Western Heritage Homes
Jim Rector is a native Texan. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1960 with an electrical engineering degree Mr. Rector started his business career in Midland Texas as a field engineer for a major electrical equipment manufacturer.
Mr. Rector had a 25 yr career with Federal Pacific Electric Company as a field engineer and District Manager in Midland, Houston and Dallas. During this time he designed and manufactured electrical systems and distribution equipment for large commercial buildings such as the Exxon Building in Houston, Dallas City Hall, Diamond Shamrock Building, Oil refinery Cities in Saudi Arabia, Panama International Airport in Tocumen Panama, the Air Trans System at DFW Airport, and many other large commercial and industrial projects. He was also a pioneer in the design and use of Ground Fault systems for large commercial and industrial projects such as DFW Airport and oil refineries in Saudi Arabia and Houston.
In 1982 Mr. Rector formed his own company and for 20 yrs provided design expertise and associated equipment for power distribution and lighting for many major commercial projects such as Bass Hall in Ft Worth, lighting for Ranger Stadium, and numerous other large projects. In 1988 Mr. Rector formed a company to design and provide runway lighting and power equipment for airports. This company successfully completed projects for Alliance Airport, Dallas Love Field, Austin Bergstrom, Houston Hobby, Houston Intercontinental and many military bases.
During this time Mr. Rector was a founding member and President of the Greater Dallas Electric League and Board member of National Association of Electrical Distributors.
After retiring from his Companies in 2002, he moved to Odessa with the intent of enjoying retirement but soon became involved in Real Estate sales and in 2005 formed Western Skies Realty and began another career in Real Estate. He soon became involved in residential development and has developed three subdivisions and an open ranch area in North East Odessa.
In 2008 Mr. Rector started Western Heritage Homes to build spec and custom homes in Odessa and Ector County. Construction of several homes has been completed and the construction of 43 landmark town homes of the Tuscan Villas at Ratliff Ranch will begin in July 2011.
Mr. Rector has served on the boards of Permian Playhouse, board co-chair of Bynum School, Crime Stoppers, and Permian Basin Home Builders Assoc. He currently serves on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Odessa Texas A&M hometown club, City of Odessa Planning and Zoning Commission, and is a member of the Odessa Downtown Rotary Club.
He attends the Fairmont Park Church of Christ. He has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Western Heritage Homes
Irene LeMarr earned her Real Estate license in 1966.Before working in Odessa, she was a REALTOR in Andrews and Big Spring Texas. Mrs. LeMarr began working as a REALTOR with Western Skies Realty in Odessa, TX. in 2007. She has served as the Construction Manager for Western Heritage Homes since 2010. With this history, Irene was a natural choice to serve as Sales Manager for Tuscan Villas at Ratliff Ranch.
Irene has held many jobs in her working career including secretary, receptionist, offset press operator, and donut queen. Graduating at the top of her class, she earned her degree as a paralegal from Lamar State College in Port Arthur, TX. in 2005. That experience helped Irene realize how much she likes to learn new things. Since becoming Construction Manager for Western Heritage Homes she has learned a lot more about construction.
Irene has been active in community and church organizations. She and her husband are amateur radio operators have enjoyed participating in Skywarn. She has also participated in Lions International, Friends of the Library, and the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club. Irene is a recycler and started the town's recycle program while living in Coahoma, TX.. She personally serves as Board Member and Treasure for the Permian Playhouse of Odessa, Inc. She is active in her church and loves teaching 5th and 6th graders on Wednesday nights as well as during Vacation Bible School.
Irene and her husband, Jim, originally from Oklahoma, have moved many times in their 30 plus years togather. The love living in West Texas. This is their second time to live in this area and they plan on staying her for a very long time. Her husband Jim presently serves as the Vice President/General Manager of Saulsbury Engineering and Construction, Inc.