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Our Team

Custom Dreams is a family-run business comprised of highly-reputable and talented professionals who combine their expertise, craftsmanship, and creativity on every project. Project managers, superintendents, and administrative staff all work together to ensure smooth communication at every phase of a development. We are all passionate about building quality homes and delivering exceptional client experiences.

Mark Blackman

President

MarkBorn and raised in Los Altos Hills, Mark is a second generation custom home builder who brings a rare combination of real estate development, finance, and technology experience to homebuilding. He is passionate about transforming the custom home business into the modern age while creating a successful and enjoyable experience for all participants through an integrated design-build process.

Mark has developed a leading-edge technology platform that drives down construction costs, shortens construction cycles, and increases construction quality. With unparalleled insight to every dollar that goes into a project from land acquisition to furniture and furnishings, Mark has developed a proprietary cost database that provides clients with the information they need to make informed decisions at every step in the process.

In addition to building a quality home, Mark committed to building true high-performance homes. He has assembled a team of recognized building science experts to deliver the most comfortable, healthy, and efficient custom homes on the market.

Mark is a licensed General Contractor, an advanced Certified Green Building Professional, and a certified EPA RRP Renovator. He is also a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of California. Mark graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with a degree in business and an emphasis in finance. In addition to many awards for top academic performance, he was one of only two recipients of the Outstanding Student Award from Financial Executives International. Prior to joining Custom Dreams, Mark spent 5 years at Silicon Valley Bank working in the investment banking and commercial banking practices.

 

Michael Brandon

Field Director

MichaelMichael is a long-time construction veteran with over 35 years in the industry. His traditional construction training coupled with his cutting-edge knowledge of BIM and LEED engineering/design makes him a valuable member of the Custom Dreams team.  His expertise spans all phases of construction, including pre-construction scheduling, drafting scopes of work, sub qualification, bid awarding, project management, and project close-out.  His advanced aptitude for people and time management rounds out his competencies and enables him to excel as Field Director of all active projects.

Michael graduated from Hammond College with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He shares our vision of providing clients with high performance homes that maximize efficiency with forward-thinking design solutions.  He is trained in the Conway, Deming’s, Six Sigma methodologies of lean process management.  He is both EPA and OSHA certified.

 

Dominic Covello

Estimator & Project Manager

DomDominic brings strong estimating and project engineering experience to Custom Dreams. With both office and field experience across varied sectors including education, public works (vertical and horizontal), commercial, and infrastructure, Dominic has honed his abilities to dig deep into the plan details and specifications, interpret scope of work, and develop detailed quantity takeoffs . Working with project managers, subcontractors and suppliers, he’s successfully developed estimates ranging from multi-million dollars to those well over hundreds of millions of dollars.

Dominic shares Custom Dreams’ vision of implementing technology to provide better information to all project participants. He is an expert in Planswift, Timberline Estimating, MS Project, and several other construction-specific suites.

Dominic graduated from California State University, Chico with a BS degree in Construction Management. He has also completed the OSHA 10-hour construction safety and health training.

 

Brooke Blackman McClimans

Marketing Manager & Real Estate Broker

Brooke_MBrooke brings strong project management, real estate, and marketing experience to Custom Dreams. Since joining Custom Dreams in 2010, Brooke has lead the project management efforts for new residential homes totaling approximately $60 million in construction value. Using cutting-edge construction management software and her knowledge of the construction process, Brooke is able to stay in tune with all aspects of a job and keeps everything running on time and on budget. From pre-construction planning and budget development, through the finish selection process, to final project turnover and documentation, Brooke sees the whole process through to make sure it all happens seamlessly and effortlessly for the clients.

She is a licensed California real estate broker and has held her real estate salesperson license for over 14 years. She has coordinated and successfully closed over 1,000 escrows working with top-producing agents and developers totaling more than $500 million in inventory. Brooke also has experience in the marketing field and oversees the advertising and marketing communications for Custom Dreams.

Brooke graduated from San Diego State University with a business degree in finance with an emphasis in Real Estate.

 

Alexandra Roschkowsky

Operations Manager

AlexPrior to joining Custom Dreams, Alexandra was the operations manager for a premier residential developer in San Francisco.  There she assisted in managing several remodels throughout the Marina, Sea Cliff and Pacific Heights neighborhoods.  One of the notable projects that she participated in was the 2009 PCBC Showcase Home developed in conjunction with Metropolitan Home Magazine.

As a merchandise-marketing graduate of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, Alexandra is well-versed in operations management and merchandising. Her previous experience working in various fast-paced operations and customer service positions that cater to clients of discerning taste lends appropriately to the custom home marketplace.

Alex’s love of music and performance art has led her to be part of several choirs and community productions on the Peninsula. She spends the rest of her free time in search of creating the perfect dessert, learning the art of crocheting, singing, jogging the occasional 5K or half marathon, and spoiling the family dogs Guido, Lola and Teddy.

 

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FOUNDER Brad Blackman founded Custom Dreams based on thirty years of experience in the banking, investment, and real estate fields. His cross-industry knowledge combined with his wisdom, passion, and vision for residential development created the foundation of what Custom Dreams is today. His values and knowledge are instilled in every team member and his standards of excellence are continued in every Custom Dreams’ project.