Barbara Stokes is a businesswoman who lives and works in Huntsville, Alabama. She co-founded Green Structure Homes Delivered and is this company’s chief executive officer. Her company is in the disaster relief industry. It designs, manufactures, and delivers mobile and modular homes to people who are unable to occupy their home due to a natural disaster such as flooding or earthquake. Her company is also known as GSH of Alabama, LLC. Read more at Business Insider.
After graduating from high school Barbara Stokes attended Mercer University in Macan, Georgia. She attended this school from 1996 to 2000 and now has a degree in biomedical engineering. Before co-founding Green Structures Homes Delivered in 2011 she worked for two companies, Boeing Company and Pisces Corporation. At both of these companies she gained a lot of experience doing government contracting. Boeing, of course, is the United States largest supplier of airplanes to both airline companies and governments. Pisces Corporation is a company that does research and development for electronic devices.
It takes a lot of coordination to get a modular home built and delivered to a disaster area. Barbara Stokes says she and her husband, Scott Stokes, and developed a lot of experience in the course of their careers when it comes to project management. Their homes are built of wood and steel and feature safety systems such as being fully water sprinkled in case of a fire. They also choose to hire locally to do the work rather than using an imported workforce. Read more about Barbara Stokes at WDRB.com.
Babara Stokes says that the homes built by Green Structure Homes Delivered have low life-cycle costs. This includes lower maintenance costs as well as reduced energy bills. The insurance premiums for their homes are also very reasonable. They feature fast build times and once they are located at the site where they will be installed they can be quickly finished. They can withstand winds up to 130 mph and are very resistant to mildew, mold, and pests. They also feature environmentally friendly parts and furnishings.
In order to help homeowners in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, Green Structure Homes Delivered was chosen by FEMA to provide their modular homes to those who needed them. Barbara Stokes says the contract is worth $28.5 million which will pay for the homes themselves as well as the buildings to build them. Her company brought good-paying jobs to eight communities as a result of this contract. She says that her company hires locally and supports local businesses as well. She says even in her personal life she purchases things from local businesses whenever she can in order to support the local economy.