James and his staff at KAI Texas, a Texas-based design-build firm founded in 1999 and headquartered in Dallas, collaborate on projects within a wide array of industries, including education, healthcare, and transportation. James is a noted architect, author, and speaker, and is a firm believer that minority business professionals significantly benefit the growth and expansion of the building design industry.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized as one of the 2014 Dallas Business Journals Minority Business Leaders,” said James. “It is an unexpected acknowledgement to be recognized along with the other leaders for our positive influence in Dallas and beyond.”
Nominations for this year’s award were reviewed by a panel of judges, which selected 22 business owners and corporate executives to be distinguished as Minority Business Leaders. Honorees will be featured in the Feb. 7, 2014 issue of the DBJ, and will be formally recognized at the 7th Annual Minority Business Leader Awards Luncheon (http://www.bizjournals.com/
In 2008, the DBJ initiated its Minority Business Leaders Program to celebrate Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area professionals in fast-growing, successful, or innovative companies who demonstrate strong leadership within their communities. Past honorees have included college presidents, retail executives, lawyers, IT company founders, health care executives, and educators.
Those eligible to receive a Minority Business Leader distinction include ethnic minorities who are corporate executives with high levels of responsibility at their companies, and corporate advocates of any ethnicity who are highly effective at and deserving recognition for supporting minority business owners and executives. For minority business owner nominees, their businesses must be at least 51% ethnic-minority owned, have been in business at least 24 months, and be based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
About KAI Texas
KAI Texas, LC (www.KAITexas.com) is a Texas Corporation headquartered in Dallas with an additional office in San Antonio. Founded in 1999 and led by President and COO Darren L. James, AIA, KAI Texas provides program management, construction management, architecture, and mechanical/ electrical/ plumbing (MEP) engineering and planning services.