Staff Directory

Meet the experienced John Cannon team that will make your vision a reality!

Staff Directory

John and Phillipa Cannon
President and Vice President of John Cannon Homes, Inc.

John Cannon defines his role as “the visionary” and Phillipa’s as “the heart and soul.”

John's industry experience is a comprehensive blend of educational knowledge and practical implementation; he graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors’ in building construction and relocated to Sarasota, Florida to work for a national builder.

After years of perfecting his skills, he pursued his dream to design and build custom, luxury homes under his own name, and founded John Cannon Homes, Inc. with his wife, Phillipa. Nearly thirty years later, his unwavering commitment to quality product and service excellence sets the “gold” standard for the custom home building industry today.

From the beginning, John and Phillipa each brought their strengths to the organization. John had the expertise in building and Phillipa’s background in banking provided a solid financial foundation. Today, as the company's vice president she oversees all financial aspects of client contracts and works with their lending institutions to ensure a pleasant experience.

Michael Finley
Chief Financial Officer

With over thirty years in real estate development and construction, Mike, John Cannon’s CFO, is responsible for all facets of the company's accounting and finance functions.

Mike also oversees the company's land acquisition and development department, ensuring that the company has an ample supply of homesites in outstanding communities.

Contact Info:
t: 941.361.1358
e: [email protected]

Timothy Knight, LEED AP, CSI
Chief Operating Officer

Tim has been in the construction industry for over 18 years, managing a vast array of projects, from restaurants and retail to high-rise condos and luxury, custom homes. As Chief Operating Officer, Tim oversees the daily processes at John Cannon Homes to ensure that every customer is satisfied with their investment and also to plan and achieve the company's long-term goals. Tim has built a first-rate team that works well together.

Contact Info:
t: 941.361.1403
e: [email protected]

Mark Grigoli
Director of Sales and Marketing

Mark’s relentless attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction serve him well in his role as Director of Sales and Marketing. His expertise helps his clients create homes that meet their unique specifications as well as their budgetary requirements. And the number of customers who have built multiple homes with Mark at John Cannon Homes proves how much they value his abilities.

Contact Info:
t: 941.361.1300
m: 941.650.3222
e: [email protected]

James O'Driscoll
Director of Customer Service

Born in Watertown, New York, James O’Driscoll attended the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica where he graduated with his B.S. majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. After graduation he worked for Micron Computers providing PCs, Network Infrastructure and Customer Support to government contracts located in the New York State Capitol building. In late 2000 O’Driscoll relocated to Bradenton, Florida to be closer to family. Soon thereafter James took a job with a new start-up technology company as the Sr. Network Engineer. This company quickly blossomed in to one of the premier technology companies on the west coast of Florida. In February 2004 O’Driscoll took employment with John Cannon Homes as the Director of Technology where he has aligned them to be at the forefront of technology in the construction industry. In addition to his roles as Director of Technology James heads up the Customer Service and Warranty divisions as well as many of the Insurance and Human Resources duties.  James has over 15 years in the technology industry and 10 years in the construction industry.  His ability to learn on the fly has made him an integral part of the company.

Contact Info:
t: 941.361.1399

Darrel Ashby
Director of Architectural Design & Drafting

Darrel has been in the design and construction industry for over 22 years and has worked on projects in 14 states.  As an owner of a design firm for over 14 years, Darrel’s experience in both commercial and residential projects includes design, project management, estimating and procurement.  As Director of Architectural Design and Drafting he is responsible for new home design, structural design, engineering, permitting and development & local governmental approvals.

Contact Info:
t: 941.361.1324 
m: 941.232.5707
e: [email protected]