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Announcing the 2020 Award Honorees

On March 10, 2021, the Colorado Chapter of NAIOP hosted the 34th Annual Awards of Achievement virtual celebration, honoring the "Best of the Best" in Colorado's Real Estate Industry. In a historic year, Colorado's commercial real estate industry overcame the challenges caused by the pandemic and showed resiliency by delivering quality projects and transactions.

Watch the Virtual Awards Celebration

Congratulations to the 2020 Broker and Capital Markets Award Honorees 

  • Capital Markets Transaction of the Year 
    • XD2 Construction Financing - JLL Capital Markets Team of Eric Tupler, Josh Simon, Will Haas and Christopher Peck
  • Industrial Broker of the Year
    • Jim Bolt, CBRE (Individual)
    • Tyler Carner and Jeremy Ballenger, CBRE (Team)
  • Investment Broker of the Year
    • Tim Richey, Jenny Knowlton, Charley Will and Chad Flynn, CBRE
  • Land Broker of the Year
    • Chris Cowan, Newmark
  • Multi-Family Broker of the Year
    • Shane Ozment and Terrance Hunt, Newmark
  • Office Broker of the Year
    • Todd Wheeler, Cushman & Wakefield (Individual)
    • Doug Bakke, Ty Ritchie, Todd Papazian, Lee Diamond and Melanie Fontenot, CBRE (Team)
  • Retail Broker of the Year
    • Jon Weisiger, CBRE

Congratulations to the 2020 Development Award Honorees 

  • Deal of the Year - 9+CO View Project Video
    • Developed by Continuum Partners; Owned by Continuum Partners and CIM Group
  • Office Development of the Year - 6900 Layton View Project Video
    • Developed by Prime West; Owned by Prime West and Partners Group
  • Community Impact Award - Vida at Sloan's Lake View Project Video
    • Developed and owned by Denver Housing Authority
  • Industrial Development of the Year - TruStile Doors' Headquarters View Project Video
    • Developed by EFG-Denver, LLC and Owned by TruStile Doors, a Marvin Windows Brand 
  • Innovative Development of the Year - Lakehouse View Project Video
    • Developed and owned by NAVA Real Estate Development
  • Multi-Family Development of the Year - Parc Mosaic Apartment Homes View Project Video
    • Developed and owned by Aimco, Air Communities; Designed by Tryba Architects
  • Retail Development of the Year - Junction Food & Drink View Project Video
    • Developed by Lincoln Property Company; Owned by ASB Real Estate Investments and Lincoln Property Company

Awards of Distinction 

President's Award for Community Service - Susan E. Stanton, Posthumously
An incredibly talented and passionate leader in metro Denver's real estate and economic community for more than 25 years, Susan Stanton brought together people with ideas, resources, and opportunities. Susan was posthumously honored as the 2020 President's Award recipient in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the CRE industry and greater community. Susan's friends, family and peers celebrated her accomplishments and enduring legacy with a moving tribute video. Watch Now
Please consider making a donation in Susan's memory to the Susan Stanton Memorial Fund

Legacy Broker Award - Mike Winn
Mike Winn is the personification of the Legacy Broker Award. With over 35 years of investment sales experience, Mike was a key member of the Winn-Richey team that executed more than $21 billion in transactions and brokered the sale of many of Denver’s high-profile assets. Icons of the CRE industry, Mike, and his business partner Tim Richey, were NAIOP Investment Broker of Year honorees a record 14-times from 1997 to 2019 and received the Broker Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. Throughout his career, Mike impacted the lives and careers of numerous individuals through tireless devotion of time, energy, and talent. Mike’s former team and long-time partners Tim Richey, Chad Flynn, Jenny Knowlton and Charley Will, shared insights to significant role Mike played in their careers and how he continues to serve as a role model for others. Watch Now.

Sherman R. Miller Trailblazer Award - Whitney Hake, Transwestern
As this year’s winner of the Trailblazer Award, Whitney Hake pushed the boundaries of tradition and caused a paradigm shift in the way commercial real estate is sold by developing a business model focused heavily on unprecedented marketing tactics. Leaving a secure position with Cushman & Wakefield to form her own team at age 31, Whitney joined Transwestern in 2018 and assembled a group of professionals from varying backgrounds with a shared vision of becoming THE prominent leasing team in Denver. By deploying creative, strategic initiatives and harnessing new technologies, Whitney and the Hake Woodward team has delivered extraordinary leasing results to office owners throughout Denver and currently represents a portfolio of over 5 million square feet.

Award of Excellence - Tim Schlichting, Prime West
The Award of Excellence is a tribute to the outgoing NAIOP Colorado President, Tim Schlichting, and is a heartfelt thank you for his time and effort spent on behalf of the organization. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for the organization. Tim helped the Chapter weather the crisis by remaining calm and optimistic. He dared his fellow leaders to embrace the change, helping to create innovative and successful virtual programs. He is a driving force behind increasing the Chapter’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Helping to identify initiatives and put leaders in place to advance the Chapter’s mission to attract and inspire diverse individuals within the industry. Tim was also instrumental in keeping the Chapter on solid financial footing for the year by leading fundraising efforts and collaborating with our critical sponsor partners. Thank you Tim!

NAIOP Member of the Year - Brian Dietz, Prologis
A graduate of the Chapter’s Mentor Program in 2009, Brian has come full circle and now provides mentorship for the future leaders of our industry. Encouraging young professionals to “work hard, be humble, and stay open to new experiences.” As Chair of the Programs Committee in 2020, he proved adept at embracing the transformation of events to a virtual format and helped create new innovative programming such as the highly successful Property Tour and Case Study series, and “Mind the Development Gap” sessions. By leading these efforts, he helped the Chapter remain a critical resource for our members during a difficult time.

NAIOP Developing Leader Member of the Year - Joe Swensson, Opus Development Company, LLC
A NAIOP member since 2015, Joe has been a fixture on the DL Committee helping with the Mentor Program and various events. A former competitive skier, he was uniquely paired to organize the DL’s highly popular Skiing with the Icons for the last 4 years. “Admired for his keen ability to identify great land sites for development and his ability to bring those projects to reality,” our honoree has a “bright future in Denver’s commercial real estate industry,” according to Sean Cummings, VP of Real Estate Development at Opus. Congrats Joe! 


NAIOP Colorado Developing Leaders
2021 Winter Classic Skiing the Icons at Arapahoe Basin
Marketing Opportunities

Join the NAIOP Developing Leaders (DL) and First American Title-NCS for the 8th Annual Winter Classic: Skiing with the Icons event on Thursday, April 8 at Arapahoe Basin. This exciting ski event provides a wide range of sponsorship options so you can select the perfect option for your marketing needs. Click Here for more details.

Marketing Opportunities:

  • Apres/Reception Sponsor - $1,000
    • Company name listed on electronic marketing
    • Company name and logo on all event signage
    • Promotional materials displayed/distributed at event
    • One post on NAIOP Colorado's social media platforms about your business or brand
    • 2 complimentary tickets
  • Beer Sponsor - $1,000
    • Company name listed on electronic marketing
    • Company name and logo on all event signage
    • Promotional materials displayed/distributed at event
    • One post on NAIOP Colorado's social media platforms about your business or brand
    • 2 complimentary tickets
  • Lunch Sponsor - $1,000
    • Company name listed on electronic marketing
    • Company name and logo on all event signage
    • Promotional materials displayed/distributed at event
    • One post on NAIOP Colorado's social media platforms about your business or brand
    • 2 complimentary tickets
  • Music Sponsor - $1,000
    • Company name listed on electronic marketing
    • Company name and logo on all event signage
    • Promotional materials displayed/distributed at event
    • One post on NAIOP Colorado's social media platforms about your business or brand
    • 2 complimentary tickets
  • Breakfast Sponsor - $500
    • Company name listed on electronic marketing
    • Company name and logo on all event signage
    • Promotional materials displayed at event
    • One post on NAIOP Colorado's social media platforms about your business or brand
  • Handwarmer Sponsor - $500
    • Company name listed on electronic marketing
    • Company name and logo on all event signage
    • Promotional materials displayed/distributed at event
    • One post on NAIOP Colorado's social media platforms about your business or brand
For availability, please contact:

Joe Swensson - Ph: (303) 515-8810, Email
Beau Breck - Ph: (720) 749-2228, Email
Jayma File - Ph: (303) 782-0155, Email



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



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


Reach Higher with NAIOP 

Achieve professional success equipped with the information and connections you need for your commercial real estate career. NAIOP’s 20,000 members – top developers, owners, investors, brokers and more – know that we are their strongest support as they aim high and achieve their professional goals.

Join NAIOP’s powerful North American network today!

Find out how NAIOP can elevate your career with:

  •  Expert insights you need during this time of change.
  •  Educational resources to stay at the forefront of our industry.
  •  Networking opportunities connecting you to leading CRE professionals across North America.
  •  Effective advocacy to ensure a thriving future for our industry.

Get even more value out of your membership by joining now for 2022!

JOIN NOW for 2022 and receive the rest of 2021 FREE! 

ou 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 · 

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