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Cresa Announces 3 Promotions

Cresa announced the recent promotions of three advisors from the firm’s Denver office. They include:

Justin Hubler
Benjamin Grajzgrund
Rob Anderson

Benjamin Grajzgrund, MRICS, who was promoted to senior vice president. The multi-lingual powerhouse has built a career serving corporate clients in the office and industrial sectors around the globe. Grajzgrund founded the French and Swiss desks at Cresa which offers specialized real estate services to French companies operating in North America. Notable clients include BNP Paribas, Decathlon, Bollore Logistics, UBS, Hermes, JC Decaux and Remy Cointreau. He earned a master’s degree from EDHEC Business School in Lille, France.

Justin Hubler was promoted to senior vice president. Utilizing a consultative approach, Hubler is known for expertly navigating market complexities and providing bespoke, conflict-free real estate solutions to a diverse clientele. His strategic insight is particularly evident in his ability to identify opportunities, optimize space utilization, and negotiate lease terms that significantly enhance flexibility and long-term cost savings. Hubler’s clients include Trimble, Starz, Drizly and Richey May.  

Rob Anderson was promoted to vice president. Anderson serves as a trusted partner to business leaders and organizations of all sizes in Colorado and across the country providing strategic guidance on projects for local startups to publicly traded multinational corporations. Clients include Western Energy, Fox Sports, Bioscrip, Long Path Technology, Starry Internet, and HOK. He was the recipient of the prestigious John Parr Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to, and passion for, improving the metro Denver community, in 2020. Anderson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Saunders Construction Announces Key Leadership Promotions in Northern Colorado

Saunders Construction, a leading construction manager and general contractor in Colorado, has grown its leadership capacity with the recent promotions of three tenured leaders in its Northern Colorado office.

Gabriel Dunbar
Amanda Disney

Gabriel Dunbar, a 14-year veteran of Saunders, has been promoted to director of project development for the Saunders North business unit. Dunbar is a Fort Collins native and a graduate of Colorado State University. His hands-on construction experience brings a comprehensive approach to project development. Holding positions such as project engineer, estimator, project manager and most recently senior project manager, Dunbar’s expertise spans the lifecycle of a project – from procurement to successful completion. As director of project development, Dunbar is focused on relationship-building and supporting the business unit’s continuous growth. In his role, Dunbar is responsible for developing and expanding a network of clients, prospecting new business, and supporting work program strategies as an engaged leader during the procurement process.

Jeb Bair

Amanda Disney has been promoted to construction manager. Disney has been with Saunders since 2012, most recently working as a senior project manager on some of Saunders’ most notable projects, including the master facilities plan at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cheyenne, Wyo. and the new ground-up Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) clinic in Greeley.

Jeb Bair, an industry veteran with 16 years of experience in the construction industry, has also been promoted to construction manager. Bair has played a key role in the success of numerous large higher education and healthcare projects, most recently as a senior superintendent. Bair is a hands-on, goal-oriented leader with superior client skills. 

As construction manager, Disney and Bair provide technical direction and senior management from project inception through completion. In collaboration with project stakeholders, they assist in establishing project objectives and track team performance to monitor overall progress. They work closely with clients and stakeholders on contract negotiations, project goals and status updates. 

Melanie Lewis Dickerson Appointed to Board of Commissioners 

Melanie Lewis Dickerson

The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) announced that Melanie Lewis Dickerson has been appointed to the board by the Denver City Council. 

“Melanie joining our board brings a wave of excitement,” expressed Charles Gilford III, chair of DHA’s Board of Commissioners. “With over a decade dedicated to tackling affordable housing and homelessness challenges, she’s a valuable addition. Her expertise will greatly enhance our mission as we strive towards innovative solutions and collaborative approaches.”

As the Director for Community Solutions, Melanie works directly with communities and partners to build and improve systems to end homelessness using data, quality improvement, and problem-solving tools from multiple sectors. Before joining Community Solutions in 2014, Melanie spent six years with the City and County of Denver where she served as the partnerships manager for Denver’s Road Home, focusing on policy development, regional collaboration and strategic partnerships.

Melanie has played pivotal roles in various community organizations, having served as the past president of the Junior League of Denver, as well as Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, and Mile High Young Professionals. She’s a distinguished alumna of the 2015 Downtown Denver Leadership Program and the Leadership Denver Class of 2017. Melanie’s impact extends beyond local recognition, being honored as one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals by ColoradoBiz Magazine in 2020 and as part of the Denver Business Journal’s esteemed “40 Under 40” class of 2022.

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