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Haiti Building Blocks

Leveraging need for quality building materials in Haiti to generate real triple bottom line returns for investors and Haiti's communities.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Other
  • Location Austin, TX, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2010
  • Employees 20

Company Summary

A $3m impact venture providing high quality construction materials (aggregate, sand, concrete block, ready-mix concrete) to the reconstruction efforts in Port au Prince, Haiti. Contributing strategically to economic and humanitarian efforts in the country by providing a sustainable source of funding and materials. Launched in partnership with impact-minded investors and humanitarian groups committed to seeing Haiti transformed.


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    Matthew Allen Flippen
    Founder & CEO

    Matthew’s career includes more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience ranging from launching technology and financial services companies to acquiring and expanding a quarry and mining operation in Central Texas. In 2010, on a relief trip to Haiti, Matthew caught a vision for serving Haiti through sustainable impact business. His wife and four children reside in Austin, Texas. Matthew earned his MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School o

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    Bill Allen

    Bill’s 35 year career as a finance professional has seen him serve as Controller, EVP of Finance and CFO for numerous startups as well as multi-national companies. He also served as President of Triad Systems overseeing a portfolio in excess of $175m. Bill relocated to Haiti in August of 2011 to run the business and finance operations of HBB. He received his MBA from the University of Maine and his BS in Accounting from the University of South

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    Fritz Jean-Joseph
    Cheif Production Officer

    Fritz, a Haitian-American, moved from Haiti to Florida with his family when he was 19. After serving in the US Air Force, he launched his career in the concrete block industry where he worked in every capacity, eventually rising to Plant and Operations Manager for Rinker (later acquired by Cemex). He is certified as a Besser Block Equipment Specialist (HBB’s Block Production Machines). He oversaw the construction of a $7m highly automated bloc

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    Elimelech Joseph
    Corporate Controller

    Eli has served as HBB’s Controller since joining the operation in Haiti in the Fall of 2011. Prior to that he was Head of Accounting for E-Power, a $80m private power plant built in 2010 in Port au Prince. He has worked in financial services, specializing in accounting and financial controls, since earning his BA in Management in 2002. He brings to HBB an important depth of knowledge in Haitian Tax Law, Employment Law as well.


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    Leon Barish
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    Barry Alexander, Alexander & Levins

Previous Investors

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    Current Investors - $2.4M