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Brinkman Promotes Pete Levine to Real Estate Acquisitions and Development Manager

Pete Levine

Brinkman, a Colorado-based development and investment company, has promoted Pete Levine to real estate acquisitions and development manager.

Originally from the Boston area, Pete received his degree in Finance from Boston University. He worked as a real estate agent in the Boston residential rental market before opening his own brokerage company. In 2016, he moved to Denver to pursue his master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Denver. Pete was a graduate of the Sustainable Living Association Leadership Program in 2018.

With Pete’s strong background in both finance and brokerage, he has the perfect blend of skills to fulfill this new role. He will guide the acquisitions process and support the real estate development team in deal sourcing and project analysis. Pete will draw from his technical real estate and modeling skills to grow Brinkman’s portfolio through the identification of acquisition opportunities throughout Colorado and surrounding states.


Norris Design Promotes Don Ryan and M.R. Hicks to Principal in Denver Office

M R Hicks
Don Ryan

Norris Design, a national planning, landscape architecture and branding firm, has announced the promotion of Don Ryan, and M.R. Hicks to principal in the Denver office.

Don Ryan has been with Norris Design since 2014. He has 28 years of diverse experience on more than 200 projects globally with a focus on large and complex planning projects, including transit-oriented development and student housing projects. Other significant experience includes multifamily residential, mixed-use, retail, office, healthcare and higher education projects. Ryan’s current notable projects include Miller’s Landing, a 65 acre mixed-use development in Castle Rock, and Alta Englewood Station.

With more than 40 years of experience, Hicks has spent most of her career in the A/E/C industry in progressively responsible roles working with architects, engineers, landscape architects and planners. Before joining Norris Design, Hicks led the marketing teams at Gensler’s Denver office as well as R.W. Beck and OZ Architecture. Hicks joined Norris Design in 2015 and has since doubled the marketing team to support the firm’s growth across markets in Arizona, Colorado and Texas. In her new role as principal, Hicks will continue to lead the marketing team at Norris Design in addition to project work with the firm’s Branding specialists.

Norris Design also announced two promotions to senior associate and one promotion to associate in the Denver office.

Dylan Dettmann
Greg Banks

Dylan Dettmann has been promoted to senior associate. Since joining Norris Design, he has been involved in the planning and design of various projects. Dettmann’s experience includes producing site and master plans for projects in the United States, China, Honduras, Ukraine, and Uganda. Some of his current work includes the Alta SoBo Station and 7th and Grant multifamily developments in Denver.

Greg Banks has also been promoted to senior associate. His professional originates in practical, hands-on experience from more than 10 years in the industry as a design-build designer. Since joining Norris Design in 2015, Banks has also gained extensive experience in construction details, installation, plantings and overseeing large-scale construction planning on residential and commercial project sites. His current projects include the Summit View Ranch master planned community in Silverthorne and Gateway, a multifamily development in Greeley.

Nick Persichitte

Nick Persichitte has been promoted to Associate. Since joining Norris Design in 2013, he has been involved in the planning and design of unique local communities ranging in scale and scope. Persichitte’s professionalism and dedication to teamwork showcase his ability to achieve the client’s vision. His current projects include the Jefferson County Open Space and Friends of Dinosaur Ridge Master Plan and Southshore, a community situated on the southern rim of the Aurora Reservoir.


HFF Expands its Investment Advisory Team with Addition of Managing Director Jason Schmidt in Denver

Jason Schmidt

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced this week that it has expanded its investment advisory team with the addition of Managing Director Jason Schmidt in its Denver office.

Mr. Schmidt is a 20-plus year veteran of the commercial real estate industry and joins HFF from JLL Capital Markets Group where he was an executive vice president responsible for the disposition of office, retail and industrial buildings in the region.  He has a wide range of experience in the industry and has held positions at Signature Equities, Pace Properties, Cushman Wakefield and Cassidy Turley.  Mr. Schmidt is on the Colorado State Board for the International Council of Shopping Centers and a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and has been recognized as a “Heavy Hitter” by the Denver Business Journal.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from Drake University, and a Master of Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.

Mr. Schmidt will have a dual focus on both office and retail investment advisory transactions.  In the office sector, he will co-lead HFF Denver’s private client/middle market investment advisory team with managing director Larry Thiel, who joined the firm in late November.  Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Thiel will work with HFF director Nate Perry to pursue private client office transactions in the Rocky Mountain region.

Additionally, Mr. Schmidt will work with Thiel and HFF director Chad Murray to lead HFF’s retail investment advisory practice in the Rocky Mountain region.

“Jason and Larry are two very well-known and respected veterans of the Denver commercial real estate industry and we are very excited to bring them together at HFF to form a dedicated team focused on the private client space in the Denver area as well as institutional retail sales,” said Mark Katz, senior managing director and co-head of HFF’s Denver office.  “HFF is very focused on increasing our market share in both of these spaces and we now have the team to do that.”

“Jason and I have a longstanding history, attending high school together and training athletically at the collegiate level,” Thiel added.  “We have continued our friendship while working alongside each other in the Denver commercial real estate industry over the years. I’m honored to now partner with him professionally and start a new chapter as one team at HFF.”

Elsy Studios Welcomes Britney Heim to Interior Design Team

Britney Heim

Elsy Studios, a Denver-based full-service commercial interior design firm, recently welcomed interior designer Britney Heim to its growing team. With Heim’s hire, Elsy adds to its project management expertise and brings a unique new set of skills to its commercial design practice.

In her new role, Heim will lend her talents to Elsy Studios clients such as Liv Sotheby’s, Coors, Personal Capital and Quizno’s.

“Part of what makes our team so valuable is the diversity of experiences we bring, which helps to shape our individual approaches and makes us more creative,” said Lynn Coit, president and founder of Elsy Studios. “Beyond her impressive design skills, we saw the tremendous value in Britney’s journey – in her graphic design expertise, her experience in project management, and in her work with clients to translate their vision into something meaningful.”

Heim previously worked as an associate interior designer on the residential side at Studio 7 Creative. Before pursuing interior design, however, she had a successful career as a graphic designer at an advertising firm in New York and then as a special education teacher in Texas. A desire to combine her passion for making a difference with her strengths in design and project leadership led her to pursue an interior design degree from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

“I wanted to feel passionate about what I did and to feed my creative soul all at once,” Heim said. “With interior design, I found my calling. I can draw with my hands or design with highly technical software, create visual brands and work with creative, inspiring people. But most of all, I can make a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.”





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