Executive Vice President

With an international mix of architecture, management and legal expertise, Ms. Joels bring a diverse background to the company’s executive team. A native of England, she received a B.S. degree from the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) and, later, a law degree from Pace Law School, White Plains, NY. Prior to joining Westwater in 2006, Ms. Joels served as an attorney with Abel Band (six years) as well as owning her own law practice (4 years).

Lee W. VanDegrift


Chief Operating Officer

Lee VanDegrift moved to Sarasota/Bradenton in 1971 and has over 35 years of construction and development knowledge and experience in the State of Florida. Mr. VanDegrift joined Westwater Construction, Inc. after 24 years of employment as a Project Manager and the Vice President of National Development Corporation, a Pittsburgh, PA based developer/construction management firm located in Bradenton, Florida. His experience covers site development, single family residential, apartment/multi-family complexes, condominium complexes, professional office buildings, shopping centers, medical office buildings, medical surgery facilities, school remodeling and governmental facilities/buildings.