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NAIOP Winter Classic Events: Playing for a Cause

Submitted by James Mansfield and Murray Platt, Winter Classic Hockey Co-Chairs


NAIOP’s Winter Classic Hockey and Curling events are unlike any other in the wide range of annual NAIOP events.  While the Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge and Fight Night garner the headlines and bright lights, the Winter Classic is an inspirational event that tugs at one’s heartstrings like no other.  To understand the Winter Classic, you have to look deeper to see the mission and spirit of these unique events.


The Winter Classic Hockey and Curling are the only NAIOP events in which 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity.  Over the past eight years, NAIOP’s Winter Classic Hockey and Curling have raised in excess of $160,000 for Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. These unique and compelling events have forged a special bond with our Cup Sponsor, Majestic Realty and in particular, with Randall Hertel, Executive Vice President of Majestic who matches every dollar raised.  The foundation now is in excess of $2 Million-dollars.  


This year’s 8th Annual Winter Classic kicked off with the Curling Challenge on March 24, 2022 at the Denver Curling Club with 14 teams competing for the prized Majestic Cup.  For anyone that has been captivated by the USA’s 2018 Olympic gold medal team, and believes “heck, I could do that”, this annual event is a chance to don a curling sweater, show off your skills and talk like you are from Bemidji, Minnesota.  You-betcha. 


Teams from Prime West and Crosslands Companies beat out Brinkmann Constructors, Cushman & Wakefield and Confluent Development at this year’s “DodgeBall”, the movie themed event. Majestic Realty’s “Purple Cobras” team was named the best-dressed for their purple spandex attire. Over 90 attendees enjoyed a fun afternoon complete with taco truck, adult beverages and music provided by Alcorn Construction and Centennial Realty Advisors. A special thank you to all of our team sponsors for their participation.  


The Winter Classic Hockey Showcase is held in the heat of August and there are no scouts at this showcase, only has-beens, never-weres and wannabes…and every year it’s a sell-out.  Teams are at-large so if you haven’t put on the skates since your glory days, sign up and we will find you a spot on the fourth line.  Eight teams, each play a one-game, winner-take-all championship for a chance to drink from the Majestic Cup.  The jerseys are a surprise each year as the rotation has settled on Beer League theme.  We have found hockey players are not only loyal to their hometown teams, they are just as passionate to the memory of dad’s Schlitz, Hamm’s or Old Style, worn on their crest of the jersey.  


As cool as it is to face-off against your broker, developer or title rep, the best part of the Winter Classic is being a part of the Mission.  Last year, Jack, a six-year-old, skated with his dad and scored a five-hole game winner.  He was hugged by his dad and high fived by the boys.  It wasn’t until the post-game celly that Jack was introduced.  Two years earlier, Jack was diagnosed with cancer, faced treatment, and never gave up.  Thanks to the doctors, nurses and foundation at Children’s Hospital, he now plays mite hockey, skates like the wind and hangs with his pals.  The dreams of childhood are alive and well with NAIOP’s Winter Classic.     


In addition to the Winter Classic Hockey and Curling events, the NAIOP Colorado Developing Leaders (DLs) will host their Annual Winter Classic Skiing with the Icons on the slopes of A-Basin on April 7, 2022. The Skiing event proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Diabled - a world leader in creating and providing adaptive outdoor recreation experiences. Please consider grabbing your gear and joining the DLs for a one of a kind business networking event and skiing and snowboarding experience. Click here for more details or to register.  



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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.



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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

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