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Raise Commercial Real Estate Expands Presence with New Key Hires and Office Location

Matt Groppenbacher
Morgan Barstad
Megan Davis

Raise, a technology-powered commercial real estate brokerage firm, announced the expansion of its Denver team with three new key hires across its brokerage and analytics sectors, Matt Groppenbacher (senior advisor), Morgan Barstad (real estate advisor) and Megan Davis (market analyst). In addition to the new hires, Raise has relocated its office presence to 1700 Broadway.

“As proven leaders with a wide array of experience within the realm of commercial real estate, we’re thrilled to welcome Matt, Morgan and Megan to Raise as the rapid growth of our team continues,” said Justin Bedecarre, CEO and founder at Raise Commercial Real Estate. “Having served at varied legacy brokerage institutions prior to joining Raise, their keen expertise will further help us bolster our position as a leading commercial real estate firm in Denver and nationally.”

Denver continually proves to be an ever-evolving market with new trends and opportunities arising and we’re proud to welcome Matt, Morgan and Megan to our team as we help clients navigate the city’s commercial real estate market,” said Alex Hammerstein, managing director, Denver, Raise Commercial Real Estate. “As we cement our presence within the Denver market, we’re thrilled to have an even deeper bench of industry professionals to guide us through our future endeavors as well as a new office location to best serve the growing team.”

As Senior Advisor and Real Estate Advisor, respectively, Matt Groppenbacher and Morgan Barstad will be responsible for serving Raise’s growing client base, working in conjunction with Raise’s team of market analysts, project managers, and workplace advisors to provide its clients with world class brokerage support and also expanding Raise’s market presence in Colorado. As Market Analyst, Megan Davis will track and analyze the Denver market in order to provide clients with critical data and unique insights necessary for executives to make highly informed decisions. Prior to joining Raise, each served in a variety of roles at legacy real estate brokerages including CBRE, JLL and Newmark.

Alongside the additions to the team, Raise recently relocated its office to 1700 Broadway, situated on the border of Upper Downtown and Uptown. The new space provides ample ability for future team growth in the years to come as well as demonstrating a commitment to the workplace and work styles of tomorrow.


Newmark Hires Dane Hooks in Denver

Dane Hooks

Newmark announced that Dane Hooks has joined the Denver office as a director, specializing in office and life science leasing and investment sales in the US 36 Corridor and Boulder. With more than a decade of experience advising office tenants and landlords throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Hooks will apply his extensive knowledge to the emerging Boulder market. Hooks will work closely with Newmark Vice Chairman Tim Harrington on the leasing side.

Recognized as an East Bay market expert, Hooks has been honored with the San Francisco Business Times Real Estate Deals of the Year Award three times for several high-profile transactions, including a 200,000-square foot lease with Blue Shield of California and 70,000-square-foot lease with WeWork in Downtown Oakland.

“Working in the Bay Area market provided me with immeasurable experience and insight into the dynamics of a mature life science market,” said Hooks. “I am excited to apply my expertise in the Boulder and US 36 Corridor to achieve exceptional outcomes on behalf of clients.”

Before joining Newmark, Hooks held positions as senior vice president at Cresa and managing director at Cushman & Wakefield; he started his career at Grubb & Ellis. Hooks is a NAIOP Young Professionals Group Alumni member and a former Committee Board member.

According to Newmark Research, the Denver/Boulder life science market comprises 3.5 million square feet, with the lowest recorded vacancy rate in any life science cluster as of mid-year 2022. The next stage in the market’s evolution will likely see investors delivering spec lab space to meet the timing and financing needs of many tenants in the market. Life science real estate investment volume in Denver/Boulder at mid-year had already outpaced 2021’s total of $491 million.


Catherine Hance Joins Mission Hill Hospitality as General Counsel 

Catherine Hance

Mission Hill Hospitality, a leading select service and extended stay hotel investor, announced that Catherine Hance has joined the firm as general counsel. Mission Hill was launched in March 2021 and has built a high-quality portfolio of 26 well-located select service and extended stay hotels, particularly in markets driven by education, medical, corporate and year-round leisure demand.

“The addition of Catherine to our team will be instrumental to Mission Hill’s continued growth,” said Greg Kennealey, CEO, Mission Hill Hospitality. “She brings a depth of legal experience, particularly in hospitality, real estate, finance and acquisitions. In this newly created role, Catherine will oversee and manage Mission Hill’s legal matters and play an active role in portfolio development and management.”

Catherine joins Mission Hill from Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, where she was a partner in the firm’s real estate group for over 20 years. Her practice covered all areas of real estate transactions, including real property acquisition and disposition, development, leasing, financing, and land use development and zoning, as well as formation of entities for real estate development and investment, with a particular focus on hospitality-related transactions. She represented clients in the acquisition, financing, development, and disposition of hotel properties across the U.S., including negotiation of hotel management agreement, franchise, construction and other related agreements. She was named a partner in the firm after serving as an associate for four years. She began her legal career at Frascona Joiner & Goodman P.C. in Boulder.

Catherine is a member of the American, Colorado, Denver, and Colorado Women’s Bar Associations. She is a past chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council, and currently serves on the Colorado Bar Association’s Title Standards Committee. She is a current member of the board of trustees of Mile High United Way, having served as chair of the board from 2020-2022. Catherine also served as a Mayoral Trustee for the board of trustees of the Denver Botanic Gardens for six years. She is ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of hotel and leisure and real estate, and also recognized by Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc.) and Colorado Super Lawyers. She is a frequent speaker on real estate and hospitality topics at industry seminars and events.

Catherine earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary.


Façade Access Engineering Specialist John Fatseas Joins Thornton Tomasetti as Vice President in Denver

John Fatseas

Façade access engineering specialist John Fatseas has joined Thornton Tomasetti’s Denver office. As head of the firm’s façade access team, the new vice president will be working with clients and project partners on the development of façade access and maintenance strategies for new and existing buildings.

John has an extensive background in the design, analysis, implementation, certification and maintenance of façade access and fall protection systems as well as safety best practices. He previously served as the façade access national practice leader at Lerch Bates Inc.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and is a licensed professional engineer in several states across the U.S. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves on the A120 Standards Committee.

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