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Leadership Team

Meet Our Leadership Team


M&R Construction’s leadership team brings over 100 years of combined experience in the industry. Our leaders are pioneers charting the future of your construction projects. They are proud to lead a strong, efficient, and highest level of integrity organization.


The people behind the quality service our valuable clients come to expect.


Farajah Ukondwa, MSc, PMP


Mr. Ukondwa immigrated from Tanzania to the USA in 1997, with passion for construction, Mr. Ukondwa worked for a local General Contractor, a superintendent and project manager within the DMV prior to founding M&R Construction Group Inc. in 2012.  Mr. Ukondwa based M&R Construction Group Inc. on his core values of excellence, service, and integrity. He started M&R Construction Group Inc. initially as a custom home builder in DMV metropolitan area before transitioning to commercial construction in 2015. Currently, He serves as the president/CEO where his responsibilities include team building, client development while he continues to oversee all aspects of the M&R Construction Group’s operations, vision, safety, quality control and direction of the company. As a dedicated construction professional, he has maintained leadership and executive responsibility for all projects in the commercial construction, renovation work, and new business development. His acquired soft skills provide, excellent communications from conception, design development through project closeout. Mr. Ukondwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Network Engineering from Strayer University and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from University of Maryland Global Campus. He is a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and member in good standings with PMI (Project Management Institute)


Tony Forano, MPM

Director of Construction

and New Development

Mr. Forano has over 45 years of senior management experience that includes leadership of company operations, facilities, project management and Site Development. Mr. Forano is a respected leader with extensive background in the construction industry including multiple construction disciplines and large complex projects. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of risk management, pre-construction, due-diligence, Development / Construction Permitting, building practices, financial, budget/proforma cost control, and change management. with a variety of project management concepts, practices, and procedures, and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Forano brings strong portfolio to M&R Construction Group Inc. of successful construction projects that includes Ground Up and Renovation of Commercial buildings, big box & high-end retail facilities, Strip centers and Indoor malls, Schools, Colleges, Medical Facilities, public work projects, Communication towers, High-end, High-Rise, Low-Rise, community type Residential, including Podium style Low Density Condominium Buildings, Hospitality Resorts, Pre-engineered Structures, Concrete Structures, Wood Structures, Parking Structures, Industrial Warehouse, Storage Facilities, Wastewater treatment facility and IT integration. Mr. Forano explains, he states along with his team we smartly analyze, purposely organize, skillfully executes, and assertively control / manage projects of most types and sizes from problem troubleshooting to interior fit outs to whole building renovations and ground up construction. Mr. Forano is driven towards the success of his clients on acquisitions, investments, interior renovations, stalled projects, underperforming properties, and ground-up developments ranging from $200,000 to $270 million. Mr. Forano has constructed and managed in excess of $2.4 Billion Dollars of completed projects to date. Mr. Forano’s Core Value: It is essential that company’s clients receive expert and efficient resources and the most thorough attention to deliver performance exceeding industry standards of excellence. Mr. Forano’s PEOPLE MANAGEMENT: Excellent leadership, communication and relationship building skills applied to design consultants, contractors, subcontractors, owners, city officials and community members. Maintain uncompromising focus on client satisfaction. Leverage team building, training and motivation abilities to lead teams in meeting project goals. Mr. Forano holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Science from Ocean County College, and a Mechanical Engineering certification from Turner’s Institute of Technology. He Currently holds a USA & International MPM Certifications (Master Project Manager) and a NY State Unlimited Tonnage Refrigeration License; Certified Army Core of Engineers Quality Control Manager, OSHA 30 Certified; Certified CFC Technician; Certified Welder; Certified to Teach HVAC, and Controls.


Zawadi Sakapalla - MBA

Vice President of Operation

Zawadi Sakapalla is a Dynamic, savvy, MBA-educated professional with 13+ years experience in the construction industry. As Vice President of Operation for M & R Construction Group Inc., she is responsible for the oversight and management of M & R Construction Group Inc’s operations in both the Maryland and Washington DC offices. Her day-to-day responsibilities include operations oversight, and client relations, which has resulted in fostering long-term relationships that have led to repeat business for the organization. Zawadi, as a strategic thinker and problem solver, she has excelled in her ability to lead diverse teams through collaborating with team members, subcontractors, and suppliers maximize business opportunities and overcome various obstacles throughout organization structural. She’s excelled in developing and managing the right teams to execute complex and time-constrained projects throughout her career. Prior to joining M&R Construction Group Inc., Zawadi co-founded Sakapala Community Centre with the mission of empowering underserved communities. Zawadi is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Master of Business Administration – MBA. Also, she has Maintained a Maryland Real Estate License for the past 19 years.


Laurie Litz Maslack

Business Development Manager

Laurie Litz Maslack has been in sales and business development for over 30 years. Her entry into the world of business started from working for her father’s masonry supply company, L&L Supply Corporation, at a young age. Her first sales experience included calling on commercial real estate agents, architects, designers, and custom home builders. Laurie’s keen eye for design and color enabled her to work closely with her clients to take their vision from conception to completion. She then moved full time to commercial real estate, filling roles from project management, client transactions, and business development. Her experience in business development in the residential and commercial real estate markets led her to the Business Development Manager position at M&R Construction Group, a career in which she thrives in and loves. Laurie’s experience and vast affiliate network continues to bring her success when working with her clients. Her attention to detail ensures that projects are completed on time and within budget. Her ability to understand client needs, pivot when necessary, and communicate effectively result in increased customer retention and success. Laurie is an acclaimed athlete, mentor, mother, sister, and daughter. She brings a ray of sunshine, sincerity, and positivity to any room she enters. Laurie attributes her success to her core values; passion, respectfulness, emotional intelligence, motivation, integrity, expertise, and her respect for the client’s perspective.






Contact Us

Head Office

Cooksville MD 21723 

Tel: (410) 660 9960

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