Our Story


Jimmy has an abundance of hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge about commercial and residential construction with over 30 years in the industry. He started out at an early age, unaware it would be his life’s work. He began by helping his father build custom and spec homes after school and during the summertime. 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 ’80s. 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. 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. 

 

Jimmy and his wife, Melissa, have lived in the Longview area for 38 years. 2020 will be their 37th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters and a son in law. Their twin daughters, Alyssa and Haley Cox are recent graduates of UT Tyler. Alyssa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and has secured a position at UT Tyler as an Academic Advisor. Haley is soon to be graduating with her BSN and looking to work at Christus Trinity Mother Francis in Tyler. Their oldest daughter, Valerie, and son in law, Kyle Spyhalski also found a passion for construction at a young age and are helping innovate and develop Cox Builders, Inc. into a second generation company. 

 

Valerie was born in Longview in 1985. After graduating from Hallsville High School, she attended college to pursue her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She graduated from UT Tyler, Magna Cum Laude, in 2007. She worked her way up to management in retail while going to college. After graduating from UT Tyler, she went to work for a Fortune 500 company to learn their management program. In 2011, she decided her heart was truly with the family business and began working as the Office Manager at Cox Builders, Inc. Since she has joined her family’s company, she has been an essential part of creating and managing our residential company, Cox Builder’s Too, LLC. Like her parents, she also has an eye for detail and design. She is passionate about residential design and construction from planning to completion. She puts her whole heart into each project, embracing the vision of each client and providing an enjoyable building experience. 

 

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 from Hallsville High School in 2003, he began working for Jimmy doing carpentry work. After several years of experience in the commercial construction industry, he became an irreplaceable asset to Cox Builders, Inc. He married his high school sweetheart, Valerie Cox, in 2008 and they now have two beautiful children that will also grow up in Hallsville Schools. Kyle enjoys serving on the Hallsville Baseball Association as a board member and he and Valerie are members of Mobberly Baptist Church. Kyle’s heart for people and service embrace the values of our family and business. He and Valerie look forward to continuing the legacy of Cox Builders Inc.