James F. Singleton
Real Estate Developer / Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Community Mentor
When it comes to the modern history of Indianapolis, Jim can tell you first hand all about it. For decades he has witnessed and participated in the growth and development of the central Indiana community.
Fifty years ago Jim joined the real estate industry under the mentorship of Bud Tucker, at the F.C. Tucker Company. At the same time, he was busy earning his B.S. in Finance from IU's Kelly School of Business. By the mid-'70s, he branched out to start his own real estate firm. In 1975 Jim became one of the founding officers of the Indiana Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members of the National Association of Realtors (CCIM). By the '80s, he and his wife, Judy Singleton, founded their Singleton commercial real estate development company which now owns nearly 2,000,000 square feet of retail space in the Indianapolis metro area. It is still operated today by Jim and his son, Doug Singleton.
Over the years, Jim's contributions to the community have gone beyond concrete building blocks to the more important type - the building blocks that help youth in the community succeed and thrive. He found a great match in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana organization where over the decades he mentored two "Littles", as well as serving as chairman of both the Central Indiana and National Boards for the organization. In 2017 Jim was honored with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Mentor Award.
Jim and Judy have enjoyed raising three kids in Indianapolis and now love spending time with their nine grandchildren every chance they get.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana will serve local at-risk youth by proving them with mentors (Bigs). BBBSCI partners with parents, guardians, volunteers, schools, donors, and others in the community to be accountable for helping youth in our program achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, educational success, and avoidance of risky behaviors."