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Rising Fenix family

image The Fenix Post Tension warehouse personnel in the warehouse

AUSTIN - Since Carlos Cuellar was 19 years old and newly emigrated from Mexico, he has worked in post tension. He even levied his experience into establishing two post tension companies, with the most recent, Fenix Post Tension Inc., in 2003.





    Carlos has put his knowledge and experience to work, building the company to 22 employees, four of whom are family. Carlos’ sons Erwin and Jason work as a controller and marketing sales rep, respectively, mother Arcenia serves in human resources and Deigo, Carlos’ nephew from Houston, is excited to be the Fenix’s newest project manager.
    Erwin says his dad has long worked with family members, and is especially excited to have the next generation of Cuellars on board.   
    “I’m 54 years old, and trying to get more free time to do some things I like, so they are evolving into handling the everyday operations of the company,” Carlos says. “They are the ones who can take it to the next level, expanding it to other cities with the new equipment that we have. We have a bigger capability of servicing those markets.”
    Erwin, a former party bus owner who earned a degree in finance from the University of Texas in Austin, began working for the company as a teen. He and his brother Jason, who runs the company’s marketing and technical sides, enjoy supporting Carlos, whether it is at work or in far-flung locales like Hawaii to cheer him on as he competes in another Iron Man competition.
    “Working with the family is great; it’s a good environment and keeps everyone motivated,” Jason says. “There is a lot more commonality between everyone and it’s a good place to work.”
    “They see things very different than I do – good things and bad things that I was not aware I was doing,” Carlos adds. “They are trying to improve the way we do things and have changed things, like going solar so we save on electricity with these machines. It’s great to see my kids follow up on something where I’ve done as much as I could.”
    Subcontractor Fenix Post Tension is in Hutto. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net