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.
Carl Jarka, Director of Construction Operations, Dallas
Carl Jarka leads the Dallas-Fort Worth location for Wurzel Builders. He’s known for his excellent OSHA safety record and straightforward, get-things-done approach. As the Director of Construction Operations, he maintains project quality and schedules for Wurzel projects in the DFW area, wrangling all field, design, and administrative issues that arise along the way.
Carl has always enjoyed the construction industry—it’s good, honest work, and it’s rewarding to see the completion of a project, to stand next to a satisfied owner knowing that he’s played a part in making the vision a reality. He began his construction career right out of high school, working as an electrical apprentice, utility pipe fitter, equipment operator, etc. and then studying the division 9 finish trades.
In 1999, he took a job as a project superintendent with Barry Wurzel, where he found he excels when providing leadership and taking ownership of a job well done. He’s built countless exciting projects, including the SH 130 toll and main lane plazas, the Bexar County Adult Probation Center in San Antonio, and the Heliport for San Antonio’s University Hospital.
These days, he’s swinging the hammer less and developing the business more as he works to extend Wurzel business into Dallas-Fort Worth. While he’s a one-man-show at the moment, the DFW office is positioned for success, and he’s looking to aggressively grow the office. He’s focused on the best possible customer experience and makes a point to never miss an end-date and to ensure that the client is happy with the work before they wrap it up.
Carl lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He’s an avid shooter and golfer who loves a great Saturday backyard BBQ and both college and pro football. He visits with his kids Leesa and Peyton as often as possible and recently became a granddad.
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.