Bahman Shafa - CEO
Bahman has over 27 years of experience in real estate acquisition and development. Having grown up in five countries on four continents, he brings an international perspective to real estate and specializes in identifying promise and potential in urban neighborhoods. Bahman is also president of Focus Corporation, a national retailer of gifts, souvenirs and clothing with permanent retail stores across the United States and temporary superstores at special events around the world. Bahman’s varied and successful ventures in real estate, retail, parking, self storage and dining employ over 55 people in four states. Bahman lives in downtown Denver and frequently travels the world with his daughter Angelique and fiancé Rose. He enjoys skiing, tennis, mountain biking and travel.
Josh Fine - President
Josh has 10 years of experience in real estate law, land use and development management. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Josh practiced at premier law firms in Boston and Denver where he represented developers in all stages of project development. Josh joined Focus Property Group in 2007 and oversees the company’s portfolio of land assemblage, entitlement and redevelopment projects. Josh is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Colfax Marathon, Co-Chair of the 14th Street General Improvement District Initiative, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ballpark Neighborhood Association. He earned a masters degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. When not running marathons he spends time with his wife and three children.
Ryan Simpson - Vice President, Investments
Ryan has 9 years of experience in commercial real estate, including leasing, investments, due diligence, acquisitions and dispositions. Passion for the industry and the local community led him to join Focus Property Group to concentrate on new acquisition opportunities and lead developments of community enhancing projects. Ryan grew up in Evergreen, CO and has considered Colorado home for 28 years. A graduate of Colorado State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate/Finance. He enjoys all things Colorado such as hiking, camping, golf, and mountain biking in the summers and skiing/snowboarding in the winters. Also, an avid soccer fan, actively playing in city leagues and attended the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
Izzy Murdy - Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Izzy Murdy is a born and bred Colorado native. She has over 12 years of experience in venture capital, early-stage startups, investing and finance. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame with concentrations in venture capital and corporate finance as well as a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from the University of Denver.
Izzy’s passion for Children’s Hospital Colorado stems from being a Children’s baby herself. She has been an active volunteer with Children’s Colorado and now the 2221 Society for over 9 years.
Izzy lives in Denver with her 12-year old dog, Batman. Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, golfing, spending time with her family, cheering for the Irish, and traveling. Plus, she makes a mean banana bread!
Allen Kiel - Director, Capital Markets
Allen has over 40 years of real estate finance, sales and acquisition experience. He grew up in Chicago, but knew that he and his wife Michele wanted to raise their kids in the majesty of Colorado, so they made the move. Allen was a successful Denver commercial real estate broker before becoming a banker at Guaranty Bank and then Citywide Banks. He enjoys tennis and skiing. Allen is a past Chairman of US Davis Cup, and is the current Chair of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Andrew Schuh - Marketing Manager
Originally from Chicago, Andrew received his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013. After beginning his marketing career in Chicago, traveling through Europe for 6 months, and establishing his own digital marketing agency, Andrew moved to Denver where he joined Focus Property Group in January 2018. Enthralled by the mountains and Denver culture, Andrew’s determined to make his mark on the community by furthering FPG’s city enhancements and garnering awareness of FPG property developments and sister companies. On his free time, Andrew enjoys snowboarding, hiking, climbing, and exploring his new home state and city.
Patrick Eckrich - Analyst, Acquisitions & Development
Hailing from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Patrick arrived in Denver in 2011 and graduated from the University of Denver in 2015 with a degree in Finance and Accounting. Out of college, he worked in commercial real estate appraisal and real estate transactions for two large institutional firms before joining Focus Property Group in 2019. Patrick is responsible for underwriting properties, coordinating transactions and helping the firm expand its real estate portfolio. When he’s not crunching the numbers, you can catch him crushing PRs on his road bike and ripping down the mountains on skis.
Kendra Mandarich - Senior Property Manager
Bio coming soon
Katya Lonsdale - Executive Assistant & HR Administrator
Born and raised in Australia, Katya has found her new home in Colorado with the FOcus Companies. She has a varied and creative background which provides her a foundation on which she thrives working among the various companies in the Focus Companies’ portfolio. She wears many hats as a solutions-focused and adaptable Human Resources Administrator, Executive Assistant, and Office Manager for the Focus Companies.
Emily Yetzbacher - Finance Administrator
Emily comes to Focus with over 6 years of administrative experience ranging from process implementation, Human Resources, and billing/insurance and has a Bachelors of Science in Social Work. Emily is a Colorado native and has a Great Dane/Lab mix named Remington who we hope will be joining us in the office. When Emily is not in the office you will find her binge watching reality tv shows, going to dinner with close friends, and bantering with her witty sense of humor!
Dane Jordan - Staff Accountant
Dane grew up in Denver and despite leaving for a few semesters of university, returned to the city he loves to complete his education. He joined Focus Property Group in 2019, after earning two master’s degrees from the University of Colorado Denver, one in Accounting and one in Tax. As a member of the accounting team, he makes sure all the numbers are in the right place for FPG and all the sister companies. When he is not looking at spreadsheets, he makes use of all the disc golf course in the greater Denver area.
Kasey Bennett - AP Specialist
Kasey grew up on the East Coast in Westport, Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management & Nutritional Science. After college, she went onto cooking school in New York City and received a certificate in Culinary Arts. For many years, she moved all over the country working as a Chef, Café Manager, and Catering Sales/Event Planner. She met her husband while visiting Chicago and got married a year and half later. After 5 years in Chicago, they decided to relocate to Colorado to enjoy the warmer weather and start a family. Now a days, her six your old son keeps her extremely busy with soccer games, swim lessons, and lots of play time. She has worked for Focus Corporation since 2017 in the accounting department as Accounts Payable Specialist.
Kasey enjoys cooking, spending quality time with her family, and traveling.
Stacy Heffner - Controller
While not native to New Jersey, Stacy currently calls the state home. Stacy is a well-rounded corporate controller with over 20 years of accounting and finance experience and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She has experience in many industries including warehousing, 3PLs, manufacturing, start-ups, SPACs, and services. Now that her three children are grown up and have moved out, she lives with her husband Scott and their two elderly dogs Rusty and Scooter along with a few parrots. In her free time, she enjoys reading, a trip to the beach and picking up shells, and spending time with her children when they are home to visit.
Casey Kjeseth - Building Engineer
Casey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the FPG team to include general building maintenance and scheduling of inspections, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing repair and life safety systems management just to name a few areas of his expertise. Casey focuses on the maintenance and repairs at our FPG Properties in Downtown Denver and 5500 Greenwood Plaza in the Tech Center along with any help we may need at our Retail and Greenbox locations.
Spencer Russell - Parking Manager
Spencer has contributed to many flexible, focused, and ambitious teams previously and is looking forward to contributing to our collective success in 2021. When Spencer is not in the office you will find him enjoying movies, live music, and the fabulous summer weather, preferably with spicy tacos!