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34th Annual Awards of Achievement - Virtual Awards Celebration
Thursday, February 25, 2021 • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Awards Judging Criteria and Nomination Forms

Join NAIOP Colorado as we celebrate the 34th Annual Awards of Achievement virtual celebration, honoring the "Best of the Best" in Colorado's Real Estate Industry for 2020 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Click Here for more details or to register

Over 20 awards are given to acknowledge achievements in Broker, Developer and Special Categories to include Capital Markets Transaction of the Year; Trailblazer of the Year; and More! Winners will be announced on February 25th! 

View and download the award nomination forms and criteria via the following links. The extended deadline for all nominations is Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM MDT. 

*PLEASE NOTE:  We highly recommend the use of the sample application forms to prepare your nomination prior to submitting the online application. Once you begin the online application process, you must complete the form and submit in its entirety.  



Broker Online Application

Capital Markets Online Application


Development Online Application


Legacy Broker Online Application


Trailblazer Online Application

The extended deadline for all nominations is Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM MDT. 

 *PLEASE NOTE: We highly recommend the use the sample application forms to prepare your nomination prior to submitting the online application. Once you begin the online application process, you must complete the form and submit in its entirety. There is no option to save partial applications. Thank you.  

If you have questions or need any further information regarding the nomination process, please contact Kathie Barstnar or Jayma File at the NAIOP Colorado office by phone at (303) 782-0155 or Email. Thank you. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

From investors, owners and developers to architects, brokers, engineers and other professionals...

With over 700 members serving the local Denver Metro and larger Colorado market, the NAIOP Colorado Chapter has the people, knowledge and education to help you find connections and stay ahead of the curve, and make deals.


NAIOP Colorado connects you to the key players and valuable resources that will have a meaningful impact on your business. That means you don’t have to waste time, energy and money aimlessly searching for these productive connections on your own.

  • Over 38% of our membership are developers, owners, investors and asset managers.
  • Average combined yearly attendance of over 4,300 people at local Chapter events and programs. The virtual and hybrid events held in 2020 maintained high attendance and visibility for partners.
  • NAIOP Members are a unique audience; over 80% do NOT belong to other organizations such as ULI, BOMA and ICSC.

We take a stand on legislative and political issues affecting your business, and we drive solutions that are best for the industry and Colorado. We boldly initiate productive conversation on your behalf to remove barriers and shape policy regulations so that you can do business in a profitable, efficient and responsible way.

  • Took an active role on the Green Roof Task Force which published a 100+ page reprot on how to move Denver toward energy efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This included placing a sales tax measure on the ballot in place of a proposed energy tax.
  • Participate in a coalition opposing the proposed Limited Growth Ballot Initiative that would limit new housing permits to 1% per year. These efforts have resulted in the proposal being pulled from the ballot.  
  • Hold a leadership position in the Colorado Real Estate Alliance (CREA), a coalition of 17 real estate related organizations who work together on issues.

We’re serious about commercial real estate, but we’re also seriously fun! You can socialize and let loose with people who care about the same things you do, while building valuable business relationships with powerful industry influencers.

  • NAIOP Colorado annually hosts over 20 educational events to include: The Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge – a real-world development competition for real estate graduate students from the universities of CU and DU; the Annual Property Tour highlighting office, retail, hospitality, multihousing and industrial projects in metro Denver; plus, numerous meetings focused on real estate technology, market forecasts, public policy and more.
  • The chapter produces unique and essential events like Fight Night and the Winter Classic Hockey, Curling and Skiing adventures which not only provide endless hours of networking opportunities, they also raise funds in support of local charities such as Children’s Hospital Colorado and Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation.
  • We provide numerous complimentary networking occasions for NAIOP members and sponsors through quarterly Real Estate on the Rocks, Member/Sponsor Only programs, and the Annual Holiday Party.
  • While many of these programs had to be reimagined in 2020, we are planning a vibrant body of programming in 2021.

We have taken active steps to address diversity in our industry by partnering with the Denver Public Schools Career Connect program and joining the Graduate Real Estate Association (GREA) at the University of Colorado to produce an educational series on Social Equity in Real Estate.  We have also created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee to continue to address these issues. 

We encourage you to partner with us in joining as a Sponsor. As a sponsor, your company will receive name recognition at events, exposure in promotional materials, and exclusive invitations to select Chapter events and programming. Complete the Sponsor Commitment Form by January 31, 2021 to secure full benefits for the year and Early Bird Rates.


Early Bird Deadline is January 31, 2021.

Questions? Interested in other event sponsor opportunities? Please contact us:

Kathie Barstnar
Executive Director
NAIOP Colorado Chapter
Ph: (303) 782-0155 ext. 300
Jayma File
Events & Meetings Manager
NAIOP Colorado Chapter 
Ph: (303) 782-0155 ext. 306

Our Current Sponsors


NAIOP Colorado’s local committees are a big part of our Chapter’s success and are a great way for members to actively participate in advancing their business and personal relationships.  Each committee meets to set goals and work collectively to achieve their objectives.

A Look at NAIOP Colorado's Active Committees and Leadership:
Contact Our Leaders Today to Get Involved! 

This group is responsible for creating programming that provides the tools, networking and resources that will help Developing Leader (DL) members - those members aged 35 and under - reach the next level in their careers. These events and programs include, but are not limited to, Skiing with the Icons, Mentor Program, Educational events, Project Tours, Community Outreach and Networking.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly, 2nd Thursday

Chair: Alli Stover, Northwood Investors LLC · (303) 293-0615 Email
Vice Chair: Nick Kitaeff, Confluent Development · (617) 771-9350 Email
Staff: Jayma File, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email

The Public Policy Committee (formerly Legislative Affairs) supports the lobbying efforts of NAIOP, and works to ensure that members have a seat at the table in the negotiation of possible legislative and public policy activity affecting commercial real estate at the city, state and federal levels. LAC focuses on issues such as taxation, growth, water, land use, transportation, economic development and affordable housing, formulating general policies so that, as specific issues arise, the LAC is prepared to respond.
Meeting Frequency: Bi-Monthly, 2nd & 4th Wednesday

Chair: Caitlin Quander, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP · (303) 295-8245 · Email
Staff: Kathie Barstnar, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email


This purposes of the Engagement & Communications Committee is to help increase awareness of NAIOP’s mission and promotes engagement and involvement opportunities for members and corporate sponsors alike. Responsibilities include: efforts to create and manage shareable content, act as liaisons with other Chapter committees to streamline communications. 
Meeting Frequency: Monthly, 2nd Tuesday

Chair: Shane Mahoney · (303) 257-6129 · Email
Staff: Jayma File, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email


This committee helps advance NAIOP’s efforts to unify the local real estate community, increase membership and retention. Responsibilities include: developing recruitment and retention strategies, identifying and recruiting key prospects.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly, 3rd Thursday

Chair: Brandon Kramer, Marcus & Millichap · (303) 328-2020 · Email
Staff: Jayma File, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email


The Programs committee is responsible for planning the organization’s quarterly breakfast and lunch programs as well as several special and seasonal events such as the Annual Economic Forecast, Awards of Achievement, Educational Series, Holiday Party, and Property Tour. The goal is to make the programs informative, educational and entertaining as part of our value proposition to members.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly, 2nd Friday

Chair: Sara Croot, JP Morgan Chase · (303) 906-6383 · Email
Staff: Jayma File, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email


The Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (RMREC) is an annual event designed to serve as a learning tool for students of the University of Colorado and University of Denver’s graduate real estate programs and local business community to interface, while assisting the Project Sponsor with development options for the specific property. The RMREC Committee responsibilities include: solicitation a project sponsor; development of project competition materials; coordination of competing students, judges and multiple resources; planning of RMREC event dinner; and program marketing.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday

Chair: Cooper Williams, Essex Financial Group · (303) 843-4581 · Email
Staff: Jayma File, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email


The NAIOP Colorado Chapter also provides the opportunity to participation on several event specific committees, for programs to include: Fight Night Boxing Event, Winter Classic Hockey and Curling Charity Fundraisers, Annual Golf Tournament, and more. For more information about these programs, please contact: Jayma File, NAIOP Colorado · (303) 782-0155 · Email


Join Today!

You can become a member by clicking Online Membership Application.

Or, you can CLICK HERE  to print a Membership Application, and mail it to the NAIOP Corporate address along with your dues payment for membership processing. 

2021 NAIOP Colorado New and Prospective Member Packet

Have NAIOP Membership Questions?

Please contact NAIOP Colorado's Membership Committee Leaders & Staff:



Brandon Kramer
Marcus & Millichap
(303) 328-2020 · Email



Jayma File
NAIOP Colorado
(303) 782-0155 · 


presented by LAND TITLE
Featuring DOWD JUNCTION, sponsored by TOWN OF MINTURN
Thursday, April 20, 2021 • 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM MDT

Virtual or In-Person Education and Networking Event 

The Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (RMREC) is a real-world development competition between graduate level real estate programs at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Finalist teams compete for scholarships, future employment, and ultimately the NAIOP Cup! A panel of highly respected judges make the ultimate call on which development plan is the best for the site. The competition, hosted by NAIOP, culminates at the main event, providing one of the best networking opportunities in the industry. Over 600 real estate professionals attend, including developers, attorneys, lenders, architects, brokers, engineers, contractors and public officials.

Land Title Guarantee Company and NAIOP Colorado  are thrilled to announce that Dowd Junction, sponsored by the Town of Minturn, will be the development site for the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (the Challenge) to be held on April 29, 2021.

The focus of the this year's competition is a 15-acre site in Minturn, CO at the junction of I-70 and Highway 24 to Leadville. Nestled between Vail and Beaver Creek in Eagle County, Minturn is a small town with big character. In addition to historic architecture and charming homes, the historic town boasts great restaurants, unique shops, and access to plenty of outdoor adventures. Minturn is surrounded on three sides by White River National Forest, with the Holy Cross Wilderness bordering the southwest side of the town.

Located 5 miles west of Vail and 5 miles east of Avon along I-70, the site provides excellent access along the interstate and will act as a gateway into the town of Minturn. The project site contains two parcels, totaling 15-acres, on either side of Highway 24, including a 13.3-acre site on the south side of the highway and a 1.7-acre site on the north side of the highway. With the site owned by the US Forest Service, and no current zoning in place, student teams will need to consider a mix of uses such as public parking and access to the Meadow Mountain recreation area, transit opportunities, access to Eagle River, commercial development, and affordable housing options for the valley, all factors that present when developing in a mountain community.

Join Land Title Guarantee Company and NAIOP Colorado on April 29th as we cheer on the competing MBA Students from CU and DU as they present their plans for the Town of Minturn's Dowd Junction site!  

Don't miss THE Real Estate Event of the Year! Unique Learning and Viewing Opportunities!

  • Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive! Watch the Finalist Team Presentations and view their closed-door Q&A session with the Judges! 
  • Architectural Design & Creative Placemaking Panel: Featured panel of architectural resources share their design plans for the Dowd Junction site.
  • Powerhouse Panel Presentations and Special Guest Emcee to be announced! 
  • Flexible Schedule! You get to pick and choose which portion of the hybrid competition sessions you want to attend throughout the day. Schedule coming soon!  

12:30 PM - 5:30 PM     Challenge Competition, Powerhouse Panels and More
 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM      In-Person Networking Reception


Ticket sales begin on February 15, 2021. Watch this website for more details.



Interested in participating as a Sponsor for the Challenge? As a sponsor, you will have a valuable presence within our hybrid program to meet with event attendees, showcase products and services and promote your brand. As a table top sponsor, you receive:

For more details: Contact Jayma File at NAIOP by phone at (303) 782-0155 or Email


To reduce exposure while attending NAIOP Colorado Chapter programs and events, please follow the guidelines and safety protocols. For additional information or questions, please contact NAIOP by phone at 303.782.0155 or email.



The Real Estate Challenge

The Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge (RMREC) is an annual event designed to serve as a learning tool for students of the University of Colorado and University of Denver’s graduate real estate programs and local business community to interface, while assisting the Project Sponsor with development options for the specific property.

A property is selected in the region that will serve as the competition site that is under control of the Project Sponsor. Each school forms multiple student teams who are enrolled in the real estate development classes in each real estate program.  Each team is charged with creating a vision for the property conducting  market research on uses for the property, working with a local architectural firm (secured to participate by NAIOP) to assist them in the project’s design, refinement of the vision the respect with respect to the zoning and entitlements carried by the property. The finalists from each school are judged by a group of seasoned real estate professionals the day of the event. A traveling trophy is awarded to the winning team.


Previous Winners



Schools Competing

Winning School

Winning Architectural Resource


Denver International Airport (DEN)
61st Ave. and Peña Blvd. Site

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Denver
Bow Development - Conflux at 61st & Peña
William Beuerlein
Keenan Black
David Copperman
Erin Everett
William Lam
Alex Welsh
OZ Architecture
2019 The Denver Shops;
Conscience Bay Company

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Denver
Helix Partners - CRUX
Jenny Aragon
Owin Orr
Nicholas Allen
Derek Porterfield
Cody Bell
Karina Rush
Humphries Poli
2018 3800 Xanthia Street; RK Site

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Denver
Odyssey Development Group - Strommen
Adam Graham
Casey Fanganello
Tim Flynn
Ari Steinberg
Demetra Kapuranis
Ross Hardin
Chase Seigel

OZ Architecture
2017  TERMINAL at 51st

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Colorado
BRAND Partners - Coalesce
Chris Antonov
Katie Bloudoff-Indelicato
Joseph Donadio
Daniel Nichols
Juan Nino
Connor Richardson
James Roy II
 2016 Westminster Station
City of  Westminster

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Denver
Colorado Contemporary - The Mosaic
Kiki Boone
Jamie Iuliano
Scott McDonald
Greg Mikulecky
Martha O'Connell
Katie Wear
 KTGY Architecture & Planning
 2015 Midtown Industrial Center, 
Westfield Development Co. 

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Denver
Visionary Partners - The RiNo Link
Adelicia Colmenero
Rebecca Wiener
Erik Husted
Jerad Larkin
Matthew Verson
Tyler Duman
Adam Moore
Joe Larkin
 2014 Town of Parker, 
Mainstreet Site

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Denver
Perry Bacalis
Beau Breck
Stephen Hawkins
Paul Moore
Brad Vander Vliet
Sean Wiseman
 2013 Boulder Civic Area,
A City of Boulder Project

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Colorado
Andrew Browning
Jason Elliott
Cody Kirkpatrick
Dan Konecny
Nathan Stern
Andrea Woodhams
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