John Tabor, President
With over 40 years of experience in remodeling, John Tabor remodels homes to 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 client with a stress-free experience.
He is knowledgeable in every aspect of the remodeling and 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. He worked with numerous high-end remodeling companies and home builders and advanced his way up from laborer to lead carpenter. In 1986 he started his own remodeling company and has been successfully running his own business ever since. 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.
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.
John serves on the executive board and is currently the Vice President of the local PRO, Professional Remodeling Organization, Mid-Atlantic chapter. He is chairman of the ethics committee. They investigate and mediate client complaints and ensure that high ethical standards are maintained by all its members.
John is also an active member of Network Bethesda, a community of local business leaders that meets once a week to help each other achieve their business goals.
John’s personal charity work involves helping injured veterans remodel their homes to suit their special needs. He organizes his employees, trade contractors and suppliers to help about once a year to make a real difference for a veteran and their family. He is honored to help pay back a small part of our country’s debt to these brave men and women.
John studied construction management, architectural design and structural engineering at Montgomery College in the 1980’s. John has completed NARI’s extensive Certified Remodeler Program and is certified with the Green Building Council as a Green Advantage Professional, as well as certified by the EPA to safely remodel homes containing lead-based paint.
John is a certified Pella window installer, as well as a factory trained Endless Pool installer.
He believes strongly in continuing education and provides opportunities for TDB employees and employees of other local contractors to further their knowledge and skill. He has taught Certified Lead Carpenter and Certified Remodeler Classes at the TDB office. He has taught Communications and Scuba Diving as a Boy Scout merit badge coach.
John has been awarded the NARI Metro DC Community Service Award, and the Roger Gregory Community Service Award.
Remodeling Magazine has recognized John as one of the top 50 remodelers in the country. Washingtonian Magazine readers have rated Tabor Design Build as Home Renovation and Repair Experts.
Tabor Design Build has won numerous NARI Metro DC Contractor of the Year awards for their projects as well as a NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Award and a Chrysalis Award.
John has been interviewed and had his work shown and written about in Remodeling Magazine, Home and Design, Chesapeake Home, Maryland Life, Remodelers Journal, Create, Today’s Energy Leaders, and The Washington Examiner. John is also available as an expert witness for construction defects litigation.
The most important thing in John’s life is his family, wife, Tamara and twins Ian and Erica, who are both attending college.
Tamara Tabor, Controller
Tamara has been keeping the Tabor Team “in the black” and profitable for more than 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance from the 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.
Chris, General Manager
Chris was recently promoted from Production Manager to General Manager. His effective leadership and extensive residential remodeling experience help us to deliver projects with speed and integrity.
Chris oversees the day-to-day operations and thoroughly enjoys working with TDB's staff of seasoned professionals. As someone who worked his way up through the ranks from the early days of vocational school, Chris has produced many high-end residential projects.
Chris has often expressed, "when a project comes to a completion and I get to see the smiles, appreciation, and how we as a company have changed the lives of any given client for the better is all the reward I could ask for."
Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Shannon and children who are attending college and starting careers of their own.
Denise, Office Manager
Denise comes to us with extensive experience in the building industry, including many years working for commercial contractors. She is an expert administrator and has developed her organization, planning, and multitasking skills both on the job and as a mom of four busy children. When she’s not at work, Denise enjoys spending time with her kids and cheering them on at their sporting events.
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 – spending time with her family. Janet has two children named Nicole and Jason, and three grand children named Jorge, Aiden and Danielle.
Erin, AKBD, Interior Designer
Erin has been employed in the Kitchen & Bath Design industry for over 25 years. Professionally, Erin has built up a wealth of experience working at all levels in the Kitchen & Bath Design field; Inside Sales, Purchasing, Project Management, Store Management, and Kitchen & Bath Design, and Sales working for Granite Fabricators, Cabinet Distributors & Dealers, Plumbing Showrooms, Remodeling Firms and Design-Build Firms. Erin has a wealth of experience to bring to each and every project.
Erin is also an Adjunct Professor at a local Community College, where she teaches Kitchen & Bath Design and 2020 Computer Assisted Design.
Erin graduated from Virginia Tech receiving a BS in Interior Design with an emphasis in Kitchen & Bath Design from an NKBA Accredited Program.
Since graduating from Virginia Tech, Erin has continued her education and holds the Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) level of certification with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
Erin has been directly involved in the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) since College, first as an Individual NKBA Member and then as a local Chapter Officer, for over 15 years where she held several offices, including Directory Representative, Sponsorship, Programming, Professional Development and Chapter President.
“I love the puzzle of kitchens and baths. I also love the intimate, but also the technical details that need to be worked together into an attractive functional package” “Kitchens & Baths are fun.”
Matthew, Project Manager
Matthew joins the Tabor Team with over thirty years of experience in the construction and remodeling industry. Having previously owned his own home improvement company, he is experienced in all aspects of residential remodeling, especially construction management. He is even an experienced electrician! Matthew has a passion for working with his hands, learning new skills, and seeing every job through to the end. He is a US Navy veteran and his friendly, easy-going manner makes him a pleasure to work with.
Jack, Project Manager
Jack began his construction career in 1978, banging nails and carrying lumber for a framing contractor. He discovered residential remodeling in the 1980’s and worked his way up from helper to project manager with some local high-end remodeling firms. He started his own company in 1997 and has a long track record of very happy clients.
He has now dedicated his 44 years of experience to being a part of the team at Tabor Design Build, producing beautiful projects with happy clients.
Jose, Project Manager
Jose has been in residential remodeling for more than 20 years and has enjoyed every minute of his journey. Integrity and commitment to excellence have been the foundation of how Jose has built his career. Jose's attention to detail is second to none.
He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children in his downtime.
Charles, Project Manager
With more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Project Manager Charles Gray has what it takes to take Tabor projects from start to finish. In his past positions, Charles oversaw a wide range of projects — from luxury DC condominiums to individual Rockville homes. He’s become an expert at tasks like coordinating subcontractors and budgeting, and enjoys working with the close-knit, family-oriented team at Tabor.
When he’s not busy at work, Charles enjoys spending time with his wife and son, swimming, gardening, and playing golf and teaching lacrosse.
Logan, Carpenter Helper
Logan joined Tabor Design Build in 2021, as an apprentice and is looking forward to a career in the remodeling industry.