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Our Staff

James J. Jones
Owner/Head of Theatrical Division   

James Jones has a unique background for a talent agent.  His formative career was in national and regional politics.  Here Mr. Jones worked for 11 years as a political and legislative strategist and tactician in both Washington State and Washington D.C.  In addition to working on Senatorial, Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns, Mr. Jones used his strategic and tactical abilities for three years as a senior staff member of a former Presidential campaign. After his stint in politics, he went to graduate school receiving an MA in Philosophical Theology and Narrative Criticism.  Through his years in the political world and as an executive in NPO development, he was connected to professional athletes and celebrities.  This led him in 2001, to form Premier Talent NW (Seattle) to guide those careers.  Shortly, thereafter, in 2002, PTNW became a SAG/AFTRA franchised agency.  In 2006, James decided to expand his operations and moved full-time to California where he opened and now operates a successful SAG Franchised Talent Agency – The Premier Talent Group.

Erika Godwin

Theatrical Agent

Ms. Godwin comes to The Premier Talent Group with a strong background in the business.  She has worked with PTG and its former sister company Premier Talent NW for over 8 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Washington University.  During her time at WWU, Erika was a three-time nominee for the Irene Ryan award and won a Best Actress award for her performance in The House of Bernada Alba.


D. Michal Ballard

Financial and Business Consultant


Mr. Ballard is a native of Seattle, Washington and runs his various business enterprises from Edmonds, Washington.  In over 25 years of corporate life, he has purchased and/or founded several companies and successfully operated and sold them.  Currently he is CEO of Quantum Acquisitions where he purchases Multi-Family real estate projects nationwide and sydicates them to investor groups.  Mr. Ballard is also a highly sought-after speaker, instructor and coach in the world of real estate investment, and his deals have been featured in, The Seattle Times and the New York Times. 

Mr. Ballard is currently Chairman of the Board of the North Seattle Community College Education Fund, and serves on other boards around the country.  He consults directly with Mr. Jones regarding ongoing operational and strategic issues as well as serving as in-house financial counsel.   Mr. Ballard holds BS degrees in Finance, and in Communications, along with a BA degree in Economics from Central Washington University (’84).  Mr. Ballard earned an MBA degree from the prestigious University of Chicago with concentrations in Economics, Finance, and Statistics in 1986.  Mr. Ballard has been married for 18 years and has 3 children 12, 13, and 16. 

Holly Eastwood

Bookkeeper/Office Manager

Ms. Eastwood earned her BS in Business Management from Central Washington University (1998) and currently holds an RPA designation from BOMA.  She has been a real-property asset manager for Monte Villa Farms, a commercial business campus, for the last 11 years.   Her experience in management, bookkeeping and her understanding of the entertainment business assists PTG in offering excellence in internal management for the company and for our clients.
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