Founders

Mike Ballard

Co-founded Camino Verde Group and has thirty years of experience in all facets of real estate operations, including entitlement, acquisitions, development, renovation, dispositions, property management and finance.  Mike has been involved in the development and/or renovation of multifamily, retail and office properties as well as data centers.

Mike is currently involved in the development of more than $100 million of multifamily or mixed-use real estate in California, Nevada and Utah.

Mike was a founding member of the board of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and also helped with the formation of the local National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and Construction Financial Management Association chapters. He has helped start three banks and served on the board of one of them.  Early in Mike’s career, he worked for Laventhol & Horwath, CPAs. After Laventhol, he joined McGladrey & Pullen before starting his own consulting firm.

Kevin Romney

Kevin Romney is the founder and managing director of Camino Verde Group, a firm he founded in 2019. Camino Verde Group is a real estate investment and development firm whose focus is creating quality affordable housing in challenged neighborhoods throughout the West. 

At Camino Verde Group, Kevin is responsible for handling property acquisitions, financing and asset management.  He is currently involved in the development or management of more than $250 million in multifamily (more than 800 units) and mixed-use real estate in California, Nevada and Utah. 

He develops properties from the ground up, including the buildout of co-living properties in Southern California and the development of Ephraim Crossing in rural Utah, a multiuse campus of residential neighborhoods, retail and office spaces. He also manages Camino Verde Group’s partnership with the second largest affordable housing provider in the country in a 348-unit project at the Las Vegas master plan community Inspirada.

Kevin founded The Romney Group in 1989 and remained president and CEO of the company until he left to create Camino Verde Group in 2019. At The Romney Group, Kevin owned and developed commercial property and managed retail, office and medical projects. Among his top projects were the development and expansion of a multimillion-dollar renewable energy corporation, 200-plus account vending company and a locating company, in which he helped negotiate the placement of more than 15,000 vending machines for hundreds of national vending machine companies.

While at The Romney Group, Kevin was also CEO and president of Paramount MultiServices, LLC, in which he built a major group of call centers throughout Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska. From 2003 to 2012, Kevin oversaw the company’s management team and grew sales to $9 million. The company had more than 300 customer-service representatives working on behalf of Fortune 500 clientele.

Kevin started his career at Ernst and Whinney, one of the largest and most highly regarded accounting and consulting firms in the U.S.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.

An El Paso, Texas native, Kevin has lived in Las Vegas since 2003. He is the father of seven children and 15 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and exploring U.S. National Parks. He has a goal to visit every national park in the contiguous United States. As of 2021, Kevin had only four more parks to visit.

Partners

Joseph Gallagher

Joseph Gallagher is a senior financial and development executive with more than three decades of experience. Prior to Camino Verde Group, Joseph has held senior roles at Cobalt Data Centers, Marnell Companies, Station Casinos and the Las Vegas Sands corporation. In his more than 15 years in construction management, he has been responsible for more than $1 billion in construction projects.

As Chief Financial Officer of Cobalt Data Centers, Joseph was responsible for the overall financial affairs of the company, including managing cash flows, capital expenditures, finances and budgetary procedures. Joseph also served as Project Manager for the construction of the Cobalt Cheyenne Data Center. He oversaw the design and construction teams and directed their activities with an eye toward project budget and schedule.

Prior to that, Joseph spent five years as a senior executive for the Marnell Companies, one of the leading construction and architecture firms in the U.S. Marnell is best known for its Las Vegas Strip resort work, including Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Wynn Las Vegas, The Mirage, Treasure Island and the M Resort.

Prior to that, Joseph was Director of Construction Finance for Station Casinos where he was the chief construction financial officer during the design and construction of Green Valley Ranch Resort and Thunder Valley Casino as well as numerous expansions, renovations and remodels.
Joseph has also held senior roles in the financial departments of the Sands Hotel and Casino and Sands Expo & Convention Center.

Robby Thomas

Robby Thomas is a financial services and non-profit leader whose career and leadership spans more than two decades.  He started his career in banking at Bank of America, Sovereign Bank and OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest African-American Bank.

Robby’s business and leadership experience include serving successfully for two terms as President and Chairman of the Greater Grove Hall Main Streets (a community-based economic development initiative in partnership with local stakeholders and the City of Boston).  He also served as a director and officer of the Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corp, a multi-million-dollar community based real estate developer of low-income housing. 

Our Advisors

John Edmond

John Edmond is the founder of Nucleus Investments and Nucleus Associates Community Development Corporation. John has been in real estate development business for more than 40 years.

John was the first black baccarat dealer in Las Vegas. He started at the Stardust, moved to the MGM, before ultimately becoming Senior Vice President of Baccarat at the Caesars Palace until 1985. Million-dollar games, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and making money was par for the course. Edmond made a goal to save much of that money to invest in the historic West Las Vegas. He started Nucleus Investments, developed the Edmond Town Center, and began buying properties in the historic Westside to help the struggling community.

In 2000 at the behest of Governor Kenny Guinn, John started the not-for-profit, Nucleus Community Development Corporation. He also serves on the board of the City of Las Vegas Community Investment Corporation, a city-controlled nonprofit, which serves as a Community Development Entity awarding approved NMTC loans.

Mike Montandon

Mike Montandon is broker and co-owner of Providence Commercial, a commercial real estate brokerage firm based in Henderson NV. Prior to Providence, Mike served as Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at DC Building Group, Managing Partner at Insight Investment Partners where he focused on the San Diego County, Phoenix, and Las Vegas markets for a diverse range of asset classes.

For 12 years, from 1997 to 2009, mike served as Mayor of North Las Vegas, Nevada’s fourth largest city and the nations 89th largest city. Prior to serving as North Las Vegas’ mayor, he was Senior Appraisal Analyst with Bank of America.

In addition to his professional career, Mike has served on several boards and committees. The most recent include Board of Directors for Valley Bank of Nevada, the Las Vegas Chapters of NAIOP, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority (LVCVA) and the Nellis Air Force Base Support Team.

Mujahid Ramadan

Mujahid Ramadan is the founder and CEO of M.R. Consulting, a diversity training and consulting firm. At MR Consulting ,Mujahid leads a team of six professionals and administrative members that creates and delivers diversity and management training for corporations and public agencies.

Prior to starting his consulting firm, Ramadan served as CEO of Nevada Partners Organization, Inc. where he managed the construction of a 20,000 job training facility and then managed a staff fo 25. He developed and implemented the welfare-to-work initiative programs, designed and facilitated the Metro Police Department’s Academy Diversity program and participated in the design and implementation of MGM MIRAGE Diversity and Hiring Promotion Outreach in Southern Nevada and in Detroit Michigan.

Proir to Nevada Partners, Ramadan was appointed Nevada State Drug Policy Director, aka State Drug Czar, by Governor Bill Miller. There he administered governor’s drug policy commission and its funding of a $13 million dollar yearly budget for law enforcement, education and treatment.

Prior to joining the Governor’s cabinet, Ramadan served as U.S. Senator Harry’s Reid’s regional representative.

Ramadan served as an advisor to the President’s Faith Community Initiative, a board member of the Inter-Faith Council for Workers Justice, a participant in the National Leadership Summit on Race Relations and America’s Public Education System, and a trainer for the Justice Department Violent Crimes Program.