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 Ramarao, Architectural Designer
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.
Heather is a recent graduate of Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She is the first stop for clients in the Tabor remodeling process. Getting the picture of exactly what the clients want out of their head and into a building plan isn’t as easy as it might seem and Heather has numerous strategies for extracting this vision and getting it down on paper. She is responsible for selecting all of the gizmos and gadgets that go along with a remodel – everything from cabinetry, tile, lighting and appliances to knobs, handles, switches and bulbs. She equates interior design to doing a puzzle – everything has to connect with the piece next to it within a finite space and a finite budget in order to eventually produce the final composition. Heather has been a designer for as long as she can remember – her father was a carpenter and there was always some type of remodeling project going on in any house she has ever lived in. In addition to helping people create beauty within their living environments, she also loves to create beauty on a more personal level by designing and crafting glass bead jewelry for family and friends or for church fundraisers.
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.
John has worked in the local construction industry for the past 40 years, starting as a young apprentice at age fourteen when he had the opportunity to assist in the historic preservation of Glen Echo Park and the Clara Barton House. Although he has known John Tabor, President of Tabor Design, since childhood days – until recently he was a competitor of Tabor, owning his own contracting company. When the opportunity arose, Tabor was lucky enough to recruit John into the Tabor Design Build family. John is known for his versatility both on and off the job. In addition to building homes, John is currently a drummer in a classic rock band and has taught martial arts, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.
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.
Randy has been building custom family homes for 36 years – homes that have been featured on the front page of the Washington Post’s New Homes section. He thrives on challenges and is known for arriving at unique and creative solutions to renovation problems. He recalls one of his most rewarding assignments when he was contracted to recreate the intricate Victorian era curves, curls and swirls in the antique wood trim of the historic Carter Hurley House in Rockville. But on the weekends, the sound of hammers and drills is replaced by the chords of his guitar and refrains from his own original songs. He already has plans to release his first album.
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.
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.