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JIM HIGGINBOTHOM

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JIM HIGGINBOTHOM

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Jim Higginbotham was born and raised in Texas City, Texas, where during World War II, his father worked on the construction of the refineries that made gasoline for the aircraft. Jim later worked summer jobs with Engineering crews putting in units at Monsanto Chemical Company and also repairing roofs at Union Carbide. In the 3rd gr. he
was a little over a mile from the Texas City Docks, where he witnessed the Texas City Disaster. A ship loaded with Ammonium Nitrate blew up and destroyed a major part of the refineries, oil fields and the town of Texas City. This was the largest man made explosion up until that time in history, larger than the A-bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Homes all over Texas City were destroyed or badly damaged. He watched the whole city being rebuilt and became very interested in construction, so a Home Building Degree in college was exactly the type of career he was wanting to pursue. While still working on summer construction jobs, at school , he studied all the different phases of Home building, Architecture, plumbing, heat and a/c, framing, estimating, supervision, and sales .After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, he was hired by a large construction company in Dallas. The owner of the company had died and the son needed someone to run the business, which had three housing subdivisions going, large apartments and light commercial. In 1966, he went into business for himself. Jim has worked with customers on every phase from design to final completion and any issues afterward. He has lived in the same areas and subdivisions that he has built in for over 40 years. Jim is very knowledgeable about what buyers need, expect and how they feel about the home many years after it has been completed. His wife, Carol, is a Coldwell Banker Real Estate agent with a Brokers License and has sold and resold many of the homes he has built. Jim has had the opportunity to study and observe his homes, as well as many others over a long period of time in the Dallas area. His experience with Engineers, the difference in soil conditions, city codes, deed restrictions, warranties, architectural control and building standards are part of the experience he has had.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science Degree Trinity University San Antonio, Texas 1963
Certified Graduate Builder CGB Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas
Graduate Master Builder GMB Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas
        The GMB Certification involves completing five courses, a Graduate must maintain the designation by
        Completing 12 hours of continuing Education every three years

Certificate of Completion of 40 hours training in Mediation and Dispute Resolution
        Southern Methodist University, 2005 John Wade Instruction
Arbitration Training Course 2005 16 hour training program in Theory, Practice and Rules of Arbitration
        CDRS Dispute Resolution Training Institute
Straight Talk about Construction
        Arbitration Program October 2005 American Arbitration Association
Licensed Texas Real Estate Agent

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Jim has been a member of the Home Building Association of Greater Dallas since 1967
Served as President of the Duncanville Home Builders in the 1970s
Served on the Duncanville Board of Adjustments in the 1970s
Served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Project Craft, 2004-2005 Yourth Village, Dallas, Texas
   HomeBuilders Institute, Washington, D.C. which taught troubled youth Home Building skills

BUILDING COMPANIES

Jim owns J & C Custom Homes, Inc. which builds Custom Homes up to 10,000 SF, large additions and light commercial. He has been involved in over 3000 constructed units in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in his 40 years in the business.