Our Company Story

Our Company Story


Birkdale's Beginnings

With a complimentary history of running a West Michigan landscaping business, Jon Israels founded Birkdale Property Management, where his local connections, experience and resources come together to give you a property management experience like none other.

Jon specializes in helping property owners navigate the many aspects of maintaining real estate. In his early interactions with fellow real estate owners and working professionals, he discovered many did not have a “go-to” person for property management and maintenance. Birkdale was created for companies and professionals who don’t have a dedicated maintenance team.

Long-term planning and a trusting relationship is at the forefront of every decision made at Birkdale. We look forward to treating your property the same way you would, while providing you the luxury of enjoying your family and passions full-time.

Our philosophy

Our mission is to be an organization of excellence and integrity, which provides clients with comfort and relief knowing their property is under consistent care. We are uncompromising in our ethics shown in the way we treat our clients and employees. We believe we are not just entrusted with a building, but with clients' personal possessions, financial stability, and career culminations. Our objective is to be stewards of these properties and value our clients' goals and possessions as if they are our own.

Jon and Brandon Israels posed in front of Birkdale Property Management's service van.

Our Vision

To raise the level of Commercial Property Management for West Michigan. We strive to be the most sought-after company and become synonymous with quality and integrity in the local market. As we grow, clients will come to know Birkdale Property Management as an easy and trusted alternative to self-management of investment property.

The Founder

Jon Israels and his wife

Jon Israels

Owner & President

Jon was born and raised in Holland, working for the family landscaping and snow removal company. After graduation from Grand Valley State University, Jon began a commercial banking career in the Grand Rapids area before moving to Charlotte, NC. In Charlotte Jon worked for Regions Bank on large commercial real estate transactions and construction lending. At that time a passion was found for real estate investment.

Jon moved back home to be closer to family and began investing in real estate in the local area. As time went on, Jon and his brother, Brandon, discovered many other real estate owners. A diverse crowd, whether investors or working professionals, did not have a "go-to" person for the many variables that come with property ownership. Birkdale was created to solve this similar problem seen over and over again. Jon thoroughly enjoys managing his own properties, and brings that same mentality to the clients that entrust Birkdale with their property.

Jon and his wife Leslie love to travel with family, snowmobile, golf (more Jon than Leslie), and spend time boating or at the beach. When not working or traveling they both enjoy spending time with extended family and seeing their nieces and nephews.