Movers and Shakers Week Ending 04.01.22

Ryan Companies Names New Regional President

Kirk Monroe
Mark Beal

Ryan Companies US, Inc. – a national commercial real estate solutions provider – announced today its official expansion into Colorado by naming a new regional president. Kirk Monroe will assume the position of Ryan’s Rocky Mountain regional president. Having served as one of Ryan’s partners in Colorado across much of the country for more than 25 years, Monroe is very familiar with the company.

“Colorado is an amazing place where our team members want to live and work – we are privileged to now officially call it home,” said Mike Ryan, Northern Division president, Ryan Companies. “Kirk is fun, kind, smart and generous with a great business sense and a proven leadership track record in this community. We couldn’t be more pleased to have him perpetuating our strong company culture in Colorado.”

Monroe brings 29 years of experience in the banking services industry. He most recently served as executive vice president and director of banking services at Vectra Bank Colorado where he has facilitated billions in real estate financing for projects across the U.S. Monroe is currently an advisory board member of the Urban Land Institute, board member of the Downtown Denver Partnership Investment Committee, board member and member of the EDC Board of Governors for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Board and advisory board member for The Other Side Academy.

“It’s been exciting to watch Ryan Companies grow, but now that I get to be part of it, I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Kirk Monroe, Rocky Mountain regional president, Ryan Companies. “Officially establishing this new region means we can now focus on building the team and making great contributions to the community.”

In addition to naming a new president, a longtime Ryan team member of 17 years was recently promoted. Mark Beal was appointed to the role of vice president of construction operations and will oversee construction planning and logistics for the Rocky Mountain Region. In this role, Beal will maintain best practices and standardize processes as the region continues to grow.


Avison Young Names Principal and President of Occupier Services

Keith Knox

Avison Young announced the strategic appointment of Keith Knox as principal and president of occupier services. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for the acceleration of the firm’s global occupier platform, helping clients achieve their outcomes around space planning, facility management, productivity and more. Knox will integrate Avison Young’s existing occupier offerings, tap into leading data and technology tools – including AVANT by Avison Young, and create connections and processes to make client-centric services seamless.

Knox will serve on the Executive Committee and report to Principal and President of Clients, Harry Klaff and partner with Avison Young’s national presidents, service line leaders and AVANT teams to accelerate delivery of balanced, cohesive occupier offerings.

“We are excited to welcome Keith to the Avison Young team and I look forward to working with him on delivering integrated and customized solutions for our clients,” said Klaff. “Keith’s dynamic leadership skills and understanding of the power of culture and innovation are key to not only enhancing our current top teams, but also bringing in fresh talent as we continue to expand our occupier capabilities across the globe.”

Knox brings to the firm more than 25 years of extensive experience in building processes, tools, metrics and go-to-market strategies for integrated businesses. Most recently he served as managing director and sales lead for JLL’s Integrated Portfolio Services group in the Central Region of the U.S.

“The decision to join Avison Young was easy. It’s a great company, with great leadership that is built on a collaborative and innovative culture,” commented Knox. “With everything happening on the tech side and with the investments being made in the occupier space, I’m excited for the opportunity to leverage my experience and turbocharge Avison Young’s integrated occupier services delivery platform.”


The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Names New Director of Sales & Marketing and Leisure Sales Manager

Danielle McNair
Cat Dierolf

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley announced that Danielle McNair is now serving as director of sales & marketing at the award-winning resort.  The Westin Riverfront also recently hired Catherine Dierolf as a leisure sales manager.

McNair joins The Westin Riverfront from the Viceroy Snowmass, another luxury Colorado resort managed by East West Hospitality, where she most recently served as the director of business development.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, McNair’s diverse hospitality experience includes roles in catering, event design and sales and marketing at several top Colorado companies, including Vail Resorts, the Vail Valley Partnership and the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. McNair has lived in the Vail Valley for 20+ years and holds a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional Certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Dierolf joins The Westin Riverfront from A graduate of Stockton University, she previously spent 6+ years working for Vail Resorts, starting as a certified snowboard instructor before becoming a leisure hospitality sales coordinator.

“We are thrilled to have Danielle leading The Westin Riverfront sales team. She possesses an institutional knowledge of mountain resort sales and is a passionate member of our Vail Valley community,” said Westin Riverfront General Manager Brian Harrier. “As we wrap up another fantastic winter, we are excited to tackle the remainder of 2022 and beyond with this seasoned sales group in place.”


Ben Petre Strengthens Dorsey’s Construction and Design Practice in Denver

Ben Petre

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce that construction and commercial attorney Benjamin Petre has joined the firm as a partner in its Denver office.

Ben counsels clients and litigates disputes in construction and general commercial matters. As a construction attorney, Ben assists clients with every phase of the construction process, from drafting and negotiating agreements for every aspect of a project, to resolving claims and disputes concerning complex construction issues. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and owners in such matters. Ben has represented clients in jurisdictions across the United States and in various sectors, including energy, mining, healthcare, education, transportation, residential, commercial, and public projects.

Before joining Dorsey, Ben was with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath in its Denver office. Ben is a member of the Colorado State Bar Association and Denver Bar Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico and his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Commenting on the announcement, Dorsey & Whitney Managing Partner, Bill Stoeri, said, “We are delighted that Ben has joined Dorsey. His ability to assist clients with virtually every phase of complex construction projects, from running transactions to resolving disputes, will benefit our Construction and Design practice and clients.”

Jocelyn Knoll, Dorsey’s Construction and Design Practice Group chair, added, “Ben’s experience, especially in the Rocky Mountain region, is a win-win for the Firm and our clients, as the Firm continues to add construction law strength and experience in this important market.”



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