Meet the Team

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George DeFalco | Co-Founder

George co-founded Tradition Homes in 2006, and is the company’s principal architect overseeing both design and construction teams.
George has been practicing architecture in Northern Virginia since 1993. He designed commercial office space until earning his architect’s license in 1999, when he opened his own design firm specializing in residential remodeling. He is an active member of American Institute of Architects.

When George is not busy designing houses, he finds time for his two great loves: his family and his boat. If not attending his kids’ sporting events he will probably be found sailing somewhere off the eastern seaboard, listening to Jimmy Buffett.


Steve co-founded Tradition Homes in 2006, and manages the company's acquisitions, operations, sales and marketing functions.
Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire Steve has been involved in real estate development in Northern Virginia for the past 15 years. He began his career in commercial real estate, first with Cushman & Wakefield and then as principal of developer/owner America’s Real Estate Partners. He is an active member of National Association of Home Builders, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association , Urban Land Institute and Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

When Steve is not busy at work, he can be found focusing on his other passions. He enjoys spending time with his family, doing just about anything outside in Park City, Utah, and occasionally playing golf when he can withstand high levels of frustration.

Steve DeFalco | Co-Founder


Lori Engelken

Lori's responsibilities include accounting, administration and human resources.
She enjoys crunching the numbers and helping employees and management solve problems so the company works more efficiently for our clients.

Lori has more than 15 years of experience in office and human resource management including HR Resource Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Audit Division in the Washington, DC Metro area.

Lori lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading, running with her friends and hiking the trails around the DC area.


Amanda makes expert recommendations for interior finishes, exterior finishes, furnishings as well as maximizes the function and flow of the space for all our clients.
She brings over ten years of residential interior design experience to Tradition Homes, and maintains a close working relationship with each client. Amanda believes a home should tell the story of the people who live there. Amanda's multifaceted design talent has been featured on MTV Teen Cribs as well as published in various design magazines.

Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Michigan State University. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional. In her off time you can find her enjoying live music, hiking, rock climbing, traveling, and volunteering with causes she is passionate about.

Amanda Needham


John Hovis

John overseas the architectural and creation of drawings for all clients manages permit reviews.
After studying architecture at the University of Cincinnati, he worked for 13 years at a small residential design firm in northern Ohio. He moved to the DC area in 2009 to join the Tradition team. John is responsible for the architectural and creation of drawings for our clients and county review. He also shepherds our plans through various different county and peer review procedures. He has extensive experience using 3D modeling and CAD software along with sketching/drafting by hand.

On the weekends, you may find John and his wife at Blues Alley listening to some toe-tapping Be-bop style live jazz or enjoying the Turkish coffee chocolate dessert at Zaytinya in DC.


Cheryl is often the first point of contact with clients planning to buy or build a new home.
Using her more than 36 years of experience in real estate, she's a natural at helping buyers find a fit with one of our custom or newly built homes. Before relocating to VA in 2011, Cheryl was Sales Director for The Collaborative Companies in Boston, MA. She is a member of The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) and The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where she has earned the following designations: Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP), Certified New Home Marketing Professional (CMP), and Master in Residential Marketing (MIRM).

Cheryl has three children and four grandchildren with whom she loves spending time. She and her husband live in Falls Church, VA. She likes being outdoors, horseback riding and playing with their golden retriever Jake.

Cheryl Herzog


Dale Walters

Larry has over 30 years experience in residential home building.
Larry has managed many townhome communities regularly delivering over 200 units per year. He has held management roles with both Van Metre Homes as well as Classic Homes of Maryland. His ability to connect with the crew in the field, architects, engineers and clients, brings out his well-rounded qualifications.

Larry loves spending time on his farm in Maryland on the weekends and can be found outside enjoying all nature has to offer.


Jennings brings more than 25 years of carpentry and construction expertise to the Tradition Homes family.
An Arlington native, Jennings managed residential projects for West Wing Builders before starting his own successful handyman business. The wide array of trade skills cultivated during these years have prepared him as a perfect complement to our team. As Warranty Manager, he is a personal customer service representative to our homeowners, and also runs our "One Year Warranty Walk-Through" program..

On the weekends you might find Jennings at a Nats game, involved with his daughter’s sports teams, or enjoying some of the region’s widely varied entertainment options.

Jennings Decker


Jason Zhang

Jason acts as financial analyst overseeing all construction projects as well as company operations.

Jason holds a master degree in finance from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for an advertising start-up in D.C metro area as a controller before joining the Tradition Homes team as a financial analyst. He is a motivated finance person who has passion for making sense of numbers. He is also a candidate for the CFA level III and CPA exams.

When not working, Jason spends his spare time playing basketball and snowboarding. He also enjoys the slower pace of playing instruments and writing songs.


Greg oversees all townhouse, land development and multi-family construction for Tradition Homes.

Greg received a degree in Building Construction from Virginia Tech. He previously spent 14 years as Vice President with Jaguar Development where is was responsible for ground up condominium construction, condominium conversions as well as land development.

Greg lives in Reston and enjoys spending his free time playing in his band.

Greg Plush