Turner John Management is the company that maintains leases/sells and generally oversees daily operations of properties within the Turner James Investment's portfolio.
The management team includes 13 professionals who are charged with turning Turner's dream into a reality; this is the team that gets things done. Woodard developed relationships with many of the senior staff members prior to asking them to join his team.
Jeff LaFollette: Vice President of Assets and Operations
LaFollette is a mechanic by trade who maintained Woodard's vehicles and collectable cars. Woodard called on LaFollette to fix an air conditioner at a rental property one day and that's when their partnership was sealed. To Woodard's surprise LaFollette did a "wonderful" job. LaFollette then turned to Woodard and said, "Turner, I can fix anything. Just give me the time, book and money." Today LaFollette oversees the maintenance and improvements at all properties in the portfolio. He also serves as the team manager for Woodard's race team. Woodard says he doesn't do much without consulting LaFollette-a trusted advisor.
Anne Jester: Vice President of Administration and Leasing
Woodard and Jester met while he was selling products for HP Chemical. The two developed a mutual business admiration for each other, so when Woodard needed to develop a property management team it was a natural to call Jester. Her daily responsibilities include lease ups at the Stutz, Stutz II, and rentals at Wasatch Lake. Anne is a trusted advisor and friend who helps oversee the finances and administration of his companies.
Other Management Company Employees Include:
Matt Kennicutt - Chad Smith - Jeff Christianson - Kevin Handrick - Dale Collins Jr. - Ron Echarry - RJ Pollak - Cliff Burlew - Matt Kennicutt - Kailey Evans
Turner Woodard is an Indianapolis native who has successfully carved his niche in commercial development through "adaptive reuse," altering a building or property originally used for one purpose into something new that is productive and beneficial.
He is the owner and president of Turner James Investments, a holding company that owns unique income producing properties including, The Stutz Business Center, The Stutz II & Wasatch Lake. Woodard started his current career path in the 1980s by purchasing real estate in Irvington and Meridian Kessler neighborhoods. He also managed a factory building on Michigan Road where he sub-leased the 50,000 square foot facility to several small businesses in the city.
In the early 1990s Woodard decided he wanted to own a similar property in Indianapolis. Realtors led him to The Stutz factory on Capitol Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets. There were rumors that the building could be torn down and land reused for a parking lot or a new high rise.
Woodard, who had heard stories about the factory and its famous first owner Harry Stutz (inventor of the Bearcat race car) from his father, spent several months researching the economics of the 400,000 square foot purchase.
The numbers proved to add up on paper, and today, The Stutz Business Center offers small- to mid-sized business owners Indy's most unique space for rent. Today, The Stutz houses more than 180 tenants, including architects, artists, attorneys, graphic design firms, advertising firms, Internet design firms, engineering firms and other small businesses of all kinds.
In fact, the venture has proven so successful that Woodard purchased The Stutz II (the adjacent factory building south of The Stutz) in 2002 to accommodate additional prospective tenants.
Woodard's additional commercial properties have included Duplexes in the Irvington area along with a 15 unit condominium complex in Broad Ripple at 67th and College. Woodard also owns Wasatch Lake, a nearly 300 acre wooded retreat just one-hour southwest of Indianapolis that consists of eight rental cabins, a 10,000 square foot lodge and private 50-acre lake.
Woodard is a graduate of Park School (Park Tudor), attended the University of Denver and the Jim Russell Racing School in California. Upon his return to Indianapolis he had a successful career in sales within the maintenance supply industry working for HP Products, where he met many of the people working on his development and management teams to date.
Woodard's interests range from collecting collectible cars, vintage motor racing to contemporary oil painting to tennis and the occasional round of golf. He is on the boards of the Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis Police Department Horse Patrol Association, and former member of Near Northside Development Corporation, and WFYI (PBS, Channel 20).
He is a member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Racquet Club, the Sports Car Club of America, the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association and the Classic Car Club of America and the 2007 ARTI Business Volunteer/Patron Recipient from the Indianapolis Arts Council.
Harry Stutz, founder of the Stutz Motorcar Company, built and headquartered his car company at the present day Stutz I and II from 1911 to 1919. Stutz is remembered for many things, including the Bearcat which raced in the first Indianapolis 500 and was built at his factory.
Today, Stutz's building is owned and managed by Indianapolis commercial developer Turner Woodard, who refurbished the turn-of-the-century factory complex into a bustling business center for small- and mid-sized businesses.
Through Woodard's vision and his team's hard work, Harry Stutz's, entrepreneurial spirit continues to this day.