7B Building & Development Team
7B Building & Development is a family business started in 2009. The merchant family and all of our team are committed to the success of your project. Meet the team that will be working with you to get your project off the ground and across the finish line.
Chad Merchant – Owner
Chad created 7B Building & Development in August of 2009. Chad graduated from Texas Tech University in 1991. Chad is married to Donell Merchant for 35 years. They have three children Derrick, Trey and Jordan which all work in various aspects and roles of the Merchant companies. Chad is the proud grandfather to 7 grandkids all under the age of 5 years old. Most days to can find Chad practicing or competing in Team Roping. He is currently trying to qualify for the world series of roping. Chad is very much a Godly man and a generous man. He is also an active member in Open Church. His faith is the foundation of what we all aspire to be.
Derrick Merchant – CEO
Derrick handles oversees all divisions within 7B & other Merchant companies. Derrick graduated with his business degree in 2008. Derrick is married to his wife Tasha Merchant for 8.5 years and they have 2 boys. Malachi is 5 years old and Lincoln which is 2 years old. Derrick enjoys playing with his boys, golfing, working out, watching Texas Tech athletics, worshipping Jesus at Open church and helping people. Derrick currently serves on the Lubbock Christian University business board, Higher Ground Ministries board and is active in Business Operating on Mission.
Jordan Merchant – President of Construction
Jordan Merchant is the President of construction, oversees construction from breaking ground until the project is open and operating. Jordan is married to his high school sweetheart, Taylor Merchant and they have two boys, Jaxson & Grayson. Jordan enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with family, watching Texas Tech sports and hunting.
Trey Merchant – CEO Champion Express/Dale Shine Express Car Wash
Kent Davick – President of Real Estate
Kent is President of Real Estate and handles development for all new sites. Kent has over 20 years of real estate development and management experience throughout the West and Midwest for multiple retailers, including Family Dollar, Dollar General, Stage, and Anthony’s. Kent and his wife, Mary Ellen have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They enjoy travel, regular family activities with their children and grandchildren and family visits to Walt Disney World. Kent is active in many local church activities and enjoys serving those around him.
Tyler Houk – Senior Estimator
Gabriel Macias – Junior Estimator
Heather Murry – CFO/CPA
Katelyn Booth – Office Manager
Katelyn is our new Office Manager. She has a passion for serving people. Katelyn strives to serve God in everything she does. She is active in her church’s children’s ministry as well as running an international nonprofit that serves the people of Titanyen, Haiti. Katelyn enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Zoey, and planning her next trip, usually with an iced coffee in hand.
Amalia (Lea) Bradley – Estimator
Amalia, also known as Lea, is an Estimator and assists with project management for 7B Building & Development. Lea graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 2015 and was also a middle infielder for the Texas Tech Softball Team. After earning her degree, Lea went on to play for the Team USA Women’s Baseball Team in 2016 and played in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea. Lea and her husband Ethan were married in May 2019 and are expecting their first child in February 2021. Lea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching and playing baseball, basketball, and football, and going to the Bradley family’s ranch on the weekends. Lea is very family-oriented and a devoted Christian.