PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release


James Belange promoted to CEO

by Compass Commercial Construction Group

Compass Construction has announced the promotion of James Belange to the position of CEO.  In this new capacity, Belange will oversee the development, alignment and communication of the vision and strategy of the company and will be the face of the company to clients, the community, and the industry.

Belange joined Compass in 2017 as Partner and Project Executive.  He was named COO in 2019 and President in 2021.  A 1998 Purdue University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Management, James spent 18 years at Pepper Construction Company of Indiana in roles with increasing leadership responsibility including Group Leader of Industrial projects.

Bill McCarthy, who has served as Compass CEO for the past six years, will stay on at Compass, serving as Executive Chairman. In his new role, he will continue to support Belange and the Compass team in the long-term success of the company and its envisioned future.

According to McCarthy, “James’s impact on the development and stature of Compass in our industry has been immeasurable.  His leadership has been vital to forming and exemplifying our culture and CARES values.  James has a deep understanding of the construction business, particularly of design build industrial construction, which has provided Compass with a unique and competitive edge.  His collaborative relationships with our team, clients and partners have been critical to the growth and success of the company.”

“I am humbled and excited at the opportunity to lead this company into the future,” Belange said. “We have an exceptional team of leaders with a stewardship mentality and amazing clients that value our collaborative approach.”

Established in 2010, Compass Construction is a construction management firm specializing in Design-Build delivery of industrial buildings throughout Central Indiana. The firm operates across several markets including warehouse distribution, light manufacturing, cold storage, corporate headquarters, and commercial projects and is dedicated to a collaborative construction approach, providing clients a true value-add partner with a customer mind-set, allowing Compass to understand specific client goals for each project.

Compass has experienced significant growth in recent years with revenues increasing from $8 million in 2016 to over $450 million in 2022. The firm was also recognized as a Fast25 growing company by the IBJ, placing third in 2020 and eighth in 2021.

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