Our Management Team

Stephanie Balynas
Director of Property Management

Stephanie joined Bison Management Team after 4 years of commercial property management in the Twin Cities. Her professional experience includes 5+ years in the construction industry as well as a business owner for over 10 years. She is a licensed realtor in MN.

Stephanie has 2 sons, Michael (18) and Anthony (20), and Cassie (step-daughter) with her husband Steve. She has been an active community volunteer for 20 plus years. She enjoys her time with family and friends, her summer place in WI, as well as finding time to enjoy her hobbies which include reading, walking, hiking, and being outdoors.

Laura Ward
District Manager

Laura Ward joined the team at the start of 2016 as a manager at The Bluff’s in Williston, ND. She was an integral part of the success in the lease-up process at this property as well as its continued presence as one of the best complexes to live at in the city of Williston. Laura was promoted to District Manager in the ND region and continues to utilize her education in Accounting, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship to cultivate and build our management team. She owned and operated the Daily Addiction in Williston for several years as well as helped establish the Downtowners Association to host community events and remains an active advocate for the Willison Community. She is currently licensed in ND as a real estate agent and continues to pursue her passion in helping entrepreneurs find commercial office space to pursue their dreams.

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Kent Roers
Owner

Kent is the founder of Roers Investments, LLC. He was born in Bismarck, ND with much of his family still residing in North Dakota. Kent has been involved in real estate for 15 years in most aspects of residential properties starting with single family houses operating both lease to own and regular rental operations. Kent spent 15 years in the securities business. He has a series 7, 66, 65, and 63 and achieved his (CFP) Certified Financial Planning degree in 2001. Kent holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Southwest State University.

On the personal side, Kent has been married to wife Susan for 5 years. He has three children: Austin (4), Lucy (2), and Vivian (6 months). He is active in the Our Lady of Grace Men’s Group, FCA Men’s Hockey, IREM Institute of Real Estate Management and all the kid’s activities. He enjoys boating, water skiing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, traveling, and hunting.

Brian Roers
Owner

Brian’s path to Roers Investments leads through a 50% ownership in Anderson & Roers CPAs, which he co-founded and operated since 2005. Brian attended St. John’s University where he double majored in Management and Accounting and passed the CPA exam in 2002. Brian began his career at KPMG, a big four accounting firm.

Brian and wife Katie have been married since 2003 and also have three children: Charlie (5), Brody (3), and Drew (1). Brian is involved with the St. Michael church and school, American Institute of CPAs, MNSociety of CPAs, IREM Institute of Real Estate Management, and all activities with his children. When not working, Brian’s favorite activities are snowmobiling, four wheeling, skiing, hunting, and spending time with family outdoors.

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Jeff Koch
Partner

Jeff Koch joined Roers Investments in September of 2013. Jeff’s relationship with the Roers family began when he grew up in Marshall, MN together with the Roers brothers. Jeff brings 10 years of project management, data analysis, team management, and contract negotiations experience through his employment at Target Corporation Headquarters prior to joining the team. Jeff’s passion for real estate investing began in 2003 when he bought his first investment property. Since then, he has been buying, renovating, managing, and selling properties in the Minneapolis, MN area through his own company, K2 group LLC. Jeff attended St. Cloud State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Marketing.

On the personal side, Jeff has been married to his wife Lindsey since 2007. Together they have two children, Adalyn (3) and Lucie (11 mos.). Jeff is involved with being an active member of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, American Marketing Association, IREM Institute of Real Estate Management, and attending all activities with his children. He enjoys boating, wake boarding, traveling, and hunting.

Paul Keenan
Vice President Development

Paul Keenan joined Roers Investments in 2016 as Vice President of Development. Prior to joining Roers, Paul served as Senior Developer at prominent Twin Cities real estate firm where he developed over 600 units totaling over $115mm in total development cost since 2012. Paul brings expertise in structuring and executing complex transactions utilizing public financing tools such as low income housing tax credits, state and federal historic tax credits, tax increment financing, and various soft sources of financing. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Master’s in Business Administration from Hamline University. He and his wife, Katie, are the proud parents of three girls: Lucy (9), Amelia (6), and Sally (5).

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Jim Milliken
Director of Finance

Jim joined the team in July of 2015. Previously, he worked at CBRE as a commercial real estate accountant and is currently working towards his CPA. He has a diverse background with experience at Merrill Lynch, an oil fracking company, and a commercial bank.

Jim graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a double major in accounting and finance. He founded and led the College’s investment club while staying active in the Ministry. Jim is from Stillwater, Minnesota and in his free time, he enjoys shooting sporting clays, hunting, and boating.

Bob Fischer
Project Manager/Development Coordinator

Bob joined the team in January of 2014. Previously, he worked with Brian at Anderson & Roers CPAs on audits. He has also been involved with a finance group in South Africa. He brings a unique and versatile perspective with him.

Bob graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. He was also a valued leader of the football team where he was a two-time All-American on the gridiron. To stay active, he enjoys biking around Minneapolis and joining basketball and softball leagues for fun.

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Jared Ackman
Assistant Developer

Jared joined Roers Investments in January 2017. Previously, he served as a Financial Analyst with another twin cities development company. Jared comes with vast experience in financing transactions from initial underwriting through execution. He has closed over $100MM in debt transactions and successfully closed more than $150MM worth of sales transactions. Jared help’s support the different development phases from site selection through construction completion. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus with a degree in Financial Economics. He and his wife, Amanda, reside in Wayzata, MN.

Carrie Winter
Executive Specialist

Carrie Winter joined Roers in 2017 as an Executive Specialist. Prior to joining Roers, Carrie served as an Administrator for a private, for profit institution. Carrie brings experience in management and leadership with an attention to detail that maximizes potential. Carrie holds an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and a Master’s degree from Globe University in Managerial Leadership. Carrie and her husband Rob are the proud parents of Kailee and Colton and enjoy outdoor activities as a family and spending time at the lake.

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Tara Harwell
Office Coordinator / Leasing Agent

Tara joined Bison Management Team in October 2016 with over 2 years of onsite property management experience in the Twin Cities area including lease-up and successfully bringing her properties to stabilization. She has assisted in the sale of a multi-housing community in Omaha, NE and a lease-up project in Oklahoma.

Tara enjoys spending time with her family including her 9 siblings as well as her boyfriend Chad. She enjoys caring for her 2 cats, Romeo and Juliet, and her dog, Zoey. She recently bought her first home and has been decorating and working on home improvement projects.

Tonya Beaird
Leasing/Site Manager

Tonya was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. She has a passion for people which is perfect for her role in Leasing & Property management.

Tonya is a proud mother of three children: Dalton (9), Bailiee (8), and Cooper (4) and stays busy helping her kids follow their dreams in various sports and activities.

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Julie Erickson
Accountant

Julie joined our team in April 2015. Her experience comes from 37 years in the property management filed, as a property manager and property accountant for residential, as well as commercial office, industrial and retail properties. Julie is a licensed broker in Minnesota.

Julie and her husband, Carson, have five children Erika (27), Emma (25), Christopher (25), Kyle (24) and Katie (21), as well as their four grandchildren Jack (4), Summer (4), Charley (1) and Brooke 2 months. They enjoy country living and have 4 horses, and 3 beagles.