94 95 job and why.We even bring interior designers in to share their expertise for training purposes. “We want to be a good resource for clients, meeting them at a stone yard and a tile place to help steer them in the right direction based on their tastes.We’ve built over 1500 projects in 14 years, and we know what’s begging for a mainte- nance issue, what finishes can cause problems for a homeowner.We come to the table with a wealth of experience in what looks good and works well.” Competition includes the handyman working out of the back of his truck; custom builders doing outdoor living space and remodelling; landscapers and pool builders with add-ons such as hardscap- ing, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens. And several companies that have a similar look to Texas Cus- tom Patios. “We’ve been around in Houston long enough that people know who we are and some have emulated that,” Douglass admits. Sub-contractors are at the heart and soul of the business, and many have been there since the beginning. They are critical relationships that the company relies upon for their consistency and timeliness. “Our subcontractors make it a priority to get us scheduled in their calendar because we pay them on time and we pay them a fair price for their work,” says Douglass. Stallman’s Lumber in Houston and Frisco Wholesale Lumber in DFW are important supplier relationships, for first-out deliveries and next-day job site pickups, as well as having account reps that give exemplary service. Cunningham Gas Products in Spring, Texas sup- plies outdoor grills, appliances, and stainless steel for outdoor kitchens, and is a great partner. Other important vendors in Houston are Alamo Stone, Apex Stone, Stone Quarry, and QDI. For the future, Douglass wishes for a much bigger presence in north Houston in Montgomery TEXAS CUSTOM PATIOS © 2017 Regions Bank.* Number One Among Top U.S. Banks as measured in a proprietary survey by Reputation Institute. | Regions and the Regions logo are registered trademarks of Regions Bank. The LifeGreen color is a trademark of Regions Bank. Accounting practice expertise – it’s at Regions. We’re here to help your practice thrive in ways you might not even expect. At Regions, you’ll find the tools, strategies and personal service you need to accomplish your goals. For growth initiative advice designed for accounting practices along with leading-edge banking technology, you don’t have to look far. Just take your next step with Regions. Regions is proud to support Texas Custom Patios. Kristina Von Woglom Davis | SBA Specialist 832.730.5525 | From the big idea to the smallest detail, Regions means business. County. “It’s a fast-growing market where my wife and I grew up, and it’s just out of reach for our trades and current employees. And, in DFW, we could have dou- ble the amount of project developers.We’re servicing the middle of the metro area, the east, and northeast really well, but there are swaths we’re not advertising in, and we might even decline a lead if it’s too far out. We hope to get back with that. “We’ve done a feasibility study in the San Antonio area, and that’s a strong possibility for a new office in the next two or three years because of the popula- tion center. These initiatives are all related to growth and how we train and help new project developers become productive quickly. Steven, Katherine, and I are the three partners, and Steven and I still design, sell, and manage projects.We’re getting so big, that it’s almost impossible now.We’re trying to move towards a scenario where we’re just resources for our employ- ees.” Looking at the outstanding results of all that expe- rience and talent, what amazing resources they would be! PREFERRED VENDORS n Cunningham Gas Products Cunningham Gas Products is the parent company of,,, RusticOutdoorCoolers, as well as HaggardsRusticGoods. com. Originally chartered as Cunningham Plumbing Company in 1957, this family-owned business has been serving its customers for over fifty five years. Its products include: grills, BBQ accessories, firepits & fireplaces, heaters, patio furniture & accessories, outdoor kitchen equipment, gas lights, gas logs, and installation parts & fittings. n Regions Bank 2017 STAR AWARD WINNER Texas Custom Patios is proud to announce they are recipients of The Texas Association of Build- ers 2017 Star Awards. Two projects made it to the finals and took the title for Best Outdoor Living Space Remodeler for their Project of the Month featured in July. In 2016, they won TEXAS ASSO- CIATION OF BUILDERS - STAR AWARD for Best Outdoor Living Space 60K- 100K–Remodeler and Best Outdoor Living Space 40K- 60K–Remodeler. Douglass admits, “It’s fun for us to see that kind of recognition spread out among our project developers They’ve all designed and built some- thing unique and got a lot of attention. Even our website, which was created by my son, has won awards. From a family business perspective, that’s very special.”