After a successful career in the MLB, Jim Bruske and his wife moved to Phoenix in 2000 to be near family and begin their next chapter. During his 15 years playing professional baseball, Jim, with the help of his teammates won a national league pennant with the XXXXX and the World Series with the Yankees. The experience taught him the value of hard work, discipline and the importance of being part of a team.
Jim grew up in the small Southern Illinois town of Collinsville where he spent most of his childhood. His family then moved to Southern California when he entered high school. As a freshman, he tried out for the baseball team and was cut. Determined, Jim returned his sophomore year and made it. He continued to play at Antelope Valley junior college in the hopes it would help pay for his education. It was there his talent was recognized and he received a scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science. While at LMU his team made the College World Series and Jim was once again noticed. He was drafted into the major leagues, first as an outfielder with the Cleveland Indians, then later as pitcher for the LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and eventually the New York Yankees.
After retiring from baseball, Jim began contemplating his next move, looking at investing in properties to fix-up and sell, which lead him to return to school to get his real estate license. Influenced by his mother's 35-year career in residential real estate, Jim knew his strong work ethic and persistence would pay off and lend itself to success. After only 5 years of learning the ropes, he formed a partnership to launch his realty company, Marsh Partners. Jim spent the next decade as a leading REALTOR® in the Phoenix market. In 2013 he was recruited to Russ Lyon Sotheby's International, where he joined forces with Susan Harris to build The Bruske Team. Susan and Jim share a commitment to integrity and finding the best fit for their clients.
Jim is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Scottsdale Association of Realtors. He is a member of the Arizona Major League Alumni and continues to remain active in the community, as a volunteer coach. He has coached numerous little league teams, held training clinics for youth and served as the head coach for Brophy College Preparatory. Jim is also an avid golfer and active member of the Arizona Country Club where he serves on the Membership committee. He is a lifetime member of the Phoenix Boys and Girls Club of America and a former member of the executive council.
Jim and his wife Amy have two children and live in Paradise Valley. Jim's son, CJ is a freshman at the University of Arizona and his daughter, Kate is a freshman at Arcadia High School.