James Byars has been involved with the BAEC for three years and is the current President. He is the Vice President of Sales for both Fireside Homes, Inc and Hearth Homes, Inc. James went to Pensacola Christian College and earned two BA’s in Marketing/Management, which he said helped him with getting his first job, but he’s grown up within the industry and that is what really helped him get to where he is today.

When James was growing up, his father built four houses over the years and he helped with all of them. His dad is a Pastor at 1st Baptist and James has an unwavering faith. He and his wife, Angela, run a Ministry called Next Generation, which is part of his dad’s church. This Ministry is for young, married couples in their 20’s and 30’s. In the spring the group goes on a marriage retreat (kid free), and then there are other events through out the year such as a cookout and a harvest party, which kids may attend. James and Angela have three children of their own, Hudson 3, Crew 2, and Brooks 1. They are busy parents, but with their faith, there is nothing they cannot do.

James is on the Board of Directors for the BAEC. He is not currently on any committees, but as soon as he is able, he wants to be more involved. The Build Your Future Indiana program is exciting for James, as he has seen how the trades are just as good an option as college. His favorite part of being a member of the BAEC is the comradery with all the other builders, as well as the networking with all of the other members in the industry. On his off time, James enjoys golfing, being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and of course, being with his family.

James said, “I couldn’t do this alone. We have a phenomenal team; it’s all about the team”. We think you’re pretty phenomenal, too James. Thank you for all you do in the industry and for being part of the BAEC!