THE BUILDSTERS is a tightknit crew of the most talented, committed pros around. Visionaries. Veterans. Entrepreneurs. Contractors. Suppliers. Agents. We’re together sharing our past experiences and hard-earned wisdom, as well as insider tips and tricks, to help homeowners overcome the challenges of construction, real estate and more.

Whether it’s adding a fourth bedroom to a Craftsman home or DIY landscape construction, even launching a small business in these dog-eat-dog industries, we’re on a mission to build on.

John Cefalu

SINCE STARTING his first business as a freshman at Chapman University, John has remained committed to empowering people to use their skills to help others. He found his way into the construction industry in 2015, managing both interior and exterior home projects with contractors of all sizes from the West Coast to the Midwest. Not long after, he co-founded JJ’s Landscaping as CEO, which offers landscape construction, design, maintenance and more. It became a multimillion-dollar business by its second year.

Derek Clelan

AFTER GRADUATING from the University of Nevada with a Finance & Economics degree, Derek brought his entrepreneurial spirit to San Diego where he co-founded JJ’s Landscaping and assumed his role as COO. In just a year, he had implemented processes that helped the company earn nearly $2 million in revenue with services that include landscape construction, garden design and more. His main focus now is creating win-win situations by connecting experts with common interests and fostering lasting, productive relationships
between them.