1st BUILDERS was founded in 1999 by Gerry Salinas, a professional engineer and registered public land surveyor who graduated from Texas A & M University in College Station. Through his leadership 1st BUILDERS has rapidly become a premier builder in Laredo. He sets high building standards, insists on the use of quality materials and chooses the best locations in which to build.

1st BUILDERS is managed by Starr Zolton, who has been with the company since the beginning. One of the few female leaders in the construction industry, Zolton has been recognized for her outstanding work and commitment to community activities. She has been residing in Laredo for more than a decade.

The hard work and dedication of the team at 1st BUILDERS earned them the 2003 Builder of the Year Award from the Laredo Builders Association, the same organization that hosts the popular Parade of Homes. Salinas has served as president of the LBA and Zolton has served as secretary. Both are long time board members and are involved in various other civic organizations.