James H. Metzger

James Metzger

B.S. CE 1962
President and CEO, Metzger Construction Co.

James (Jim) Metzger has worked in commercial construction for more than 45 years, and has been president and chief executive officer of Houston-based Metzger Construction since 1986.

After earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1962, Jim worked as a surveyor, field engineer and project engineer on railroad construction, building construction, chemical plant expansion, a lock and dam on the Arkansas River and a nuclear power plant in California.

From 1964-78, Jim worked for the Leavell Co., where he achieved the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Dallas-based construction company. His work for Leavell took Jim to Houston, Arkansas, El Paso, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Dallas.

In 1978, Jim was named president of IBS Contractors in Houston, a subsidiary of Hines. IBS specialized in medium-rise office buildings, retail, warehouses and industrial facilities in Texas and New Mexico.

During the 1986 economic downturn in Texas, Jim, along with a partner, established Metzger Construction and expanded to 11 states. After a few years, the partnership was dissolved and Metzger continues to build projects for many well-known clients.

Jim is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana. He is a Friend of Alec and a member of the Littlefield Society, Chancellor's Council and President’s Associates. Jim is a member of the University of St. Thomas Development Committee and a Life Member of American Society of Civil Engineers. He earned an master's in engineering from the University of Texas El Paso in 1968.

Jim and his wife, Jill, B.A. '61, live in Houston. They have three children and one grandchild.

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