Formed in 2003, Badiee Development, Inc. (“BDI”) is a full-service real estate development company specializing in the ground-up development of distinctive logistics and industrial projects throughout the Western U.S.
Badiee Development is a conscientious development firm who seeks to identify amazing opportunities to develop industrial and logistics properties that can benefit the community by providing high quality environments that allow employers and employees to perform the highest level of productivity.
By partnering with like-minded investors and institutions, we intend to develop millions of square feet of project buildings in the coming years.
Badiee Development is committed to enhance the communities and environment in which we develop by sharing a portion of company profits with these communities and for environmental stewardship. In particular, we are drawn to education and enhancement of opportunities for our youth, so they can see a better future for themselves and their communities.
We treat everyone involved in our projects as team members. This includes our architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, general contractors, sub-contractors, brokers, and all other consultants who impact our lives and the success of our projects.
Ben Badiee is the founder and CEO of BDI. Ben is an industrial engineer and serial entrepreneur who has started over 10 successful business ventures throughout his career, which helps him understand the needs of his tenants and their workforces, and to design spaces that are functional and allow for maximum productivity. Ben has been included on the list of The 50 Most Influential People in San Diego and was recently nominated to the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Most Admired CEOs. He was also featured in the National Edition of Success Magazine. In the past few years, BDI was named the 2nd and 5th Fastest Growing Company in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal.
Ben Badiee is the founder and CEO of Badiee Development and has been involved in development for 30 years. Badiee has developed and has been involved with millions square feet of Class A real estate projects, including industrial, and logistic projects. Ben has a strong proven track record in real estate development and has also started several other successful business ventures throughout his career. He is involved in a variety of mentorship programs including NAIOP & and has mentored 100’s of young professionals. Ben has also been included on the list of the 50 Most Influential People in San Diego and was recently nominated to the SDBJ 2018 list of Most Admired CEO’s and featured in Success Magazine.
Ben is educated as an industrial engineer. Ben earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technical University.
Vice President of Construction
Scott Merry is Vice President of Construction for Badiee Development and is responsible for full-service construction and project management, which includes due diligence and feasibility studies, programming, scheduling, entitlements, conceptual estimating, value engineering, constructability review and construction administration. Scott has developed over 4.5 million square feet of various real estate projects, including the ViaSat Building 10, a suburban office building. Scott has also founded development companies where he has specialized in due diligence, entitlements, construction document preparation, and construction administration of development projects.
Scott earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from San Luis Obispo and an A.A. degree from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
Vice President of Operations
John Buckel has been involved in commercial real estate for over twenty-five years and has participated in the development of nearly two million square feet of buildings valued at just over $350 million throughout California. Prior to co-founding Capital Partners Development Company in 2002, he was the partner for the San Francisco Bay Area region of the international commercial development firm, Panattoni Development Company.
John has developed commercial projects of all types for both public- and private-sector clients, primarily office and industrial/flex buildings. His responsibilities have included all aspects of the development process from site location, to project concept, through entitlements, design, financing, construction, marketing and disposition.
John is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and is a LEED® Accredited Professional of the U.S. Green Building Council. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of commercial development and sustainable building practices.
Chief Legal Counsel
Benjamin M. Weiss specializes in negotiating, structuring, documenting, and closing complex real estate, financing, corporate securities, and other business transactions. In the real estate industry, he represents developers, investors, lenders, tenants, and landlords in all phases of acquisition, financing, investment, development, leasing, and property management processes. In other industries, Ben assists clients in all of their commercial and corporate matters, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, and contract matters.
As an experienced former in-house General Counsel, Ben is an invaluable resource to companies that do not have in-house legal counsel. Ben has built a legal department from the ground up and is well-versed in the organizational and business issues that often entails. He also helps clients successfully navigate the landmines of labor and employment law and human resources issues that crop up from time to time.
Bob Badiee has extensive Accounting, Human Resource and Management experience including development and execution of corporate policies and procedures. He is an experienced analyst, strategic thinker, and a creative and flexible problem-solver. Bob is skilled in contract management and negotiations as well as customer relations and customer service. Bob has deep experience building accounting and auditing procedures for domestic and international operations and has established four unique accounting systems to operate and manage companies in the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America. He is also adept in Operations Management for retail, trade show and online operations.
Bob earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Oregon State University.
Logan is a recent graduate from the University of California San Diego where he pursued a degree in Real Estate Development and fostered a deep passion for the field. Within the program, Logan worked as an undergraduate instructional assistant; outside of the program, he held an internship role as a financial analyst. Accomplishments pertaining to development while in school include winning his senior capstone project on a mixed-use development proposal as well as aiding his team to victory in the 2021 NAIOP University Challenge, where he served as the financial analysis team lead with a primary role in the pro forma buildout. Logan continues to participate as an active member of both NAIOP and ULI. A natural go-getter and team player, he is ecstatic to join the Badiee team
Melody Gillson is a seasoned member of our accounting team, handling various functions including reporting, accounts payable, and receivable, among others.