Get to Know Us

John E. Ballas, CPM®
Managing Partner

Prior to the establishment of Ballas and Partners Management, Mr. Ballas was Director of Operations for Bowen Property Management. In that capacity Mr. Ballas was responsible for the supervision of the financial and operational performance of the properties in the Company’s portfolio. The portfolio consisted of market-rate and affordable apartments, luxury condominiums and senior independent retirement communities.

Mr.  Ballas joined BPMC in May of 1992 and brought with him 15 years of specialty big box and retail management experience. His multi-faceted management experience added to the depth of his knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the property management industry.

Mr. Ballas is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM®). He is also an affiliate member of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors; and holds a real estate brokerage license in both Oregon and Washington.

Susan Camarda-West, CMCA® AMS ® PCAM ®
Chief Operating Officer

As an Equity Partner of BPM, Susan is responsible for business development and company administration. Susan’s college background is in business and real estate. Before joining the partnership, Susan spent 15 years with Bowen Property Management where she oversaw a large portfolio that included a mix of homeowners associations, apartments and retail.

In 2006 Susan was given the responsibility of forming and building an HOA management division for Bowen. At that time she became and remains involved with CAI (Community Institute Association), where she holds her CMCA® (Certified Manager Community Association), AMS® (Association Management Specialist) and PCAM ® (Professional Community Association Manager) designations.

Jennifer Welsh BPM Management
Jennifer Welsh
Director of Operations

Jennifer has joined BPM Management after relocating from California.   She has over 25 years of experience in HOA Management, managing a portfolio of properties ranging from commercial to residential.  Jennifer was an Onsite Manager for an upscale community, Senior Account Manager overseeing a staff of 4 managers and an Assistant General Manager for a Master Planned Development of 16,000 commercial and residential properties.  Jennifer will be managing the day to day operations of BPM as well as managing a portfolio of properties. Jennifer is also working towards her designations with Community Association Institute where she is already actively involved.

Kimberly Thorpe
Director of Accounting

Kimberly received her Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from Maryville University St. Louis. Kimberly was a GL Accountant for Bowen Property Management for a little over three years before joining BPM as we branched off from Bowen to become our Accounting Manager. Prior to coming to work for Bowen Property Management, Kimberly worked in the investment and insurance industry for 5 years. Kimberly is working towards getting her CMA (Certified Managerial Accountant) license.

Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon
Director of Maintenance

Eric has over 16 years’ experience as a Community Manger and has recently joined the BPM staff.  Prior to joining BPM Eric has had tenures with two Portland HOA management company’s where he was an Executive Manager overseeing a team of 4 manager while having a portfolio of his own; and as a Senior Manager overseeing 7 managers and his own portfolio.   Eric has been a member of Community Association Institute (CAI) since 2002, obtaining a CMCA, AMS designations and is in the process of completing his PCAM designation.  Eric brings a combination of experience to this position, an experienced mangers eye as well as on-site maintenance in handling a number of construction defect cases and full restoration projects; this included project management of on-site vendors, contractors and dealing with the execution of maintenance plans.  Eric attended California State University at Long Beach studying Criminal Justice.

Chris Jones, BPM Management
Chris Jones
Portfolio Manager

Chris Jones has worked in the property management industry for over 11 years.  Chris is a native Oregonian and attended Portland State University.  Chris has extensive experience in Multifamily Residential Management, Commercial Management, and HOA Management throughout his career.  Chris is currently working towards his M-100 designation with Community Association Institute where he is already actively involved.  Chris enjoys spending time with his family, coaching baseball, and is an avid outdoorsman.

Holly Thompson
Portfolio Manager

Holly is a transplant from AZ although she has been here for over 20 years which qualifies her to be an Oregonian.  She bring 10 years of condominium management experience where she managed a portfolio of 11 to 20 properties at any given time.  During that time, she managed several construction defect projects.  She received her CMCA designation in 2008.  Outside of work, she enjoys playing in a recreational pool league.

Katie Standen
Katie Standen
Assistant Portfolio Manager

Katie has worked in property management for the past eight years in a variety of roles. She has experience with several housing funding sources which include USDA Rural Development, HUD and LIHTC. She began her career as an Onsite Manager, and together with her business partner started their own management company in order to self-manage local Rural Development funded properties. Katie has been a member of Oregon AHMA (Affordable Housing Management Association) for ten years. Katie is going to begin her educational track with Community Association Institute so that she can earn her CMCA. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and exploring the Pacific Northwest in their camper.