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A New Vision of Trust
Spring/Summer 2020

For some, construction–and specifically concrete–is all about forming, pouring and smoothing aggregate mixes. For Jorge Gomez and Wendy Caceres, it is about a mutual love of the build, and more recently, a desire to improve a business process…

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Quality Foundations from Flatwork to Finish
Spring/Summer 2020

AMT Concrete (AMT) Owner Nick Morris is an electrician by training. He started AMT in 2010 to diversify and expand his two other construction-related businesses, providing electrical services and concrete demolition. “We sometimes experienced…

Superior Exteriors
Spring/Summer 2020

For Bob Jenkins Pest & Lawn Services (Jenkins Pest & Lawn), an attractive and inviting home or business includes deterring visitors from the insect world and ensuring the surrounding grass and shrubs look great.

The Glass Gang’s All Here
Spring/Summer 2020

Arrow Glass and Mirror’s (Arrow’s) 25 years in Austin is reflected—literally—in commercial and residential buildings all over the city, from glass curtain walls and storefronts to custom glass stairways and walkways.

Business Perspective Adds Value
Spring/Summer 2020

Boerne, Texas-based SBS Construction (SBS) is marking a milestone—25 years in business.

Single-Minded for Metal
Fall/Winter 2019

Few would know that Lee Lanford once considered studying genetic research and engineering—until he was introduced to the fine craft of metal sculpting. Today, he’s the owner of one of Central Texas’ premier metalsmithing and fabrication companies,…

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Precise, Efficient Demolition
Fall/Winter 2019

For Saul Robles, Vice President of Robles 1 Demolition Contractors (Robles 1), your word is gold. “When my dad started his demolition business, Robles & Sons, Inc., in 1964, there were no formal agreements—just handshakes.” Though the demolition…

Getting Ahead While Serving Others
Fall/Winter 2019

Rental One’s mission statement, “To Serve Others with Excellence,” transcends words on the office wall. It’s the mantra of four generations of the O’Neal family, leaders in the equipment rental industry for decades. The company’s primary business…

Rock Stars of Plumbing
Fall/Winter 2019

Joshua Phelps, Responsible Master Plumber and Owner of JL Phelps & Associates Plumbing & Mechanical LLC (JL Phelps), takes his job very seriously. “What we do as plumbers protects the health of the nation. We at JL Phelps are dedicated to this…

Making An Impression
Fall/Winter 2019

In a state and economy as large as Texas, construction is a constant. An expanding population and business base require new and upgraded facilities of all stripes, and Texas has plenty of room in which to grow. That wealth of opportunity is…

Dream Artisans
Spring/Summer 2019

A hunch, some bumps, considerable talent and an unwavering belief…all part of the journey that helped the founders of a Central Texas-based custom concrete specialty company turn an idea into reality. Founded in 2005, Stain & Stamp, Inc. stains…

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Making a Mark on Safety
Spring/Summer 2019

Nearly 20 years ago, Danielle Pruitt struck out on her own and formed Studio Image Inc., a commercial interior design company in Austin, Texas, after learning the ropes at a major national grocery chain. Four years later, Pruitt, the President…

From Concept to Completion
Spring/Summer 2019

When MOD Pizza asked JDI to install an adhesive wall covering in its store in Austin, Texas, JDI President Ryan Farquharson was pleased to not only offer installation services, but construction services as well—a new offering the company started…

The Door to His Soul
Spring/Summer 2019

Doors have so much potential in the eyes of Jesse Diaz. Since starting his company River City Doors & Hardware (River City) in 2013, Diaz has designed and installed numerous doors of varying colors, materials, mechanical capabilities,…

Transparent Approach to Construction
Spring/Summer 2019

Austin-based KDK Group LLC (KDK) is a general contractor and construction management firm with expertise in commercial and health care construction. Owners Deborah (Deb) Arizmendi-Kopack, CEO and President, and Kristopher (Kris) Kopack, PE,…

Disrupting an Industry
Fall/Winter 2018

Roof Fix’s reputation in the commercial and residential construction market has been exemplary. As a leading roofing company in San Antonio and South Texas, it’s also one of the fastest growing, with over $14 million in sales annually (a figure…

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No More Tech Headaches
Fall/Winter 2018

Jason Ake, owner and CEO of Austin-based Professional Plotter Technology Corp., knows the wide-format plotting and printing business inside and out—literally.

Man of Many Faces
Fall/Winter 2018

When a man begins his career both as a licensed architect and a licensed interior designer, who would think that his path would lead him to opportunities even he couldn’t imagine? The CEO and President of Argosy Floor Covering LLC, Michael Schanzer,…

Pioneers in Demolition
Fall/Winter 2018

Family archives are a wonderful thing. Especially photos. Sometimes they tell a thousand words of yesterday and other times they can give a glimpse of the future.

Building the Best
Fall/Winter 2018

Nestled in the heart of Texas, the city of Austin is known for its youth and thriving growth. It’s only fitting that Austin-based Sabre Commercial, Inc. (Sabre) would mirror those qualities.

Creating a one-stop concept for floors and counters
Spring/Summer 2018

“About six months ago I was on the road and stopped at Rudy’s in Round Rock, Texas, for some barbecue,” says Saber-Concepts, LLC partner, Paul Jacks. “There was a builder sitting there eating lunch and looking at a set of plans. I introduced…

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Staying on Top
Spring/Summer 2018

Lewis Edward (Ed) Tanner got his start in roofing back in the 1950s, working on roofs in his hometown of Belton, Texas. With nothing but a pickup truck and a phone line, Ed established a reputation for solid, dependable work in the community.…

Taking Shape
Spring/Summer 2018

Edgar Gutierrez, owner of San Antonio’s GTZ Machine & Welding Shop, Inc., spends his days cutting, burning and manipulating block metal and steel structures. Though he jokes that his job is “about as easy as it looks,” from Edgar’s point of…

A Seal of Quality
Spring/Summer 2018

When it comes to waterproofing services, Chris Tovar, owner of Sure Seal, isn’t interested in haggling over nickels and dimes. Instead, he wants to earn business—again and again. “I’d rather trade a little in short-term profit for long-term…

Making the Grade From Start to Finish
Spring/Summer 2018

As its name implies, A & A 1st Choice LLC wants to be a customers’ first choice for remodeling and construction services. The company also intends to be their ongoing choice for future construction and maintenance projects.

Street Stamping in Central Texas
Fall/Winter 2017

Owners and developers in and around Austin, Texas, are on a continuous quest to deliver a durable and sustainable built environment … a search that extends to pavement markings, such as crosswalks, road signage and parking areas, which are notoriously…

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First Impressions are Everything
Fall/Winter 2017

Cribley Enterprises, Inc., founded over 30 years ago, has grown into the largest locally owned hardscape services company in San Antonio. That’s no small feat; but it’s typical of this family that knows the pathway to entrepreneurial success.…

Blending Pragmatism with Business Savvy
Fall/Winter 2017

David Harris, CEO and President of Riverbed Concrete, Inc., credits his company’s success to its people, products and processes. But, it is his unique and savvy business approach that has helped propel the business’ growth and innovation.

Strengthening Neighborhoods One Building at a Time
Fall/Winter 2017

For the better part of the last two decades, central Texans have dined in, shopped in and been treated in several of the buildings constructed by Blue & Associates, Inc. Brothers Thomas (Tom) and Donald (Don) Jay and their Texas A&M peer, J.…

In For the Smart Haul
Spring/Summer 2017

Challenges are inevitable in life and in business, and can become stumbling blocks to progress. But they can also be opportunities to gain a new perspective, revolutionize an industry—or even transform lives.

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A Concrete Foundation of Growth & Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2017

In a moment, with a ruthless hit to his knees, suddenly Richard “Dick” Platt’s lifelong dreams of playing professional football were over. Just before the tackle that changed his life

A Cut Above the Rest
Fall/Winter 2016

When it comes to fencing projects, quality in every step of the process—from manufacturing to specification to installation—is something that Salvador Sal Chavarria, Owner and President of Viking Fence Co., strives for.

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