KAI Enterprises – an integrated architectural, engineering, and construction services firm – has named long-time Dallas community leader Darren L. James, AIA President of KAI Enterprises.
The leadership change reflects the company’s vision to grow, connect, and transform communities across the country. James, a shareholder in the company since 2010 and formerly the President and COO of KAI Texas, will explore innovative ways in his new role to increase and expand KAI’s national presence and develop and oversee the sales and marketing strategy for each of KAI Enterprises’ four business units: KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build, and KAI 360 Construction Services (KAI 360 CS).
“Darren’s experience has been instrumental in creating growth for the company. Over the past 13 years, his strong leadership and dedication has been invaluable to the organization,” says Michael Kennedy, Jr., CEO of KAI Enterprises. “We are excited about the impact his new leadership role will have on achieving KAI’s overall mission and goals as president of the holding company.”
For over a decade, James has been a member of KAI’s Corporate Leadership Team helping to set the strategic tone and direction for offices nationwide. He has focused his corporate efforts on strategic growth, team building, and marketing/communications and his external efforts on civic engagement, community building, education, mentoring, and outreach.
James joined KAI in 1993 after graduating from the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Urban Design. Upon becoming a registered architect, he transitioned from design production to business activities. James became a Business Development Specialist, learning how to run and manage a design firm.
In 2002, James was selected to help establish and grow KAI’s presence in the Dallas area. By 2005, he was appointed President & COO of KAI Texas where he focused on continuing to grow the firm’s reach and commitment to the Texas market.
James has always been passionate about community-focused initiatives and has served on numerous non-profit and for-profit boards. He has served in leadership positions on some of the largest boards of directors such as Big Brother Big Sisters of Dallas County, Community Council of Greater Dallas, Minority Design Professionals Council, and Dallas Center for Architecture. He currently serves on the Trinity Park Conservancy, Dallas Regional Chamber, VISIT Dallas, and Dallas Citizen’s Council Boards of Directors. Additionally, James is Chairman of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Board for Fair Park First.