Julissa Carielo

Julissa Carielo

Julissa Carielo

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Show Date: December 18th, 2019
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Julissa Carielo
President and CEO
Tejas Premier Building Contractors, Inc.

Julissa has earned an excellent reputation for understanding the construction industry and construction financial management. She has been working in the construction industry for the past twenty-four years as an integral part of the management of several organizations. Julissa’s wide array of experiences in the construction industry, her vision and integrity provide the leadership that continues to guide the growth of the company and inspire her employees. Her proactive, hands-on style is the foundation for success, respected, and admired by clients and peers recognizing her dedication to meeting and exceeding their needs and expectations. At age 35 Julissa decided to start her own business Tejas Premier Building Contractor, Inc. with $75,000 of her 401K and only 2 employees. Today Tejas Premier has grown to be one of the largest Hispanic Women Owned Firms in San Antonio and most importantly one of the largest Hispanic Women Owned Construction firms in the State of Texas.

Most notably in 2016, Julissa purchased an old SAISD Elementary School in the poorest zip code 78207 and turned the campus into an incubator and acceleration program for small, minority, woman and veteran owned businesses. In partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Julissa envisioned and manifested the Maestro Entrepreneur Center (MEC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to San Antonio’s next generation of business owners.

Julissa’s Community Advocacy

Maestro Entrepreneur Center

Founder, 2016
Chair 2016-2019
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Executive Board of Directors, 2015-2018
Small Business Committee Chair, 2015-2016
Board of Directors, 2012-2019
Presidential Leadership Scholar
Class 4, 2018

Leadership San Antonio (LSA)

Class 40, 2016
Hispanic Contractors Association
Board of Directors 2010
Member – Current
San Antonio Area Foundation
South Texas Hispanic Fund Board Member 2014-2015
Associated General Contractors of America
Board of Directors, 2012-2013

Bexar County

Mentor 2013-2015, Mentor Protégé Program
Instructor Construction Financial Management 2005-2014
Instructor Small Business Planning 2005-2014
City of San Antonio District 9
Small Business Advocacy Committee Member, 2012-2016

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

2013 – 2016 Executive Member Partner

Construction Financial Management Association

President, 2004-2005
Vice President, 2002-2004
Board of Directors, 1999-2005


San Antonio Woman’s Hall of Fame Inductee

Governor’s Small Business Award

16th Annual Entrepreneurial Spirit Award –
Visionary Award
National Association of Women Business Owners

District 2015 Women in Business
Champion of the Year
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Small Business Owner of the Year
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Minority Construction Firm of the Year Award
Minority Enterprise Development (MEDWEEK)

Outstanding Contractor for 2 million – 5 million
Hispanic Contractors Association of SA (HCA)
MVP Award, Most Valuable Player
Hispanic Contractors Association of SA (HCA)

The Barbara Gentry Advocacy Award
Making a Mark on the World
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ahead of the Curve Award
Excellence Through Diversity Award
Hispanic Contractors Association of SA

Small Business Person of the Year
U.S. Small Business Administration


Julissa loves spending time with her family and has been married to Oscar for 19 years. Together they have two gorgeous boys, named Oscar age 17 and Hector age 15.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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