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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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18th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge
Virtual Competition - By Invitation Only
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 

12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The In-Person Networking Dinner and After Party for the  NAIOP Colorado 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge on April 28, 2020 is postponed due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. NAIOP is exploring alternative meeting dates for later this year; we will share more information as it is available. While the In-Person Networking Dinner and After Party are postponed, the Challenge Competition will be hosted virtually for competing Students, Judges, Stakeholders and Invited Guests Only.  For more information, contact NAIOP Colorado or call 303.782.0155. 

Video Links form the Virtual Panel Presentations:

18th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge competition goes virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic

Attention NAIOP Members and Invited Guests! On the afternoon of April 28, 2020, MBA student teams from the University of Colorado and University of Denver will virtually compete in the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge presented by Land Title Guarantee Company—a real world, development  competition featuring the Denver International Airport (DEN) site located at 61st Ave. and Peña Blvd. in Denver, Colorado. 

‘The Challenge’ is the premier real estate competition that pairs graduate-level students from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver and industry leaders in the Colorado real estate community to evaluate development opportunities. The focus of the 2020 competition is a project site which is part of the City of Denver and DEN's overall vision to transform some of the thousands of blank acres around the airport into a multi-district commercial zone.

Located adjacent to and immediately east of RTD’s 61st and Peña station, this 60-acre site is an ideal project focus for these real estate graduate students. DEN Real Estate, the division overseeing all airport real estate development, is working in collaboration with stakeholders to be thoughtful stewards of the 16,000 acres of airport land that will soon become a series of linked districts known as Denver’s Global Gateway. Each commercial district has been designed with a unique character and relationship to its surroundings, featuring urban amenities, a connection to nature and a commitment to renewable energy and sustainability.
CLICK HERE to Read More about the DEN Site.  

Join Land Title Guarantee Company and NAIOP Colorado on April 28th as we cheer on the competing MBA Students from CU and DU as they virtually present their plans for the DEN's 61st and Peña station site!   

Unique Virtual Learning and Viewing Opportunities!

  • Exclusive First Look! Watch the Student Team Presentations and for the first-time in Challenge history...see the closed-door Q&A session with the Judges! 
  • Architectural Design & Creative Placemaking Panel: Featured panel of architectural resources share their design plans for the 61st and Peña station site.
  • "How Business is Getting Done" Panel: A select panel of professionals from metro Denver's real estate community share candid conversation about the impact of the coronavirus on the industry and talk about how they are getting business done. 
  • Flexible Schedule! You get to pick and choose which portion of the virtual competition sessions you want to attend throughout the day See the detailed schedule below.
  • Plus, Announcement of Competition Winner!

Invited guests only to include:  Competing Students, Faculty, and Family Members. Challenge Stakeholders, Sponsors, Special Guests and NAIOP Members! Submit your RSVP today! 

Registration is Closed


Virtual Competition Day Schedule - April 28th

12:30 PM    Welcome & Judges Introductions
                          - Tyler Carlson, Managing Principal, Evergreen Development
                      - Patty Gage, Principal, RE Solutions
                      - Riki Hashimoto, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank
                      - Christine Hayes, General Counsel, Confluent Development
                      - Tracy Huggins, Executive Director, Denver Urban Renewal Authority
                      - Kevin McClintock, Managing Partner, Westfield Company Inc.
                      - Ray Pittman, President & COO, McWhinney
                      - Susan Stanton, Principal, The Stanton Solution
                      - Jordan Swisher, Vice President, Brue Baukol Capital Partners

12:35 PM    Team Presentation & Judges Q&A: University of Denver
                     Bow Development - Conflux at 61st & Peña

1:55 PM    Featured Panel Presentation:  Architectural Design and
                  Creative Placemaking for
Project Site
                  - Luke Davidson, Moderator & Commercial Sales,
                       Land Title Guarantee Company
                   - Terry Willis, Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planing
                   - Ryan Dawson
, Senior Associate, Stantec
                  - Joe Lear, Principal, Davis Partnership Architects
                  - Rick Petersen, Principal, OZ Architecture
                  - Al Colussy, Principal, Alan Colussy Architecture

2:30 PM    Team Presentation & Judges Q&A: University of Colorado
                   First Creek Partners - The Landing

3:50 PM    Featured Panel Presentation: "How Business is Getting Done"
                 - Ken Cope, Moderator & Senior Vice President, Real Estate
                      Development, DEN Real Estate
                  - Kelly Brough, President & CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
                  - Scott Prisco, Chief Building Official, City and County of Denver,
                     Community Planning and Development
                  - Chad Brue, CEO & Founder, Brue·Baukol Capital Partners
                  - Pete Schippits, President, Mountain-Northwest Division, CBRE, Inc. 
                  - Rick Medwedeff, General Manager, Gaylord Rockies Resort
                     & Convention Center

5:00 PM    Special Guest Remarks & Presentation of NAIOP Cup
                 - John E. Freyer, Jr., President, Land Title Guarantee Company
                  - Darryl Jones, Executive Vice President & Chief Real Estate Officer,
                       DEN Real Estate    

5:30 PM      Virtual Event Ends

COMING LATER IN 2020! In-Person Networking Dinner & After Party

While the Challenge In-Person Networking Dinner and After Party have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAIOP is exploring alternative event dates for later this year when we can ensure proper social distancing to keep our attendees safe. Watch the NAIOP website and your email for more details for as we reimagine and re-create the Challenge In-Person Networking event! 

Registration for this event is not open.

Please Note:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Confirmations will be emailed within 12 hours to include your virtual Zoom meeting login information. **If you do not receive a confirmation, you are not registered and will need to call the NAIOP office to follow up** 

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