Owner / President
Jimmy and his wife, Melissa, have lived in the Longview area for 31 years. 2013 will be their 30th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters and a son in law. Their twin daughters, Alyssa and Haley Cox are very involved in the Hallsville School District and high-school athletics program. Their older daughter, Valerie, and son in law, Kyle Spyhalski, currently work for Cox Builders.
With over 25 years in the construction industry, Jimmy has an abundance of not only hands on experience but in-depth knowledge of the commercial and residential industries. He started out in this industry at an early age not knowing then it would be his life’s work. He started by helping his father build custom and spec homes after school and during the summers. He moved to Longview in 1981 and married his high school sweetheart, Melissa, in 1983. He then started framing and doing carpentry work to help put him through college when “the bottom fell out” in the early 80’s. He tried to take a different direction then with his life, but the construction industry came calling again. He had just started J&M Construction with his wife, Melissa, when he was approached with an opportunity to learn the commercial side of the industry from one of the best. He was their project manager for 9 years. When the owner decided to retire, Jimmy knew it was time to start Cox Builders, Inc. in 2004.
Kyle was born in Longview in 1984. He started working at an early age building and maintaining swimming pools for his father’s company, Spy Bros Pools. After graduating Hallsville High School he began working for Jimmy doing carpentry work. After several years of experience in the industry, he became an irreplaceable asset to Cox Builders. He married his high school sweetheart, Valerie Cox, in 2008 and they were thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, a son, in June 2012. He loves the business and is looking forward to many more years in the construction industry.
Valerie was born in Longview in 1985. After graduating Hallsville High School, she attended college to pursue her Bachelor of Business Administration. She graduated from UT Tyler, Magna Cum Laude, with an emphasis in management in 2007. She worked her way up to management in retail while going to college. After graduating UT, she went to work for a Fortune 500 company to learn their management program. In 2011, she decided her heart was with the family business and began working as the office manager at Cox Builders. Like her parents, she also has an eye for detail and design. She and Kyle look forward to being the future generation of Cox Builders, Inc.