While the skills and craftsmanship of our team are known to be exceptional, clients are often surprised by our pleasant demeanor, manners, and neatness.
By nature, remodeling is invasive into the private lives of our clients. As wonderful as we are, there will be days when you’re going to wish nobody was in your home. We want you to feel comfortable with and enjoy the people that you’ll come in contact with daily, so here is a quick introduction to our team members.
David Supple- Chief Executive Officer
David is a graduate of Tufts University with a degree in architecture. In California, he trained as an architect for three years, designing, directing, and managing 50- 100,00 square foot renovations. He founded New England Design & Construction in 2005 and became incorporated in 2006, and rapidly expanded the company to servicing the Greater Boston Area. He is an aspiring comedian but currently he only practices with his wife.
Steve Savonen - Chief Operations Officer
An experienced world traveler and design professional, Steve brings 30 years of experience to the NEDC team. His interest in people, art, science, construction, and bright futures led to his earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is a Registered Architect in Minnesota, Florida, and Massachusetts. In addition to high-end residential projects, Steve has experience in housing, commercial, hospitality, educational, government, parking and parking structures, medical, cultural and worship design projects located all over the world. Having lived and worked in the Midwest, Florida, Los Angeles, New York, and Madrid, Steve has returned to the Boston area to manage the NEDC design and construction team. If only he could have the same level of success with his needy Abyssinian cats Eddie and Ella that he and his wife Lisa so love!
Linda Doering - Chief Financial Officer and Office Manager
Linda joined the company in January of 2016. She and her husband moved to New England in 1992 from El Paso, Texas. Linda has extensive experience in accounting, internal audit, rates, ethics, compliance for electric/gas utilities, and interstate gas pipelines. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Texas Christian University, studied accounting at the University of Texas at El Paso and earned an MBA from Northeastern University. In her rare spare time, Linda enjoys reading novels and traveling. Her go to place for a winter vacation would be the warm and beautiful, Caribbean islands.
Daniel Tassinari – Operations Manager
Dan has been in the construction related trade industry for over 16 years. He is trained in residential remodeling, restoration carpentry and home building. Being a licensed contractor and working under experienced builders allowed him to run projects, crews and expand further into the building field. He has founded multiple companies designing and building his own projects within a diverse range. NEDC initially hired him to produce built in work and custom cabinetry, and after several successful years, Dan joined the team as a Lead Carpenter and executed many successful projects since. He holds a MA CSL, HIC, is a NARI Certified Lead Carpenter, has RRP certification, and OSHA 10.
Jamaal Siddiqui - Design Director
Jamaal is an award winning graduate of the Boston Architectural College with a degree in architecture. He has been chasing his dream of becoming a successful and well rounded designer from early childhood. He has over a decade of experience of working on residential, commercial and religious projects at an architectural firm. His thirst for design lead him to do multiple award winning design + build projects in his spare time. When he is not designing he is traveling the world with his wife and annoying her with architectural facts about the area.
Dennis Love - Production Director
Coming to NEDC, Dennis has returned to his roots of high-end residential building and remodeling. Although starting on the residential side, Dennis has spent the last several years in various management roles on the commercial side of the industry. Since earning his B.S. in Architecture and his CSL, Dennis has enjoyed taking on the challenges of building as both a general contractor and subcontractor. When not solving the problems of the World, Dennis can usually be found either playing or coaching rugby on the South Shore.
Grady Ragsdale - Senior Designer
Grady’s architectural and building experience has been gained from over thirty years in the design and construction industry. He earned his architectural license in 1996 and has worked on a variety of commercial and residential projects for offices located in Maine, New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. The focus of his work has been in the single-family and multi-family residential markets, from public funded, affordable housing, to high-rise luxury condominiums. He recently completed design & construction on his vacation house in Maine where he joined the construction team to fully appreciate what it means to take a project through all phases of development. Grady spends his free time traveling the world with his wife, playing music with his friends, and catching up with his three children.
Joe Wood - Junior Designer
With the last name Wood it’s no coincidence that Joe ended up in the building/ designing realm. After gaining 7+ years of experience in sustainable residential construction, from earthwork to applying the final finishes, he attended Norwich University to get a M.Arch. It was at Norwich that he was offered the opportunity to get his hands dirty on a design-build project that ended up winning an AIA Peoples Choice Award. Since that collaboration, he has worked with various firms and construction companies while balancing his passions for travelling, mountain biking, or anything the outdoors has to offer.
Josh LaPan - Construction Manager
Josh joined the NEDC team with a strong background in skilled carpentry and leadership roles in the retail world. He started in October 2016 as a Project Manager in Training, growing into a Project Manager in early 2017, and transitioning into the Construction Manager by late summer. Josh has both an active Home Improvement Contractor license and Construction Supervisor License. In his free time, he coaches soccer and little league!
Ryan Hayes – Project Manager
Ryan has been with NEDC since March of 2014 as a Lead Carpenter. He learned the carpentry trade from his father as a kid, but has been doing it professionally since 1999. His biggest inspiration is his family and his friends, and his sunny disposition lights up the office every time he comes in. He is a NARI Certified Lead Carpenter, and in 2016 moved in to a position as a Project Manager.
Nick Schwertschlag - Project Manager
Nick has a hybridized background in construction and architecture. He learned carpentry at a young age in his father’s woodworking shop and later took an interest in architectural design. His earliest floor plans can be traced back to when he was eight years old. Nick acquired his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Boston Architectural College and worked professionally as a carpenter and builder during his tenure, specializing in home renovation projects to custom luxury home construction and light commercial work. He has worked professionally as an architect in renovations and new home and commercial construction, however his true passion is on the job site. When he’s not working, he spends time with his daughters and somehow always finds a new remodeling project to take on in his home.
Aaron Newell - Project Manager
Aaron is a Massachusetts native with almost ten years of experience in the residential and commercial construction industry in frame to finish carpentry, as well as 6 years of electrical experience. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Construction Management. In his free time, you can find him woodworking, working on cars or motorcycles, and spending his time by the lake.
Ryan Manhoff - Assistant Brand Manager
Ryan comes to NEDC from a diverse sales and marketing background. After completing his undergraduate degree at Boston University in Hospitality Administration, he spent a few years working in both catering and software sales. Inspired by his family’s recent relocation from Pennsylvania to Florida, and the design-build projects that they have undertaken in the process, he decided to take his eye for Hospitality design/customer service, and make the transition into the Design and Construction Industry. In his free time, he can be found either watching football, playing trivia in Dorchester, or fishing on the nearest pond.
Damon Lequin - Quality Control and Business Development Manager
Damon Lequin has been in the service industry for the better part of 22 years. His hallmark ability is discovering what the person in front of him, guest, client, or other, would like to accomplish, build or receive. He has over two decades of experience in administration and sales both in the service industry and within non profit organizations. As a youngster, he worked in demolition, foundations, framing and roofing. He expanded his reach into painting, HVAC installation, site safety and general competence on a domestic construction site. This unique combination of experiences has provided him with a singular blend of talents and skills that are ideal for Quality Control and Business Development. When he leaves the office each day he’s likely to be found chatting with his dad, catching up on everything Boston Sports, and watching the Great British Baking Show with his partner Grace.
Lisa Savonen - Executive Assistant
Lisa comes to NEDC most recently from Minnesota but originally from California, where her passion for design fueled her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she earned her degree in Interior Design. While gaining experience in the real world working at a restaurant design firm, she then earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from Cal State University Fullerton. Her design and philanthropic pursuits eventually led her to Hollywood to work for a world-wide nonprofit organization, designing 50,000 square foot buildings from the Americas to South Africa. This is where she met her future husband, Steve, whom she accompanied to the Midwest and now the East. In her spare time Lisa enjoys walking her cats Eddie and Ella, creating crafts and practicing her voice over imitations.
Gary Brown – Carpenter
Gary joined our team in September 2015 as an invaluable member of our carpentry team. Gary completed the Keefe Technical Post Graduate Program for Carpentry, and has been in the carpentry and remodeling field since high school. His attention to detail and immersion in his craft are what drew us to him, and his solid dependability and quality help him excel at NEDC.
Gustavo Osorio- Carpenter
Gustavo studied in Cali Colombia at a technical and industrial school. At a very early age, his parents noticed his interest in building and encouraged him to develop this skill. He has spent much of his time in New England although he has also lived in Florida. Gustavo has 16 years of experience in the remodeling and construction industries. He specializes in carpentry and has worked hard to learn and put in practice all his skills. He has successfully completed a great variety of jobs, from small residential to large commercial projects. He truly enjoys his job and seeks to continuously improve his skills. When he is on the job, he likes things done right; “quality and satisfaction” is his motto. Gustavo is a family man, he loves his wife and kids and treasures spending time with them. All his hard work and effort is dedicated to the future and well being of his family. Some of his hobbies include traveling, swimming, mountain biking and one day he would like to skydive. It’s on his bucket list!