Meet Gretchen Kliafas, Architectural Sales Representative

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Gretchen Kliafas (pro­nounced Klee Office”) rep­re­sents the Bautex team in the East Texas market, primarily sup­port­ing Houston area sales. She brings nearly 17 years of industry expe­ri­ence sup­port­ing hundreds of Texas builders and con­trac­tors in territory director and project man­age­ment roles. Gretchen’s enthu­si­asm for the industry shines through, as you’ll read in this brief interview.

What are you most excited about in your role?

I am most excited about the sheer oppor­tu­ni­ty to be involved in changing the way the total con­struc­tion industry will build their projects. I look forward to helping each different segment become more sus­tain­able, safer and more efficient and still be an eco­nom­i­cal option. I also am excited to introduce and help implement this high per­form­ing, simple-to-install wall system to my vast con­nec­tions in the res­i­den­tial home building market. With all of the hur­ri­canes and storms here in Houston, I believe the Bautex Block high storm ratings are truly a solution so many will be excited to learn about.

What is unique about your market?

Houston is a fast growing market – from the EXXON campus to both NFL and NLB leagues being rep­re­sent­ed, growth and commerce is so closely linked to every day con­struc­tion. Our school districts (specif­i­cal­ly Katy, Fort Bend and CyFair) are growing and building schools at an aston­ish­ing rate. Some of these campuses are nicer than many colleges! And the coast: talk about oppor­tu­ni­ty for all types of building, espe­cial­ly beach side or bayside – many of those homes are very expensive to insure and there has been great loss in the last 10 years due to storms – think of how this product will change that!

What makes you a great fit for Bautex?

I am a great fit because I have a design back­ground that has been cemented (pun intended) in new con­struc­tion – I have worked for many different aspects of the con­struc­tion industry and can relate to all stages of the life cycle of a given project – design, spec­i­fi­ca­tion, product selection, esti­mat­ing, imple­men­ta­tion and instal­la­tion, all the way down main­te­nance needs once the keys have been handed over to the new owner or tenant.

My love of the industry, and my immersion in it, can be found in all aspects of my personal life as well. My husband and I met at a National Builder show and he works with many of the same builders and oppor­tu­ni­ties as I do – we often network together and discuss upcoming projects. My brother is the city planner for George­town, Texas, and we often col­lab­o­rate on new and inno­v­a­tive projects and products. My oldest daughter is working on her city planning degree at Texas A&M Uni­ver­si­ty College of Architecture.