Jorge Vela, the president of Elite Homes.
Jorge was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. In December of 1991, he graduated from the Institute of Technology in Mexico (ITESM) as an industrial systems engineer.
In 1991 he founded ‘Espacios Habitacionales de Mexico SA de CV’. A company dedicated to residential and commercial construction in Monterrey. In 1993, he opened Ciao Cocinas, which is a showroom that mainly imports Italian cabinets exclusively from Scavolini.
He decided to bring Scavolini to Texas in 1999 when he opened Euro Design Kitchen and Bath. A showroom dedicated to selling Italian cabinets, appliances, countertops and bath fixtures. In order to expand the variety of product brands, Cabinets Direct Design Center opened in 2005, which sold mainly to domestic lines.
Jorge Vela continued to pursue his passion for construction when he started building homes in 2003 and established Elite Homes. A company dedicated to building high-quality homes and never ceasing to satisfy its customer’s needs. With more than 15 years, Elite Homes keep building dream homes for our clients. Expanding also to the Austin area.
THE SALES & MARKETING MANAGER
Claudia Vela is the Sales & Marketing manager of Elite Group.
She studied Communication & Marketing in Mexico at the University Anahuac del Sur. She oversaw the international branding for Hewlett Packard before moving to San Antonio in 2002. In 2004, she opened a restaurant called Adobo.
Later, she became the director of the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos. She has been a marketing consultant for more than 10 years for companies such and Tous, Bioclean, Marioli, Veronyka’s Salon and Juan’s Kitchen just to name a few. She has been a Real Estate professional since 2012 and holds her license with JB Goodwin REALTORS. Has worked with investor groups and can assist with any real estate need. Her goal is to always have a satisfied customer and to efficiently advertise Elite Group.
THE PROJECT MANAGER
Vincent Earl McGranahan is a Project Manager at Elite Homes.
After obtaining his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati, Vince moved to Houston to begin his building career. Early on, Vince began in home building for Brighton Homes, Beazer Homes, J. Patrick Homes, and Taylor Lake Custom Homes. This experience leads to him being recruited to be the Lead Project Manager with Pulte Homes – Del Web Homes at Solera Kern Canyon – in Bakersfield, CA. This Active Adult community was a $100 Million, a 25-acre project with 185 houses. Vince met the company’s goal and successfully completed this project in the tight 1-year time frame. After completion of the Del Webb project, Vince returned to Houston and ventured into Commercial Building. During this time, Vince personally managed a varied portfolio valued over $30 Million in commercial projects, including (but not limited to) Port Neches City Hall Emergency Operation Center, the Fort Bend Administration Building, Westview Business Park, the Houston Ready Mix Corporate Office, Bright Horizons Day Care Center, the $10M 125 room Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Baytown TX, the $12M 124 room Hilton Homewood Suites in Houston, TX. Vince also provided consulting services to the Groves Police Department and Emergency Operation Center with Jeff Wilmer, US Marshall. After 20 plus years in the commercial industry, Mr. McGranahan has now returned to his true love of Custom Home Building.
Vince is knowledgeable in new and innovative LEED Construction, best practices, turnarounds, estimating, takeoffs, government relations, and contract negotiations. Software experience includes Project Office, ProCore, and BuilderTrend. Vince’s philosophy is to construct with integrity and to do it within a scheduled time limit while not sacrificing quality. Vince believes in treating subcontractors with respect and inspires them to set higher standards and reach their potential. His drive is to deliver an excellent product his clients will be happy to call “Home”.
Brandy Smith is the Accountant at Elite Group.
She has worked in the San Antonio home building/remodeling industry since 2013. Brandy earned her Accounting Degree from Texas Tech University in 1996. When not working, Brandy enjoys spending time with her daughter and exploring the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
THE OFFICE ASSISTANT
Astrid Cazares is the Office Assistant at Elite Group.
She is a Human Resource professional with experience in recruitment and selection, training and sales. Has effective interpersonal communication skills, strong critical skills to continuously improve and is bilingual in English and Spanish.