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Passion for her new position

image Martha Bizzell, executive director for NARI San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – In August, Martha Bizzell, operations manager for CROSS, became the executive director of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) San Antonio Chapter.

    When she joined CROSS, formerly Cross Construction, four years ago, she became familiar with NARI. Prior to taking on her new role in the San Antonio Chapter, she served on the board of directors for the past two years.
    She currently serves on two national committees for NARI, the Workforce Development Task Force and the National Members Task Force, both dedicated to growing the association. Last year, she served on the National Entry Level Remodeler Certificate Committee.
    “To say it is in my blood is an understatement,” says Bizzell. “Growing up in an early 1900s farmhouse in Ithaca, NY that my parents bought when I was 2 and ‘officially’ finished when I was 19, I watched first-hand the labor-intensive passion and craftsmanship that my parents put into our home, and what the true meaning of remodeling was.”
    As a nonprofit trade association, NARI’s goal is to help consumers get the maximum value from a professional remodeler. NARI also offers education and training for professional remodelers.
    “The members are really the elite in the industry; they’re the folks that are kind of charged with carrying the flag for the remodeling industry,” declares Bizzell. “Unfortunately, the industry itself doesn’t have such a great reputation because there are a lot of unethical operators out there that dupe homeowners. NARI members are the professionals that seek out extra education and certifications and they want to set themselves apart from the other competitors in the industry.
    “Our goal for the San Antonio Chapter and the surrounding areas is to educate and familiarize homeowners with NARI, to work with the licensed and certified remodelers and suppliers and vendors who make up this association.”
    Bizzell and her daughter, Corinne, transferred to San Antonio 17 years ago from Boston as part of a corporate relocation. When a former co-worker contacted her about helping grow a company in the construction industry, she took a leap from the corporate world and joined CROSS. Today, her daughter is the assistant general manager of an apartment complex in San Marcos.
    “On a personal note, one of my favorite things to do is gather friends and go exploring throughout Texas, which usually includes creative, funky and antique shopping,” she says. “I am also a huge fan of music and the arts.” –mh


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