Meet the Team
Edmund “Ed” Rowland, Jr.
President and Owner
A New York native, Ed’s fascination with construction and building, from bridges to skyscrapers, ignited during his childhood. Today, he remains a man of values, creativity, and passion. Leveraging his love for working with his hands, tremendous personal energy, and architectural education, Ed successfully created a business of only the highest standards.
Ed believes in doing the job right. His enduring pursuit of excellence promises an equally beautiful and functional end product. His honesty, integrity, and “win-win” philosophy instill trust in the thousands of satisfied Long Island customers who understand and appreciate NDA Kitchens’ value before, during, and upon completion of their project.
Ed started NDA Kitchens in 1992, aspiring to assemble one of the most talented and customer-friendly design and build remodeling companies on Long Island. Ed’s “Success by Design” philosophy, driven by his skills at designing kitchens, bathrooms, and his company as a whole, can only be described as unparalleled.
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Senior Design Consultant
After serving his country in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division and graduating from college, John channeled his creative energy and enduring interest into design and construction. In 1990, John joined The Home Depot as a Kitchen Designer and quickly climbed the ranks. Promoted to Department Manager, John supervised the company’s Kitchen Showroom, Millwork, and Pro Desk.
John brings NDA Kitchens 22 years of design experience, specializing in 20/20 design software. He graduated from Island Drafting with an AutoCAD Drawing degree and earned advanced certificates from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. John adamantly strives to stay on top of the latest trends in kitchen and bath design.
As Senior Design Consultant with NDA Kitchens, John creates over 125 new, beautiful and functional kitchen and bathroom projects each year. His track record of success and repeated referrals speak volumes to John’s honest approach and personal integrity.
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Carmen T. Zarate
Carmen brings NDA Kitchens more than 20 years of design and construction experience. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1987 and her Architecture license in the Philippines the following year. In 2004, Carmen proudly joined the NDA Kitchens team.
Leveraging her architectural background and eye for detail, Carmen initiates, implements, and maintains the design and drafting standards for our company. She also supervises drafted plans and cabinet purchase orders. With her diligence and passion for precision, Carmen ensures accuracy and layout functionality in all working drawings created by NDA Kitchens.
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The eldest daughter of our company owner, Nicole grew up in the world of construction. What began as a simple childhood joy, visiting job sites with her father, has grown into a passionate career controlling key administrative functions at NDA Kitchens.
Before joining NDA Kitchens, Nicole studied Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s College and Business Management at Stony Brook University. While working in retail management, the family business called upon Nicole, drawing her back to the fluid and vibrant atmosphere at NDA Kitchens.
Nicole gladly returned, serving various positions within the company until finding her niche in the office and administration.
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Walter started in the Kitchen and Bath industry in 1988 as a kitchen and bathroom installer. After four years in the field, he opened his first showroom as a full-service Kitchen and Bath contractor providing “design through completion” services. In 2003 a second showroom was added. The mission was always to provide designs that were personalized to the clients’ needs, lifestyle and dreams and to provide cabinetry that best fulfilled each project individually. Supported by years of industry-specific training and years of experience in all aspects of the Kitchen and Bath business, thousands of projects have been successfully delivered to happy clients.
In 2014, after 25 years of serving Long Island through his own business Walter closed that business and brought his experience and talents to join the NDA team. Since then he has designed many more beautiful projects that have been built, delivered, and enjoyed by NDA clients.
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Danielle has been with NDA for over three years and began as our receptionist. With a background in marketing and the service industry, we knew we found the perfect addition to our staff. Danielle proved her worth by excelling in her position and showing a deep passion for the company. It was then, that she was promoted to purchasing manager, where she now uses her organization and time management skills to ensure all materials needed for each and every job are ordered and delivered on time. She takes great pride in her role here at NDA and possesses a great desire to learn more about the industry and hone her skills in the construction field even more. In addition to handling our purchasing for all of our jobs, Danielle utilizes her prior marketing background to handle social media and help facilitate advertising endeavors for NDA.
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Chris began his career at the young age of sixteen working with his fathers’ drywall company. He has always had a passion for architecture so he decided to pursue drafting at Suffolk County Community College. In 2004 Chris graduated with his degree in Construction Technology. Chris and NDA go further back than his college graduation. In fact, while still in high school Chris did some part-time work with NDA learning the inner workings of the business and new sales programs. Over his now 17 years with the company he has moved from part-time intern to draftsman and estimator. He has worked alongside most of the employees in the office, in the field, and with Ed himself.
Chris prides himself on his dedication, attention to detail, and accuracy. He is incredibly thankful for all of the knowledge he has gained and continues to gain from NDA Kitchens & Construction. He is not just that guy behind the desk. He has installed the cabinets and ripped up the tile. He has also drawn up the plans and designed the kitchens. Chris knows the entire process from start to finish on kitchen and bath remodels. It’s this extensive hands-on knowledge that will guarantee the customers satisfaction with their home renovations.
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Customer Service Manager
Michelle has been with NDA for over 5 years and has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. If you have ever worked with, or plan to work with NDA, she is an integral part of our process from start to finish.
As the Customer Service Manager and Project Coordinator, Michelle handles the communication with customers once their project is set to start. From coordinating the schedule of each job to dealing with any issues that may arise, Michelle excels at keeping our customers up to date on the progress of their project and always makes herself available for questions – even after hours.
Since NDA is a complete design/build company, Michelle handles all aspects of scheduling and ensures that all sub-contractors are scheduled in advance and have a full detailed scope of work for each individualized project.
If your project should require a building permit or variance, Michelle also handles our expediting. Working with our design department and architect, she will fill out and file all required applications at your local building department and see the process through until the building permit is obtained. Throughout the project, Michelle will coordinate all necessary inspections with the town or village and at the completion of each project, she will ensure the building department issues the customer a Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Occupancy.
Michelle’s goal is to ensure that every customer’s experience is positive, their project is completed timely, and that all the “little details” from the project schedule to the fine craftsmanship on-site exceed our customer’s expectations!
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Dan is the newest member of the NDA team and an NYS Registered Architect with over ten years of experience. His areas of specialty include self-storage, fire departments, commercial interiors, hospitality, healthcare, and high-end residential.
Dan works in all aspects of a project. From design development to completion of construction, allows NDA to successfully execute the client’s dreams while keeping projects under budget and on schedule.
The addition of Dan to NDA provides a valuable in-house architect to our already robust list of service offerings. Our architectural services include the preparation of planning, design, and construction for new and existing structures.
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