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Sarah & John Steel purchased Urban Referrals in the Fall of 2011 from the company’s founder, Marla Ray. As home owners who had used Urban Referrals’ services to find General Contractors many times over the years, they recognized the importance of using professional, licensed contractors and the value that Urban Referrals offers.
Sarah & John bring the perfect blend of construction management and systems experience to the company. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Sarah migrated to Washington DC after finishing her undergraduate degree. Her career has been built on running small to mid-sized companies, focusing on operations and business development. Her construction experience includes oversight of many company relocations and expansions as well as a graduate degree from Georgetown in Real Estate Development and Construction. Sarah is also the Principal of Steel Management Group, LLC, a consulting firm working with small businesses in the WDC metro area.
John grew up traveling the world with his family thanks to the Marine Corps. After finishing his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, he opted to stay and settle in the WDC area. By day, John works for a large government contracting firm as a senior engineer, overseeing computer networks that span several states and serve nearly 30,000 users. His experience and training make him well versed in managing company operations as well as designing and implementing standardized procedures across a large enterprise.
With their base of operations in Northern Virginia, both Sarah and John work together to ensure the exemplary customer service Urban Referrals is known for continues and that every customer using Urban Referrals’ services sees the value added to their project.