Derek, for as long as he can remember loved to take apart and build things, a passion that has only grown throughout his life. After graduating college with a BS degree in mechanical engineering he entered the Air Force where he got his first taste of construction after being assigned to the Civil Engineering Group at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. There he tackled many projects that were directly related to the buildup of our countries B-2 Bomber fleet, including specialized hangers, control tower upgrades, base infrastructure improvements and other general purpose new buildings. After this he finished up his Air Force career leading an elite division of men known as EOD or explosive ordnance disposal. However, the construction bug was in his blood and shortly after leaving the Air Force he was at the University of Texas in Austin as a program manager for a specialized construction contract, where he did numerous diverse projects that included a new bus stop, dormitory renovations and upgrades to the baseball stadium. As he continued down his chosen career path his work took him to projects for NASA at both Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and in Houston as well as U of H, TSU, Harris Health System and the city of Houston. Projects included work in critical hospital areas, simulation areas for astronaut training, recovery work after tropical storm Allison, high level laboratories and research facilities. Derek has also owned and operated a commercial cabinet manufacturing company for six years before selling it. There he built from the ground up a successful business that focused on delivering excellent quality millwork products to banks, schools, offices and commercial properties.
Derek is married to his fantastic wife, Tania, and has three wonderful children, Kannon, and identical twin girls Olivia and Mason. Ironically James and I both have son’s named similarly Kannon and Cannon, this is how our families initially met. The rest is history. Derek has quite the extensive tool collection and enjoys, projects around the house, building things and doing creative projects. Derek lives by the philosophy that something should be learned every day and is always willing and able to try and do new experiences, he has a deep thirst for knowledge.
James started his building career in 1997 with Carl Construction Company learning the principles of quality construction on many fine custom homes. Working under William Carl and Paul Carl as a project manager, James enjoyed 6 years building some of Houston’s finest homes in River Oaks, Memorial, Tanglewood, Spring Branch, Bellaire, BriarGrove, West University, and Afton Oaks. The Carl’s attention to detail and extreme quality would become the foundation on which James has modeled his career. Then in 2003 James moved into building town homes for a group of investors. For 2 years, James oversaw the construction of over 300 homes as Operations Manager, handling purchasing, budgeting, warranty, and construction. This combination of responsibilities on such a large scale further allowed James to fully understand all aspects of the construction process and it has proved invaluable experience running his own company. In 2005 James ventured out to build and remodel custom homes for himself. Since 2005, James has built some magnificent homes and renovation projects that have earned him a reputation for quality, integrity, and attention to detail. James has a unique ability to listen to a client and understand their expectations. Then he is able to deliver the clients wishes while maintaining the highest standards of quality and always offering his professional advice and assistance. From understanding green building standards and implementing them, to determining cost effective ways to achieve amazing results, James has earned a reputation for being a very qualified custom builder.
James is married to his wonderful wife Brandy and has three amazing children, Costa, Cannon, and Georgia. Usually you will find James coaching one of the many sporting events his children participate in. James Graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 and lives in Southwest Houston in a home he built for his family.
Derek James Homes is also a very philanthropic organization and believes in giving back to the communities that give their trust to them. They have sponsored events and donated to many different organizations such as, but not limited to: Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heart Association, Kolter Elementary, Boy Scouts, Westbury Little League, American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Crosspoint Church, Future Farmers of America FFA, Sunny Glen Childrens Home, Wounded Warrior Foundation, Goodwill of Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Blessings in a Backpack and Shriners Hospital