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About JSA Development

Restoring Downtown Waterloo Since 2001

In its glory days, downtown Waterloo was the central hub of the city where people flocked to restaurants, shops and offices of all kinds. Over time, the area lost much of its business, charm and liveliness.

In 2001, Jim Walsh, an attorney, executive, politician and developer established JSA Development to help bring some life back into downtown Waterloo. Walsh saw the potential of the area, and has since worked with local building professionals and contractors to help restore not only the buildings, but also the former glory for years to come.

Each member of the JSA Development staff provides a different set of skills to work toward the goal of reviving downtown Waterloo. Here you can meet a few of our staff members and learn more about their role in JSA Development’s vision.

JSA Staff

Jim Walsh founder of JSA Development

Jim Walsh, President

Founded JSA in 2001. President general counsel and director of all related corporations at VGM Group, Inc.

Member – Black Hawk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations; Defense

Research and Trial Lawyers Association; Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Executive, politician and developer.

Kristina Miller-Bergman

Kristina Miller, Director of Marketing & Projects

Been with JSA since 2008

Over 20 years of project management

Also oversees the operations of Newton’s Paradise Cafe

Community Involvement - Treasurer Iowa Irish Fest, Board of Directors of Cedar Bend Humane Society, Waterloo Main Street, Partners in Education

Contact Information - kmiller@jsadevelopment.com

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David Deeds, Controller

Been with JSA since 2010 – with involvement prior

Instructor of Accounting at the University of Northern Iowa since 2005

Instructor of Entrepreneurship

T. Wayne Davis Entrepreneur in Residence

Community Involvement – Waterloo Cultural and Arts Commission since 2009 (chair during 2014), Waterloo Main Street Design Council member and past president of Waterloo Main Street board, Rotary Club

Contact Information - ddeeds@jsadevelopment.com


Abigail Miller, Office Manager

Been with JSA since 2018.

Manages office for JSA Development and arranges all viewings for available JSA properties.

Community Involvement – Vice President of Individual Development for Cedar Valley Jaycee's, Volunteer for Cedar Valley Make a Wish, Coach for Cedar Valley Gymnastics Academy.

Contact Information - amiller@jsadevelopment.com


Al Werner, Pert-near Professional Maintenance Guy

Jack of all trades, master of none – if he can’t get it done, the pros will be on the run

Been working with JSA for 15 years and over 30 years experience

Community Involvement – Iowa Irish Fest aka Token Technician


Matt Slinker, Maintenance Assistant

Been with JSA since 2019.

Over 23 years of long term and environmental maintenance experience.

For all your maintenance concerns contact JSA at 319.233.3147 or submit a maintenance request by logging in online at Tenant Log-in.



Interested in learning more? You may contact us by email or call us at 319-233-3147

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