Identity Ventures
Almon Bowen Ballard, Maj. Gen USAF (Ret) - Venture Partner

Bowen joined Ballard Realty Companies in 1967 and has been CEO since 1987. He has vast experience in all aspects of the real estate industry, including development, construction, marketing, and finance. Prior to becoming CEO, he was President of Ballard Companies from 1976 to 1987.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from the University of Alabama, Bowen completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Additionally, he is an active conference participant with EastWest Institute, New York, New York.

In 2003 Bowen retired from the United States Air Force as Major General. He and his family currently live in Montgomery, Alabama where he is recognized as a business community leader.

Professional and Business Affiliations

  • Colonial Bank – Past Director – Regional Chairman 1985 – 2005, Montgomery, AL
  • Beach Community Bank – Board of Directors – Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • National Association of Home Builders - Board of Directors (Life Member),
  • Montgomery Area Home Builders Association – Past Board of Directors, past President
  • Institute of Real Estate Management - Certified Property Manager (CPM) - Past President of Montgomery Chapter #75
  • Registered Apartment Managers (RAM) 1977-79, past National Chairman, Life Member of Board of Governors
  • Southeastern Association of HUD Management Agents (SAMA) - past President
  • Montgomery Area Board of Realtors - past President
  • Aeronautics Commission, State of Alabama – past Vice Chairman
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – past Member President’s Advisory Board
  • USAF Chief of Staff Civic Leader Group – past Member
  • Auburn University at Montgomery - Board of Advisors
  • Credited with two Appraisal Courses from The Appraisal Institute in Chicago
  • Active in Appraisal business for more than 10 years with Union Bank, Montgomery, AL; Regions Bank, Montgomery, AL; Aliant Bank, Montgomery, AL; Colonial Bank, Montgomery, AL; Beach Community Bank, Ft. Walton, FL; various other entities

Community and Civic Affiliations

  • Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce - Past Chairman,  Board of Directors
  • Committee of 100 - (Economic Development) Member and Past Chairman
  • Air Force Association - Past President, Chapter 102 - Life Member – Board of Directors
  • Third District Veterans & Military Affairs Advisory Council
  • Alabama World Affairs Council – Vice President - Board of Directors
  • Air University Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Alabama Technology Foundation – Advisory Board
  • Wright Brothers Museum – Board of Directors
  • Florida’s Great North West – Past Member Advisory Board

Major General A. Bowen Ballard, USAF (Ret) has over 37 years of experience with the United States Air Force. He was the Assistant Chief of Staff / Intelligence HQ USAF at the Pentagon, and He was the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air University Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, the Special Assistant for Intelligence to the Commander of Air Force Space Command. Additionally he served as a Mobilization Assistant to the Director of the National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Services, Fort George G. Meade, MD.

General Ballard enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1965, and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1966.  He attended Air Intelligence School at Lowery Air Base, Colorado, and from 1967 until 1974, he filled various intelligence positions with the 187th Tactical Reconnaissance Group (ANG), Alabama. Upon joining the Air Force Reserves in 1974, he was assigned to the Air Force Intelligence Service at Fort Belvoir, VA. He was then assigned to Scott AFB, IL where he played a key role in transitioning Air Force Special Operation Forces (SOF) from Tactical Air Command to Military Airlift Command and participated with SOF on an international basis.

General Ballard has been involved with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the U.S. European Command over the years. While assigned to the Intel Staff at the Pentagon, he successfully directed the only major reorganization of the Air Force Intelligence Reserves in 20 years. During his assignment as Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Intelligence (ACS/I), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the General was recalled to active duty. He was directly involved in the Middle East and the War on Terrorism and was in the AOR numerous times.

During his distinctive 37 ½ year military career, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (USAF), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He retired as a Major General.