Key adds new property and new leaders!
by Pamela Canales

We have had a very exciting month here at Key Insulation! We are happy to announce that we have acquired new property in Austin, which means there is REMODELING in the NEAR FUTURE! We have also been blessed with 3 new company KIAS.

We have announced new personnel changes all across the board.

Valinda McAlister is now our new President of Key Insulation and Builders Energy Rater.
Bernadette Biles is now Vice President of Accounting and Administration.
Abraham Nevarez is now Vice President of Operations.
Jeff Butler is now Senior Estimator.

Key also announced our new Quality Inspectors:

Barry Hanson
San Antonio
Colton Real

We wish everyone the best of luck in your new positions!

For those of you who haven’t met our new team, we are thrilled to have added some wonderful additions:

Michael Purks – Foam Super in Austin
Virginia Guerrero – Business Ops in Austin
Jeff Mankins – Business Development Manager in San Antonio.

Remember there are still several positions available. Please see management if you would like to apply or do a confidential inquiry to

With that said, we are also happy to announce that Preston Bacon is returning to Abilene Christian University to complete the last six hours of his degree on the campus-which is a requirement of the University. Preston will be spending his spare time working with a homebuilder that builds energy efficient homes in Abilene and will return to Sales in May! We wish you the best of luck!

by Pamela Canales

Each year, Building Believers partners with Greater San Antonio Builders Association to put on a military Thanksgiving. The program is a time to share Thanksgiving with the soldiers who are away from home for the holidays often for their first time. The people putting it on become their “Family Holiday” and each year we are really not sure who is blessed more, they or us?

This year Key Insulation donated 100 lbs. of potatoes, chocolate for goodie bags, as well as our time. We gathered a few people from the office and helped with setting up for the event from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 20th. Although we did not attend the event on the 21st we were thrilled to hear how excited and thankful the soldiers were.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this a thanksgiving to remember for those serving our country!

Children’s Hunger Fund
by Pamela Canales

For thanksgiving this year we planned to deliver HOPE instead of catered meals. With the money it takes to cater all of our clients, Key insulation chose to make a donation in our clients’ honor to Children’s Hunger Fund. Children’s Hunger Fund’s mission is exactly that, to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

In order for our clients AND employees to get a glimpse of what CHF is all about, we had our very own small line assembly in the office to pack 30 Children’s Hunger Fund “food paks”, which were delivered to our clients. Along with the food paks we will be delivered a few treats, information on Children’s Hunger Fund, and a short video with a message from Key.

We hope that this Thanksgiving the CFO’s of the companies, or a number of their employees, were moved by the statistics of Child Hunger in our own backyard and do something about it. We hope it starts a fire in their soul, as the song we chose for the video states.

Barry Hanson
Best Employee in America
by Pamela Canales

Every quarter, all the companies in America nominate their “Best of the best” employee to be entered into a drawing from Insulate America.

The first name drawn receives $10,000, the second name drawn receives $5,000, the third and fourth names drawn receive $2,500 and the fifth through the tenth name receive $1,000 each.

As members of Insulate America, Key Insulation has nominated an individual who excels in their position providing quality and excellence.

To reward this individual who exemplifies excellence and sets the standard for his peers, The PRESIDENT of Insulate America and his Team flew down from North Carolina yesterday Dec 10th, 2014 to congratulate Barry!!

In the lifetime of a home, the carpet, the paint, the floor, and appliances will always be replaced, but the insulation will last forever! So thank you Barry for holding us ALL to a high standard of excellence.

Who doesn’t love food!?
by Pamela Canales

On Monday December 8th, 2014 Key Insulation had TAMALE DAY! Our Cellulose and Foam Supers in both cities, San Antonio and Austin, delivered tamales to all our clients’ supers out on the field to show them our appreciation! The tamales, made by yours truly, well … picked up from La Hacienda, had been used in previous years and were so good Valinda & Ross decided to order them for our last Second Monday Meeting of the year. The lunch meeting turned into a potluck lunch where everyone got to bring their own special “home cooked” recipe. We had delicious casseroles, beans, corn bread, salad, chili, delicious desserts, and I even heard Brad Bochat brought some BLONDIES to work that day! It turned out to be a wonderful time of fellowship.

Hiring Our Heroes
by Pamela Canales

We also figured out we have some master chef’s working in our OPS department! Our fellow employees Eli Klar and Carl Allen can marinate and cook some awesome food! Operations wanted to honor and thank all of our crew members for all of their hard work these last couple of months and hosted a Bar-B-Q in their honor. They grilled everything from chicken, beef, and even sausage for hot dogs and burgers. Some of us in the office decided to wait to have a 2pm lunch and man was it worth it!

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Key Insulation and Builders Energy Rater attended a free Hiring Fair for veterans, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the AT&T Center. This AT&T Center, Call of Duty Endowment, University of Phoenix, and USAA-sponsored hiring event was conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, Goodwill Industries International, the Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Veterans Leadership Program, NBC News, and other local partners.

Prior to the hiring fair, which began at 12:00pm, there was an employment workshop aimed at helping veterans and transitioning service members leverage military experience to achieve civilian career goals at 9:00 am, and an opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. During the opening ceremony we had some great and inspiring speakers such as Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes and James Lentz, Toyota’s Chief Executive Officer. Although the turn out wasn’t as big as it was advertised, it was a wonderful experience for both companies and for our marketing assistant to get ideas of more booth displays and prepare for more to come! We need to keep recruiting passionate, dedicated team members!