2012 Outstanding Achievement Recipient
Ralph Tavares of R & S Tavares Associates, Inc. was born across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ralph earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural/Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Ralph brought his lovely architect wife Silvana and their two children to the U.S. in 1986 on what was expected to be a brief assignment to investigate the real estate market around the New York area. Ralph quickly noticed an oddity: Modular Construction, despite the recession (yes, there was one in the 1980s, too), was operating in full swing. Ralph and Silvana both accepted jobs with Westchester Modular Homes and decided to make the U.S. their permanent home.