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James Espinoza


James was born in Saginaw Michigan James is the youngest of four siblings. James grew up just outside of Columbus Ohio. He spent most of his childhood involved in sports and spent summers working odd-end jobs in landscape/hardscape and remodeling. In 2012, seventeen-year-old James left home on a one-way trip to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina to become a Marine. 


During James’ time in the military, he worked in logistics operations. Other duties consisted of being a Martial Arts Instructor, Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival, and Marine Drill Instructor. After ten years of service, then Staff Sergeant James Espinoza ended his career as an Operation Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA. 


James and his wife April who also is a Marine, moved back to Cameron NC where James’ wife is from. April’s family have been family friends of Seth and Amber Mabus for many years. Prior to separating from the military James reached out to MFGC to inquire about building a home, Seth reached back out with an opportunity for James to join the MFGC Team. James was brought on as a superintendent with MFGC.


James now has one year of experience as a Superintendent in construction. His decade of leading, training, and mentoring Marines along with his ability to manage personnel, equipment, and resources made for an almost seamless transition into the construction realm. James continues to strive for excellence as he is starting to pursue a degree in construction management and enter the Marine Corps Reserves.


James and April, who separated from the Marine Corps after eight years of service, have been blessed to bring four beautiful children into this world with ages ranging from six years old to six months old. Nehemiah, the first-born son is in kindergarten at Grace Christian, his 4-year-old son Micah, and his  2-year-old son Ezekiel; all of whom enjoy motorsports, baseball, and all things outdoors. 6-month-old daughter Isabela spends her time enjoying her mother’s love and naps.

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