Passionate. That is probably the best way to describe Thomas Avgerakis. Whether it's in business, construction, drag racing or the innumerable things this "Souvlaki man" has done for the Portland Greek community through the years, Thomas is very passionate about what he believes in. He moved to Oregon from New Jersey in 1974 with his dog, a Harley he built himself and $100. He started his first framing company, TJA, in 1978. In the mid 1980's Thomas began transitioning to being a custom homebuilder after realizing he could do a much better job finishing the homes he had started than the people he was working for. Since then he has built a reputation as one of the finest quality homebuilders in the Northwest. Thomas is married to Lori Avgerakis who runs the day-to-day business operations of the company. They have two children, one in high school and another at Oregon State, who spend their summers working for the family business. When not working, Thomas is still working; raising his own cattle, maintaining his horse barn, cutting firewood (his home is heated with wood) haying fields on Parrett mountain, cracking crab or cooking Souvlaki at the annual Greek festival. On Sundays in the spring and summer you'll find him at the Woodburn dragstrip in his '65 Nova.