James Williams

Senior Vice President / Design & Construction

  • 41 years of experience
  • 29 years at KDC

James Williams’ ancestors made their mark on the great state of Texas by fighting for its independence—his 3x great-grandfather fought at the Siege of Bexar (San Antonio) in 1835. And James, a fifth-generation Texan, has made his mark too, by helping shape the built environment in the Lone Star State’s largest cities.

James’ career in commercial construction spans more than three decades and includes a broad range of property types including healthcare, office, data centers, manufacturing, and warehouse/distribution. He’s worked with some of world’s largest companies such Citigroup, FedEx, Nokia, and The Travelers Companies.

James joined KDC in 1993 after several years on the general contracting side of the business. He is a LEED accredited professional with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Texas A&M University.

For me, the most exciting part of my job is hunting for new business and figuring out how to make the numbers work for a project.

As a senior vice president at KDC, James sources new clients for the company. He’s also involved in managing a number of development projects, particularly the beginning phases including site selection, budgeting, and scheduling.

The most memorable project James has worked on is Nokia’s North American headquarters in Irving. At the time, in the late 1990s, the campus development was the largest project KDC had ever taken on, as well as the largest project James had ever been involved in.

Although James has successfully completed hundreds of projects, he’s most proud of his family. He and his wife, Lynn, have three children and four grandchildren.

When James isn’t busy with his growing family, he’s studying Texas history and genealogy. He’s also actively involved with is church and enjoys being outdoors at the dog park, fishing on the lake, or growing cucumbers in his garden for his famous “Dillicious” pickles.

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