A seventh-generation Texan, Mr. Bakke and his family have a long tradition of service to their community, the Lone Star State and the military. His great-great-great grandfather was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence; another ancestor fell while defending the Alamo.
Mr. Bakke is a member of the prestigious Order of the Distinguished Quartermaster for his lifetime of service to Fort Sam Houston military members and their families. He is Past King Antonio and Past Commander of The Texas Cavaliers, a board member of the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation and former appointee to the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee. In 2002, Mr. Bakke and the Texas Cavaliers created the Wounded Warrior Military Fiesta, which now hosts more than 2,000 military honorees annually at the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. Mr. Bakke has also served as Vice Chairman of the Witte Museum and on the vestry, building and finance committees of several South Texas churches. Mr. Bakke currently serves on the board of trustees for Alamo Colleges Foundation.
Mr. Bakke attended Texas A&M University at Kingsville, where he majored in business. As president and CEO of Bakke Development Corp., which he founded in 1996, Mr. Bakke oversees all construction, leasing and management of the firm’s real estate and investment interests. Over the years, he has built hundreds of thousands of square feet of multi-family, retail and self-storage projects in the San Antonio metro area, the Hill Country and South Texas.