Who We Are
Blanton Turner is a Seattle-based property management and development consulting firm providing multi-family and student housing developers and owners with real estate solutions for an ever-changing economy. We're a proven team that has been working together for years. We think like owners, run properties like the multi-million dollar businesses they are, apply insight gained through our extensive background in development, and enjoy having a little fun while we're at it.
Barry Blanton, CPM
Chief Problem Solver | Principal
Since beginning his career in 1980 in Eugene, Oregon, Barry has become one of the most influential (and well-loved!) property management professionals in the Pacific Northwest. In his role as Chief Problem Solver, Barry works with clients to turn challenges into opportunities on a daily basis.
Prior to founding Blanton Turner, Barry was a partner in two real estate management companies in Eugene, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. He is a Certified Property Manager and a Principal Broker in Washington and Oregon. Barry is highly active in the industry locally as well as at the state and federal levels. He served in 2010 as the President of Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 27 (Western Washington) and was honored as CPM of the year in 2009. Barry currently serves as the Treasurer of the Alliance for Pioneer Square's Board of Directors.
Heidi Turner, CPM
Director of Intangible Assets | Principal
Heidi Turner has nearly 20 years of experience in property management. As a principal, her role is to oversee all residential property management operations; professional employee development, training and keeping the corporate culture…well, not corporate!
Heidi specializes in student housing and enjoys the challenge and fulfillment of creating a meaningful experience for students in their first home away from home. Her own formal education occurred at Vanguard University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude before earning an MBA from Seattle University.
Heidi is a Certified Property Manager, and served as 2004 President of IREM Chapter 27 (Western Washington), and was awarded CPM of the Year in 2005.
Chasten Fulbright, CPM
Creative Innovator | Principal
Chasten has ten years of experience in portfolio management and asset management, specializing in urban mixed-use and student housing. As one of the founding principals of Blanton Turner, Chasten consults with developers, architects and marketers to create lasting properties that maximize returns while overseeing marketing and technology.
Chasten was recently elected President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 27 (Western Washington) for 2012-2013. He was named CPM Candidate of the Year in 2005.
Chasten graduated from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.
Success Navigator | Principal
Krista began her real estate career in 1991 as an agent with Kidder Mathews, and she has extensive background in commercial real estate management and in real estate project management and development.
As one of Blanton Turner's founding principals, Krista oversees daily commercial management services as well as capital projects, property repositioning and tenant improvements. Krista is passionate about project management and enjoys the creative process of maximizing TI budgets for great results.
Krista's past professional experience includes providing appraisal quality control for Palmer Groth and serving as a project manager for Resource Group International and Barclays North as well as numerous other entitlement and construction projects. She also served as Economic Development Director at the City of Oak Harbor for eight years.
Krista earned her BA from Pacific Lutheran University in Communications and Business.
Head of Legume Inventory | Principal
Alan has focused on real estate for the past seven years of his 13-year finance and accounting career. As a founding principal of Blanton Turner, Alan leads the finance side of the company's objective – to run properties like the multi-million dollar businesses they are. He excels at explaining the details of accounting as well as the broader strategy of managing real estate at an asset management level.
Alan has been active in the Urban Land Institute since 2005 and is a past Board Fellow with Habitat for Humanity of Seattle & South King County.
Alan earned his BBA in Finance and Accounting from Texas Christian University, and his MBA with a real estate concentration from the University of Washington.
Gwen Ha, CPA
The Profit | Accounting Manager
Gwen is responsible for the accounting practices of Blanton Turner's managed projects as well as the company itself. After graduating from college, Gwen worked as a trading analyst at Frank Russell Investments. In 2009, Gwen shifted her focus to real estate, and worked for two years as a financial accountant for a regional management firm. Gwen joined Blanton Turner in July, 2011, and as one of the first team members at Blanton Turner, Gwen has played an integral role in setting up leading edge accounting systems that provide accurate and timely reporting for our clients.
Gwen graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (in three years), earning her BA in Finance and Accounting. Gwen also holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
Chelsea Pollock, ARM
Voyager Commander | HR Manager
Starting out her career selling vacant land, Chelsea was eager to learn all facets of development and began her path in property management in 2007. Chelsea has managed properties throughout the Seattle/Bellevue metropolitan area. Chelsea is Blanton Turner's second employee who wears many hats from accounting and HR to YARDI Voyager troubleshoot, thereby making her the Voyager Commander.
Chelsea recently became an Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Chelsea serves as dean of BTU (Blanton Turner University), where we educate the highest energy, brightest people in the industry.
Social Environmentalist | Marketing Director
With a diverse marketing background that's taken him from the corporate world of Paris to leading communications for the launch of Washington United for Marriage, Joe knows the ins and outs of marketing, PR, branding and events. After spending years in consumer PR for Microsoft's Windows Phone, Joe decided to leave the tech world to focus on real estate.
Forever passionate about urban planning and sustainable cities, he began working with Seattle-based development groups on marketing deep green projects while at Nyhus Communications. As Blanton Turner's Social Environmentalist, Joe takes marketing beyond the basics to focus on creating positive experiences that retain, excite and inspire Blanturnians and clients. Joe serves as dean of BTU (Blanton Turner University), where we educate the highest energy, brightest people in the industry.
Outside of work, he is involved with several sustainability non-profits and enjoys studying languages, design, and community development projects.
Profit Goalie | Accounting
Emily is a homegrown Blanton Turner story. After starting at our Radford Court property in 2007 as a part-time leasing agent, she continued to work (and live) at Radford Court while earning dual degrees in psychology and business at the University of Washington. In 2012, Emily joined the Blanton Turner accounting team full-time where she lets no expense go unaccounted for. She's known for biking to work with tins of homemade sweets to keep the team happy.
Karli Blechschmidt, CPM Candidate
Property Life Guard | Portfolio Manager
After being accepted into the Urban Studies program at UW Tacoma in 2006, Karli found herself peeking through the windows of a new apartment building imagining how wonderful it would be to live on campus and maintain a sustainable, urban lifestyle. She immediately applied to become a leasing agent there. After completing her degree in Urban Studies in 2008, Karli began managing a lease-up on her own. After four successful lease-ups, Karli was promoted to Portfolio Manager for Blanton Turner's Capitol Hill properties.
Karli had a rich business management upbringing while helping her parents run a small business in Gig Harbor, WA. Karli is a CPM Candidate who will finish her certification in early 2013 and is the chair of the IREM Young Professionals committee known for its social and Speed Mentoring events.
Czech Collector | Portfolio Manager
Karolina Simons has nearly 9 years of experience working in the property management field. As a portfolio manager, Karolina is responsible for managing part of the student housing portfolio for the University of Washington.
For the majority of her property management career, Karolina has managed student housing properties. She truly enjoys working with students from all around the world and helping them to have an enjoyable housing experience. Karolina has earned her BA degree in International Studies from the University of Washington and her MA degree in Management from the City University of Seattle.
Karolina is a Certified Property Manager as well as a Project Management Professional. She has also served as a member of IREM's Forecast Breakfast Committee for the past two years.