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James Previti2002 Honoree

Empire Capital

Jim Previti is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Empire Companies in Ontario, California. Jim sold Forecast Homes in January 2002 and emerges from the sale with fresh capital and a diverse portfolio of residential and commercial real estate, with plans to continue his leadership in the California real estate industry through his new company, Empire Partners, Inc. The Empire Partners' strategy will be to capitalize on the unprecedented demand for single-family housing and residential land investment opportunities in California and other Southwestern US markets. Jim's newest businesses are Empire Capital and Empire Land. Empire Capital is a specialty finance company that enables publicly traded homebuilders to deploy capital and manage land inventory more efficiently. Empire Land acquires, entitles and develops land and works to provide an efficient means to acquire land for building homes.

​Jim directs all operations of the corporation and takes a hands-on approach to management. His leadership is reflected in the level of devotion and commitment that is shown by his employees. Jim credits his success with "seeing the need and being in the right place at the right time." Jim has also provided strong leadership for the building industry. In addition to serving as the BIA Baldy View's Chapter President and Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, he was instrumental in spearheading the chapter's successful "Get Out the Vote" campaign. As Chairman of BIA/SC's Political Action Committee, he achieved outstanding success in electing pro-housing candidates to state and local elected office. He fund raised over $1 million throughout Southern California on behalf of the industry. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of BIA/SC Baldy View Chapter, is a member of BIA/SC's Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and is a National Association of Home Builders Director.