KAI Texas President & COO Darren L. James Named to 3rd Edition of Who's Who in Black Dallas

KAI Texas President & Chief Operating Officer Darren L. James was recently named in the top 200 for the 3rd Edition of Who’s Who in Black Dallas at a ceremony at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Monday, May 2, 2016. Who's Who in Black Dallas® gives recognition to individuals in the Dallas metropolitan area who dedicate their lives to investing in the community for the betterment of its citizens.  

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James has played an integral role in the success of our Texas offices.  With more than two decades of experience, James leads efforts for the firm’s educational, transit, aviation, housing, health care and municipal clients. He oversees both of KAI Texas’ Dallas and San Antonio offices.

Community service is imperative to James and can be illustrated by his extensive history in board service for not-for-profit and professional organizations including: member of the Advisory Board for the University of Kansas’ School of Architecture, Board member of the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation and member of both the Regional Black Contractors Association and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Boards.


The past year has been extremely special for Darren as he has received the following nominations and named to the following Boards of Directors:

  • Asian American Contractors Association of Texas, 2015 Star Award
  • Regional Black Contractors Association Inaugural Herman Jerome Russell Award
  • Elected as Chair of The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Dallas Citizen’s Council Board of Directors
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors
  • Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation Board of Directors


James is a proud alumnus of the University of Kansas and is a registered architect in both Texas and Missouri. Darren and his wife, Marishelia have two daughters, Tanisha and Courtney. When not at work, he supports his daughters’ entrepreneurial and extracurricular activities, playing golf or reading mystery & spy novels.


We congratulate Darren on his continued successes and thank him for his contributions to the KAI Family!