PROFILE

· OUR STORY·

Marks-Woods Construction was born in 2001 when Byron Woods and Greg Marks cast the vision for a construction company that would offer expertise, an enjoyable customer experience, and a stunning end result. The founders met while working for one of the premier top 20 national construction companies. The two men joined years of experience and a common commitment to excellence in construction to create Marks-Woods Construction. Years later, Drew Marks joined Byron and Greg in ownership of the company, and Marks-Woods Construction became complete. The company first focused on a combination of residential and commercial projects, but eventually found its true niche as a design-build firm dedicated to making the vision and desires of homeowners a reality. 

Marks-Woods Construction is now the top choice for major additions, kitchen renovations, interior design, and a variety of other major residential construction services. With hundreds of projects completed, Marks-Woods continues to grow and hopes to expand to more geographical areas in future years.

·SERVICES·

Marks-Woods Construction offers an array of design and building services to the DC and Northern Virginia areas. Instead of contracting all its work out, Marks-Woods Construction performs many trades in-house in order to ensure excellent quality and premium service.

While Marks-Woods Construction is known for its specialized design-build capabilities in kitchens, baths, additions, and renovations, it is not limited to design-build. Many times, top local architects refer their clients to Marks-Woods Construction for the build portion of various types of projects. Additionally, Marks-Woods Construction offers superior interior design services to assist with the selection of materials along with kitchen and bath design.

A Marks-Woods Construction distinctive is our ability to value engineer projects in order to meet each client’s specific scope and budget requirements instead of offering a one size fits all approach. Our process focuses on high-level communication throughout each project to ensure that every detail is attended to along the way.

·CLIENT PHILOSOPHY·

Marks-Woods Construction believes that a successful project requires that the client is completely satisfied not only with the end result, but with the customer experience and expertise demonstrated by our team during every step of the process. Our priority is to partner with clients who are a good fit for our company and offer the best value when it comes to cost, process, management, and quality. By offering the highest quality work and materials at a fair price, Marks-Woods Construction delivers stunning outcomes for its clients. Our reputation speaks for itself and is apparent to prospective clients by way of countless positive reviews, repeat clients, and client referrals.

A Marks-Woods Construction distinctive is our expert interior design team. Though not offered by traditional contractors, Marks-Woods believes that interior design plays an important role in all home projects. We are proud to offer varying levels of design input when it comes to the selection of materials and design. Each project includes full interior design services, adding yet another level of value to our services.

·MEET THE TEAM·

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GREG MARKS
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BYRON WOODS
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DREW MARKS
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KARA HILL
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DANIELLE STEELE
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YURI MORATAYA
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MATT GALASSI
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ARMANDO
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MEGAN BELL
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YONATAN ANDEMARIAM
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SOOZ WILSON
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EMILY OSTROM
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MICHAELA SEDLAK

· WORK ENVIRONMENT·

Marks-Woods Construction is very much a family. Many of our employees have been with our firm since the beginning, and we are proud of the family-like atmosphere we have built over the years. As a result, Marks-Woods employees take a vested interest in the work and success of the company. We believe that a sense of comradery goes a long way, and therefore take special care to maintain a positive work environment by offering monthly staff outings and hosting large gatherings for the enjoyment of all employees. Marks-Woods Construction is interested in the personal and professional growth of its employees and seeks to welcome all of its team members to the growing Marks-Woods family.

·COMMUNITY·

Marks-Woods Construction is committed to playing a positive role in the communities it serves by sponsoring youth recreational teams, schools, and various charitable organizations. Marks-Woods Construction is a proud member of the small business community and strives to be an active part of the “shop local” movement.

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GREG MARKS

Greg Marks is from Raleigh, NC. Many of Greg’s family are members of the construction industry, so Greg grew up with a respect and desire to learn the trade. Construction has been a lifelong passion of Greg’s as evidenced by his lifetime working in the field. As soon as he was old enough, Greg worked construction as a high school student and continued to learn new skills on the job throughout his college career. At the same time, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from East Carolina University in 1999. After college, Greg worked for Hensel Phelps Construction as a field and office engineer. During his time in this position, he was assigned to a project based in Baltimore which brought him to the DC metro area. Next, Greg worked for Holder Construction and finally went on to found Marks-Woods Construction with Byron Woods, a colleague he met while working at Hensel Phelps.

Today, Greg serves as Director of Business Development at Marks-Woods Construction. Oftentimes, Greg is the first team member a potential client meets. His friendly and professional personality makes Greg easy to work with and a great resource for clients every step of the way. Because Greg has been inside hundreds of homes, he is the go-to expert when it comes to existing conditions and renovation planning. Greg oversees the pre-construction phase for all projects including design management and the material selection process. Additionally, business development including all advertising, social media, lead services, and client performance reviews are in Greg’s purview. Greg is dedicated to continuing the reputation of excellence that Marks-Woods has demonstrated to its clients and communities.

Greg Marks is an elected member of the esteemed Construction Management Advisory Board at East Carolina University. Greg’s involvement on the board allows him the opportunity to invest in the future of construction through the board’s commitment to educating students as well as the privilege of taking an active role in the advancement and innovation of various aspects of the industry.

Greg is a family man, spending much of his free time with his wife, daughters, and dogs. He enjoys traveling, cooking BBQ, and cheering on the Washington Nationals.

BYRON WOODS

Byron Woods is from the small town of Mclain, Mississippi. In 1998, Byron graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Upon graduation, Byron accepted a position with Hensel Phelps which took him on location across the country to states including Oklahoma, Florida, Mississippi, and eventually Maryland, where he met Greg Marks on the job. From there, Byron and Greg went on to found Marks-Woods Construction in 2002.

Byron is the Marks-Woods Construction Contracts Manager. His responsibilities include providing all clients with estimates, proposals, and contracts. Byron is very detail-oriented and demonstrates a commitment to excellence down to the smallest detail when it comes to process and outcomes. Additionally, Byron oversees all financial aspects of Marks-Woods Construction such as cost-control, overhead trackings, cash flow, and accounting. Lastly, Byron manages all licensing and planning. Marks-Woods is grateful for a level-headed, systematic thinker like Byron to handle the inner workings of its operations.

At home, Byron likes to spend time with his wife, three children, and dog. The family enjoys playing games and taking advantage of community activities. Byron and his wife volunteer at their local church by teaching their preschool son’s Sunday school class.

DREW MARKS

Drew Marks is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Management & Society. While attending college, Drew worked an internship with Marks-Woods. Upon graduating college, Drew worked in the telecommunications industry for a few years in Raleigh before relocating to the DC area to accept a position with Marks-Woods Construction.

Drew was originally hired on as a Project Manager and quickly advanced to Operations Manager & partner position. Clients who work with Drew quickly appreciate his driven and dedicated demeanor, along with his expert care for their project. Drew manages all labor, subcontractors, and material orders. Additionally, he monitors the project management team and implements all project processes and standards.

Away from work, Drew enjoys time spent with his wife and two sons. Drew is a serious sports fan; many know him to be a Tar Heels fanatic and supporter of local teams like the Nationals, Redskins, and Wizards. Drew also loves music and has been playing the drums since the young age of twelve.

KARA HILL

Director of Marketing

Kara has lived in Northern Virginia her whole life. She currently resides in Old Town Alexandria with her husband and two dogs. She graduated with honors from Virginia Tech in 2009 and then attended the NYU Publishing Institute. She joined the Marks-Woods team as an independent consultant in 2018 and has since expanded her role into a full time position as our Director of Marketing. 

As the Director of Marketing, Kara is responsible for increasing awareness of Marks-Woods to those prospective clients who would most benefit from our services. She has implemented new content marketing initiatives, overhauled the overall look and feel of all branded material, expanded the role Marks-Woods plays in the community and created the presentations and submissions that resulted in over two dozen awards from various organizations. 

Kara currently serves on the Board of Directors for Professional Remodeling Organization (PRO) Mid-Atlantic and won Marketing Manager of the Year from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry). She serves on two committees within the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and writes for Alexandria Stylebook. In her spare time, Kara enjoys running, reading and spending time with family and friends in Old Town Alexandria. 

DANIELLE STEELE

Danielle Steele is from Winchester, VA. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Virginia Tech and has a background in industrial design and business. A true Hokie (most of her family also attended VT), Danielle graduated with honors, and her major is NKBA & NCIDQ accredited. Danielle is gifted in 2020 Design and Chief Architect. She draws heavily on architecture and art influences as a designer.

Danielle was selected for NKBA’s Thirty Under 30 Class of 2021, a prestigious honor recognizing young professionals who are the future of kitchen and bath design. 

Danielle’s areas of responsibility at Marks-Woods include drafting cabinetry layouts and aiding clients in material selections. Danielle loves getting to know each client individually and understanding the unique style and vision the client has in mind. Danielle’s passion is helping homeowners create a sustainable living design that they will love for years to come.

Danielle enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She is drawn to the great outdoors and spends much of her time away from work enjoying outdoor activities.

YURI MORATAYA

Yuri Morataya is a Northern Virginia native and a graduate of Langley High School. Yuri went on to study criminal justice at Northern Virginia Community College. Next, she spent several years in the banking industry and became a Virginia Notary Public. Yuri began her time at Marks-Woods in an office administration position and soon became the Office Manager.

Working as a Marks-Woods Construction team member has given Yuri hands-on experience in the construction field, and as Yuri cultivates new skills, her responsibilities at Marks-Woods Construction also grow. Yuri assists in material selections, orders, and tracking to the point of installation. Yuri loves being a part of the Marks-Woods family and looks forward to working with the company for many years to come.

Yuri enjoys time spent with her husband and three sons as well as cooking, going to church, and taking the time to rest and relax.

MATT GALASSI

Matt Galassi is from Springfield, Virginia and got his start in construction at an early age. Before joining the Marks-Woods team, Matt benefited from years of construction experience working in various industry positions.

Today, Matt works as a project manager. Matt is assigned projects that he oversees from start to finish, with responsibilities including labor management, subcontractor coordination, material supply, and point of contact for clients. Matt’s expertise and experience in the construction industry combined with his excellent personal skills make him a highly proficient project manager.

Aside from his work at Marks-Woods, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and son, involvement in his son’s athletics, and being a part of the Marks-Woods BBQ competition team.

ARMANDO

Lead Carpenter

Armando grew up in Guatemala and moved to the area to pursue a work opportunity. He lives in Manassa with his wife and two daughters. They have two dogs named Snoopy and Coco. Armando is Marks-Woods Lead Foreman and has been with the company for 18 years. 

As our Lead Foreman, Armando manages all crafts and trains new carpenters. He is a master carpenter that has been in the industry for 25 years. His favorite part of being a Lead Foreman is problem solving and teaching others. Armando’s most memorable MW project was the Shafer Project because it involved a lot of custom built-in cabinets. 

Aside from being a master carpenter, Armando was an accountant in Guatemala. He enjoys fishing and biking. In his freetime, he spends his time with family, working on small engine repairs, and traveling. His favorite place to visit is Hilton Head Island, SC. 

MEGAN BELL

Interior Designer

Megan Bell is originally from Michigan. She moved to the DC area to attend Howard University for her undergraduate degree in Interior Design. Megan has been in the Interior Design community for 16 years and has been with Marks-Woods for more than a year now. 

As an interior designer, Megan assists our clients in making material selections. She uses Sketchup to produce high quality, rendered images to make it easier for our clients to visualize their dream spaces. Megan’s favorite thing about working for Marks-Woods is being able to use her creativity to help clients and the fun environment. Megan loves how much the interior design industry changes and how anything can be creative and fresh. 

In her freetime, Megan is passionate about taking care of her house plants. She also loves checking out new restaurants in the area, dance fitness, and traveling. Her favorite place she’s traveled to so far is London. 

 

YONATAN ANDEMARIAM

Estimator

Yonatan, originally from Ethiopia, lives in Alexandria with his wife and two sons. He is part of Marks-Woods estimating team. Yonatan has his B.S. in Civil Engineering, Associates Degree in Science, Information Tech, and Mathematics, and is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been in the industry for 10 years. 

As an Estimator, Yonatan uses his many years of experience and education to assist in writing proposals, conceptual estimating, and take offs. He loves that being an estimator is never redundant and in the last year, has completed 400 proposals. 

Outside of being an estimator, Yonatan enjoys playing video games, listening to music, and going to church. He loves spending time with his children and going to the gym. Yonatan also has his own podcast and Youtube channel. 

SOOZ WILSON

Kitchen and Bath Designer

Sooz is from Northern Virginia and currently lives here with her husband, son, and two step children. They have a cat, two snakes, and fish. She has a degree in Interior Design and worked in the industry for more than 20 years. She has been with our company since April 2022 and is a Senior Cabinet Designer. 

Sooz loves the people and location of Marks-Woods. She won a COTY award for kitchen design and has been published in two different MFG catalogs. Her favorite style is Mid Century Modern. Her goal is to always make sure the client gets what they really want and need to live in a functional space. 

When Sooz has freetime, she enjoys sewing and crafts. She is also passionate about cosplay and foamsmithing. 

EMILY OSTROM

Client Relations Coordinator

Emily Ostrom is from a small town in Indiana and moved to Virginia when she was 6. She is a licensed Esthetician and worked in the field for a few years before being a stay at home mom. When she decided to return to the workforce, she joined the Marks-Woods team as a Client Relations Coordinator. 

In this position, Emily is the first point of contact for all prospective clients. She facilitates all of the proposal meetings with Greg Marks, organizes all information needed for the meeting and helps explain the company’s design-build process to new clients, while also assisting in office administrative responsibilities. Emily enjoys being a part of the Marks-Woods team and hopes to be here for many years to come. 

In Emily’s freetime she enjoys being with her two daughters and the rest of her family. Additionally, Emily spends her time cooking, keeping up with the esthetician world, and spending time with her friends. 

MICHAELA SEDLAK

Interior Designer

Michaela Sedlak is originally from Haymarket, VA and currently resides in Arlington. She moved to New York City for College and worked for high end fashion companies as a Visual Merchandiser for 6 years.

After moving back to Virginia, Michaela entered the Interior Design world with a tile focus.
As an Interior Designer, Michaela combines her love of fashion, color, trends, and architecture to create high-end spaces. Through client relations, carefully curated design packets, and Sketch-Up renderings, she enjoys seeing clients dreams become a reality and spaces transform.

Outside of work, Michaela enjoys spending time with friends and family. She loves live music and often frequents art galleries and new restaurants.