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.