James Batmasian: The “People Rescue” Man

A recent article (published August 2018) had some wonderful things to say about Investments Limited’s co-founder James H Batmasian.  The article, written by Jason Pelish and published on the “BocaWatch” community site highlights Mr Batmasian’s involvement in community causes, especially HOME Boca, which is a homeless outreach organization in Boca Raton, and explores his desire to help “rescue people”, be it people who have fallen on hard times and live on the streets, or helping at-risk youth through education and leadership.

Here are a few excerpts from the article, you can find the entire article here:  https://bocawatch.org/bocas-jimmy-b-the-people-rescue-man/

“Some people love animals. They rescue them, they foster them, they heal them so they can run and fly on their own. Some people are just animal people – it’s in their blood. Just like some people can’t keep their hands off animals in need Mr. Batmasian can’t keep away from people in need. He’s drawn strongly to worship. Getting to stand next to him in church, hearing his sonorous voice sing praises is a faith building experience for even the most weak of Spirit. He attributes the reason he’s drawn to helping people to his driving faith, but there’s something more driving him. Many people are drawn to religion and prayer, but few put it into action so fearlessly. He uses religion to rationalize his feelings of wanting to help people, but there’s an ingredient he possesses, beyond a personal desire to please God, but a compulsion that makes it impossible for him to stop being a genuine “people rescue” person.”

“How many homeless people’s stories have you listened to personally over the years? Like what’s the scope of faces – the number of people you’ve looked in the eyes?  Literally hundreds. I have tons of their names and telephone numbers. Sue Keith meets with 50 of them a week, and I probably have 20 in my phone that I am communicating with on a regular basis, including at FUMC for our Saturday program, and a lot of them come to our Sunday services. Constant communication, giving them empathy, care and love, and showing them that you are always there for them are very important.”

What are some local charities that you’ve vetted in terms of knowing they do good – who would you recommend for those who are able to contribute financially?  Obviously I am a big fan of HOME and PROPEL, but we support many others as well.

Here are two powerful quotes from Mother Teresa that help put things into perspective:

  • “Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”
  • “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

Marta Batmasian Awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Congratulations to Investments Limited’s co-founder, Marta Batmasian for this amazing honor!

The ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL OF HONOR is awarded annually to distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life, and who are dedicated to creating a better world for us all. They are people who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity with those less fortunate.

One of the recipients of the 2018 award is none other than businesswoman and philanthropist Marta Batmasian. Since her arrival to the United States in 1970, Marta has demonstrated a true immigrant spirit, by getting involved and excelling in the fields of education, business, politics, and community activities. Having been born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, as a minority Christian Armenian, Marta’s dream was to immigrate to the U.S. where immigrants were given the opportunity to integrate easily and pursue their dreams.

Today, the company she founded with her husband, Investments Limited, which is headquartered in Boca Raton, has become one of the largest family-owned real estate investment companies in the nation. Marta believes that investment and reinvestment in cultural, educational, nonprofit and recreational endeavors produces healthy, thriving environments that benefit everyone. She currently supports over 65 organizations, dedicates her personal time and efforts to a number of nonprofits, including some outside the US, serves on a variety of committees, and sits on the Board of Directors of a number of corporations. Causes near and dear to her heart include helping youth living in economically depressed areas get an education, with many going on to college, and improving the plight of the homeless. In her words, “Mine is a hectic but truly rewarding life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything! I am just grateful to the United States for giving me the opportunity to do what I love, which is actually make a difference in peoples’ lives, and for that I feel truly blessed.”

Since the Medal was founded in 1986, honorees have included distinguished and diverse Americans including seven Presidents of the United States, Vice-President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel and Malala Yousafzai, Coretta Scott King, John Sculley, Muhammad Ali, Lee Iacocca, Rosa Parks, Walter Cronkite, Joe DiMaggio, Madeleine Albright, Gloria Estefan, Henry Kissinger, among other outstanding Americans. The Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards and is annually memorialized in the Congressional Record.

For more information about the Medal of Honor, please visit: http://www.neco.org/medal-of-honor