Barbara Stokes is an entrepreneur in the disaster recovery sector. She co-founded and is the CEO of GSH Of Alabama, LLC. GSH stands for “Green Structure Homes Delivered”. She is known for being detail-oriented and quick responsiveness in the wake of a natural disaster hitting somewhere in the United States. Her company is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit chronicleweek.com to know more about Barbara Stokes.
She is a graduate of Mercer University, earning multiple degrees in 2001. Her bachelor degrees are in biomedical engineering and physics. Her education included areas such as manufacturing and leadership. Before starting her own company, Barbara Stokes worked for Pisces Corporation and Boeing. At these companies, she gained experience in the government contracting field which she brought to GSH of Alabama.
Her company contracts with FEMA. They provide houses for people to live in who have had to abandon their homes after a natural disaster has struck. Her homes are built in a facility in Huntsville and then shipped by truck to wherever they need to be. The homes are completed on-site and hooked up to utilities. The homes are made of environmentally-friendly materials and are designed to be highly energy efficient.
The goal is to provide shelter to families within a week of a natural disaster. Barbara Stokes’ small business is one of the companies that FEMA relies upon for this effort. One of the disasters that she helped provide a response to was Hurricane Harvey which damaged and destroyed thousands of homes in Texas and beyond. That hurricane damaged 200,000 homes in just Houston with 50 percent of those being destroyed.
She also acts philanthropically, helping families and not-for-profits across Alabama’s Madison County. A recent example of this was her contribution to that county’s Habitat for Humanity. Barbara Stokes gave them $100,000 worth of new building materials. This included over 80,000 square feet of linoleum, over 1,000 sheets of Drywall, and a large amount of Hardie Fascia.
When asked about this donation, Barbara Stokes said that Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that has helped many people around Huntsville. She was proud that her company could support this nonprofit with a donation. Read more at Business Insider.