Jim Frankel

Chairman and Founder

Jim was the first Custom Home Builder to start a home in Cinco Ranch, the 7,000 acre Master Planned Community in west Houston. He was the exclusive builder in Bayou Park Estates and The Reserve at Bayou Woods, Cinco Ranch’s heavily wooded and gated estate lot communities, both of which were among the real success stories in Houston Real Estate.

Jim is a native Houstonian who graduated from The Kinkaid School and The University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. His specialty is fully servicing his clients through lot acquisition, design, and project development as well as difficult site design. Jim is one of the most active and respected forces in the fast-moving redevelopment market of the Memorial Villages and inside the loop in Houston where his dynamic design work and talent for blending large new houses into established neighborhoods is receiving great acclaim.

Jim has achieved the status of Graduate Master Builder (only approximately 800 in the U.S.). He is an experienced custom home builder of quality, single family homes in the Memorial Villages, Sandalwood/Lakeview, Tanglewood, River Oaks area, Sunset Terrace/Montclair, Briargrove, Southampton, West University, Bellaire, The Heights and Cinco Ranch. Frankel Building Group is particularly actively building in Sunset Terrace/Montclair, where they have developed nearly 20 highly detailed and architecturally complex single family homes. Jim and his sons are presently very involved in developing, as well as building, all of the homes in ParkGate Reserve, a new subdivision in The Woodlands area with strict architectural controls that is only a mile from Interstate 45, and a mile from the nationally renowned Woodlands Market Street.

Jim is an Honored Life Director and a 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 and Chairman of the Education Committee of the GHBA. He is a Life Director of the Texas Association of Builders where he previously served as Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee, Vice President of Region III, of Texas, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Jim has also served as 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 now serves as an Ambassador for The Hospital. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Ear Research Foundation, and is a member of the Kinkaid Alumni Association Board. Jim is also a Past Chairman of The Parents Council of Tulane University.


Jim Frankel, President of Frankel Building Group, has been the Greater Houston Builders Association Custom Builder of the Year. This award is 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. It is also based on the builder’s involvement in his community. Frankel Building Group’s commitment to excellence and quality was also recognized.

Frankel Building Group’s dynamic and forward-thinking design work has gained recognition, winning numerous awards both locally and statewide. Among the fourteen awards received this year, Frankel Building Group was the recipient of the 2010 Houston’s Best Grand Award as Houston’s Best Custom Builder, the winner of the Best Home Design from the Houston’s Best, and the Houston’s Best 2010 Green Building award for the Best Single Family Project. Their latest emphasis is on Green Building, where they have made a commitment to position themselves at the forefront of the industry by building many of their new homes as U.S. Green Building Council LEED For Homes certified. The company has been incorporating many new building practices and techniques over the past several years to enable them to provide homes for their clients that are truly green, with emphasis on important considerations like energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource use, and innovative design.

He is married to the former Carol Dinerstein. They have four children – Kevin, age thirty-one, and Scott age twenty-nine, who are actively involved in his company, and twin daughters Leslie and Lisa, age twenty-six. Jim and Carol are enjoying their two granddaughters, Ivy and Millie, and have just welcomed their first grandson, Simon, into their wonderful family.

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