Movers and Shakers Week of 03.26.18
CBRE Promotes Erik Abrahamson to Vice President in Boulder
CBRE recently announced that Erik Abrahamson with CBRE Advisory & Transaction Services in Boulder has been promoted to vice president. Mr. Abrahamson specializes in representing owners, developers and investors of office and flex properties located along the Highway 36 corridor, encompassing all of Boulder and Broomfield counties.
“Erik combines his background in multiple facets of commercial real estate with a comprehensive knowledge of and general enthusiasm for what’s happening across the Boulder/U.S. 36 office and flex market. He’s proved himself to be a great resource to his clients time and again,” said Katie Benefield, sales manager for CBRE’s Colorado region.
Mr. Abrahamson has focused on commercial real estate in Boulder and the northwest Denver metro for over 10 years. In addition to his work with CBRE, his background includes serving as Director of Property Development and Acquisitions for W.W. Reynolds Companies in Boulder. LEED-AP- certified, he also co-founded a LEED facilitation, energy modeling and sustainable design consulting firm.
Most recently, Mr. Abrahamson represented Koelbel and Company in completing a 26,500-square-foot lease for global engineering/manufacturing firm Plexus at 168 Centennial Parkway in Louisville, CO. He is also representing Morgan Creek Ventures in marketing the new Boulder Commons, Colorado’s first aspiring net-zero energy commercial project in Boulder County.
“There’s really not another community like Boulder in the nation—it’s why companies, employees and investors all want to be here. All of that appeal also brings challenges and a need to balance affordability, amenities and expansion opportunities. I’m excited about what’s happening downtown and in areas like East Boulder and grateful for the part I get to play in helping to preserve this community’s culture while cultivating its strategic growth,” said Mr. Abrahamson.
Serving on the board of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District, Mr. Abrahamson is also a member of the Commercial Brokers of Boulder, NAIOP and DMCAR.
Hyder Construction Announces New President, Matt Huelskamp
Hyder Construction has promoted Matt Huelskamp to president of the company, effective April 1, 2018. Huelskamp has served as Hyder’s executive vice president for two years and has been with the company for eleven. He will become Hyder’s fifth president in the company’s 72-year history.
Tom McLagan has served as Hyder’s president for twenty years. In 1987, he, his father Neil McLagan, and Ray Lobato purchased Hyder Construction from Hugh Hyder. With this new transition, McLagan will assume the role of Executive Chairman, where he will continue to work with Matt on the company’s strategic initiatives and assist with various business-related functions.
Huelskamp has been with Hyder since 2007 and has grown with the company, serving in several positions throughout his career. His primary focus as Executive Vice President has been partnering with the President and upper management to address priorities within the organization that are critical to its success and leading key business functions relating to business development and talent management. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President, he served as Director of Business Development.
Huelskamp is a two-time University of Denver grad with an undergraduate degree specializing in Real Estate and Construction Management as well as an Executive MBA. McLagan said, “Over the past year, Matt has successfully taken the reins of more and more of the company operations and I am now certain that he has the skillsets and an energy level superior to mine to lead this company and to continue and improve upon the success of Hyder for everyone involved.”
Huelskamp is actively involved in several professional organizations within the Denver business community including serving as a board member on the Associated General Contractors of Colorado as well as the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.
Justin Peterson Named New Top Executive of McCarthy Building Companies in Colorado
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., is pleased to announce Justin Peterson has been elevated to the position of vice president of operations. In this new role Peterson will lead McCarthy’s operations in Colorado.
“McCarthy has built long-term relationships here in Colorado, many that I am proud to be a part of,” said Peterson. “In this new role, I am excited to support our talented local team and will do everything I can to ensure our employees are empowered, our clients achieve their goals, and we help our trade partners grow and succeed.”
Peterson has spent the past 14 years with McCarthy helping to deliver more than $875 million in construction solutions for clients across Colorado’s Front Range and Western Slope. He has a deep understanding of the Colorado construction marketplace and is committed to developing and maintaining strong relationships with clients, trade partners and designers.
“Our Colorado team has had a great deal of success utilizing the Integrated Project Delivery method to provide real value for our clients,” commented Peterson. “By working in tandem with our design and trade partners, we are consistently able to deliver the best outcome for clients for the best final cost.” McCarthy is currently implementing this process on work with Banner Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Kaiser Permanente.
McCarthy has worked in Colorado for more than 25 years, opening its permanent Colorado office in January 2015. Since that time, the office has grown to include more than 50 salaried and trade staff in the state.
Peterson began his career with McCarthy in the field as a project engineer, moving up to assistant project superintendent, superintendent, project manager and project director before assuming his current role. He holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and McCarthy’s ICC Class A General Contractors licenses. Peterson received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Willamette University.
An avid outdoorsman, Peterson is also active with Larimer County Boys & Girls Club, Fort Collins Vipers Lacrosse, and NFL Play 60 Flag Football.
Realty Executives International Announces the Appointment of New President Patrick Van Den Bausch
Realty Executives International, a leading real estate brand and one of the largest and most established global real estate franchises, named Patrick van den Bossche as it’s new president. This appointment rounds out the global real estate firm’s leadership team focused on aggressive network growth and expansion.
“It is an honor to lead an organization with the powerful combination of a strong, 50+ year legacy and forward-leaning vision,” states van den Bossche. “Realty Executives has its roots in market disruption, which is what attracted many of our top performing brokers and agents to the company. I am excited to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these incredible leaders and professionals to move the brand forward into its next stage of growth.”
Van den Bossche was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, immigrating as a teenager to the United States with his parents who were immigrants from Indonesia. He brings with him 30 years of experience as a C-suite executive managing fast growth, start-up and next-growth companies. His track record of success leading companies across multiple industries includes Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Echo Automotive Inc., SPI Holdings Inc., and Modtech Holdings Inc. He is also an industry insider, getting his real estate license in 2005 and leveraging it throughout his business dealings.
“We took our time in selecting a President for Realty Executives and are confident we have found the right individual to catalyze our growth while nurturing a community-centric culture that focuses on our brokers and agents.” said David Tedesco, Realty Executives International CEO. “Patrick has a rare blend of financial, analytical and business acumen with a passion for connecting with people that uniquely qualifies him for this leadership role.”
The RMH Group Promotes Mike Watkins to Senior Vice President and Principal
The RMH Group (RMH) is proud to announce that Mike Watkins, P.E., was recently promoted to the position of senior vice president and principal. Watkins began his career at RMH in 2000, and quickly established himself as a leader and resource for other engineers in the company. He is a member of the RMH Board and leads the Lean and BIM development efforts for the company. As an RMH group leader, project manager and electrical engineer, Watkins delivers innovative solutions for complex engineering projects for such notable clients as Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Ball Aerospace and Raytheon.
“Mike’s focus on Lean Production, client dedication and service excellence will propel RMH into the future as we grow and change to serve our clients,” said Bill Green, president of RMH.
Watkins earned CM-Lean designation through the Associated General Contractors of America, DBIA Certification through the Design-Build Institute of America and LEED AP BD+C accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Unique Properties, Inc Welcomes New Senior Broker Associate
Unique Properties, Inc. is pleased to announce and would like to welcome Pete Foster to the company. Pete has joined the Greg Knott Team as a senior broker associate and will be focused on Industrial, Office and Investment Properties. Pete has been involved in the Colorado Commercial Real Estate industry since 2003 and brings a large range of knowledge from his education in real estate and marketing to his experience working with developers, business owners and large financial institutions.
After serving in the United States Air Force, Pete received a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a double major in Finance/Real Estate and Marketing from Colorado State University College of Business. He is an active member of the Denver Metropolitan Commercial Association of Brokers (DMCAB) and the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP) and has worked on numerous transactions throughout Colorado and nationally as well. During his impressive and successful career, Pete has represented a significant number of property owners and investors and has personally closed over 250 real estate transactions.
Continuum Partners Promotes Jenny Robinson to Chief Investment Officer
Continuum Partners, a Denver-based firm known for its award winning urban, mixed-use developments, announced today the promotion of Jenny Robinson to the position of chief investment officer. Robinson has been with Continuum Partners since 2005 and has served as finance manager, development manager and director of Capital Markets and Asset Management. In her new position, Robinson will lead all debt and equity transactions and direct asset management activities.
“Jenny has been an integral part of our team for many years now and we are thrilled to have her move into the position of Chief Investment Officer,” said Mark Falcone, founder of Continuum Partners. “It’s no secret that the financial aspects of real estate development can make or break any given project and Jenny has been invaluable in the success of our portfolio, most notably the redevelopment of Union Station neighborhood and the in-progress 9th & Colorado project.”
Robinson originally joined Continuum’s finance department in 2005 where she has worked on sourcing debt and equity for nearly all of Continuum’s development projects to date as well as underwriting new project opportunities. In that capacity, she was involved in several billion dollars of financial structuring and underwriting. Following a brief move to California and Nevada, Robinson returned to Continuum in 2014 in the role of development manager on the 9+CO and A Block teams and in the spring of 2015, she transitioned back to run the finance department for Continuum.
“It’s a great honor to become CFO at Continuum Partners, I’m grateful for the opportunity and it is something I have worked hard to achieve,” said Robinson. “Mark Falcone has been so supportive of my career at Continuum and with the amazing team we have in place and projects we’re developing, there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of this company.”
Robinson began her career in real estate with Principal Financial Group, as a commercial mortgage underwriter. She was responsible for the procurement and management of portfolio and securitized mortgage investments for private and public debt clients. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in finance and accounting and went on to complete a master’s degree in finance and real estate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Robinson is actively involved with the CU Real Estate Center and has twice been nominated for the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)’s Women of Influence Award. She lives in Denver with her husband and two boys.
As Chief Investment Officer, Robinson will continue to oversee the finance department which is responsible for the financing structures for all of Continuum’s project and she will now be a member of the Executive Committee, which oversees all investment decisions for the company.