Meet the Tabor Team
John Tabor, President
More than 35 years of experience. For over 30 years, John Tabor has remodeled homes that enhance and inspire the lives of the people who live in them. When John founded Tabor Design Build, he did so with creative design, top quality craftsmanship and unsurpassed attention to detail in mind. He understands the complexities of home construction and strives to provide each TDB client with a stress-free experience.
Knows every aspect of the remodeling / renovation business. John was born in Scotland and has lived in Maryland since he was five years old. He has been in the remodeling industry since 1979, working his way up from laborer to lead carpenter, to president of his own company. He is personally involved in all aspects of Tabor Design Build, from the original estimate to designing the new space to managing production through to completion.
Remodeling Magazine has recognized John as one of the top 50 remodelers in the country.
Strives to maintain a high ethical standard throughout the industry. John is a long-term member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). He serves on the ethics committee of NARI’s Metro DC chapter, which investigates and mediates client complaints and ensures that NARI’s high standards are maintained by all its members.
A nationally recognized industry leader. John is a long time member of Remodelers Advantage, a peer review association, comprised of hundreds of the top design build remodeling companies in the U.S. They meet every six months to discuss new trends, review business decisions and propose solutions to obstacles within the industry. Through his participation, John has shared best practices, techniques, and strategies with some of the nation’s top remodelers. He uses their insights to refine his own company’s systems and practices, and applies cutting edge industry principles and practices to his work, in order to give his clients the best remodeling experience possible.
Strong educational background and distinguished educator. John studied construction management, architectural design and structural engineering in college. He believes strongly in continuing education and provides opportunities for TDB employees and employees of other NARI members to further their knowledge and skill. John has completed NARI’s extensive Certified Remodeler Program and is certified with the Green Building Council as a Green Advantage Professional. He teaches Certified Lead Carpenter and Certified Remodeler Classes at the TDB office.
The most important thing in John’s life is his family, wife, Tamara and twins Ian and Erica. Ian is a future Eagle Scout who loves being outdoors and in the water. Erica is a gymnast who regularly excels in competitions. John relaxes by scuba diving and underwater exploration for buried treasure.
Tamara has been keeping the Tabor Team “in the black” and profitable for more than 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance from University of Maryland and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1997. She handles all of the “number-crunching” duties – financial reporting, tax preparation, payroll, budgeting, financial forecasting, bank reconciliation and, of course, bookkeeping and accounting. She is also responsible for all of the company’s human resource needs – ensuring that all employees are properly licensed and certified for the jobs they are performing. In addition to her financial and accounting background, she brings invaluable experience and diversity to the Tabor Team – in real estate, property management, investments and banking. She decided to team up with her husband and owner, John Tabor, in 2000 when they expanded their family by two. While she admits to actually enjoy “playing with numbers”, her secret passion has always been art – and she has dabbled in drawing and painting since she was a child.
Janet has been on the Tabor Team since 2006. She wears a different hat on any given day – juggling between IT support and website development, shipping and receiving, pre-production, sales support and advertising, and of course, answering the many incoming calls throughout the day. Watching her switch her attention from one task to another numerous times throughout the day – averting a crisis here, resolving a client’s issue there, one expects the pot to eventually boil over. Janet’s calm disposition and warm-hearted smile pervades the entire office like a beacon of light in a thunderstorm, and everyone near her gets the sense that everything will work out fine just because she’s there. Prior to her arrival at Tabor, she worked for Tektronix and then for Xerox, for 26 years. At Tabor, she is the indispensable hub from which all activity stems from and returns to. When the day is done, Janet still has the energy to engage in her all-time favorite pastime – playing Candy Land with her grandchildren.
Archana brings a fresh and vibrant international flair for design to the Tabor Team. She received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Bangalore University in Bengaluru, India and completed additional coursework in Residential Small-Scale Construction and Building Codes at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. After completing her studies, she worked for the prestigious global architectural firm – IBI Group. She is the mother of a four year old son and has recently moved to Montgomery County with her husband to raise a family. She is looking forward to a slower pace, both in terms of her lifestyle –from busy Toronto city life to a more tranquil suburban tempo, and also in her work –from drawing skyscrapers to redesigning family homes.
Vanessa is the current Membership Director for the Maryland’s Chapter of ASID, as well as a member of the USGBC. She has 10 years of experience working with Architects and Designers on various award winning and published projects in the Caribbean such as: Grand Lido Resorts, Sandals Resorts International, Federal Express Headquarters and several major banks in the Caribbean. Vanessa has designed both independently and in collaboration with peers and is our newest member to the Tabor Design Build team, with previous experience as a consultant with Emotive Architecture based in Washington DC. Vanessa currently has an Associate of Science Degree in Interior Design and 3 years towards her B Arch. in Architecture, which she is currently preparing to take the NCIDQ exam for. Key interests: The adaptive re-use of Interior Spaces, Recycled Spaces and Green Spaces. “As our industry evolves, we must evolve with it.”
Rick brings not only a wealth of experience to the Tabor Team after 42 years in the building industry, but expertise in many specialty areas that other contractors lack. He jokingly admits he is responsible for everything from “soup to nuts”. One of his claims to fame was the restoration work he completed on the Estonian Embassy after it was gutted by fire in 2001 – restoring it to its former neo-classical grandeur, using only pictures taken prior to the fire as a guide. In addition to specializing in fire and flood restoration, Rick has also been a key contractor on high-end energy efficient homes that have received the prestigious “Gold Certified” award from Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), a certification program recognizing best-in-class “green” building strategies and practices. He has joined the Tabor Team and reignited his passion for remodeling after “being bored” at a company that focused on building “cookie-cutter” houses that all looked the same. He thrives on remodeling – where each job presents a new challenge and a unique circumstance.
Don has been with Tabor since 2004. He has been a NARI Certified Lead Carpenter since 2007, and has more than 20 years of carpentry experience. He excels at producing overjoyed clients.
Jason is a recent newcomer to Maryland, although he comes with more than 17 years of experience in all aspects of carpentry. In addition to holding a Maryland license, he is also licensed in Massachusetts where he grew up, as well as California where he played semi-pro ice hockey for the San Diego Gulls when he was not building homes. He completed classes in Design and Architecture at the Boston Architectural Center and is known for his attention to detail in coordinating building projects from start to finish.
Joe is a master carpenter who started in carpentry right out of high school. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of construction. Joe and his wife combined have seven children and one grandchild. They live on a three acre farm in Poolesville, where they raise turkeys and chickens as their hobby.
Frank came to Tabor, not only with 33 years of local Washington Metro area experience, but with a portfolio that includes some of the most high-end custom homes in the area. He is most proud of his work in crafting out-of-the-ordinary accommodations for home owners with special needs in order to enhance their quality of life. Frank is not only recognized for his unparalleled talent in devising customized solutions to building challenges on the job but off the job as well. In his spare time, he builds remote-control race cars that have won numerous competitive racing awards.
Steve basically drives the big trucks – he gets things where they need to go, when they need to be there. He is the grease in the wheel that keeps everything operating smoothly and on time. Recently, he was on the crew that spent twelve days building the outdoor ice hockey rink at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., for the 2015 National Hockey League Winter Classic game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals. Off the clock, his friends can still find him building things – Steve is well known in the metro area for designing and constructing set designs for the stage, most notably for the Round House Theater. He received his degree in Graphic Arts Communication from Maryland College of Art & Design and is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, Local 22 – a union for theater techs. In addition, Steve has held a real estate license for the past 15 years, and has a keen eye for what the finished renovation should look like, particularly for getting the highest resale value.
Brian was born in and has lived in Maryland his entire life. He graduated from Mugruder High School. Brian is a carpenter’s helper, who took carpentry classes for two years at Thomas Edison High School of Technology, where he was certified. Brian’s current goal is getting his OSHA 10 certification. He attends Montgomery College at night and is studying construction management.
Kenny is a carpenter’s helper, who graduated from Thomas Edison High School of Technology after studying three years in their carpentry course. Kenny is studying construction management at night at Montgomery College. He enjoys construction because he likes working with his hands and seeing the finished project. Kenny has lived in Maryland his entire life. As for goals Kenny says, “In 5-10 years, I foresee myself as a master carpenter, owning my own company.”
Jamie Thomas has been with Tabor Design Build since 2012. He works hard and is learning the trades of remodeling. As a carpenter’s helper, Jamie is continuously exposed to all aspects of the remodeling industry.