Meet The Team
Earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from RIT, which not only taught him technical disciplines, but project management and estimating, Jason juggles these skills daily on clients' projects.
Having also studied furniture making, building beautiful homes is a natural synthesis for him blending form and function.
Being a soccer dad, family and photography fills most of his downtime.
Paul Cerami comes from a long line of tradespeople and has been a licensed California general contractor since 1986. Before starting Cerami Builders, he worked as a carpenter learning all aspects of home building and soon recognized that he had found his passion in construction.
Paul deeply enjoys the challenge of a project as well as working with homeowners, architects and subcontractors. He is a collaborator by nature and thrives on his connections with others.
In both his working life and at home, Paul is in it for the long haul. He has been married for 38 years, has two children in their 20's and prides himself on being a family man. In his leisure time you can find him raising funds for YES and community programs and playing drums with his cover band.
Alejandro has been in the construction industry for over 25 years and has worked for Cerami Builders for 24 of those. In his down time he spends time with his wife and three kids in Richmond and likes to watch soccer.
Braulio grew up in Michoacan, Mexico and has been an employee of Cerami Builders for 18 years. He learned the construction craft during this time and likes working for Paul. When not building houses Braulio spends his time in Stockton with his wife, two kids and coaches his son's soccer team.
Born and raised in Berkeley, CA Paul is third generation Japanese American (Sansei). He has lived in Japan for a third of his adult life studying Japanese architecture and construction, building traditional post and beam homes and new contemporary homes. Paul has been in the industry for over 35 years and has been inspired to build great homes for people. He was married in Japan and spends his free time with his wife, three grown children and grandchild.
Alejandro Jr. Alfaro
Alejandro Jr. or Hondo as he is affectionately called at Cerami Builders, has been with the team for 6 years. When he is not working he is busy with his wife and two young boys and enjoys old school cars.
Carpentry and painting are Raymond 's creative praxis and working with the amazing Cerami Builders crew, specifically Paul Cerami, provides him an excellent quality of life experience.
He was one of the principal employees at the beginning of Cerami builders in 1985 and designed the Cerami Builders graphic logo still in use.
Raymond is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego as well as San Francisco State University. He received his Bachelor of Fine arts and Masters in Painting respectively. He has taught at Berkeley City College, Laney College, the Richmond Art Center and Chabot College.
Raymond has pursued a career as a fine home builder and fine artist concurrently since his return from UCSD.
Being a Berkeley native and graduate of Berkeley High School, having been a water polo player at both Berkeley High and UCSD, Raymond recently ended his two year coaching stint of the boys water polo team.
You can view his fine art at RaymondLHaywood.com
Whether you need a balance sheet, a design opinion or a vintage dress Leah can assist with that. Hailing from the East Coast and Hawaii she fostered an interest in architecture.
Working at Cerami Builders utilizes her mix of interests and experiences incorporating various office roles, bookkeeping, fashion design and photography. With this arsenal, she's ready to tackle diverse projects.
Leah holds a BS degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising which comes in handy when in her spare time she runs a pop-up store of vintage goods. You can also find her riding her motorcycle in the Bay Area's many beautiful back roads with her other half.
Avram "Bene" Sklare
Being born and raised in Berkeley, CA Bene Sklare attended Berkeley High and went on to U.C. Santa Cruz where he discovered his love of horticulture which led to owning a landscape design company. This work sparked an interest in building that set him on a new path studying the art of Japanese woodworking with Oakland's resident master joiner, Jay Van Arsdale. He also apprenticed with Robert Darr, a master of traditional wooden boatbuilding at the Arques School in Sausalito. These two teachers brought forth in him a deep commitment to and love of craftsmanship.
Returning to school to train as a elementary school teacher Bene then worked for seven years as a middle school teacher.
Presently, Bene lives in West Berkeley with his wife and young son, in a home he built with his own hands.
Above all else, he loves spending long days in Tilden with his family.
Born in Berkeley and raised by his street artist parents, you could say Shizen was destined to work with his hands. In his early twenties he worked in the family business as a jeweler and sold his jewelry on telegraph avenue. Shizen always felt that jewelry fabrication was a gateway to carpentry, creating a strong structure that gets adorned and finished. So at around 30 years of age he started in the trades and has been proudly working on residential beauties in the east bay for the past 15 years.
Married in 2007 Shizen and his wife Bianca live in El Cerrito with their son Lawrence, daughter Lucia, dog Abby YoYo and their 9 chickens. In his spare time Shizen likes to travel with his family, watch sports, do a little gardening, and go fishing.