Born in Taiwan, James emigrated to USA at the age of 26. He worked in US companies as mechanical engineer in Dallas areas since 1984 before entering real estate businesses in 1989 as President & CEO of Mayfair Custom Concept Homes, Inc., now JC Mayfair Inc. Mayfair is known for its Old World European designs and offers a wide range of architectural styles and unique homesites, including wooded, waterfront, golf course, garden home and acreage estate settings in the most desirable gated neighborhoods and surrounding areas. From our very first custom home built in 1989 to today’s exquisite luxury homes, Mayfair has always stayed true to our commitment to uncompromising quality and exemplary customer service. Mayfair has grown to become one of the premier custom builders in the Metroplex.
Kris Ramji graduated from SMU’s Cox School of Business with a Magna Cum Laude designation in Management Information Systems and a minor in Economics. Fielding offers from many of the top consulting firms, Kris chose to start his working career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent the next two years learning the ropes of corporate life. While he excelled and performed well, something was missing. It was time to ignite his entrepreneurial spirit. As such, Kris left the corporate world and invested his savings in the dry-cleaning business. Within 3 years, he had purchased and built 18 stores across the DFW metroplex that were personally operated on a daily basis with 50+ staff members.
During this 10 year period, Kris dabbled in other franchises such as WhichWich, opened a Thai restaurant and flipped +/-20 foreclosure homes in the Plano/Frisco area. This was Kris’ first foray in the real estate world.
The next natural progression was into commercial real estate where Kris invested in and oversaw the re-development of his first shopping center in Irving, Tx. This was the start of learning the commercial real estate development business. Kris joined a local Dallas real estate development firm where he was the COO for 8 years. Kris ran overall development for DFW multi-tenant retail, medical and office where he personally oversaw the development of 500k+SF of ground up product with 100+ acres of planning and development including ground leases, pad sales etc. Kris is an expert in site selection, planning, entitlements, infrastructure installation, tenant procurement/negotiations, ground leases, pad sales, vertical construction and property management.
Kris started Slate Land & Development Co and Slate Real Estate Co in 2019. Slate currently has over 100k square feet of new product under development. Slate’s focus is multi-tenant retail, medical, office and multi-family. Kris is also a partner and investor in Galactic Glass which is a custom glass fabrication and installation company focused on residential new construction and remodels. Galactic Glass was one of the featured vendors in the City of Southlakes’s coveted Street of Dreams in 2020. Kris has also built a small portfolio of VRBO and residential rentals properties over the course of the past few years with many units around the DFW metroplex.