The Justus Companies.
Many companies, multiple locations, one big FAMILY.
Many companies, multiple locations, one big FAMILY.
With more than a century of experience, The Justus Companies provides outstanding service to residents, families and associates through hands-on leadership, attention to detail and a commitment to serving others. We are proud to be recognized for award-winning communities and continuously rank among the nation’s top senior living providers.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Justus Companies is a leading contributor to the early history of Indianapolis. Since 1910, we have steadily grown as an industry leader in Senior Living, Multi-Family Living, Construction and Development and Property Management in central Indiana and Kansas City, Missouri.
The Justus Companies enriches the lives of residents, associates and business partners by creating environments where people live and work and thrive.
Mr. Walter E. "Walt" Justus is the fourth-generation President and Chief Executive Officer of the Justus Family of Companies, an Indianapolis-based, privately held real estate development and management firm established in 1910. Walt has guided the direction of the company since 1987 and has been responsible for the successful delivery of multiple new development and construction projects. Walt is a principal in all the company-owned partnerships and guides each of the company's divisions, including property and asset management, development and construction. Walt spearheads the company’s support of multiple charities including the American Cancer Society, Riley Children’s Hospital and Indy Honor Flight.
Angela Miller works closely with the CEO to establish strategic plans to enhance profitability and develop a high-performing leadership team to best serve residents, clients, investors and community management teams. With over 20 years of leadership experience, Angela has an extensive background in operations, marketing and brand management, strategic planning, human resources and quality services. Angela began her career as a licensed Health Facility Administrator in California and is currently licensed in Indiana. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and Communications from the University of Evansville, and a M.S. in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Angela serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Assisted Living Association (INALA).
Sarah Crist manages key marketing relationships and develops strategic business partnerships for both our senior living and conventional communities. Sarah has 19 years of experience in healthcare with the last 15 years being at the Justus Family of Companies. Sarah was previously the Administrator of Freedom Senior Services and the Executive Director at Crestwood Village West and South campuses. Sarah has her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Applied Gerontology from Ball State University.
Patrick Singleton oversees and assists senior living and conventional properties relating to operations management. Patrick has been with the Justus Family of Companies for almost 10 years serving in roles ranging from Operations Coordinator, Executive Director of several of our communities to Regional Director of Operations. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and has his Residential Care Facility Administrator and Indiana Real Estate Broker license.
Ryan Skinner oversees and assists senior living and conventional properties relating to operations management. Ryan has been with the Justus Family of Companies for over 3 years. He has management experience in Medical Adult Daycare, Non-Medical Homecare, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Assisted Living. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and has his Residential Care Facility Administrator License.
Matt Phillips oversees and assists with all properties relating to maintenance upkeep, preventative maintenance, training, state, fire marshal and Homeland Security inspections. He has more than 9 years of experience in multi-family maintenance. He joined the Justus Companies as the Promenade Apartments Maintenance Supervisor in 2020, and then was promoted to Regional Director of Maintenance. Matt has education and training in HVAC, Pool Operation, Water Treatment, CAD/CAM and an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences.
The legacy began in 1910 when Indiana visionary, Guy Justus, started a homebuilding company on the east side of Indianapolis based on his principles of quality, integrity and value. He named it The Justus Contracting Company.
Operations quickly expanded and Guy Justus purchased a small warehouse, barn and other buildings to house his growing business. But tragedy struck and he lost his barns, horses and equipment during the Great Depression and then once again from an enormous fire.
In 1941 Guy Justus was killed in an auto accident and his son Walter E. Justus took over as president. 1945 World War II ended and service men coming out of the war needed housing. The Justus Contracting Company seized this opportunity and developed the land by putting in sidewalks and streets and building almost every home from 10th Street to 16th St. and from Emerson Ave. to Ritter Ave. on Indy’s east side.
The Justus Contracting Company was growing rapidly and they acquired tremendous amounts of land, some of which became commercial. They were even selected to construct homes for Better Homes & Gardens.
The Justus Contracting Company changed the name to The Justus Company. In 1962 Walter E. Justus developed and built the company’s most innovative concept, Crestwood Village Senior Community. Walter recognized a need for quality senior housing and the senior members of his church had been asking “why don’t you build something for us?” They leased the first three Crestwood buildings as fast as they could build them! In 1967 Walter E. Justus retired and his son Walter G. “Wally” Justus became president of the company.
Wally Justus grew the company by adding commercial and retail development to the portfolio as well as expanding all levels of operations. In 1973 The Justus Company built the first Marriot Hotel in Indiana on the east side of Indianapolis.
In the mid-80s, The Justus Company developed a 100-acre parcel called Wellington, where they built apartments and pioneered the condo concept. Just as Walter E. Justus had mentored his son Wally, now it was Wally’s turn to mentor his son Walt (who was named after his grandfather). In 1987, young Walt Justus became the fourth generation president of the company.
In 1997 Wyndham Hall is built, offering income-based senior apartments to the city’s east side.
In 2005 The Justus Company expands into Carmel, Indiana, building the upscale Westwood Estates followed by Liberty Row Townhomes in 2008. In 2010 two new companies, Freedom Home Health & Hospice and Freedom Senior Services, are formed to better serve the medical and personal needs of senior residents. In 2013 The Justus Company is rebranded as The Justus Family of Companies. In 2015 The Bridgewater Apartments are built on the Westfield/Carmel, Indiana border, offering residents the perfect blend of luxury, lifestyle and location. In 2015 development and construction began on Woodland Terrace (the newest brand of senior living communities) in both Carmel and New Palestine, Indiana.
For over a century, the Justus name has been synonymous with quality craftsmanship and value. As real estate brokers, homebuilders and senior housing experts, The Justus Companies has been an integral part of the history of Indianapolis.
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