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Management Team

Jose A. Berbel

Jose A. Berbel

President & Founder

Jose founded Austin Granite Direct in 2006, and has been instrumental in leading the company to an average 20% growth year-over-year for the last 10 years. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations, Jose works as a Sales/Project Manager, particularly with established customers. Prior to founding Austin Granite Direct, Jose worked for Austin American Technology as an applications engineer where he focused on R&D in cleaning and drying of electrical components and circuit boards manufactured for critical applications in medical, military, and aerospace settings. Jose is the sole inventor of three US Patents. He received a Bachelor of Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin.

Karina Meza

Karina Meza

Operations Manager

Karina handles the day-to-day operations for Austin Granite Direct. Prior to joining Austin Granite Direct, Karina held various management and operations roles at some of the top commercial real estate firms in the world including Cassidy Turley, where she assisted in the integration process of the merger with DTZ prior to it becoming Cushman and Wakefield. Karina holds her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Julie Strong

Julie Strong

Accountant & HR Manager

Julie joined Austin Granite Direct in September 2016 having previously worked for a CPA firm in San Marcos for four and a half years. She earned her degree from the University of Phoenix in 2012, graduating with honors while working full-time and raising a family.

Vicky Nguyen

Vicky Nguyen

Marketing Coordinator

Vicky joined the Austin Granite Direct team in 2017. She has digital marketing experience from her roles at Whole Foods Market, H-E-B, Spoon University, and Shelton Interactive. In addition to occasionally assisting in the showroom, she manages all of Austin Granite Direct's marketing assets including social media platforms, advertisements and messages in magazines and on radio, and profiles on various service platforms like Houzz and Angie's List. Vicky earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and her certificate in Business Foundations from The University of Texas at Austin.

Callie Russo

Callie Russo

Showroom Manager & Interior Design Consultant

Callie started working with Austin Granite Direct in 2015. Callie works one-on-one with customers and provides some design consultations as needed. Prior to Austin Granite Direct she was a wine and spirits sales representative at Glazer's Distributing. Callie studied at The University of Mississippi and received her Bachelor of Arts focusing on Interior Design, Photography and Welding.

Diane Martin

Diane Martin

Showroom Coordinator

Diane joined Austin Granite Direct in 2016. As a licensed realtor with a diverse professional background, she offers her eye for design and extensive knowledge to clients who visit our showroom. When not assisting in the showroom, Diane spends her time taking care of her family and managing her kids' numerous extracurricular activities.

Trent Thompson

Trent Thompson

Sales / Project Manager

Trent has worked at Austin Granite Direct for nine years. Trent has extensive knowledge of the granite industry. Trent has been a key and invaluable employee for all these years and his contributions have helped to the company's success and growth over the years. Prior to Austin Granite Direct Trent held various positions in different retail companies in Austin.

Kenny Jenkins

Kenny Jenkins

Sales / Project Manager

Kenny started working at Austin Granite Direct in 2013, where he has been able to successfully complete extremely complex projects in both residential and commercial applications. Prior to joining Austin Granite Direct, Kenny worked for Stonewood Homes as a superintendent, where he managed the construction of high-end custom homes. He has also completed over 100 homes from start to finish from when he worked for Pulte Homes / Del Webb in Sun City as a superintendent.

Luis Guillen

Luis Guillen

Sales / Project Manager

Luis began working at Austin Granite Direct in 2016 on the installation team. While transitioning to his current position, he was able to bring his knowledge and experience as an installer to the sales team, and handles all of his projects with the utmost care and consideration for his clients.

Francisco Bayardo

Francisco Bayardo

Purchasing Coordinator

Francisco joined the Austin Granite Direct team in 2017. With a strong background in working in inventory, Francisco handles all purchasing on a day-to-day basis. Having previously worked at Austin Countertops as the inventory manager and in purchasing, he brings a lot of experience in machining and fabrication to the team.

Antioco Villalobos

Antioco Villalobos

Production Manager

Antioco has worked at Austin Granite Direct since 2007. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the fabrication and installation of solid surfaces. Under Antioco's leadership, Austin Granite Direct's fabrication facility transformed into a highly-specialized operation capable of handling the most delicate materials and precious stones such as Italian marbles, quartzites, calcites, onyx, and more. Antioco leads a team of fabrication employees officially certified to handle ultra-compact materials such as Dekton and Neolith.

Ernesto Barcenas

Ernesto Barcenas

Senior Installer

Ernesto has worked at Austin Granite Direct for nine years. He has successfully completed over 3,000 granite installations in residential homes, as well as commercial projects such as medical offices, hotels, and restaurants. Ernesto has extensive experience working with delicate and precious stones from marbles and quartzites to calcites and onyx. Ernesto is one of the few granite installers in Central Texas certified in installing the new ultra-compact materials such as Dekton and Neolith. Ernesto's work has been featured in Southern Living Magazine as part of the 2014 Builder of the Year Award received by our customer, Henley Homes.

Harold Mungia

Harold Mungia

Senior Installer

Harold has worked at Austin Granite Direct for nine years. Harold started as an installer apprentice under the leadership of Ernesto Barcenas. In 2013, he was promoted to Senior Installer. Harold's work consistently receives compliments due to his professionalism, attention to detail, and technical competency.

Service Team

Nick

Nick

Javier

Javier