Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, the Focus Property Group team is made up of a diverse group of professionals dedicated to reshaping and revitalizing communities.
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. He enjoys skiing, tennis, mountain biking and travel.
Kendra Mandarich - Vice President of Property Management
Kendra brings a background in Class A office, retail center, medical and industrial real estate management experience to Focus and was most recently overseeing 394,000 sq.ft. of Class A office space in the Denver Tech Center. She now oversees our Property Management department, which includes our entire property portfolio and parking team!
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.
Sarah Bodhaine - Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Sarah has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado for over 20 years. She started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a global “big four” public accounting firm, after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the ensuing years, she has honed her accounting & finance skills with a variety of companies in the Denver area. Sarah’s niche is helping growing companies establish their corporate accounting & finance function through building teams, systems, and processes to achieve both organic and acquisitive growth. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her two boys (both hockey players!), practicing martial arts, climbing mountains, skiing, and traveling the world!
Alex Winkler - Finance Associate
Alex was born and raised in Fort Collins, CO and graduated from Nazareth College in Upstate NY during 2020. At ‘Naz’ he studied Finance, and was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team. Outside of his professional life, Alex likes to play golf, snowboard, and spend time with his friends and family. Fun Fact: Alex has been to all 48 of the mainland states in the US!
April Esparza - Corporate Controller
April joins the Focus team having spent the previous 9 years at Exclusive Resorts, where she was the Director of Accounting & Risk Managment. She also has experience working as a Controller for start-up-companies and companies with similar needs. She has a BS in Accounting as well as an MSA. In her freetime, she is usually shuttling her kids to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, gymnastics, horseback riding or music lessons, and as a family enjoys travel, four wheeling, camping and hiking! She also recently embarked on her own journey of learning Mauy Thai (Thai Kickboxing), and loves it!
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.
Blake Cohen - Acquisitions Analyst
Blake was born and raised in Austin, Texas before he moved to Colorado for college where he is now completing a dual emphasis business degree in Real Estate and Strategic Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado Boulder. He initially became passionate about Real Estate early on in his college career when he took a part time job at the condominium he lived at and began seeing the real world positive benefits that real estate could have. What he has learned since then through both his course work and his work experiences has prepared him well to start his career in the industry. He is excited to begin my career with a company that shares the same values and demonstrates a uniquely positive corporate vision. In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling, and long distance running.
Candace Holloway - AP & Accounting Administrator
Candace was born in a small town, near New Orleans, growing up traveling and additionally living in such places as Alaska and Iceland. She has lived in the Denver area since 2017.
She is also very outdoorsy and enjoys such activities as horseback riding, hiking, camping and gardening. Additionally, she enjoys dancing, yoga and creating visual art. The outdoors is her happy place and getting out in nature greatly helps her to stay healthy, peaceful and centered.
Candace comes to us with a background in banking, as well as medical billing and coding which she did for several years, before deciding to switch over to accounting, where she has worked in both accounts receivable and accounts payable, mainly for manufacturing and distributing companies.
Casey Kjeseth - Chief Building Engineer
Casey brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the FPG team including 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.
Hunter Boothe - Parking Manager
Hunter is originally from Akron, OH and loves to travel and spend time with his kids and fiancé! His two little girls and puppy keep him pretty occupied but when he’s not spending time with, and taking care of them, he loves to explore all of what beautiful Colorado has to offer! Hunter is also a foodie, and loves to try out new spots in Denver (Denver really does have a great food scene). When the weather is good you will find him, his family and dog up in the mountains relaxing by a river or hiking.
Jade Cutler - Social Media & Ecommerce Manager
A Denver Native, Jade received her Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State Univeristy of Denver in 2015, graduating with degrees in Philosopy, Psychology, English Literautre, Women’s Studies and Business Marketing. After college she started her own freelance marketing business and gained in depth knowledge of the field, all while traveling the world and running a second personal dog walking business. A part of the focus family since 2018, Jade now manages all of the Social Media and organic SEO accounts, channels and websites for Focus Group of Companies, runs and manages the Focus Retail website and works as an assistant buyer for the retail stores. In her free time Jade enjoys traveling, a good book and/or show, playing Dungeons and Dragons, lawn games (bocce ball anyone?), and is more often than not found having a laugh with friends over drinks!
Jaime Chastain - Assistant Property Manager
Jaime joins Focus Property Group with a diverse background in customer service, management, and 6 years’ experience in running her own cleaning company. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology in December 2014 with concentrations in ecology and entomology. Jaime grew up in Colorado, catching snakes and riding bikes. She now spends most of her time taking her dog on adventures in state parks, still looking for snakes and insects. She enjoys sipping tea while reading, writing songs with her ukulele, crafting jewelry and soap, and reworking college physics books.
Karen Wetterhall - AP & Accounting Administrator
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Karen excelled in athletics growing up (swimming and water polo!), and was even a high school state champion swimmer, being awarded Kearns High School female athlete of the year! While residing in the heart of the intermountain west (Utah, Wyoming and Colorado), Karen brings over 25 years of rich work experience to our Focus team! Starting as an Administratice Assistant and evolving into an Accounting Assistant role, she has supported industries in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education and Construction. She also received her Associates of Applied Science (AAS) from Front Range Community College in Accounting, along with Certificates in Bookkeeping and Business. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and fur baby Shadow the cat, as well as cook, garden, camp and fish!
Katya Lonsdale - Human Resources Generalist
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.
Lisa Bullock - Staff Accountant
Efficiency and bringing order to chaos is a passion of Lisa’s. Getting to positively affect a company’s culture and bottom line provides her with enormous gratification. While she has crunched numbers across many industries, she is excited to be back in property management, helping her accounting team tackle tasks! When not working, Lisa enjoys traveling to new places and being outdoors (partaking especially in 4-wheeling, fishing, skiing and hiking). Music is also a big deal to Lisa. She collects vinyl records and is always finding some new band/song to listen to on repeat. Finally, she is an enthusiastic home chef, huge sports fan, and tries to volunteer for a couple organizations around Denver whenever she can.
Manuel Holguin - Building Engineer
Manuel – more commonly know as Manny – has been a building Engineer for 10 years. He has worked in the downtown Denver area for most of his career, and has worked on everything from constructions projects to new fire systems, covering just about one million square feet in commercial properties in total! Manny also has two beautiful Husky’s (Flash and Lassy). In his free time he loves playing golf with friends and family at all the wonderful courses we have here in Denver, as well as in Evergreen. He is happy to be a part of the Focus Family and brings many skills alongside his determination to the team!
Michayla Danu - Property Manager
Michayla is a Colorado almost-native, having been here since she was one, it is her beloved home. She comes to Focus with four years of Commercial Real Estate experience, three of which have been spent in Commercial Property Management. She is a pillar of support to tenants and landlords alike. In Michayla’s off-hours, you may find her designing and creating elaborate costumes for Comic-Con, or playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons. She has a never ending kaleidoscope of hair colors, and a gentle giant of a dog named Ezio.
Patrick Eckrich - Associate
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.