Urias Selected for National Superstar Volunteer Award by PTO Magazine – check it out!

June 4th, 2013

Jennifer’s Story:
Business as Usual

May 30, 2013

Perhaps it was preordained. When Casas Christian School in Tucson, Ariz., saw its enrollment plummet in wake of the recession, Jennifer Urias felt a sudden urge to step up and do something about it. It’s not like this mother of four wasn’t already involved. She’d always been active in the classroom but this year she took a big leap of faith and assumed the presidency of the Parent Teacher Fellowship. “When you believe in something, you want to make a change and that’s kind of what I felt. I knew things could be better,” she says.

Urias brings a lot to the table. She’s been able to use her knowledge of marketing, budgeting, and customer service—honed by her role as vice president of her family’s construction business—to breathe new life into the school’s many events. That in turn has boosted attendance, increased revenue, and helped prop up the school’s sagging morale. Her underlying mission has been to strengthen the sense of community. “Once parents develop a stronger relationship to the school, they go out and talk about how wonderful it is to their friends, to their extended family, to their acquaintances…and that can only benefit Casas,” she adds.

Like most parent-teacher groups, Casas PTF sets a general budget for the year. But being the self-professed numbers nerd she is, Urias creates her own separate worksheet to track expenses for each event. She minimizes shortfalls by always being in marketing mode, ready to talk up the group to any business owners interested in donating goods and services. It’s proved to be a win-win situation. Businesses gain increased visibility when their logos adorn banners, flyers, and Facebook pages connected with events. Casas gains because donations have allowed the PTF to polish and present each occasion with more flair.

“Parents are amazed at the professional feel of our events now and how organized they are,” Urias says. “It’s been gratifying to see the school turning around and confidence returning.” She’s quick to credit her fellow PTF board members and the solid foundation of volunteers they’ve been able to recruit. Further evidence of her business sense surfaces when she stresses the importance of recognizing others’ efforts. “I’m really big on thank-yous. Just a note or small gesture…something simple showing our appreciation.” Event chairs, sponsors, and volunteers alike all get treated to this spin on good old-fashioned customer service.

Like any good business owner, Urias also knows the key to success is to surround oneself with good people. That’s why, rather than wait for a suitable candidate to sign up and fill an important chairperson position for a recent event, she identified and went after a parent she knew would be perfect for the job. “I went out and personally invited her to participate and asked her if she’d be interested. I complimented and encouraged her and told her I thought she’d be a great chair for this event, and she was more than ecstatic. And she did a great job,” Urias says.

Melding business principles with a deft personal touch—that’s the secret to Urias’ success in a role she initially didn’t think she had time to fulfill. But she readily admits that being a business owner has given her the flexibility to give back to the school she loves. “Sometimes the time required makes me feel as if I’m planning a wedding every month! Still, it makes me feel good to give back to my kids’ school and know I’m able to help,” she says. The revitalized community at Casas Christian School would be the first to say they feel good about it, too.

Writer: June Allan Corrigan

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Best of the Northwest 2012

July 9th, 2012

Urias Custom Remodeling was voted Best of the Northwest 2012 – 1st Place Winner – voted by the Oro Valley, Tucson, Marana and SaddleBrook communities and issued by the Northwest Explorer.

“Thank you for the confidence you have placed in our company.”

~ Tito Urias, Owner

Ranch Patio with Saltillo Tile

August 3rd, 2011

This Sabino Canyon patio provides a warm, rich inviting appeal.  The patio is situated at the rear of the home and is approximately 50′ long.  The views of the Catalinas are amazing thru the dual, stuccoed arches! The concrete floor is covered with Spanish saltillo tile. The patio was constructed with wood framing, stucco and painted to match the exterior of the home. The double doors were also installed and perfect for entertaining!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen, Master Bathroom & Guest Bathroom Remodel in Oro Valley – Coming Soon!

August 1st, 2011

Once again, we would like to thank our continuous client, Ms. Kimble, for another OUTSTANDING referral!! Thank you for referring Mr. and Mrs. Millen.  Thanks to Ms. Kimble we will be remodeling a complete kitchen, master bathroom and guest bathroom.  We welcome our new friends, Mr. and Mrs. Millen, to the Urias Custom Remodeling family.

Entire Home Remodel – Oro Valley Country Club

July 26th, 2011

We would like to take this opportunity to send a BIG thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred for the recent referral of Dr. Chessen! We welcome Dr. Chessen to the Urias Family and we look forward to working with you soon!

Additions, Garage Enclosures or Carports

July 21st, 2011

A BIG thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Shanks for the GREAT referral!  Thank you for referring Mr. and Mrs. Owens of NW Tucson.  It was a pleasure working with you all and hope you are enjoying your beautiful 3 – Car Garage!  If you know of anyone who might be in search of a contractor, please send them our way… we are your contractor for life!

Garage, Enclosure, Addition, Carport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garage, Enclosure, Carport


April 2011 – SAHBA Home Show

April 7th, 2011

If anyone is interested, we have a limited supply of FREE SAHBA Home Show tickets for this weekends show. If you are interested in tickets and are a current customer, please feel free to give us a call!! Stop by and visit us at Booth #306!!

Oro Valley 5K

March 4th, 2011

Join us at the Oro Valley 5K family run March 5.

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Oro Valley Bathroom Remodel

February 15th, 2011

At Urias Custom Remodeling, we want you to have the best bathroom oasis possible.  Why go to the spa, when you can have it at your finger tips?  We will assist you with meeting your needs and desires by helping you design a “spa-like” bathroom with a steam shower or a practical update to a partial shower remodel.  We want you to have the best area available to escape to from daily stress for relaxation. Our bathroom designs include ideas such as updating cabinetry; fixtures; vessel or under mount sinks; custom lighting and flooring; door-less,  walk in showers; glass, frame-less showers; steam showers; glass block windows and wrap around; tiled shower benches and niches; rain cans and body sprayers; jacuzzi tubs; update wall texture and painting;  and much more! We understand certain client needs must be taken in to account including family size, budget, time frame and long term goals are all taken into consideration.

Kitchen Remodel

January 19th, 2011

We have been building custom kitchens for many years and truly understand that every one has a unique space that has its own special potential. Urias Custom Remodeling will assist you with ideas and design in order to make your kitchen functional and useful for your needs.  Whether it is a simple update of a sink, cabinetry, counter top, back splash, update lighting and appliances to an entire tear out including reconfiguring the entire kitchen, we can assist every step of the planning process.  We understand certain client needs must be taken in to account including family size, budget, time frame and long term goals are all taken into consideration.  We complete all phases of construction process in-house, this includes demolition, disposal, concrete, framing, plumbing, electrical, insulation, carpentry, drywall, texture, painting and flooring.  We find that by completing the projects ourselves, we are able to provide our clients with the utmost professional, stress free experience that they won’t hesitate to recommend to their family and friends