Meet The Heart of Blue Ribbon Residential Construction

John R. Sperath | Owner, Design & Sales

I’m John Sperath President and Founder of Blue Ribbon Residential Construction, Inc. I was raised in Bucks County in south eastern Pennsylvania and moved to Apex, North Carolina in 1992 with my family. Prior to coming I owned a remodeling company in Baldwin, New York on Long Island for nine years. In 1996 Blue Ribbon was formed.

Apex has been very good to my family and me personally. Shortly after arriving I joined the Apex Volunteer Fire Department and participated in all positions within the department from firefighting to President of the department over 15 years. As I got older I didn’t trust myself with firefighting or as a driver / engineer and left the department. For the past six years I have been a member of the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club and have been active as President, Foundation Treasurer, Chairperson of the Music and Memory Committee helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. On a Rotary District level I have served as the Assistant District Governor coordinating activities with five local clubs. I am passionate about giving back to the community. Blue Ribbon follows that passion with fund raising and community service with the Home Builders Association, the Remodelers Council, the Council for Ageless Residential Environments and many other activities.

Personal activities include traveling with my wife to visit children and grand children in Chicago and San Diego. I am also an avid photographer shooting architecture, landscapes, wildlife, flowers, grand children, and antique trains.

Catherine Sanita | Office Manager

I am Catherine Sanita and I am the Office Manager for Blue Ribbon. They welcomed me with open arms and I am proud to be a part of the team!

I was born in New York but my family moved to North Carolina in 1996 and fell in love with the area. I have worked in customer service for over 15 years. Blue Ribbon shares my desire to exceed customer expectations and provide the highest level of customer service possible. The last 5 years I have worked in residential construction, working my way from administrative duties, through installation coordination in to management. I enjoy following all of the moving parts from start to finish and I strive to be a helping hand to sales, project managers and trade crews as well as our customers.

My goal in life is to always continue to learn, grow and better myself every day.

Ian Heard | Project Foreman

Hi, I’m Ian Heard. As an Assistant Site Supervisor here at Blue Ribbon, I help our clients and Site Supervisors to complete tasks at hand. An extra set of hands helps our jobs run efficiently and smooth. I’ve been in the construction/building industry for over three years. I’m pursuing a career in the construction/building industry with Blue Ribbon and am very eager to learn all aspects of it. I enjoy working with our clients and love to see them happy with their final product.

On my leisure/personal time, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, family and friends. Health and fitness are very important to me so I spend a lot of time in the gym. I love sports, fishing, being outdoors and traveling.

Kathy-Lynn Gariboldi | In-house Interior Decorator

Kathy-Lynn is a recognized, award winning designer and has provided full service interior design to many clients across the U.S. She has held positions on the Board of Directors for the Interior Design Society and the Alliance of Interior Designers. Kathy-Lynn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and her career includes positions as Art Director and Creative Director for leading edge companies.

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