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.
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!
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.
Kendra Mandarich - Senior Property Manager
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!
Katya Lonsdale - Human Resources 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!
Julisa Bueno - Staff Accountant
Julisa was born and raised in New Jersey and recently moved from Connecticut to Colorado. She has a Bachelors in Accounting and has worked in the Accounting field for 17 years. Julisa loves the Accounting function and likes to keep things organized! When she takes a pause from crunching numbers, Julisa enjoys the outdoors, kickboxing, traveling, grying different foods and painting!
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.
Alex Callejos - Parking Manager
Alex comes to us with years of managment experience in the restaurant industry. A Colorado native, Alex dedicates much of his free time to friends and family. He is also a historian, a huge sports fan and a lover of traveling!
Gabie Batista - Office Special Projects Manager
Gabie grew up on the east coast, and graduated from Washington College in Maryland with a degree in Business Managment. She has lived in Denver, Colorado for the last 8 years working several years in the marketing space, as well as working as the right hand for Executiies where she maximized operational excellence and sttrategic marketing. In her free time, Gabie loves to play tennis, workout, draw, paint and go on adventures with her dog, Toad.
Brenda Johnson - Commercial Property Manager
Bio Coming soon
Alex Winkler - Finance Administrator Intern
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!
Michayla Danu - Assistant Commercial 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 has 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.
Jamie Murray - Building Engineer
Bio Coming soon
Diego Castro - Grounds/Maintenance Technician
Diego is from San Luis Potosi in Mexico. He comes to us with experience in property care and is a real team player! In his free time, Diego can most often be found at the Gym as well as spending time with his two Neices!