Robert W. (“Bob”) Derr is responsible for general management of the Company with emphasis on oversight of financial functions, marketing and sales, engineering, and contracting.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Bob was nine years old when his father, E.L. Derr, established Derr Construction in 1961. He received a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from Texas Tech in 1975 and married his wife Jayme that same year. In 1977, he helped establish Derr and Gruenewald Construction in Denver, Colorado. He later returned to Fort Worth to become President of Derr Construction in 1989 as his father transitioned into retirement. He partnered with E.L. and James Isbell in 1998 to establish Derr Steel Erection Company and, upon James’ semi-retirement, continued the family partnership with Brian Isbell to establish Derr and Isbell Construction in 2012.
Under Bob’s leadership, the Company has erected many of the most challenging steel structures in America. Some of his favorite accomplishments include several large Convention Centers such as Washington Convention Center in D.C. and George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston; and numerous stadiums and arenas for professional and college sports teams, including four that featured a retractable roof system such as Cowboys Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Bob and Jayme reside in Southlake, Texas and have two daughters. Kristen Fleager (husband David) is an orthopedic surgeon, and Lindsay Palmer (husband Kris) is a nurse practitioner. The Derr’s are also proud grandparents of Josh and Addie Fleager.