Who is John Blackshire? Despite joining Transwestern only in 2014 in his first official capacity as a commercial real estate broker, John Blackshire is already making waves in Denver’s multi-family market. Embracing an entrepreneurial spirit he developed in his formative years, John is taking risks in the business development pipeline process to uncover new ways to forge connections. He and his team are using technology such as video conferencing and mining of big data in combination with personal, face-to-face connections to differentiate their multi-family unit team in an over-saturated multi-family Denver market. For instance, over 3,200 groups have already viewed the marketing communications package for his team’s latest listing, Highland Park Apartments – a 125-unit mixed-use property in Lower Highlands. “The technology [we used] cut through the clutter and helped get the word out,” commented John, who attributes the transparency amongst his team as another contributor to their success. Acknowledging the inherent challenges of working in the industry, John candidly mentions, “Commercial real estate is a business where experience is highly valued.” He goes on to point out that as a young professional, one of the ways to overcome that obstacle is communicating that you are part of an experienced team. Tom Wanberg, with over 30 years in the multi-family market, is John’s mentor and focuses on a team approach to create better accountability.
Outside the office, one can find John involved in a myriad of activities from his status as a professional stand-up paddle boarder to cycling a Broncos-themed pedi-cab on the weekends in downtown Denver. John is also the co-founder of a non-profit called Colorado Stand Up Paddle Boarder (COSUP), which is associated with the Greenway Foundation. “Denver’s commercial real estate industry is indebted to what this organization has done to preserve and promote the South Platte River waterways,” commented John. Since 1974, the Greenway Foundation has helped create over $100 million of green improvement to the South Platte River and its tributaries, facilitating over $10 billion in residential and commercial development throughout the Denver Metro area.
|Property City||No. Of Units||Bldg SF||Sale Price|
|Highland Park Apartments||Denver||125||100,000||$40,250,000|
|LeBaron Mobile Home Park||Aurora||50||123,274||$1,075,000|