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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


Driven by a passion for construction, Mr. Ukondwa brings extensive experience and a commitment to excellence to his role as President/CEO of M&R Construction Group Inc. Before founding the company in 2012, Mr. Ukondwa honed his skills as a project manager with a local general contractor in the DMV area. Under his leadership, M&R Construction Group Inc. has flourished, transitioning from custom home building to commercial construction in 2015. His core values of excellence, service, and integrity are the foundation of the company's success. As President/CEO, Mr. Ukondwa is responsible for team building, client development, and overseeing all aspects of the company's operations, including vision, safety, quality control, and strategic direction. He maintains leadership and executive responsibility for all commercial construction, renovation, and new business development projects. Mr. Ukondwa exceptional communication skills ensure seamless project execution from conception and design development through to completion. Mr. Ukondwa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Network Engineering from Strayer University and a Master's Degree in Construction Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member in good standing with the Project Management Institute (PMI).


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

A dynamic and savvy professional with an MBA and over 13 years of experience in the construction industry, Zawadi Sakapalla brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Vice President of Operations at M&R Construction Group Inc. She is responsible for overseeing and managing operations in both the Maryland and Washington DC offices. Zawadi's exceptional leadership and strategic thinking have been instrumental in fostering long-term client relationships and driving repeat business for the organization. Her ability to collaborate effectively with team members, subcontractors, and suppliers has enabled her to maximize business opportunities and overcome challenges throughout the company's growth. Prior to joining M&R Construction Group Inc., Zawadi co-founded the Sakapala Community Centre, demonstrating her commitment to empowering underserved communities. Zawadi holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland and has maintained a Maryland Real Estate License for the past 19 years. Her diverse background and unwavering dedication make her an invaluable asset to the M&R Construction Group Inc. team.


Tim Wright

Director of Marketing and Business Development

With over 25 years of experience in the commercial construction industry, Tim Wright is a highly accomplished professional with a proven track record of success. As a Project manager, Tim has honed his skills in construction management, project supervision, and client relations. His background in business communication and construction technology, coupled with multiple certifications (including NICET Level IV), makes him a well-rounded and knowledgeable leader. Tim's hands-on experience includes overseeing large-scale projects, managing teams of 50+ construction workers, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. He is proficient in various software solutions, including Procore, BuilderTREND, and STACK Estimating, which streamline construction processes and enhance efficiency. Tim's dedication to quality craftsmanship, combined with his strong leadership and communication skills, make him an invaluable asset to our team. He is committed to delivering projects on time and within budget, while maintaining the highest standards of safety and professionalism. In his free time, Tim enjoys fishing, exploring new destinations, and meeting new people.






Contact Us

Head Office

Cooksville MD 21723 

Tel: (410) 660 9960

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