Vision and Foresight
SAN ANTONIO TX — Ten years ago, Noel Flores had a vision of founding his own general contracting company. Today, he has a company called Vision Construction.
As president, Flores runs the company with his wife, Joanna G. Flores, COO, and her father, Hector Garcia, CFO.
“We started our company with the people you see here,” says Noel Flores, acknowledging his wife and father-in- law. “And now we’re 74 strong.”
Flores was a project leader for ConocoPhillips, building pipelines and pads for drilling rigs. His wife and her father were in finance. Together, they’ve spent a decade strategically planning every move that has taken Vision from doing installations for Lowe’s and Home Depot in Laredo to managing operations for several offices from its corporate head- quarters in San Antonio.
“We have the company in three divisions; commercial construction, maintenance, and data communications – we feel that is the future going forward,” Garcia explains. “We strategically placed the offices all along the border in the Rio Grande Valley from Laredo to Del Rio.”
With other satellites in Sugarland and Pharr, Vision has also opened a new location in El Paso, since Homeland Security is one of its biggest clients. The company attained HUB and Small Business Administration 8(a) certifications and generated revenue with maintenance work to get lines of credit and significantly increase its bonding capacity.
“It’s been a strategic move every time,” states Flores. “We’re careful. We don’t just jump into something. If we’re not familiar with it, we familiarize ourselves with it and make sure it’s a good move. And we learn by our mistakes.”
Garcia and his daughter are originally from San Antonio. While living in Laredo for 13 years, Joanna met Noel Flores, who was born and raised in Mirando City, near Laredo. The move to San Antonio was a difficult choice but another highly strategic one.
Being based in San Antonio allows Vision big city advantages, including working with one of its biggest clients, since a lot of its work is governmental, and the ability to team up with primary contractors on projects.
“We’re poised for growth and all the work that is coming in and potentially addressing all the economic need,” Garcia comments. “There are no jobs in those areas. And these are better-paying jobs than the minimum wage.”
Flores adds, “We’re all about creating jobs and helping the community. And helping small businesses like this one we started. We’re all about helping those that are willing to take a step and come into the construction industry.” –mp