- MEET THE TEAM -
ZACH FAJEN, Owner
Zach comes from a sales and marketing background, working at both New York City and Washington, D.C. based tech startups before entering the world of general contracting. Zach possesses an artistic eye having studied studio arts at Denison University, with supplemental studies at Parsons New School for Design in New York City and La Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic
CALE BROWN, Owner
Cale has worked in the construction industry for more than a decade, starting his own business in 2008. In 2011, Cale and Zach met and a partnership was born. Cale has an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, both from the University of Maryland.
TIM HARDIN, Associate Designer
A D.C. native, Tim loves the city and working to improve standards of living. Tim has a BFA in Industrial Design with a focus on Design for Sustainability from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). This background enables him to develop and manufacture products that are as attractive as they are functional, creating more meaningful interactions with them while also improving the environment around them.
ANDREW RUPLI, Master Crafstman/Shop Manager
MELISSA MARTIN, Project Manager
Melissa comes from a family of premier home builders and woodworkers in Rhode Island that are responsible for some of the most iconic coastal homes in the state. This, paired with her background as a microbiologist, gives her both an innate understanding of the industry but also makes her one of the most organized members of our team. Melissa's focus on efficiency ensures that a project flows smoothly, from the early planning stages to the last screw.
TOM SWARTZ, Lead Carpenter
Tom is incredibly organized, working to a high level in everything he does. Prior to joining Fajen & Brown, Tom’s main area of expertise was framing custom homes and additions for his own company and premier local builders, including Gibson. He is a very well-rounded carpenter, therefore he understands that when the framing is accurate, every trade that follows will go that much smoother. Knowing how difficult it is to install siding and trim when the job hasn’t been framed well, you’ll never hear Tom say, “It’s only rough framing.” Tom is a creative thinker and constantly seeks new ways to do things more efficiently, ultimately sharing what he learns with those around him in order to better the team as a whole.
MOISES ABARCA, Lead Carpenter
With more than 12 years of experience in the construction industry, Moises is truly a jack of all trades. Since graduating as an electrical engineer technician, his expertise has broadened to include tile installation, framing, finish carpentry, and project management. Additionally, Moises holds a certificate from CCP (Alexandria, VA) with a focus on electrical codes in the DMV.
LOU LESLIE, Lead Carpenter
With more than 35 years of experience in the industry, Lou has performed all aspects of construction ranging from cabinet making to ground-up builds. Prior to joining Fajen & Brown, Lou cultivated his management and carpentry skills at some of the areas most respected construction firms, including his own business for 14 years. His jovial personality, wealth of knowledge, eagerness to continually learn and natural leadership skills make him a vital component to every project.
MIKE LEWIS, Lead Carpenter
CARLOS PORTILLO, Lead Carpenter
ANDREW HARRY, Carpenter
A native of Northern Virginia, Andrew brings 15 years of residential remodeling experience. After mastering wall finishing, he widened his range of hands-on working knowledge to include electrical and plumbing as well as exterior and interior carpentry. He possesses a pragmatic and seasoned approach to all stages of a project from the initial planning to the final cleanup.
JOEL HOLSTEIN, Carpenter
ELIU “E” OSORIO, Carpenter
JAVIER ELIAS, Carpenter
RICARDO PORTILLO, Carpenter’s Assistant
- WHAT WE VALUE -
STANDARDS AND TRANSPARENCY
Our team members are held to the highest design and construction standards. We know the value of the customer and treat you accordingly. The Fajen & Brown business is built on trust and referrals. Our transparent approach will give you full access to your estimate so that you understand the costs behind your project. We also provide you with the full bios of our employees to ensure that you are comfortable with our presence in your home or office. Fajen & Brown is an open book.
You will find total peace of mind in any project with Fajen & Brown. We carry a $5 million insurance policy, are bonded, and are licensed everywhere we do business. No client will ever feel exposed when working with Fajen & Brown.
Our goal is to merge top quality home improvement with a superb client experience. Our continued success is based on a proven track record of customer satisfaction. Our process from consultation to completion is meant to be an enjoyable experience. This means projects are completed as-planned, on-time, and on-budget.