In 2014, Fred Lesperance and Brandon Imler started their own handyman business, HandyGator, after a satisfied client suggested they quit their day jobs. Despite being listed on numerous home remodeling and handyman lead platforms, HandyGator's scope of work was limited without a contractor's license. However, Fred came across an opportunity to provide property preservation services for banks on foreclosed homes, which eventually led to HandyGator working with all major property preservation agencies in the area.
As the economy grew, HandyGator started to find more subcontracted commercial work in finished carpentry and general trades. To better reflect their broadened services, they changed their name to Gator Solutions in 2015. They continued to gain recognition for their work in healthcare construction and hired Chip Lowe, a state certified general contractor and CHC, in January 2021.
Gator Solutions has also been actively promoting the apprenticeship program offered by their local Builders Association (BANCF) and Santa Fe College, which has resulted in several graduates moving into management positions in their company. In 2022, they added an Electrical Division with State Certified Electrical Contractor Mike Melvin joining the team.
Gator Solutions is a self-performing general contractor with a passion for delivering exceptional construction services to our clients. Unlike many construction management firms that rely on subcontractors to do the work, Gator Solutions has a skilled team of tradespeople who are dedicated to performing the work in-house. This approach allows us to maintain complete control over the construction process, ensuring that every project is completed on time, on budget, and to the highest quality standards.
With their “We Can Do That Attitude,” Gator Solutions has grown to become the premier construction company in Alachua County, offering solutions for a range of projects from property preservation to commercial work and healthcare construction.