Movers and Shakers Week Ending 04.29.22

Three at Vertix Builders Pass the Certified Healthcare Construction Exam

Brady McQuinn
Josh Lapp
Ryan Ropken

Vertix Builders, a culture-focused construction company, announced that Brady McQuinn, Ryan Ropken, and Josh Lapp have all passed the Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) exam that is given by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).  The exam requires extensive knowledge of acute hospital construction, ground-up healthcare projects, as well as facility management.  Vertix now has five employees who have passed the exam, representing nearly one-quarter of all construction professionals who hold CHC certification within Colorado general contractor companies.

“The CHC exam is not something that can just be studied from a book.  This qualification demonstrates not only a knowledge of best practices working in healthcare environments, but a high level of experience executing those practices,” said Ryan Bonner, co-founder of Vertix Builders.  “It is not an easy standard to achieve, and hospital and healthcare professionals should be aware of construction industry professionals who have put in the time and effort to become ASHE-CHC accredited.  Vertix continues to put a strong focus on healthcare and accreditations like this validate our commitment.”

Vertix Builders prides itself on its medical focus, working in acute hospital settings and complex imaging centers. Some recent healthcare projects include new robotics ORs at Swedish and Rose Medical Centers; X-Ray and MRI replacements for Vail Summit Orthopedics and Neurosurgery in Frisco; and new cath labs at North Suburban, Swedish, and Presbyterian St. Luke’s medical centers.


CBRE Announces Eight Honorary Promotions in Colorado 

Craig Branton
Todd Papazian
Michael Kendall

CBRE announced eight honorary title promotions in the first quarter of 2022. The promoted professionals span specialties in debt and structured finance, large corporate occupier representation, corporate capital markets, investment sales and leasing.

Craig Branton is promoted to executive vice president with CBRE’s Debt & Structured Finance group. Based in downtown Denver, Mr. Branton specializes in the Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan program. He offers private commercial real estate owners a broad spectrum of financing solutions, nationwide. Mr. Branton ranked among the top 10 percent of CBRE producers in the Americas last year.

Mike Camp is promoted to executive vice president. Mr. Camp has been with CBRE his entire career and specializes in the sale and leasing of industrial properties. He is recognized as one of the top industrial brokers in Denver and is a multi-year winner of NAIOP Colorado’s Industrial Broker of the Year. Mr. Camp has also been consistently recognized by CBRE on a national basis as a top producer. 

Todd Papazian is also promoted to executive vice president. Mr. Papazian provides real estate guidance for large corporations with global real estate portfolios. He leads a team of experts focused on helping clients reduce costs, better manage risk and improve efficiency across their real estate portfolios. In the past five years, Mr. Papazian and his partners have completed 2,175 transactions in 565 markets worldwide totaling 34 million sq. ft. and $5.8 billion in consideration. They are consistently among CBRE’s top producers and have won NAIOP Colorado’s Broker Team of the Year award for the past six consecutive years.

Vincent Polce
Mike Camp
Parker Brown

Vincent Polce is promoted to senior vice president. Based in downtown Denver, Mr. Polce is a senior member of CBRE’s Corporate Capital Markets Group and co-leads a national Private Equity Advisory practice. With a decade of prior experience as an independent commodities trader and investment banker, Mr. Polce provides qualitative and quantitative capital markets advisory and execution expertise, for planned and existing assets, on behalf of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.  

Michael Kendall is promoted to first vice president. Mr. Kendall specializes in retail services. He has 17 years of experience working with national, regional and local retailers, as well as investors and landlords throughout Colorado. His experience includes strategic market planning and rollouts, site selection/disposition, property analysis and underwriting, development lease-up, and negotiating lease and sale transactions.

Jim Lee
Matt Kawulok

Jim Lee is also promoted to first vice president. Mr. Lee represents retail landlords and tenants across the metro Denver area. With over three decades of experience, he focuses on the leasing, positioning, acquisition and disposition of prominent retail properties on behalf of property owners. He also has represented and has close relationships with some of the nation’s top brands in food, grocery, and services. He is consistently recognized as a “Heavy Hitter” in commercial real estate by the Denver Business Journal. 

Parker Brown is promoted to vice president. Mr. Brown is a member of CBRE Capital Markets’ National Retail Partners group, specializing in retail investment sales. His core focus entails providing private capital investors with strategies for the acquisition and disposition of investment-grade retail properties throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Together with his partners, his team has successfully completed more than 300 retail investment sale transactions, totaling over $3.1 billion in value for clients in 12 different western U.S. states.

Matt Kawulok is promoted to vice president. Mr. Kawulok specializes in the sale and leasing of industrial and flex properties across Metro Denver. He assesses his clients’ goals and objectives and develops strategies to meet their needs. Since becoming a broker in 2017, he has participated in transactions totaling over 2.5 million sq. ft. 


Affordable Housing Nonprofit Rocky Mountain Communities Hires Juanita Rodriguez as Vice President of Resident Services

Juanita Rodriguez

Colorado-based, affordable housing nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Communities (RMC), that owns and manages affordable housing communities across the state, has named Juanita Rodriguez MBA, REHS, CRM, as the new vice president of resident services. The organization also added five new board members to support its growth.

“We are excited to have Juanita join our leadership team to ensure our residents have the support they need while living in our communities,” said Dontae Latson, CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities. “Juanita brings to RMC varied and robust experience in several key areas and has a deep passion for helping others. As RMC continues to grow, we are also excited to bring new members onto the board to help ensure our success as an organization.”

As vice president of resident services, Rodriguez is establishing a resident services vision that includes building community partnerships that are aligned in creating resilient, equitable and vibrant places where people feel encouraged and excited to participate in the life of their community. She is excited to work with other community stakeholders throughout Colorado to build communities of opportunities and connectedness for RMC residents.

Rodriguez is an executive thought leader with robust experience in government, non-profit and for-profit organizations with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked at Rocky Mountain SER (Service Employment & Redevelopment) as a project manager, head of development and corporate risk manager. She also worked at TGS Management, ADP and for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

Rodriguez holds her MBA from Florida Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Health from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

RMC’s new board members include Lauren Bernstein, Tom Konkel, David Jaudes, Eric Nesbitt and Max Segall. The new members are joining existing board members including Todd Crowley, Angel Hurtado, Greg Litvak, Rebecca Mayer and Darin Romine.


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