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Denver Union Station Hires Sarah Hendricks as Director of Community Relations & Marketing

Sarah Hendricks

Denver Union Station announced this week that Sarah Hendricks is now serving as director of Community Relations & Marketing at the historic train station.

Hendricks has been tasked with continuing to build strategic local partnerships and securing new sponsorship opportunities, while also overseeing event logistics and management, digital marketing, social media and public relations.

Hendricks most recently spent more than three years as the director of Marketing for Delivery Dudes, a South Florida-based food delivery service that she helped grow to 45 locations nationwide. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, she also previously served as an account supervisor at O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations and as a marketing communications manager at Florida’s Trump International Beach Resort.

Hendricks is also an experienced improv comedian, spending the last two years as a cast member and lead instructor with Florida’s Sick Puppies Comedy.

“Sarah is a passionate leader and we are thrilled to have her on the Denver Union Station team,” said Tiffany Owen, general manager of Denver Union Station and The Crawford Hotel. “Sarah will be focused on leveraging partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with a wide variety of Colorado businesses.”

Denver Union Station re-opened in July 2014 after undergoing a massive $54 million renovation. Today, the urban transit hub is known as “Denver’s Living Room,” offering an eclectic mix of 14 Colorado restaurants and retailers, including Mercantile Dining & Provision and Stoic & Genuine, along with the award-winning Crawford Hotel with 112 luxuriously appointed guest rooms.


Matrix Group Announces Three Promotions

Matrix Group, Inc. (MGI), a local full-service and privately owned commercial real estate company in Denver, announced the shift in roles for three of its top employees.  John Webb, co-founder of MGI in 1994, has moved from the role of president to become CEO and senior asset manager.  As a result of this change, Allison (Alli) Stover now assumes the role of president for MGI, having served as vice president of Operations since 2017.  In addition, Natasha Zomcik fulfills the role of asset manager, a seamless transition from her previous role as assistant asset manager.

In his new role as CEO/Senior Asset Manager, John works with the president and asset manager on the direction of the company and its portfolio, together ensuring that all functions work cohesively together towards Matrix Group’s mission and core values. He is also able to split his time between Denver and his new home on Whidbey Island in Washington.

“Alli sees my vision for Matrix Group and is combining it with her own to use our company’s years of experience in an innovative, forward-thinking way” said John of Alli’s new role as president.  “Natasha’s enthusiasm for her new role and her dedication to creating the best product ensures that she plays a strong role in achieving the best results for our investors,” he added.

As President of MGI, Alli oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including the leasing, property management, maintenance and accounting departments.  She also leads MGI’s investment property acquisition, disposition and refinancing efforts alongside John.

“John has led Matrix Group over the last 25 years in a way that promotes individual success as well as company growth.  It has been an exciting journey to watch as the success of our team members has led to a dynamic shift in company operations, and almost every department has been restructured over the past year.  I’m excited to lead Matrix Group into the future with the same drive and enthusiasm that John created when he began,” said Alli.

In her new role, Natasha serves as asset manager for MGI by working with various members of the Matrix team to maximize the performance and value of the portfolio, formulating and implementing long-range asset management strategies, and overseeing capital and tenant improvement construction projects.


Interior Designer Kate Poole Cropsey Joins Gensler

Kate Poole Cropsey

Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced that Kate Poole Cropsey, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ  has joined the firm.

Cropsey will serve as regional leader of Hospitality Interiors based at the firm’s Denver office. Cropsey brings 26 plus years of experience ranging from hospitality interiors, working with luxury and upscale hospitality brands, to residential interior design, project and team management, product design, resourcing and project design implementation.

In her new role, she will bring her passion for design conception and development and strong client relationships to Gensler’s hospitality interiors practice across the region.

“We are incredibly excited to have Kate as a part of the Gensler family,” said Jon Gambrill, managing director, Gensler. “Kate’s depth of experience, approachable demeanor, and passion for her work is an amazing addition to our region and office.”

“I’m thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding firm and community both from a professional and a personal perspective,” said Cropsey. “To have the opportunity to work alongside the immense talents within Gensler, to inform and infuse all types of interiors with my hospitality passion and experience, and to return to my hometown of Denver, Colorado makes me ecstatic about the limitless possibilities.”

Most recently, Cropsey was principal at Simeone Deary Design Group in Chicago and prior to that she was vice president of Interior Design at The Gettys Group. Some of her notable past work includes The Blackstone Hotel Chicago, The Hotel Allegro Chicago, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Le Meridien/AC Denver, and the recently opened Crossroads Hotel Kansas City. She holds a Master Degree of Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute of Denver.


Black Creek Group Announces Addition of Senior Vice President, Multifamily Acquisitions

Black Creek Group, a Denver based real estate investment manager and development firm with a 25-year history, today announced the addition of Chris Westcott as senior vice president, Multifamily Acquisitions. Mr. Westcott will be responsible for expanding Black Creek Group’s multifamily footprint by identifying and acquiring assets throughout the United States.

“We are excited to welcome Chris to the Black Creek Group team as he brings more than 20 years of experience within the multifamily industry,” said Raj Dhanda, Black Creek Group’s chief executive officer. “With exposure to property management, asset management and acquisitions–executing more than $1.5 billion of transactions during his career–Chris has the skill set that is needed to expand the firm’s capabilities and reach as we continue to focus on diversifying our real estate presence within the United States.”

Mr. Westcott most recently served as director of Acquisitions for BMC Investments, where he assisted in developing the company’s strategy and investment thesis as it pertained to the expansion of its multifamily platform. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Acquisitions for The Wolff Company where he executed more than $300 million in multifamily transactions.


Thomas Bannigan Joins Cushman & Wakefield as Industrial Broker Associate in Denver

Thomas Bannigan

Cushman & Wakefield has hired Thomas Bannigan as an Industrial broker associate in Denver. He will be working with Chris Ball, managing director, of one of the firm’s Industrial teams.

Thomas specializes in representing tenants, buyers, landlords and sellers, having completed numerous acquisitions, dispositions and industrial development projects. He relies on his extensive customer service and communication experience to provide clients with intelligent real estate solutions.

“Thomas is a great addition to the team. We look forward to his positive influence in serving clients with his integrity and creativity,” said Ball.

Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Thomas worked as a broker associate at Avison Young. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a Minor in English from Regis University. Outside of work, Thomas is an avid fly fisherman, enjoys rock climbing, international travel and golf.


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