Jim Beran

President & Owner

Jim handles management and administration, finance, legal, contracts, payroll, etc.  If you want to engage Joshua One Seven to manage your properties, Jim’s the guy to see.

He first learned to swing a hammer by helping his dad remodel their basement and has loved doing home improvement projects ever since.  Along the way, he has held various management positions with AT&T, First Chicago and Bank One, leading teams from 2 to 200+ in technology, marketing and strategic planning.  He first came to the UP in 2006 and, most recently, worked for 4 years at WLUC TV6, leaving that position in 2014 when it was clear that he had a face for radio and a voice for newspaper. He acquired his first rental property in 1999, and since then, his passion for providing safe, affordable homes for anyone in need has grown into his life’s work.

Perry Findley

Maintenance Manager

Perry oversees the maintenance crew, leading all of the maintenance, rehabilitation and contractor efforts needed to get and keep our properties in top condition.  He’s been turning wrenches since early in life.  Learning car maintenance and repair as a kid eventually led to his Class A license and several years as an over-the-road truck driver.  I think he actually prefers to spend time driving around in our Bobcat!

Perry is currently pursuing certification as a contractor, so he’s got the paper to go with the skills.

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Amber Findley

Office Manager

Amber handles the office work, including leasing, account maintenance, billing, accounts payable and advertising.  If it’s paper, it’s probably Amber’s job.  She’s the first point of contact for our current and prospective tenants.

Amber has an associates of applied science in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  I’m pretty sure she uses her education to keep the rest of us in line.

James Blankenship


James is an experienced jack-of-all-trades, equally at home hanging drywall or repairing our equipment.  He has worked in a variety of industries and brings a wealth of experience to our team in lots of roles.  If it’s broke or not working, James can fix it.

Originally from Lancaster, CA (read that as high desert, with temps regularly above 110 degrees), he’s been in the UP for several years and now seems to be quite comfortable with snow.