The Metro Washington DC SCORE Chapter named Synergy Design and Construction Inc. of Reston, VA its Client of the Year for 2012. Synergy D & C is an awarding winning design and construction business serving both the residential and commercial communities. In recognition of Synergy D & C’s success in creating a comprehensive business plan, securing financing, and successfully completing several major residential remodeling and restaurant build-out projects, Mina and Mark Fies were honored at SCORE DC’s annual luncheon reception.

Mina and Mark Fies are the founders of Synergy D & C, and are CEO and COO respectively. They engaged SCORE in October of 2008 to help develop a comprehensive business plan. According to Mark, “SCORE not only provided objective feedback on our business plan, but also listened and gave sound advice along the way that helped the company grow. As structured and impartial as we thought our approach was, having an independent expert be the “voice of reason” helped us navigate some of the most challenging times we have ever experienced. Our time with our counselor was invaluable and has been an integral part to our success and continued growth.” 

Mark and Mina provide general contracting services on remodeling and build-out projects.  They provide design alternatives and ongoing support to the client; this includes such activities as selecting alternatives for materials, colors, etc., and presenting them to the client at site, thus eliminating the need for the client to spend a lot of his or her own time on this process.

The company quickly achieved positive cash flow and profitability, growing the business from a few thousand dollars of revenue in the first year to a current run rate in excess of $1 million annually. 

Synergy D&C launched at the height of the recession, on September 19, 2008 as a home design and remodeling business and has represented construction costs valued at over $5 million.  The company has was also the recipient of two recent design awards: a “Best of Remodeling” distinction from design and contracting resource Houzz in March, and a Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)’s DC-chapter in January.

NAME OF CLIENT COMPANY: Synergy Design & Construction, Inc.

ADDRESS: 1900 Campus Commons Drive, Ste. 100, Reston, VA, 20191

TELEPHONE NUMBER: (703) 766-6333



Mr. Bruce Gitlin

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