Joe Ballestrasse

Board of Directors at Thistle

Joe Ballestrasse joined Thistle’s Board in 2000 and is currently the Market President for First Western Trust Bank in Boulder. Joe has been a commercial real estate lender for over 25 years. In the last 18 years, he financed over $800 million of real estate projects throughout the Boulder County, Metro Denver and mountain communities ranging from $1 million to over $50 million, including mixed-use projects, multi-building office developments, high-end condominiums and single-family developments as well as a large percentage of affordable housing throughout the Mountain States.

Joe served as Board President from 2006 to 2013 and is an active advocate for workforce housing in our community.