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DEVELOPING LEADER PROGRAM UPDATES

Welcome to NAIOP Colorado's Developing Leaders (DL) programming updates page, where you can find the latest details on the Chapter's DL programming and events.  


 

The Developing Leaders Real Estate on the Rocks Networking Event & Fundraiser 

The Developing Leaders Real Estate on the Rocks networking event series partnered with the Community Outreach committee to host a joint networking and fundraising event at Three Saints Revival on February 16. The fundraiser benefits the Community Foundation Boulder County’s Marshall Fire Relief Fund, which, in the words of the Foundation, “As Boulder County’s trusted philanthropic partner for over 30 years, Community Foundation Boulder County will work closely with our government and nonprofit partners to coordinate, align resources and fill gaps to support those most impacted by the wildfires. Our experience has shown us the importance of deep local relationships in meeting short- and long-term community needs in a crisis with equity, transparency, and integrity.”

Despite the blizzard conditions outside, NAIOP welcomed over 60 people to the event! While attendees raised over $5,000 for the foundation, NAIOP members Dan Metzger (Brue Baukol Capitol Partners) and Tyler Carlson (Evergreen Development) stepped up and graciously offered to match fundraising, with the NAIOP Chapter donating as well. With their contributions, NAIOP Colorado will have raised over $15,000 for the Fire Relief Fund! A huge thank you to everyone who attended or fundraised, and especially to Tyler, Dan, and the NAIOP Chapter for their generosity. The Developing Leaders look forward to maintaining this positive energy throughout 2022.

 

MEMBERS ON THE MOVE

Welcome to NAIOP Colorado's Members on the Move Board, where you can find the latest updates on local Chapter members and their recent career news. Want to share details about a recent job change, Submit your posting now.


 

Members on the Move, posted March 29, 2022

Tim Schlichting

Full Name: Tim Schlichting

Company: Prime West

Title: President

Prime West, a Colorado‐based commercial real estate firm, announced today Tim Schlichting has been named President of Prime West Development, effective Jan. 1. In this new role he will be responsible for the overall success of Prime West Development and work directly with the leadership team to enhance its vision, goals, objectives, strategies, and market focus. Jim Neenan, who joined the firm in 2012, has served as Prime West’s President and CEO since 2015. He will continue serving as CEO. 

“We are excited about Tim taking the helm as president of the firm,” said Jim Neenan. “Tim’s leadership skills, strategic thinking and vast experience in commercial real estate will expand our business growth in both our core business of office development and into new sectors including multifamily and oversee our further diversification into industrial development.”

Schlichting has been in the real estate industry for nearly 25 years, most recently serving as Prime West’s Chief Development Officer since joining the firm in 2019. While his new role as president expands his strategy and leadership responsibilities, he will continue to focus on sourcing development opportunities, formulating the vision and investment strategy, managing underwriting and financial modeling, directing project entitlements and community relations, and forming the optimal capital stack with Prime West’s equity investors and lenders.

Prior to joining Prime West, Schlichting was a partner with LCP Development in Denver where he worked on office development and value‐add repositioning. He also spent several years specializing in healthcare real estate while serving as the Regional President for Cogdell Spencer Erdman and as Managing Director with NexCore Group. He was also the regional acquisitions officer for Lowe Enterprises, a national real estate investment and development company. He started his real estate career as an associate with Walton Street Capital, a large real estate opportunity fund based in Chicago, IL.

“It’s an honor to become president of Prime West Development and lead this incredible team,” said Tim Schlichting. “My goals as president are to lead the firm effectively in developing forward thinking, innovative solutions that add value for our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate.”

Schlichting earned his MBA from Stanford University and his M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Prime West has been a premier real estate developer in Colorado’s Front Range since 1981. From inception, the core philosophy of Prime West has remained the same: to develop best‐in‐class buildings with an emphasis on quality, reliability, and relationships. Over the past several decades, Prime West has completed over seven million square feet of commercial projects. For more information, visit https://www.primew.com/.

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION UPDATES

NAIOP Colorado Launches Partnership with Project Destined to
Advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Colorado Commercial Real Estate

CRE Firms Sponsor 15 Local High School Students in Summer 2022


Denver, Colo. (August 3, 2022) – NAIOP Colorado launched a paid summer internship for high school students in partnership with Project Destined. Project Destined, founded by Cedric Bobo, has partnered with leading real estate firms across the country to provide diverse students with internship opportunities to explore ownership through live real estate deals. Students gain access to the experience and expertise of corporate mentors and industry executives as they examine pathways to careers in the field. The program is a ten-week virtual internship which commenced in June for 15 underrepresented high school students from across the Denver metro area.

The program features training in real estate, digital marketing and provides an opportunity to collaborate with real estate professionals to prepare presentations as part of weekly team-based competitions. The program also included a “Shark Tank” style finale where intern teams presented a digital marketing plan for a live multifamily real estate deal to industry leaders.

Throughout the ten-weeks students learn the fundamentals of market research, value creation, and deal financing. Students emerge with the skills to secure internships and full-time job offers from some of the world’s largest real estate firms while becoming stakeholders in their community.

CJ Manning, Vice President at Prime West and the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at NAIOP Colorado, has led the way locally recruiting the best and brightest students from school districts across the Denver metropolitan area. Manning defines diversity as hiring for representation in a company, equity as giving all individuals equal access to opportunities, and inclusion as creating a sense of belonging for diverse talent to thrive.

Manning highlights the need for the commercial real estate industry to embrace a mindset shift away from soft diversity to hard diversity. “Soft diversity is hiring for representation to meet a quota or keep up with competitors. Whereas, hard diversity is hiring for inclusion and belonging, yielding a competitive advantage.”

“We are excited to expand our work and believe providing opportunities for future leaders early is key. Many of these students start with no prior real estate experience and to see what they were able to achieve in just ten-weeks is amazing. In partnership with Project Destined we’re developing a robust talent pipeline as we train the next generation of leaders and help them prepare for the workforce.” CJ Manning, Prime West.

Manning was ‘sold’ when Bobo invited him to serve as a judge for the Project Destined division finale and witnessed students presenting their sources and uses of capital required for their business, along with return metrics and sensitivity analysis.

“These are things we look at on a daily basis and it’s impressive to see young minds present this information with such poise and confidence,” he said.

Over 20 real estate firms sponsored the summer program, to include: Alcorn Construction; Baron Properties and Essex Financial Group; Brinkman Real Estate; Confluent Development; DPC Development; Evergreen Devco, Inc.; Fidelity National Title National Commercial Services; First American Title-NCS; Flywheel Capital; Golub & Company; Granite Properties; Hines; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Lincoln Property Company; Lowe; Mark IV Capital; McWhinney; Newmark; Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors; Prime West; United Properties; and Xcel Energy.

Jeff Dean, Senior Vice President with Mark IV Capital and Supporting Sponsor of the Project Destined program said, “Mark IV Capital was excited to play a role in helping expose top-tier, diverse Denver students to the industry through this hands-on “master class” format. Organizations are constantly seeking the best talent – and programs such as Project Destined help ensure the future holds more opportunities for both companies and candidates alike.”

Fellow Supporting Sponsor Michael Sapp, Manager of PSCo State Public Affairs with Xcel Energy, shared that "Xcel Energy is committed to reducing racial inequality as one of the most important things we can do to support the communities where we live, work and do businesses. We are honored to collaborate with the NAIOP Early Talent Program to cultivate inclusive, engaged and diverse future business leaders that reflects the communities we serve."

NAIOP Colorado Chapter will be partnering with Project Destined and area universities to host a similar program for undergraduate students this fall.

About NAIOP Colorado
The NAIOP Colorado Chapter provides advocacy, education, and business opportunities by connecting members in a powerful North American and Front Range network in the commercial real estate development and investment industry. We get business done. We create valuable, meaningful connections. We keep you current. We are a powerful voice. We actively advocate on your behalf at the local, state, and national levels to influence policies and regulations that affect our commercial real estate community.

About Project Destined.
Project Destined is a leading social impact platform that provides training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and real estate. Project Destined partners with corporations, schools, and nonprofits to deliver training using its proprietary e-learning platform and live courses. Project Destined leverages a work-based learning approach where students work with executives to evaluate live deals in their community and present them in a pitch competition to industry leaders. Scholars emerge with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks that prepare them to secure a solid first job and to become stakeholders in their community. For more information, please visit projectdestined.com.

Press Contact: CJ Manning, NAIOP Colorado DEI Chair and Vice President, Development - Prime West Companies
Direct: 919-805-1387
Email: [email protected]


 

Added to NAIOP Website on March 29, 2022

The NAIOP Colorado chapter is proud to announce two exciting partnerships with community organizations in the Denver area: Northeast Denver Leadership Week and Project Destined.

In conjunction with Denver Councilman Christopher Herndon, NAIOP Colorado’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee is coordinating a half-day program in Commercial Real Estate for the Northeast Denver Leadership Week, in June 2022. This program “offers high school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to connect with civic and industry leaders throughout Denver. The program’s goal is to grow the next generation of leaders by educating students about careers in leadership and inspiring and motivating them to pursue such roles in their own careers." In support of this effort, the DEI Committee is currently seeking volunteers to host a construction site tour in the Northeast Denver area, as well as event volunteers to facilitate the programming. 

In complement to the Northeast Denver Leadership Week initiative, NAIOP Colorado announced that it will sponsor a local chapter of Project Destined. This unique program enlists top industry talent to mentor students in underserved communities and put them on track for internships or employment in the Commercial Real Estate industry. According to Project Destined, “we deliver our programming through the model: TRAIN, COMPETE, GROW. Students work with leading executives to evaluate live deals in their community and present them in a pitch competition.  Scholars emerge with the skills, confidence, experiences and networks that prepare them to secure a strong first job.” The local chapter of Project Destined will be funded in part by NAIOP Colorado and local CRE industry sponsors. In support of this effort, NAIOP Colorado will be seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, competition judges, panel speakers, host property tours, and conduct programming.

For more information on how to volunteer or sponsor either of these opportunities, please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

 

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

Welcome to NAIOP Colorado's bi-monthly newsletter and Sponsor Spotlight page. 


LAND TITLE GUARANTEE COMPANY AND NAIOP INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP 

Land Title Guarantee Company, Colorado's largest locally owned and operated title agency, has a long and proud history with NAIOP. A corporate member since 1994, Land Title has been the presenting sponsor of the NAIOP Colorado Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge for over ten years and regularly supports various committees.

In addition to providing support for annual events, Land Title team members are personally involved with NAIOP. Most recently, Luke Davidson was a Board Member from 2014-2019 with Mindy Humphrey taking his place on the Board as of 2020. Both served as NAIOP committee members for the past 10 years.

“Land Title is a long-time supporter of NAIOP and our partnership continues to be extremely mutually beneficial,” said John E. Freyer, Jr., President of Land Title Guarantee Company. “In addition, we are delighted to be involved with the NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge again this year, in that it marries students with industry leaders against a real-world backdrop to both challenge, educate and inspire everyone involved. We are happy to see a spotlight on Colorado Springs as a top place to work, live and grow.”

In late May, Land Title committed to sponsor the NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge through 2027. NAIOP Colorado's Executive Director Kathie Barstnar shared, "Without the support and dedication of the staff and ownership of Land Title – NAIOP Colorado might not be the organization it is.  We certainly would not have been able to develop the Real Estate Challenge to the premier event it is without the long-standing support of Land Title both of time and treasure.  Additionally, we have worked together to help create good public policy that protects the consumer and advances the commercial real estate industry. We could not have asked for a better partnership."

Founded in 1967, Land Title has more than 50 offices spanning the state with its headquarters in the heart of Cherry Creek North. Land Title is the commercial market share leader in both transactional and dollar volumes across all of Colorado in each of the last 10 years. With more than 600 annual closings over $10M, the Company boasts the largest team of tenured title, closing and sales professionals dedicated to the commercial real estate market. By combining the financial strength and flexibility of the nation’s strongest underwriters with the knowledge of Colorado real estate laws, customs and markets, Land Title seeks to deliver an unsurpassed transactional experience.

The team closed some of the largest, most complex and most recognized transactions in Colorado including Union Station, McGregor Square, Larimer Square, Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, among others.

Further, Land Title is dedicated to Colorado communities. Each year, the Company supports numerous organizations across the state ranging from local food banks, to mental health advocacy groups, to youth athletics and relief for those impacted by wildfires. Leadership starts at the top and the executive team regularly donates their time to professional and civic organizations that promote and support the communities in which we work. You can learn more at ltgc.com.


 

 

ARCH-CON® CORPORATION OPENS DENVER OFFICE IN CHERRY CREEK

NAIOP Colorado Sustaining Sponsor and commercial general contractor Arch-Con® Corporation is proudly taking root in Denver and is a veteran supporter of NAIOP nationally. 

Arch-Con recently purchased an office building at 131 Madison Street in Cherry Creek for its Colorado operations, is well underway building its first industrial project in the area and is actively working with clients through preliminary pricing, site plans and preconstruction on a number of projects in the Mile High City.

Arch-Con was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Houston, opened a Dallas office in 2016, an Austin office in early 2021 and is excited to be in Denver. Arch-Con has grown to revenues exceeding $500 million annually, an employee base of more than 200, listed in the Inc. 5000 seven times, listed in the ENR Top 400 Contractors the last six years and listed in Houston Business Journal as the second largest construction company in Houston based on 2020 revenues.

Arch-Con is a long-time, proud supporter of NAIOP. Arch-Con Project Developer Erin Kelley has served on the NAIOP Colorado chapter board since 2018 and was the chapter’s 2018 Member of the Year. Arch-Con Founder and CEO Michael G. Scheurich has served on a NAIOP National Forum for nearly 10 years and served on the NAIOP Houston chapter board of directors for nine years. Arch-Con President Jason M. Cooper currently serves on the NAIOP Houston chapter board of directors. 

Denver leadership and NAIOP connection

Two Denver-based leaders Chad Headlee and Kelley joined Arch-Con in 2021 and NAIOP was a valuable resource when Arch-Con was looking to hire top talent in Colorado. Scheurich turned to NAIOP and the relationships he developed through the organization, one such relationship is that with Kelley. Scheurich and Kelley met through NAIOP and fostered a relationship over the years which led them to now work together.

Kelley works with clients from concept to completion, facilitating projects and relationships. Kelley has a keen understanding of commercial construction in Denver having worked on the owner’s representation side as well as the architectural side of commercial real estate. Kelley is an active board member for the NAIOP Colorado chapter, served as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce Chair for two years, the Developing Leaders Chair in 2018, the Mentor Mentee Chair for four years and served as a Government Affairs Environmental and Infrastructure Committee Member for three years.

Chad Headlee serves as vice president for Arch-Con in Denver with nearly 30 years in the construction industry and more than 20 years of project management and executive experience. Headlee has led various design-build, LEED certified and build-to-suit projects totaling more than $500 million in various project types from high-end office buildings to convention centers. Headlee is also an active member of NAIOP as well as a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership Economic Development Committee and SIOR. 

Arch-Con looks forward to advancing the mission of NAIOP in Colorado! Come visit us at our Cherry Creek office and at www.arch-con.com.

Construction is hard. We make it easy.

 

OPINION - A Call to Action for Ukraine

Friends,

In 2012, I met a woman in South Florida, her name was Natalia Buryk, now Natalia Huemoller.  At the time, I knew nothing about the country of Ukraine.  That changed quickly over many family meals with her parents and brother.  Over many elaborate dishes of amazing Ukrainian food and vodka (of course), I grew to truly love their outlook on life, their warmness and embrace of the American life.  They moved here in 2003 after winning the green card lottery and did everything the right way.  They are the best Americans that I know.  


Natalia and I had a traditional wedding in the Orthodox Ukrainian church in Miami.  This small church was filled to the brim with Ukrainians that I didn’t know.  They welcomed me into their community with open arms.  Complete strangers, many of them custodians, maintenance men, and flower shop workers, all of which earn an hourly wage, eagerly gave Natalia and I presents and whatever money they could scrape up.  Natalia gave a stirring speech at the reception; I didn’t understand a word.  But I did know how to say one thing and it is so important to the Ukrainian People.  I yelled, “Slava Ukraini.”  Glory to Ukraine.  The crowd roared back the second part all together “Heroyam Slava!!!!” Glory to our heroes.  With that, people in that community say still that I am one of them, and I am proud of that.  


As part of an extended honeymoon trip around the word, Natalia and I spent 5 weeks in Ukraine helping her grandmother with farm chores and seeing the sights Ukraine had to offer.  Ukrainians loved seeing a 6’4 American work the fields.  Again, total strangers sought us out to give us the money they had to congratulate us. I tried to refuse once, it was a bad idea.  Every person I met welcomed me wholeheartedly and they could not have been more thrilled to meet the American who married their friend / niece / cousin.  A family friend, Halyna welcomed us in her home in Kyiv to stay for a few days.  She cooked, had a party and offered everything they had to make sure we were comfortable.  The six-year-old granddaughter was excited to practice her English and said with bright eyes “hello, my name is Olyana, what is your name?” about 1,100 times as it was all she knew in English.  She gave me a cherished toy to take around the world, I still have it.  Heart wrenching to imagine where Olyana is now, and what she is feeling.  


Many of you have met my kids. They have Ukrainian names. Zoe, who we call Zoya or Zoyichka and Leo who we call Lev or Levchick.  


The point is that this war is hitting very close to home.


So what?  Why am I telling you this?  It is time for me to do what I can to return all the goodwill and love this amazing country and its people have shown me.  I have the absolute privilege to know most of the people reading this.  We all have the privilege of living where we do and working in an industry that is thriving.


It is time for us to put our money where our mouth is. The country that has adopted me is at this moment, the center of the world.  They are fighting the world's fight, and they are fighting a good fight. 


I don’t need to tell you what is happening in Ukraine from a military perspective.  Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you already know.  I will however tell you that the kind 67 year-old-woman that took care of us in Kyiv, Halyna, is at home making Molotov cocktails in her back yard.  Olyana and her parents have fled to the countryside to avoid the devastation.  Her Dad has returned to Kyiv to join the fight not knowing if he will see his family again.  Our many friends and family members will not leave.  Every single person we have been in touch with is staying to defend Ukraine.  


As a population, they seemed to have transformed into Spartans.  Their President refused to accept the American offer to evacuate to another country, “I need ammo, not a ride” was his response.  The world cannot agree on a lot these days, but we can all agree Ukrainians are made from something different.  I am so proud of them.  The military needs help.


The human cost of this war is astounding.  Incomprehensible.  As of today, over four million (4,000,000) people have left Ukraine (this does not include people who have had to leave their homes but are still in Ukraine).  Three weeks ago, they were just like you, going to work and living normal lives. These are women with their children, students of other nations and elderly (though many elderly are staying and are joining the defense).  These refugees need help.


Ukraine needs help and they need it NOW.


Now it is time for us to do our part and stop being merely spectators.  We can still have an impact on this war.  


If you take issue with a mighty power invading a country just because it knows it can, give.

If you think it is awe inspiring to see an entire population of 44,000,000 stand up together and defend their nation, give.

If you can’t stand the thought of refugees running for their lives with nowhere to go, give. 

Even if you just want to do a favor for your old pal Huey, PLEASE, give.


Below are links to provide humanitarian and military aid. The Central Bank of Ukraine has established a special bank account for the military to draw on and there are dozens of organizations who are handling the growing humanitarian crises.  Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia are really stepping up to accept displaced people. 


Military Aid - https://bank.gov.ua/ua/news/all/natsionalniy-bank-vidkriv-spetsrahunok-dlya-zboru-koshtiv-na-potrebi-armiyi 


https://www.npr.org/2022/02/25/1082992947/ukraine-support-help


These links are legit, they are not scams.  


Please let me know if you have given and I will make it my personal mission to find a way to repay your kindness.  


Most importantly, root for Ukraine.  Take their side.  Help them survive this and remember my wedding speech.  


SLAVA UKRAINI!! 

HEROYEM SLAVA!! 


Thank you all for reading if you made it this far.

 

Your friend,

John Huemoller

Email - [email protected]

 
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