Barry Wurzel, President
Commercial builder and general contractor Barry Wurzel is a strategist with a passion for the big picture. He mentors and develops employees, and intentionally crafts the company culture. He’s known for his hands-on approach and open communication style in everything he does, and he’s a problem solver who values moving forward over looking back.
Barry brings 33 years of construction management experience to his work. He spent fifteen years working with excellent companies like The Target Corporation and CF Jordan before forming Wurzel Builders in 1998. Over the years, they’ve worked with numerous companies, including HEB, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, CVS Pharmacy, and Charles Schwab.
While it takes a lot to put a building together, Barry has learned over the years that it’s just as important to pull together a team, to orchestrate the personalities toward reaching a common goal. Wurzel Builders is a casual place, but expectations are high. The company has a culture that requires character, gumption, and a desire to learn and grow; taking the time and intentionality to find the best candidates is always worth it. By offering constant development to fellow coworkers, Barry is confident that not only will the company be able to offer clients the best quality of work, but also offer coworkers an exciting environment of growth and opportunity.
Priyanka Kansal, Senior Estimator
Priyanka’s experience in estimating comes through hands-on experience with analyzing blueprints specifications, proposals, and other construction documents to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates for bidding construction projects. Additionally, she holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a Certified Professional Estimator from ASPE.
Priyanka values the relationships she has made with the subcontractors which leads to a strong base to work from when preparing bids for clients to assure the best possible work at the best possible cost. The extra efforts of relationship promote Wurzel Builders projects are on time and on budget. She has worked in commercial construction estimating, bidding and planning throughout her entire carrier and has a high level of experience in managing multiple projects and consistently meeting deadlines. She is pro-active and detail oriented person. As the leader on the estimating team she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company and staff. In addition to estimating, Priyanka also works on marketing because of her strong commitment to the success of Wurzel Builders.
In her time away from the office she and her husband enjoy time with their two children and traveling. They most enjoy traveling throughout Europe.
Tim Bentley, V.P. Austin
General contractor and all-around nice guy Tim Bentley works with clients and staff to make sure that every project gets built on time, on budget, and with excellence. Whether he’s across a table with a client working out a fair estimate or working with staff to make sure everything’s moving along smoothly, Tim is investing his energy to make sure every outcome and relationship is as positive as possible. Growing up in small-town Dayton, Texas, and playing college football at the Air Force Academy shaped Tim’s appreciation for cooperation and integrity. At Wurzel Builders, Tim puts that relational intelligence to work to make sure his team functions better each day, from creating the best game plan for completion, to developing confidence and skill in new team members, to providing clear communication and feedback.
Tim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Air Force Academy, spent 11 years in the Air Force, and earned his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from UT. He’s left his mark on a number of cities, building office buildings, schools, stores, even the Palladium Theater in San Antonio, at the time the largest theater in the US. He’s built a lot of beautiful buildings over the years, but it’s the people he’s worked with that have really made an impact on him. As a manager and often mentor, he often has the pleasure of giving struggling workers an opportunity to make amazing things. When Tim looks back, this is what brings him the most joy—when years later, they’re family men and churchgoers and have made and incredible life.
When Tim’s not working, he’s often spending time with family, preferably outdoors, since they all love watersports and boating. He’s a big guy, but he loves to run—in fact, he’s run 7 marathons! Plus, he’s got to run, because he loves cooking gourmet food, and as he often says, “when you cook it, you gotta eat it.”
Ken Nolan, V.P. Bentonville
In February of 2009 Ken joined Wurzel Builders to launch the Facility Maintenance Division and open the Wurzel Arkansas office. He is responsible for a team of technicians who provide construction services to commercial clients throughout the southern region of the US.
Ken began his career working on commercial properties with Westwall Construction when he was 19 in Riverside, CA after completing an apprenticeship in plumbing. In 1992, he moved to Joplin, Missouri and worked with E & K of Tulsa, premier specialty contractors with offices throughout the Midwest and Southwest.
Next, he moved to Bentonville, Arkansas to work with Builtwell Construction. He was promoted to Foreman there before joining Walmart in 1996. Ken travelled extensively for the next 12 years as a Construction Manager on remodeling jobs and special construction projects, working in all 50 states. His demanding travel schedule included weekly trips to Hawaii one year.
During his time at Walmart, he contracted Wurzel Builders to renovate several stores from El Paso to Seattle. In 2009 he made the transition to Wurzel Builders so he could spend more time with his family and less time on the road.
The Facility Maintenance Division has experienced rapid growth over the past two years, more than doubling the projects completed in its second year. The Facility Maintenance team includes a master plumber and technicians with specialized construction skills.
In addition to providing on-going facility maintenance services to Walmart, the division has expanded to service additional retail stores, educational institutions, the financial industry and property management companies.
Robin Wurzel is a connector, problem solver, and business woman who is known for excellence in customer service. She and her husband Barry own Wurzel Builders, Southern Demolition, 1st Plumbing Services and 1st A/C & Heating Services, where Robin invests her energy in the people side of the businesses, including customer care, employee relations, sales, and marketing.
Throughout her life, she’s done whatever interested her, choosing her path based on what is exciting and what brings her joy, knowing that each phase intrinsically leads into the next. An international flight attendant with American Airlines for 28 years, she’s gained an appreciation for a diversity of mindsets and an ability to really listen. In 1988, she earned her real estate license and brought her customer care mindset into helping people buy and sell their homes.
Business is about building trust—it’s too easy to lose and so hard to regain, so she strives for excellence, and even when mistakes are made, she is quick to apologize with sincerity and do everything in her power to make it right. She likes to live in a harmonizing environment, and that’s the kind of culture she creates. She is determined to craft their company intentionally, so that they can continue to be relational, inclusive, and empowering. The key to her success is her genuine and caring approach to others, and her desire to always know what’s beneath the surface.
Ray Stawowy, Controller
Ray Stawowy serves as the Controller for Wurzel Builders and First Home and Commercial Services. He is a Certified Public Accountant with a passion for systems that improve the bottom line, and has a proven track record of troubleshooting problems and implementing solutions to the benefit of the organizations of which he’s been a part.
Ray’s construction career has two main facets: construction operations and industry software and information systems. He has a strong sense of how different aspects of a company should work together, which he attributes, at least in part, to his experience playing football, which taught him the value of good communication with various parts of a team, whether those parts are offense and defense, or operations and sales. He attended the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship, where he studied business, with an emphasis in accounting.
Ray began his career as a Controller for a construction company, where he brought his IT knowledge to bear by purchasing software for the company. He found this to be such an interesting niche, that he eventually went to work for that software company. In the years since then, he’s worked for numerous construction and software companies. He’s devoted his career to the construction industry, and while he works more with numbers and systems than with cement, he loves seeing the concrete results of their labor.
Ray also helped form the Austin chapter of Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. He served as its first president and on the board at various times over the years.
In his current role as Controller, Ray oversees the accounting and human resources departments for both Wurzel Builders and First Home and Commercial. He specializes in risk management, working with insurance, contract language, negotiating with owners and subcontractors, establishing and implementing human resource policies, and communicating with banks, bonding companies, and CPAs. He makes it his goal to help organize the workflow so that the company runs efficiently and profitably, knowing that sharing information in a clear and timely way is paramount, as poorly communicated changes can be costly on such a large scale.
Ray lives in Austin with his wife Pat. Together they have two children—Nick, who works in Austin, and Lindsey, a student at Florida state. Over their 24 years of marriage, Ray has traveled a lot for various projects, so he’s excited to live each day in one place and spend time with his wife in their recently “empty nest.” They’re looking forward to working in the yard, gardening, and just being home together. Ray can often be found perfecting the art of flying his new drone. And of course, once he perfects his skills, he plans to put it to use in the construction biz, too, taking aerial photographs of buildings and projects.