James E. Baize
Partner

James E. “Jim” Baize oversees Brookhurst Development’s Midwestern operations and manages the regional headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Jim has an extensive and varied background in real estate development, project management on construction funding through a family of companies he founded with offices in Colorado, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and the corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Baize Development Corporation and its affiliates developed hundreds of government and private projects in numerous Pacific Rim countries and throughout the United States for over 40 years. So successful were his operations that in 1995, an international multi-billion dollar project management conglomerate acquired his companies.

Jim has been exemplary in his dedication toward community service by assisting a multitude of community organizations, including serving the Board of Education of Wayne Metropolitan School Corporation overseeing the financing of the Ben Davis High School, serving as Chairman of construction for the 10th Pan American Games, President of the Ben Davis Lion’s Club, and fundraising for both the baseball stadium construction at Marion College and 10th Pan Am Games.

But perhaps his greatest contribution to our country was his service in War World II when he was in the United States Navy involved in four major invasions – and Saipan, Tinian, Guam and Iwo Jima. Jim was wounded numerous times, the most severely when the LCVP he was navigating onto the shores of Iwo Jima was hit by a mortar, killing all 38 marines on board. Badly injured, he continued to fiercely fight with the 4th Marine Division for seven more days until he was struck by yet another mortar, which landed him in the veterans’ hospital for the next seven months. By the end of the war, he had been awarded 23 medals. Jim’s heroism is recognized in the Congressional Record (Baize War Record) Words of War Book.

Jim is a frequent keynote speaker at numerous conferences events as well as speaking at a multitude of schools and community, trade and veteran organizations.

Education:

Northwestern University: B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University: B.S., Nuclear Engineering