Jim Frankel
Chairman and Founder
GMB

Jim Frankel serves as the Founder and Chairman of Frankel Building Group (FBG), the most award-winning custom luxury home builders in Houston. As a native Houstonian, Jim has spent the last 30 years helping clients throughout the city with lot acquisition, unique design and project development, as well as innovating solutions for flood-prone areas and challenging homesites. Jim was one of the first Graduate Master Builders in the United States, built the first custom home in Cinco Ranch, and became the exclusive estate builder in the Cinco Communities.

Under his leadership, a culture of personal growth, character development, and “doing the right thing” have allowed FBG – an independent, family-owned company – to grow into a dynamic, forward-thinking, national leader in custom homebuilding.  Along with his sons Kevin and Scott, Jim led FBG to become the first to adopt the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program, building every custom home to its standards, through sustainable, environmentally conscious, energy efficient, water efficient and other innovative building techniques.

Among his many accolades, Jim has been the Greater Houston Builders Association Custom Builder of the Year, an award based not only on the custom home builder’s reputation with the buyers of his products, but also his reputation within the home building industry.

As an active leader in the community, Jim is an Honored Life Director and Past President of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) and has served on the Executive Committee as well as the Board of Directors of that Association. He was a founding member of the Custom Builder’s Council, is a Life Director of the Texas Association of Builders, Vice President of Region III, of Texas, and a member of the Executive Committee, and a delegate to the National Association of Home Builders.

He served as a member of the Development Council of Texas Children’s Hospital, where he was its first Chairman, and is now a Lifetime Ambassador for The Hospital.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Ear Research Foundation, as a board member of the Kinkaid Alumni Association, and is a past Chairman of The Parents Council of Tulane University.  Most recently Jim, along with one of his lifelong friends, is leading the effort to establish the Center for Excellence in Immunology at Methodist Hospital, Houston.

A graduate of The Kinkaid School and The University of Texas at Austin, Jim has been married for 44 years to his wife, Carol. Jim and Carol are extremely close to their four children – Kevin, Scott, and twin daughters Leslie and Lisa – all of whom live close by. They are fortunate to spend lots of time with their eight, soon-to-be nine grandchildren.

Kevin Frankel
Co-President, Principal
MBA, CGP

Kevin’s positive attitude and infectious drive inspire a fresh outlook on Houston custom home building and company growth. Kevin’s keen eye for new projects, smart investments and economic trends continue to position Frankel Building Group ahead of the curve.

As Co-President, Principal at Frankel Building Group, Kevin heads up acquisitions, sales and financial modeling for the company.

A licensed broker, Kevin is a longtime Board Member of the Greater Houston Builder’s Association (GHBA), where he has served as President (2015) and as Chairman of the Custom Builder’s Council (2010). Through the organization, Kevin is actively involved in HomeAid Houston, a non-profit that builds new lives for homeless families, children and veterans through housing and community outreach. In 2013, Kevin was recognized as one of Professional Builder magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a listing that selects the top under-40 professionals in the residential construction industry. He has also been recognized as a recipient of the Texas Association of Builders 2015 Excellence under 45 Award, and as the Greater Houston Builders Association Green Advocate of the Year in 2012.

In 2001 Kevin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis to attend the University of Houston where he received his MBA. In 2006, after working in commercial real estate for three years, Kevin joined Frankel Building Group. He loves working daily with his father and brother and spending time with his wife and three children.

Kevin is a Region D finalist for the 2016 National Association of Home Builders Young Professional award! It is truly an honor to be acknowledged for the first time in the history of the association, as one of NAHB’s top young leaders in the home building industry.

Scott Frankel
Co-President, Principal
GMB, Master CGP, CGB, CGP

Co-President and Principal of Frankel Building Group, Scott Frankel has strategically concentrated his efforts in the areas of construction, operations, and overall client experience. He has made great strides in changing the public perception regarding green building and spearheaded FBG’s campaign to present the “value-added” benefits of green technology and the efficient use of energy and sustainable resources in building custom homes.

Scott began his career working at Newmark Homes as a Construction Superintendent building starter homes, predominantly in the Pearland area. He then went on to work as a Construction Manager for a new building company called Lindenwood Homes, which was later acquired by John Lang Homes. Scott joined Frankel Building Group in a full time capacity in 2006.

Scott is a Graduate Master Builder and a Master Certified Green Professional. He was the first Master Certified Green Professional in Texas and the second in the country. (Still 1 of 82 in the country) Under Scott’s leadership, Frankel Building Group has committed to building every new home to the USGBC LEED for Homes Certified Standards.

Scott’s has been recognized as a “Green Hero” by the USGBC’s Texas Gulf Coast Chapter and the Houston Business Journal in 2011. In 2015, Scott was named the “Green Advocate of the Year” by the Greater Houston Builder’s Association.  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named Scott as the 2016 “Best in Green (BIG) Young Professional of the Year.” He has served on the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building and Sustainability Subcommittee and will represent that committee as an advisor to the NAHB’s Education Committee on green building subject matter.

In 2012, Scott was named to the “40 under 40” class of both Houston Business Journal and Professional Remodeler.  Scott was named to the 2016 Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

Scott has served as keynote and panelist for groups such as the Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40” Executive Summit and was a presenter at the Thought Leader Session for young professionals at the International Builder Show.

Scott, a third generation home builder, attended The Kinkaid School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin.

Scott is married to Dara Frankel and has three wonderful sons named Will, Hunter, and Cooper.

Scott and Dara support several local charities and organizations like including the Evelyn’s Park Conservancy and the Houston Zoo.

If you are looking for a top custom home builder in Houston TX, contact Scott today.

Rodney Stevens
Senior Building Designer
AIBD, National Council of Building Designers

Rodney is an in-house Houston custom home designer at Frankel Building Group. A native Houstonian who began working for design firms while still in high school, Rodney’s expertise lies in translating the client’s vision into something tangible.

Unique to Frankel Building Group, Rodney is on staff and meets with clients from the start. He listens as they talk about their lifestyle and how they need the house to function and turns their thoughts into an architectural form, sketching beautiful renderings of their dream home.

Rodney graduated from the High School for Performing Arts before attending the University Of Houston School Of Architecture. After two years he purchased a design firm, put school on hold and gave his full attention to running the firm. Rodney holds professional licenses AIBD, TIBD, CPIBD and is a member of AIA.

Brian Adams
Vice President of Construction

Here at Frankel Building Group, the best custom home builder in Houston, Texas, I’m very proud to be the Vice President of Construction responsible for many aspects of your new home.

I will be working with you from the design phase, and see you through to construction. I will assist in your initial selections and help explain the process in its entirety.  I am available throughout the entire project to ensure that things remain seamless for you, and guide you through any challenges that building a custom home may present.  I am also very involved in the selection of our vendor and trade partnerships which we base off of reputation, price, availability and most importantly, quality performance. We believe we produce a great home because we surround ourselves with great people. In addition, we believe a great home begins with jobsite order and cleanliness, which is also key in maintaining quality workmanship and a sense of respect for the job site and home itself.

I began my career in homebuilding following graduation from Texas A&M University in 1997. I worked in the industry 9 years before joining Frankel Building Group where I have managed home construction and renovation projects in the Memorial Villages, Woodlands area, Bellaire and most areas in between. I am proud to have been awarded 2012 Project Manager of the Year by the Texas Association of Builders. I proudly serve as a deacon at Houston’s Second Baptist Church and am the proud father of 2 wonderful kids I share with my wife of nearly 20 years.

Darren B. Marchi
Purchasing Manager

My name is Darren B. Marchi. I was born in New York and moved to Texas when I was in elementary school. I grew up in the Brenham area and moved to Houston in the late eighties. I have been in the home building business for over twenty-two years. Prior to this, I worked with my father remodeling historic homes and churches in the Brenham & Chappell Hill area. Working at two nationally known home improvement centers as the manager of commercial/contractor sales helped to prepare me for my career in the new home building business. Before being recruited by Frankel Building Group, I worked for three nationally recognized homebuilders in the Houston and Austin areas. I have vast experience in a variety of areas in the home building business. In recognition for my expertise in the new home building business, I have won Houston’s Best Construction Superintendent of the Year by Greater Houston Builders Association two consecutive years.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. My family is a central part of my life and watching my son participate in as a percussionist in band and my daughter cheer are some of the highlights of my life.

I looking forward to working with you and truly hope you enjoy the building experience.

Brad Keene AIA
Architectural Design Coordinator
M.ARCH, MSLD, BED

In his role at Frankel Building Group, Brad adds dimension to the client’s vision, making it come to life in full color on the computer screen. As a custom home designer in Houston, he is dedicated to making projects fit the needs of not only the client, but the environment as well, and has focused his studies on sustainable design and building strategies to create high quality and efficient structures.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design, Brad went on to complete two master’s degrees in Architecture and Land Development from Texas A&M University.

He prides himself on being a knowledgeable resource with strengths in  Market Analysis, Financial Feasibility, Due Diligence Process and Site Analysis. He is proficient in Revit Architecture, Google, Autodesk, and Adobe Photoshop.

Megan Reuss
Registered Interior Designer & Selections Coordinator
RID, ASID

The FBG Design Studio is a unique part of the Frankel Building Group construction process. The Design Studio offers clients various finishes ranging from exterior stone to cabinet finishes all under one roof, making the selection process more pleasant. As selection coordinator, Megan manages the Design Center and assists in selecting custom features of the home including cabinets, door hardware and paint colors. Megan also serves as liaison between a client’s personal Interior Designer and the FBG construction team.

Megan graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in interior design. She is a licensed Interior Designer with the State of Texas and member of ASID. Megan started her career at a High End Residential Design Studio in Houston, which specialized in new construction.

Client Testimonial

“Megan is a top hire. She is incredibly organized and detailed. She is prepared in advance every time I meet her. As someone who loves the details and loves organization- she is great at it. She puts my OCD at ease.

She is awesome.”

– TJ Farnsworth

Andrew Pear
North Side Sales Manager

Professionally, Andrew brings more than 15 years of direct sales and sales leadership success and achievements, most recently in the real estate market through its ‘ups and downs.’ This requires a very broad skill set including outstanding communicative, collaborative, interpersonal, organizational, qualifying, presentation, and closing skills to maximize revenue opportunities while providing the utmost in client satisfaction to promote corporate branding and corporate growth. Having worked with high profile homebuilders Andrew has a wealth of experience and a reputation for professional excellence. Andrew’s positive attitude and infectious drive makes him a ideal fit to represent the Frankel Building Group in our two Northside communities: Woodland Reserve and Lakes of Shadow Creek.

Originally from London England Andrew is a devoted husband to Athena and a father of six awesome children.

The London Academy of Music, Drama & Art-English Literature. Bachelor’s Degree USA Equivalent; Business Administration

Client Testimonial

Andrew is an accomplished and driven person whose dedication and honesty make him a pleasure to work with. He is a multi-talented individual with an engaging personality, a passion to succeed and an ability to adapt to rapidly changing market circumstances.

Andrew has that rare sense of understanding the sweet spot between taking care of his customer’s interests as well as those of his company. He is a relationship builder who would be an asset to any employer.

– A.Tallack

Taylor Wolfrom
Real Estate Sales Assistant
Alex Lopez
Architectural Design Associate

Frankel Building Group continuously seeks ways on how to improve the client’s understanding of what their house will be like. As an Architectural Design Associate, Alex works with you through the design process to help interpret technical drawings and envision the possibilities of your new house through lifelike computer renderings and walkthroughs.

Alex received a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University. After two years of commercial design experience in Charlotte, North Carolina, he returned to Texas and obtained a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.

At UH, Alex completed his master’s thesis on the sociological and psychological benefits of a custom designed home in comparison to tract housing. Alex possesses proficient knowledge in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Himanshu Madhani
Lumion Design Specialist
"He-Man"

Born and raised in Mumbai, India. Completed my Bachelor of Architecture from University of Mumbai in 2008. Licensed Architect in India. While working on my undergraduate degree, I always was keen on learning various architectural rendering, presentation and modeling software like AutoCAD, Rhino. 3ds MAX. Revit Architecture was not known in India until end of 2008. I worked for a year and in 2009 came to U.S to pursue master’s degree. My area of focus and thesis was specific to developing a maintenance system for Home Owners by using BIM (Building Information Modeling). In the process I mastered my skills in Revit, Navisworks and C#.

I graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2012 with Master of Science in Architecture. I have been awarded with IFMA (International Facility Management Association) and TAHFM (Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management) Scholarships in 2010, 2011 respectively.

Thomas Cook
Architectural Design Associate

Here at Frankel Building Group, we feel that the design of your new home begins with a dream. In his role as Architectural Design Associate, Thomas works with you throughout the design process to define a vision and graphically communicate your new home for you to experience on the screen.

Thomas graduated from the University Of Houston College Of Architecture in 2011, receiving a bachelor’s of Architecture degree. While in school, he focused his studies on sustainable community based design and participated in commercial and residential design initiatives in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Thomas possesses an extensive knowledge in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Google SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Client Testimonial

“We have to agree with you, the front looks really good (and thanks to Wes for cleaning the outside and keeping the progress moving forward)! We’ve met many people over the past several months passing through the development, and they also like the house, especially the inside flow. Thanks to Thomas & Rodney for taking our conceptual design ideas, not saying “it won’t work,” and doing their magic to incorporate into the finished product we see today…very impressed with the FBG team!”

Eric Westmoreland
Senior Project Manager

My name is Eric Westmoreland and I am proud to be part of the Frankel Building Group team with over 21 years of building experience throughout the Houston area.  I thoroughly enjoy the custom building process and working with our clients who will call our finished product their “home”.  I genuinely care about your experience with Frankel and will partner with you throughout the building process to ensure your complete satisfaction.

I graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 and served as an engineer officer in the United States Army where I supervised engineering operations for military construction projects and over 475 personnel.  In 1994, I moved back to the Houston area where I began my career in residential construction.  My wife, Cathy, and I have four wonderful children and are enjoying watching them complete college and succeed in their own careers. I also enjoy outdoor sports and the design and build of rustic furniture.

Client Testimonial

“I just wanted to let you guys know how happy we are to have Eric building our home. We have gotten to know him so well this past year that he feels like part of the family. His attention to detail and ability to see a step ahead to know what my wife’s taste will want without her having to stress about it is irreplaceable. The guy also keeps a cleaner job site than anyone I’ve ever seen.

Just wanted to pass on the good word because Eric truly is a rockstar and the world needs more people like him.”

– Gerod Rush

Scott Evans
Senior Project Manager

At Frankel Building Group, we pride ourselves in hiring the best Project Managers in Texas. At the age of sixteen, Scott Evans began his home building career as part of a framing crew. Today, Scott brings over eighteen years of construction experience and first-hand knowledge of home building to the FBG team. Scott specializes in managing “in town” homes, including the Bellaire and West University markets.

Scott was raised in Fulshear, a small town west of Houston. He enjoys spending time with his wife and being involved in his two daughters’ extensive extra-curricular activities.

Michael Lehmann
Project Manager

Michael recently joined the Frankel Building Group as a Project Manager. He has been building homes all around the Houston area for over 5 years and bring his hard work ethic, business knowledge and attention to detail to the Frankel Building Group. He is responsible for all the construction related aspects of your new home — from ground-breaking to closing.

Michael grew up in the greater Houston area before attending West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, on a football scholarship.

After a year in Canyon, he attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where he earned a Bachelor in Business Administration with a degree in Management.

James Milford
Project Manager

Client Testimonial

“I want to thank you for and recognize James Milford. This afternoon I was in OKC when Kristin called in a panic that water was flowing from the side of the house. I called James who 4 years from completing our house picked up on the 4th ring, took down Kristin’s number and walked her through shutting off the landscape water.  We continually find the benefit of remaining in the Frankel family and appreciate you retaining your employees long term. Thank you again”

-Rick and Kristin Brice

Matt Morgado
Project Manager

My name is Matt Morgado. My passion for construction goes back as far as I can remember. I grew up working for my uncle’s general contractor business while on school vacations. Growing up with a hammer in my hand paved the way to my future career. Prior to joining Frankel Building Group I worked as a construction manager for two large home builders in Houston area. Working in construction has always given me the opportunity to learn something new everyday and provides a great sense of accomplishment in managing someone’s dream becoming a reality. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Construction Management.

Roberto Diaz
Nathan Birge
Project Manager
Carrie Jungwirth
North Side Sales Coordinator

Carrie is a welcomed addition to our North Side Sales Team in the capacity as Sales Coordinator.  With several years of experience within the New Home Construction and Real estate markets, Carrie has acquired many attributes in fields such as Customer Service, Administrative Systems as well as Sales Operations Management.

Carrie’s appointment echoes the priority that the Frankel Building Group places on providing exceptional customer service.  Her responsibilities include acting as the interface between the client and the many departments that make up the design and building process. In addition to Administrative Operations Management.

Carrie and her husband along with their three beautiful daughters reside in The Woodlands.  She is the perfect fit for our Woodlands Reserve and Lakes of Shadow Creek Communities.

Client Testimonial

“The anticipation of designing and building our home was initially very daunting.  Carrie was magnificent in steering us through every stage of the design and construction process.  She was our resource and always willing to help.  Carrie’s communication and attention to detail was second to none, making it a wonderful and enjoyable experience.  Thank you, Carrie, for being our rock!”

Joel Vasquez
Stanley Alvarenga