Movers and Shakers Week of 01.08.18
Jeffrey Brown, FAIA Named CEO of Powers Brown Architecture
Powers Brown Architecture announced the appointment of founding principal Jeffrey Brown, FAIA to the position of CEO. Brown will oversee the resources, development and management of the company’s international practice including establishment of future locations and growth in existing markets. These include the Denver and Washington, D.C. office locations established in the past five to ten years. More recently, in 2015, the firm established offices in Canada, and Brown will oversee their consolidation in Toronto. He will maintain his role as Creative Director for the firm.
Brown has practiced architecture for more than 25 years and has an array of experience working on multiple building types for both public and private entities; he is an accomplished designer with unique graphic communication and strategic planning skills.
Brown has been instrumental in leading the firm to numerous awards including a Citation in the 2012 Annual Design Re-view from Architect magazine and recognition from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association as the 2008 and 2014 recipient of the Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award for the firm’s and his own contribution to the design and advancement of tilt wall construction.
Additional accolades have come from the Texas Society of Architects, American Institute of Architects Houston, AIA|DC, Design Excellence Awards and the Urban Land Institute. The firm’s work has been widely covered in magazines and books including Brown’s latest, Tiltwallism: A Treatise on the Architectural Potential of Tilt Wall Construction.
In 2016, Brown was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
Powers Brown Architecture was formed in September 1999 by Brown and Joe Powers, AIA who wanted to apply their collective knowledge accumulated over decades of working for other firms to create a 21st-century architecture firm focusedon growing and adapting to market forces while still providing high design and outstanding client support.
Column Commercial Partners, a Denver-based tenant representation firm specializing in tenant, landlord and investor representation, hired Matt Weist to join the company’s growing brokerage team.
“With Matt’s extensive background in financial services, he’ll be able to offer valuable insight to our clients, making him the perfect asset to join our growing team,” said Matt Brower, partner at Column Commercial Partners. “Along with his financial background, Matt brings entrepreneurial experience that allows him to understand firsthand the challenges business owners face and how their real estate fits into their broader business goals.”
Prior to joining Column Commercial Partners, Weist worked with Oracle Corporation (formerly Sun Microsystems), and most recently, Clayton Financial. Weist’s work at these firms included industry analysis and business strategy development. Notably Weist completed a re-pricing project for a client’s product line that was estimated to increase annual revenue by $20-$25 million. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Colorado.
Since becoming a broker in 2017, Weist has closed $3.5 million in transactions. At Column Commercial Partners, Weist will assist clients in realizing their commercial property’s potential for long-term portfolio growth.
Column Commercial Partners assists tenants, landlords and investors with developing and implementing a strategic real estate plan, guiding them through the leasing, selling or purchase process and securing the best possible terms. The Column Commercial team has a thorough understanding of the Metro Denver commercial real estate market, ensuring clients’ office space and investments support their overall business plans.
TRELORA Strengthens Executive Team with Promotion of Eric Spery to Chief Technology Officer
TRELORA, Denver’s flat-fee real estate brokerage, today announced an expansion of its executive team with the appointment of Eric Spery to Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Spery will oversee TRELORA’s technical vision and lead an ongoing evolution of the brokerage’s platform to better serve Denver home buyers and sellers.
Spery will serve as an executive liaison to all other departments and report directly to TRELORA CEO Joshua Hunt.
“Unlike more traditional brokerages, TRELORA hasn’t shied away from pushing the industry ahead with technology – we’ve built our entire business around its ability to provide the best possible customer experience. This driving force, coupled with our commitment to transparency throughout the buying and selling process, is what separates TRELORA from traditional brokerages and enables our world-class service for home buyers, sellers, agents, title companies and lenders alike,” Hunt said. “As the company continues to grow, we need a CTO who can elevate our platform and user experience. Eric is always thinking about new ways to leverage technological advances in order to provide TRELORA users the best possible experience, and I look forward to seeing how he transforms TRELORA over the next several years.”
Spery’s impressive pedigree includes more than 20 years in the Colorado technology industry. Spery got his start as a Java developer at ServiceMagic – writing the first lines of code for what eventually became prominent home improvement service provider, HomeAdvisor – and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually holding the Vice President of Development role. Spery also led technology for local mobile financial advisor My Dobot and served as Vice President of Engineering at TRELORA. Spery is an alum of Colorado State University, holding a Master’s Degree in Communications Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
“TRELORA isn’t just making real estate better – they’re re-inventing it,” Spery said. “I’m eager to build out our development team and continue to establish TRELORA as the next generation of real estate.”
IBREA Elects Atlas Co-Founder Jason Shepherd As New Chapter Chair
The International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA) has announced that Atlas Real Estate Group co-founder, Jason Shepherd, has been elected as the chair of its new Denver chapter. Shepherd has been a member of IBREA since November 2017 and will assume his new role in early 2018.
“It’s an honor to work with an organization dedicated to helping advance blockchain technology in the real estate industry,” said Shepherd. “As Denver’s chapter chair, I will work with the rest of IBREA’s leadership to support individuals and businesses driving that innovation.”
Shepherd is a co-founder of Atlas Real Estate Group, a full-service realty group specializing in real estate investments, brokerage and property management in Denver. The firm, named Best of Colorado Property Management 2017 by ColoradoBiz Magazine, was co-founded in 2008 by Shepherd and Ryan Boykin. The group’s real estate holdings have since grown to over $50 million, and it has bought and sold more than 4,000 properties on behalf of individuals and institutional investors, totaling over $750 million worth of transactions.
IBREA is a member-focused advocacy, educational, and trade organization dedicated to implementing blockchain in real estate. The group started in 2013 and has since acquired nearly 3,000 members in 17 different countries. These members come from a variety of backgrounds, including real estate development, investment, law, brokerage, government, marketing and more.
“Denver is on a fantastic trajectory towards growth in the technology sector. As an entrepreneur and investor, it’s my job to align our company and investments with a rapidly changing market,” Shepherd added. “With the launch of IBREA’s Denver chapter, we will be at the forefront of a trend that will change the real estate industry as we know it.”
Office Evolution Expands Leadership Team to Support Aggressive Growth
Office Evolution, the nation’s leading shared office franchisor offering co-working space, conference rooms, private office space, phone answering and business address solutions, announced today that it has expanded its leadership team to support its rapidly growing business.
William L. Edmundson, IV has joined the company as its new chief operating officer. Edmundson will be responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations for both franchise and company-owned locations including driving corporate and franchise unit financial performance, maximizing operational performance and building brand equity. Areas of oversight include corporate and franchise operations, sales and marketing, human resources, technology, and product development.
Edmundson joins Office Evolution with deep experience in the co-working and hospitality industries having served in both consulting and senior leadership roles with several national brands. Most recently, as President and CEO of Abby Executive Suites, he was responsible for maximizing operational and financial performance, as well as standardizing and building brand equity across the office suites chain. He also served as president of Choice Hotels’ Cambria Suites brand, and vice president of Brand Performance and Support for Hilton Hotels’ Hampton Inns brand. He was previously a board member and secretary of the Global Workspace Association.
“We are delighted to have someone of William’s caliber join our executive team,” said Mark Hemmeter, founder and CEO of Office Evolution. “William has vast experience in brand building and driving operational excellence for both start-ups and established businesses needing operational improvement and strategic direction. His experience in strategic planning and driving unit profitability, while improving customer experiences will be invaluable to all our stakeholders as we continue our rapid growth trajectory.”
Hemmeter will continue to guide the company’s overall strategic direction and will lead franchise recruitment, new location opportunities, real estate and design, as well as finance and
In other corporate staffing news, Eileen Proctor was appointed to the new position of vice president of Revenue Optimization and Marketing. Eileen is responsible for optimizing unit economics and speed to profitability for Office Evolution’s business centers across the country, as well as corporate marketing. Since beginning to franchise in 2012, the company has granted 48 franchise licenses, representing 125 business centers in 24 states across the nation.
In the last 12 months alone, the company has opened nine new business centers and has signed franchise agreements for an additional 60 business centers. As a result, the company received several prestigious awards in 2017 recognizing its rapid growth and substantial value proposition including being ranked by the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Earlier in 2017, Office Evolution was ranked #4 on the 2017 Entrepreneur Magazine Top New Franchise and Business Opportunity list and #106 on their coveted Franchise 500 list.