Raba Kistner, Inc. appoints new Vice President – Joe A. Irizarry, Corporate Development

raba kistner logoSan Antonio. Raba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Irizarry to the position of Vice President, Corporate Development. Joe has been with Raba Kistner in Corporate Development for more than nine years, serving as an Associate for the last five years.

Joe IJoe is responsible for managing the Corporate Development Department: leading the firm’s business development efforts; establishing and managing client relationships; developing and facilitating training and coaching; coordinating annual planning and facilitating departmental growth planning.

Previous to working with Raba Kistner, Joe spent most of career in sales, sales management and internal consulting with Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) and its successor, Allied Waste. As a divisional sales manager, he oversaw the management, hiring and training of five sales managers and over 30 sales representatives selling multiple services in Central and South Texas with over $125M in annual revenue.

Joe is very involved in professional organizations, including serving on the Board of the Associated General Contractors (AGC); as Past President of the Council of Education Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)/ South Texas Chapter; Second Vice President of CEFPI/ Southern Region; and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)/Program Committee.

About Raba Kistner
Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc. is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in ten different markets in Texas, Utah, New York and México. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Raba Kistner provides program management, building enclosures rehabilitation, environmental engineering and consulting, infrastructure engineering, geotechnical engineering and testing, construction materials engineering and testing, and pavement consulting.

Joeris General Contractors receives top safety award

PrintJoeris General Contractors was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Step Award from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for its safety performance on the main campus’s North Paseo Project.  This is the second Gold Step Award presented to Joeris for no lost-time injuries on a UTSA construction project.   Joeris is the only general contractor to have achieved Gold Step status with UTSA.

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“Safety on the job site both for our workers and all sub contractors is of upmost importance to us,” said Adolph Fierros, Safety Director for Joeris.  “We take great pride in our safety program and are honored to have achieved UTSA’s highest safety award for the second time.”

Fierros says safety is a key part of the Joeris culture, and the strength of the company’s safety program comes from not only the training involved, but the commitment from all levels of Joeris management.

“We train our people, educate our people so that they are up to speed on all of the OSHA requirements as well as the requirements we insist upon internally.  We hold comprehensive pre-construction meetings with all of our subs highlighting what Joeris’s expectations are.  Anytime there is a crane on site, our on site team requires the crane operators to go through a detailed check list – no work can be done until the check list is filled out and verified.”

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Fierros says Joeris has also adopted a policy mandating that all workers wear safety vests, hard hats and safety glasses 100% of the time.

“We are successful because of our full commitment to safety on every job. And our safety culture helps the overall construction industry. If there are subs that need help, they follow our requirements and our lead and they end up bettering themselves.”

What’s new for 2014
In addition to working on the completion of the UTSA North Paseo Building, Joeris continues to work on a number of other major projects here in San Antonio including the North Central Baptist vertical expansion project which is nearing completion.

Joeris is also the General Contractor for the new NISD Bonnie Ellison Elementary School (Oak Drive off I-10 West) and NEISD David Lee “Tex” Hill Middle School (Bulverde Road); and for the major renovation projects at Reagan High School and Eisenhower Middle School.

Joeris on the Move
One 2014 project that is near and dear to the Joeris team is the construction of a new headquarters which will provide more than double the office space of its current building. Construction on the new 40,000 square foot Joeris headquarters in the Arion Business Park (U.S. Hwy. 281N near Bitters Rd.) is now underway.  The company expects to move into its new space by mid November.

For more information on Joeris, an award-winning, employee owned business, visit www.joeris.com