June 18, 2010
When he reflects on his days as a student at Sam Houston State University, Quatro Brooks, a 1995 Bearkat graduate, said it was easy to be a part of his alma mater.
“It is so easy to get involved at Sam,” said Brooks, who earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and is the owner of Brooks Custom Homes in Magnolia. “This gave me a wide variety of avenues to network professionally after graduation.”
The faculty and staff at SHSU helped him to understand, “if you do not succeed, then the university does not succeed,” he said.
Without a doubt, Brooks has succeeded. Each year, he builds nearly a dozen homes in the $300,000 to $3.5 million price range. Since his business is family run (wife Kimberly manages the accounting and payroll), Brooks directly supervises the building of all of the homes.
The former Bearkat football player, who coached high school football and baseball before finding his calling in homebuilding in 2000, believes the faculty and staff at SHSU have a lot to do with his success.
“They challenge you in a variety of ways to reach your full potential,” said Brooks, who was honored in 2008 as a Distinguished Young Alumnus by the SHSU Alumni Association. “There are also numerous social organizations, outside of academics, that help keep you connected.”
He graduated with the confidence and work ethic he needed to start his own business. His philosophy: “You must be willing to take a risk, work extremely hard and never take your eyes off your dreams.”
He also believes in giving back. He and his employees teamed with a local church and donated their time to lead the complete renovation of a home for a couple who were foster parenting 13 children with special needs. The project, which was televised by Channel 11 News, was completed after the team worked around the clock for five days.
Brooks encourages SHSU students to be a part of the university.
“Get connected, be proactive and get involved in a variety of Sam-sponsored organizations and activities,” he said, adding his fondest memories at SHSU are of the Jolly Fox and Sigma Chi fraternity.
When he tells people who are unfamiliar with SHSU about his alma mater, he describes the university as, “A small-town atmosphere with everything that big schools have to offer.”
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