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Hidden Gems: Meet Lisa Doris of Bes Builder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Doris.

Hi Lisa, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in New York City and attended St. John’s University. I moved to Aspen, CO at the age of 21 and lived in the area for 25 years where I started a landscaping and excavation company. After 25 years and two children, I decided I wanted to move back to a bigger and more vibrant city and Austin fit the bill! After moving to Austin, I decided to continue working in the construction industry but focus on remodeling and new construction. One thing led to another and Bes Builder was born.

I love my industry and I have sat on the board for Austin NARI in several capacities including Vice President, Director at Large, and Secretary. I also founded a sub chapter of NARI called WIN – Women in NARI.

I have two children – Jenny and Sam. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, traveling, and spending time with my kids!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am a big believer in teams and collaboration. I have started several businesses with varying success and I am a believer that mountains can be moved and great things achieved with the right people. Finding the right partners can be a challenge. After 25 years, I believe I am part of a great team.

I met my business partner Kristy Cloud while working at another contracting firm. We have a similar mindset and a common interest. Together we built Bes Builder and grew our team that is so integral to our success. WE are loving life and proud of what we do and haven’t looked back!

As you know, we’re big fans of Bes Builder. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Bes Builder is a Design Build General Contracting Firm. We help our clients make their vision a reality. We offer drafting services and interior design services. If our clients already have plans or are already working with a designer, that’s ok also. WE will take those plans and make it reality. Our end goal is to provide our clients with their dream homes.

We have developed a system based on proper Construction Planning Methods. We start with the Pre Construction Planning Stage. This is where the scope of work is outlined in detail. This includes details on deliverables, plans, engineering and timelines, construction budget and design. Once we have worked through all of that, we move to permitting. During the permitting phase, we nail down all outstanding details and finalize the budget and contract.

During Construction, our clients are assigned a project manager. We share the construction timeline online so our clients are kept up to date on the progress. We are big believers in technology for communication and information sharing.

Remodeling or building a home is one of the most stressful events in life. We don’t promise that we will eliminate 100% of the stress, but we do our best to minimize it and communicate and collaborate openly with our clients.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
My advice to anyone either starting a business or striving to achieve a goal is to think about the greater good you are trying to achieve. Then build a team of like-minded people in order to achieve that goal. Working with great people who are on the same path is very rewarding and one of the secrets to success.

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