From Small Nails to Big Nails
Catalfumo Construction and Development, Inc. is the story of an amazing transition of a young man who hammered away at his fathers’ shoe shop, and through hard work and his own acumen became a regional powerhouse in construction management and land development.

Daniel S. Catalfumo has developed much of Palm Beach County and South Florida, the place he and his family call home. After working hand in hand within the shoe repair shop that holds his father’s name, Danny’s Shoe Repair, Dan pursued his dreams in building.

In 1978, Dan happened to undertake the project of building his own home; but the quality of workmanship was such that the property was quickly sold to a passerby who noticed the quality and attention to detail. From this modest gain, Dan began his career of building residential properties.

Ten years after entering the construction business fulltime as Catalfumo Custom Builders, Inc., Dan transitioned his business from the residential home market to a commercial oriented development company creating Catalfumo Construction, Inc. By 1992, Catalfumo celebrated completion of an astonishing one million square feet of commercial construction.

Over the years, Dan Catalfumo received numerous awards and broad recognition of his company’s talent, from local Palm Beach Post to national Ernst & Young. He was awarded important projects of growing size and added clients to his portfolio such as Motorola, Office Depot, Wackenhut, and other national companies.

During the 1990s, Catalfumo constructed landmark projects such as the Oceanfront Marriott Vacation Club Resort on Singer Island, and the Port of Palm Beach Cruise Terminal. Purchasing a growing number of important tracts of land, including 350 acres from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Trust along PGA Boulevard, Dan’s outlook for the future was visionary.

By 2000, Catalfumo began developing Legacy Place, a 75 acre parcel on PGA Boulevard. The company easily won approval for a PGA flyover roadway and mixed land use for this development. To ensure a complete sense of quality in his projects, Catalfumo acquired Fisher Clark Construction, an interior specialty company.

Three years later, Dan solidified the company’s reach and experience into Dade and Broward County’s through the acquisition of Seawood Builders, Inc., located in Deerfield Beach. Seawood Builders continues under the stewardship of Ed and Betty Masi, the founders, as a division of Catalfumo Construction. Since its inception in 1979, Seawood Builders has earned a reputation for designing and implementing specialized, creative solutions to a wide range of commercial and residential construction projects.

Having celebrated 25 years of construction excellence in 2003, Catalfumo broke ground on 2700 North Ocean, a twin tower 27 story oceanfront development on Singer Island, and the Palm Beach County Vista Government Center, a 539,000 square foot office building and parking structure. Priding himself on building both quality projects and strong relationships, Catalfumo was also awarded the neighboring Vista Operations and Support Center, a 53 acre, 292,000 square foot transportation and operations center, and new Chiller Plant by a satisfied repeat client, Palm Beach County.

Understanding the importance of supporting and giving back to the community, Dan established the Daniel S. Catalfumo Family Foundation, to give back to the community he and his family are so proud to call home. Currently administered by Cara Catalfumo, Dan’s eldest daughter and the Public Relations Director for Catalfumo, the Foundation has disbursed more than $2.5 Million in gifts to the local community.

“Quality from the Ground Up” remains the watchword of Dan Catalfumo’s multi-million dollar company, Catalfumo Construction and Development, Inc., as the same credo that served Dan at the beginning of his career. Today, through his commercial efforts and philanthropy, Dan Catalfumo is building a legacy that ensures the success of an entire region and its inhabitants.