Movers and Shakers Week Ending 02.05.21

Atlas Real Estate Announces New Hires

Denver-based Atlas Real Estate announced the hiring of three new team members:

Amos Smith, Investment Specialist

Amos Smith

In 2020 Amos retired from corporate America after 30 years, most of which was in the telecommunications industry where he held various positions culminating in CFO of Layer 3TV, a Denver-based startup that he successfully helped sell to T-Mobile. His journey into real estate investing started in 2004 when he purchased his first rental home in University Hills as a pseudo 529 college education plan for his kids then 7, 6, and 2. In 2015, Amos became an Atlas client when he met Mike Hills at Atlas who introduced him to multifamily investing. Amos currently owns 23 doors in Colorado ranging from single-family to 6-unit apartments and is looking to expand into Arizona. Thanks to those rental investments his three kid’s college educations have all been paid in full. His goal at Atlas as an investment specialist is to help others use the same method to cover the cost of their children’s education and/or achieve financial freedom through real estate investing. Amos has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Kansas.

Beth Hurford, Investment Specialist

Beth Hurford
Connor Beal

Real estate investor, entrepreneur, and mother of two, Beth has 20 years of experience in Colorado’s competitive real estate market. Along with her husband she spent the last seven years running a fix-and-flip business where they successfully flipped more than 250 homes. Beth has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado. She started her career in investor relations and has an extensive professional background in accounting, finance, marketing, and business operations. She became an agent in 2018 and has specialized in investment properties ever since.

Connor Beal, Assistant Property Manager

As an assistant property manager Connor is committed to building strong, long-lasting relationships with Atlas residents and clients. His interest in real estate was sparked at an early age as grew up flipping properties with his dad who taught him the ins and outs of owning a rental property business. Since that time, Connor has gained professional experience in both remodeling as well as leasing.


Derek Varnell Promoted to Northern Business Unit Leader at Encore Electric

Derek Varnell

Encore Electric has promoted Derek Varnell to lead the Wyoming and Northern Colorado Business Unit, where he will be responsible for all business operations and projects. He will oversee a team of 150 industry professionals, including craftspeople, service technicians and field support staff dedicated to executing projects of all sizes, from large, high-end commercial and manufacturing builds to mission-critical data centers, hospitals and schools.

A 17-year industry veteran, Varnell has a natural talent for building, having discovered a passion for construction after first considering a career in electrical engineering. He began his career at Encore Electric as an intern while completing a degree in construction management at Colorado State University, and soon became a project engineer. As one of the company’s newest business unit leaders, he will leverage a long track record in project management and team leadership to structure and manage construction teams for peak performance.

Varnell is proud to have had a part in managing the construction of many of the Rocky Mountain region’s most iconic buildings. He has led teams to help expand Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, schools in the Adams and Poudre Valley school districts, as well as a significant remote project in Washington State. While he enjoys the opportunity to help change the face of educational campuses, Varnell’s favorite projects are data centers because they are highly technical electrical systems.


Madison Commercial Properties Announces New Hire

Ryder Fink

Madison Commercial Properties is pleased to announce that Ryder Fink has joined the company as commercial real estate advisor. In this role, Ryder will focus on the development and execution of new commercial real estate sales and leasing assignments with an emphasis on the Industrial sector.

Prior to joining Madison Commercial Properties, Ryder managed an inside sales team at HomeAdvisor, Inc. It was here he learned the ins and outs of residential and commercial property management and sales.

Ryder is originally from Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Psychology from the University of Iowa.

“I am thrilled to join the Madison Commercial team and build on my career in the industry. I am most excited about the opportunity to create long term relationships through providing commercial real estate solutions for my clients,” said Ryder Fink.

“We are excited to have Ryder join Madison Commercial Properties. His entrepreneurial spirit and drive translate well to brokerage and we look forward to helping him succeed. This is the first of hopefully a few new hires this year as we look to expand our presence in the Denver market,” stated Brandon Gouker, managing partner.


St. John Properties, Inc. Selects Bryan Moran as Leasing Representative 

Bryan Moran

St. John Properties, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate development and investment company active in the central Colorado region since 1987, has selected Bryan Moran as leasing representative. Moran was formerly an associate with Broad Street Realty, Inc.

In his new role with St. John Properties, Mr. Moran will assist with pro-active marketing and leasing activities designed to attract new clients to the company’s portfolio of commercial office, flex/R&D, retail and warehouse buildings. This includes canvasing the central Colorado region for prospective clients, generating leads for new business opportunities and forming and strengthening new and existing relationships with commercial real estate brokerage professionals. Mr. Moran will also play a role in lease renewal negotiations.

Mr. Moran brings more than 10 years of business and related commercial real estate experience to this new position. In addition to working with a national real estate development company, he functioned as a Portfolio Manager for Self Storage Services and worked in the financial sector for Caliber Home Loans, SunTrust Mortgage and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Mr. Moran earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

“Bryan’s highly-diversified background, with an emphasis in real estate and financial services, makes him extremely qualified to interact with clients spanning diversified industry sectors,” explained Brandon Jenkins, St. John Properties’ regional partner for Colorado. “We were especially drawn to his high energy, enthusiasm and strong communication skills which are all necessary to prosper in our fast-paced work environment with many responsibilities. His demeanor and passion to succeed will greatly complement our team.”








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