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2023 Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge: Kick-Off Event
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM MST
Category: Special Events


REAL ESTATE CHALLENGE KICK-OFF on January 18 | Inclement Weather Update: POSTPONED TO JANUARY 25 

Updated 01/18/2023 at 3:00 PM MT
Due to the winter storm, the January 18th NAIOP 2023 Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (RMREC) Kick-Off Event was postponed until January 25, 2023. Please be certain to watch your email and our website for updated information. Thank you. 

presented by LAND TITLE 
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM MT
Meow Wolf | Convergence Station - 1338 1st Street, Denver, CO 80204
***In-Person Education and Networking Event for 2023 Challenge Competitors, Architectural and General Contractor Resources,
Judges, Challenge Sponsors, NAIOP Board/Committee Members and Special Guests Only***

NAIOP and Land Title,  invite special guests to the 21st Annual Anniversary Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge Kick-off on the rescheduled date of Wednesday, January 25th - featuring the featuring the River Mile project developed by Revesco Properties and sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Impact Finance Center (IFC).  Located on the current home of Elitch Gardens amusement park, the 62-acre River Mile project is located along the South Platt River and adjacent to downtown Denver’s Central Business District. This year’s student teams are tasked with determining which parcels within the project site are best situated to start development, while creating a sense of place that will attract users and subsequent residents and visitors for years to come. Additional focus for the students will include incorporating the use of Mass Timber in their proposal.  The student teams will need to explore various creative development and financing options to achieve the project objectives.

Join us to learn more about this year's Challenge and meet the Student Competitors, Instructors, Challenge Sponsors, Judges, Architectural Resources (AR), General Contractor Resources (GC),  Challenge Committee members, NAIOP Leadership and special guests. 

Welcome and Virtual Site Tour for Judges, Students & Resources at 3:30 PM:

Special welcome session and virtual site tour will be hosted for the Judges and Sponsor representatives, as well as the Students and Resources.  

Industry Panel Presentation for Students & Resources from 4:00 to 4:45 PM:

Our Challenge Sponsor and Committee have developed a panel presentation for competing students where they will hear from professionals with a special interest in development throughout metro Denver. Panelists will share their thoughts and insights on the unique development aspects of the project site. Plus, students will hear directly from the Project Sponsors representatives about their goals and vision. 

  • Featured Guests:
    • RHYS DUGGAN, CEO & Managing Partner, Revesco Properties / Challenge Project Sponsor
    • NICHOLAS ALLENDevelopment Manager, Revesco Properties / Challenge Project Sponsor
    • DR. STEPHANIE GRIPNE, CEO, Impact Finance Center / Challenge Project Sponsor
    • THOMAS GOUGEON, President, Gates Family Foundation 
    • Guest To Be Announced, KL&A Engineers and Builders
    • ANDREW KATZ, Founder & Principal, Katz Development
  • Special Guests:
    • LUKE DAVIDSON, Commercial Account Manager, Land Title / Challenge Major Sponsor
    • JOHN BAUKNIGHTPartner, Bauknight Enterprises / 2023 Challenge Chair
    • CAITLIN QUANDER, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP / 2023 NAIOP President
    • MINDY HUMPHREY, Commercial Account Manager, Land Title / Challenge Major Sponsor

Annual Kick-Off Festivities begin at 5:00 PM:

Don’t miss the official Challenge Kick-off festivities, to include the Annual Coin Toss and Resource Assignments!


3:00 PM    Check-In & Networking
3:30 PM    Welcome, Project Site Overview & Virtual Site Tour
4:00 PM    Featured Panel Discussion with Q&A
4:45 PM    Student & Resources Instructions
5:00 PM    Annual Coin Toss, AR Assignments, Sponsor Recognition
5:30 PM    After Party & Networking Reception
6:30 PM    Event Concludes


Please note, attendance to the Annual Challenge Kick-Off is limited to special invitees only to include: All 2023 Sponsors and Special Guests, Challenge Competitors, Architectural Resources, General Contractor Resources, Judges, NAIOP Board / Committee Members and Other Guests. 












Interested in 2023 Challenge Marketing Opportunities? Contact Jayma File at NAIOP by phone at (303) 782-0155 or Email



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