San Antonio Express-News Healthy Life featuring Lisa Nichols

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS HEALTHY LIVING

professional perspective Q & A

Work Matters

featuring Lisa Nichols

Custom Homebuilder

WHAT IS NIC ABBEY LUXURY HOMES? We are a custom homebuilding and remodeling company, which I started in 2002. I create opportunities for the company in homebuilding, remodeling and land acquisition. I also work with our clients on an individual basis, from land procurement, home design and selections to construction and completion. 

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS CAREER? I built my first house for my family because I could not find a home that met our family’s needs. I was searching for a home that would fit the way my husband, children and I lived in the everyday world. Throughout the process, I realized how much I enjoyed it from beginning to end and realized there is a need for a home designed to accommodate a modern family’s needs. 

WHAT MAJOR CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN YOUR BUSINESS AND HOW HAVE YOU HANDLED THEM? The economic downturn was a very di!cult few years for homebuilding. We had to diversify our product, increase our marketing budget and decrease our company overhead. But most importantly, we had to stand by our homes and our financial responsibilities to our lenders and vendors. With the improving economy, we have rebounded with our exceptional reputation among our customers and financial partners. 

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED BEING A WOMAN IN A MALE-DOMINATED FIELD? I have spent the last 20 years of my career in the male-dominated fields of homebuilding and multifamily development. I think I have stopped noticing the challenges; it is just a way of life! A woman’s point of view can also be a benefit for families and helps to set me apart in this maledominated industry. You have to create your own opportunities in business and use the challenges of your industry for your benefit, or you will not be successful. 

WHAT IS MOST FULFILLING ABOUT YOUR JOB? Creating beautiful homes for our homeowners. Each home we build is completely original and built with the finest building materials. 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I enjoy the design and building process. It is great to work with our clients to create their dream home. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN YOUR JOB? Our excellent reputation in the homebuilding industry has been our biggest accomplishment. 

WHAT EDUCATION OR TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR JOB? No education is required, but homebuilding is a very competitive business with a great deal of corporate and personal liability. Prior to starting my company, I worked for 15 years in many areas of real estate and construction. featuring Lisa Nichols Custom Homebuilder 

— compiled by jeanette mcnamee