The Who's Who Houston Article Archive

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Proactive Protection
Fall/Winter 2019

In August 1999, when brothers Robby and Bryan Burleson founded ESI Fire & Security Protection, Inc. (ESI) in the Houston area, they focused on selling and installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems. Over the ensuing years, they expanded…

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Clear Vision
Fall/Winter 2019

“There’s something right in front of you that you’re not seeing, but it’s the first thing you’ll feel,” a soothing voice says. You find yourself staring at a serene waterfront view with trees gently swaying in the breeze. In the background,…

Construction Company on the Move
Fall/Winter 2019

With over 150 projects complete throughout Texas since 2008, it’s easy to see why Matrix Contractors, LLC is garnering awards after just 11 years in construction. The company’s team members savor being named one of Houston’s “Best Restaurant…

Overnight Success
Spring/Summer 2019

Gary Brown understands the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory. Like a tried-and-true champion athlete, he’s capitalizing on his experiences in this marathon called life to build a thriving commercial glass installation company in the…

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Perfectly Polished
Spring/Summer 2019

Jerry Maltz, President of All The Marbles, Inc., knows floors. The third-generation Houstonian’s family has been in the floor-care chemical manufacturing and distribution business for 107 years. He started out working for the family business…

A New Generation in Fire Protection
Spring/Summer 2019

If you are a Texas business in need of help complying with fire code requirements, Texas Fire Protection Consulting (TFPC), LLC has you covered. Begun in 2012 as Texas FirePros Inc., the Houston-based company rebranded itself in January 2018…

Solving Problems, One Roof at a Time
Spring/Summer 2019

When Nathan Braly, owner and general manager of Houston Roofing & Construction (HRC), pulls into the parking lot of his company, he knows that he and his knowledgeable team have another opportunity to solve problems. “I don’t know what’s going…

From The Ground Up
Spring/Summer 2019

If you’re going to start your own business, you want to begin with a strong foundation. For Jason Keeton, President and founder of Keeton Contract Services, Inc. (KCS Inc.), that foundation was made of solid concrete and built to support a business…

‘Always up’ to the challenge
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.

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Americana's Alive in Texas
Spring/Summer 2018

It was a sweltering summer day in Houston, Texas, when I spoke with Michael (Mike) Ortiz, the Executive Vice President for the John Deere Division at 
Doggett Heavy Machinery Services (Doggett).

Prioritizing People Over Profits
Spring/Summer 2018

Flexibility, money, control, teamwork and legacy are all reasons many people leave the title of employee behind to take on the role of entrepreneur. For Mike Serant, co-founder and owner of San Jacinto Environmental Supplies, none of these factors…

On Solid Footing
Fall/Winter 2018

After 35 years of serving clients in the Greater Houston area, Gulf Coast Flooring & Services (Gulf Coast) expanded into the Dallas-Fort Worth area with a second location in the summer of 2018. It was at the request of a large office-developer…

A Smart Solution
Fall/Winter 2018

A thriving second-generation family business headquartered in Houston, Texas, Maxx Builders has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in North America, and today has offices in Dallas and Houston, with…

A Drive to Dig
Spring/Summer 2018

Anthony Cooley started his career as a laborer for a concrete contractor when he was just 20 years old. He learned how to operate equipment and lead as a crew foreman, superintendent and project manager—but it was one aspect of the construction…

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When Fate Came Knocking
Spring/Summer 2018

Sometimes fate knocks at your door. That, indeed, was the case for Eleazar Botello. In 2006, Eleazar was at home in Houston with his parents when a framing contractor pulled his truck into their driveway and knocked on their door, looking…

Success After Service
Spring/Summer 2018

Today’s business owners face myriad challenges as each chases the entrepreneurial dream of owning his or her own company. And sometimes it takes a fellow business owner to appreciate and understand what those struggles look like.

Strength to Continue The Building and Rebuilding of Coastal Supplies and Services Corp.
Spring/Summer 2018

In 2004, Roland Canales founded Coastal Supplies and Services Corp. (CSSC), a door, frame and hardware company, with his best friend, Robert Haley, and Haley’s sister, Janet Pena. This was a new venture for the three of them, but doors were…

The Concierge Construction Company
Spring/Summer 2018

There is a uniqueness about LoneStar Construction’s approach that isn’t lost upon its clients. Some companies want to focus only on building. Others may want to provide consulting services during pre-construction, architectural design and engineering,…

Impact Fire Services is All About People
Fall/Winter 2017

Providing fire safety systems to help save lives is a strategic and careful process. Delivering that service requires knowledge, attention to detail, and a true concern about people.

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Slice a Ship? No Problem!
Fall/Winter 2017

A large food processing plant that produces salsa, guacamole and queso was faced with a seemingly impossible task: Remove and replace eight giant sterilizing machines—and do it in less than nine weeks.

Smoothing Out the Bumps
Fall/Winter 2017

Potholes run from a dip in the pavement to inches-deep crevices that lead to a bumpy ride and front-end alignment problems for vehicles. Getting that perfect pavement is the art of Pavement Services Corp.

One-Stop Shop
Fall/Winter 2017

Chuckling, the founder and principal owner of Supreme Crane & Rigging LLC shares, “It does sound kind of crazy … a crane rental company without a crane.”

The Dream Team: Jeannette and Tim Wyatt
Fall/Winter 2017

Jeannette and Tim Wyatt are the perfect team: innovative, collaborative and creative. Together, the husband-and-wife duo are the owners of Wyatt Management, a Houston-based general contractor. In fact, it was the business—and their determination…

Overcoming the Odds
Spring/Summer 2017

After decades as a busy and successful Houston-based entrepreneur, Dale Frost set his sights on retirement. In 2001, the Founder of Frost Constructors, Inc. moved back to his hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas, where he enjoys a comfortable and…

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A Company Mission that Transcends Generations
Fall/Winter 2016

As one of the state’s largest general building contractors, Gilbane Building Company’s Texas 
division has completed more than 331 projects worth more than $13.3 billion—and more than 100 million square feet of space—during its 35 years of…

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From Home to Commercial Building
Spring/Summer 2017

After decades as a busy and successful Houston-based entrepreneur, Dale The real estate business is a lucrative one. Sure, it’s filled with ups and downs, but it’s one of the few industries that will never go out of style. People need homes.…



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