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.
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.
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!
Joey Poyastro - Commercial Property Manager
Joey is a Real Estate professional with a strong background in underwriting acquisitions and multifamily management. With 9 years experience in the industry, Joey has overseen a variety of properties, including apartment communities and retail spaces.
Outside of work, Joey has a few hobbies that keep him busy. He is an avid Lego enthusiast and enjoys building intricate sets in his free time. He also has a hiking buddy, his Golden Retriever named Ollie, and together, they love finding new trails to hike. Finally Joey is a big basketball fan and enjoys cheering on the Miami Heat & Denver Nuggets whenever he can.
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!
Karina Zuniga - AP Specialist
Karina is a hardworking professional who integrates experience and training in everyday work. With over 5+ years of experience as an accounts payable specialist, Karina is a highly motivated team player who contributes her skills and positive attitude to the team! When she’s not working, she is a soccer and dance mom, spending weekends and afternoons at tournaments or practices!
Katie Vaughan - Property Manager
Katie Vaughan was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Denver in early 2013 and has been a part of the Focus Property Group team since early 2017. With a lengthy sales and real estate background, Katie is passionate about managing her rockstar team and working with both the Focus Family as well as Focus tenants, to ensure the best experience for everyone! Outside of work, Katie is all about ping pong – taking 2nd place two years in a row in our annual doubles tournament. She also enjoys golf, spending time outdoors, and playing board games with friends and family! You can find Katie moving about our multiple properties on any given day. If you see her, make sure and say hi!
Katya Lonsdale - Head of People Success
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.
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!