James Isbell was born in 1944 and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has devoted 52 years of his professional career to develop and serve construction companies committed to excellence. During his professional career he has built major projects all over the United States and made lifelong friends. He is highly regarded as one of the best in the steel erection industry when it comes to managing field operations and maintaining long term, loyal customer relationships which largely contributed to his success and reputation. In his current role as VP of Special Projects at Derr and Isbell Construction, James continues to follow his passion to build the biggest and most complex steel structures in the United States.

He has been married to his wife Terri for 36 years. They have 9 grandchildren ages 4 to 24. He and his wife Terri are very involved in their church, Grace Fellowship Church, in Paradise, Texas. They enjoy Bible Study Groups in their home twice a week with friends. They love playing golf with their friends, traveling on golf trips and other vacations and cruises. Last year they traveled to Israel for a trip of a lifetime.