Lee Wetherington grew up in Jacksonville, Florida in a family of builders, and has worked in the construction industry for his entire life. After serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps, he moved to Sarasota in the 1970's, joining forces with another builder before founding Lee Wetherington Homes. Since that time, Wetherington has dedicated himself to the growth of this company, establishing an enviable reputation as a design-oriented, detail-driven builder of high-quality, single-family homes.
In 1999-2000, Wetherington moved his growing organization to the next level and built a new 12,500-square-foot corporate headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Simultaneously, he established a new corporate entity, Lee Wetherington Companies, to serve as the parent for the existing Lee Wetherington Homes and other divisions that he founded at the same time. Beyond affording a mechanism for expansion, these new divisions also provide vertical integration, giving homebuyers the convenience of true "one-stop shopping" and granting us a significant competitive edge over many other builders. Those divisions include:
- Lee Wetherington Homes, Inc.
- Wetherington Design Center
- LeeSure Water Pools, Inc.
- Wetherington Signature Homes
- Lee Wetherington Development, Inc.
- Lee Wetherington Realty, Inc.
Wetherington recognizes that growth requires attention to more than the corporate structure. For that reason he has also placed an emphasis on staff development. In addition, he drives the company to ever-higher goals in customer satisfaction, administering formal surveys to homebuyers at four stages during and after the new home building process. He sets the tone at the top for his employees, who are instilled with a corporate culture of concern and caring, not only for customers, but also for community.
Wetherington sets aside time and financial resources to help those less fortunate. An active member of several boards, he has been honored repeatedly for his generous philanthropic activities. The most notable being the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County which took his name in 2004. Some additional organizations Wetherington supports include:
Lee Wetherington, Founder/President
"You have my firm commitment to build a quality home and to provide you with the best experience in home building. That is my promise."
The vision of Lee Wetherington has kept his companies well ahead of the curve for over 30 years. Especially in Green Building.
In March 2005, Lee Wetherington Homes became the first local home builder to officially Go Green for our entire home gallery.
In November 2007, we became the first and are still the only builder in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to earn the ENERGY STAR® for all homes built.
We employ FPL BuildSmart techniques and water-conserving practices.
Wetherington himself helped to develop countywide legislation for water wise practices in Sarasota.
- Lee Wetherington Foundation
- Community Foundation of Sarasota County
- Forty Carrots
- Coalition to Assist Supported Living
- American Heart Association
- Oscar Scherer State Park in Venice, Florida
- Salvation Army of Sarasota
- United Way of Sarasota County