Movers and Shakers Week Ending 05.19.23

McWhinney Names Keith Hurand Executive Vice President of Master-Planned Communities 

Keith Hurand

McWhinney, a national real estate investment, development and management firm with expertise in commercial, multifamily, hospitality, residential and mixed-use assets, has expanded its leadership team to include Keith Hurand as executive vice president of its master-planned communities business line. 

In this role, Hurand will lead McWhinney’s community development and placemaking initiatives, focusing on execution, leadership and strategic planning for its mixed-use community developments. His responsibilities include overseeing the growth of Baseline, McWhinney’s 1,100-acre master-planned community in Broomfield, as well as Centerra, an award-winning 3,000-acre master-planned community in Loveland, in addition to Kinston, the newest residential community in Centerra, located on 625 acres east of I-25 and Hwy. 34. Hurand will lead the strategy and community development execution and operations for large-scale land developments, and oversee P&L’s and long-term business forecasting.

“We are excited to have an experienced executive like Keith join our leadership team,” said Chad McWhinney, co-founder, chairman and CEO at McWhinney. “Keith brings more than two decades of industry experience, and he will play an important role as we continue to seek new opportunities and grow our master-planned community business.”

“I admire the McWhinney team and their vision and implementation of creating sustainable and purpose-driven master-planned communities, and I’m thrilled to bring experience and passion to this role to help the company accomplish continued growth and help expand their portfolio,” said Hurand.

Hurand has corporate, regional and field operations residential leadership experience, extensive P&L leadership experience of business units in more than 16 U.S. markets and has product expertise involving master-planned communities, residential, build-to-rent, commercial, multifamily, 55+ active adult communities and urban mixed-use real estate. He also brings more than 25 years of experience in land acquisition, land development, single-family residential construction, mid and high-rise condos and industrial real estate development and construction.

Prior to joining McWhinney, Keith spent more than two decades in various roles including president & chief operating officer for Newland Real Estate Group, region president at WCI Communities, and division president for both Taylor Morrison and Century Communities. 


CBRE Adds to Industrial & Logistics Practice in Denver

Michael Harpole

CBRE announced that Michael Harpole joined its Denver office as a senior associate focusing on industrial tenant representation. 

Mr. Harpole joins CBRE from Tributary Real Estate, where he primarily represented Denver-based office tenants and helped out-of-state companies relocate to Colorado. 

“Michael has a keen understanding of the Denver market and has already established a track record of working collaboratively with clients to help them find the best real estate to aid their business growth,” said Katie Kruger, senior managing director and Colorado market leader, CBRE.

A graduate of Texas Christian University, Mr. Harpole spent three years working for Deloitte Consulting on technology strategy implementation before moving into commercial real estate. He is a 2019 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Impact Denver program and a 2020 graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Leadership Program. He also served on the Infrastructure committee for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Michael to our team. With his impressive skill set and experience representing tenants, he’ll be a valuable asset to our organization. Michael’s dedication to achieving the best outcomes for his clients aligns perfectly with our team’s mission, and we look forward to seeing the impact he’ll make in his new role,” said Todd Witty, SIOR, senior vice president with CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics group in Denver.


Cushman & Wakefield Hires Leading Multifamily Investment Team in Colorado Springs

Jeff Dimmen
Pat Knowlton

Cushman & Wakefield announced that a premier multifamily brokerage team in Colorado Springs, led by Pat Knowlton along with Jeff Dimmen, Lee Wagner and Nic Polaski have joined the firm. The team’s primary role is to provide full-service solutions to multifamily investors and developers in the Colorado and New Mexico markets.

As a veteran market-leading team in Colorado Springs, over the last three years, they have successfully closed over 300+ transactions with a total transactional value of over $445+ million, including existing and new multifamily development sites.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pat, Jeff, Lee, Nic and their support staff, Emily and Avery, as a high-caliber multifamily investment team with top-level local market experience and knowledge, deep relationships, and a strong track record serving clients. Cushman & Wakefield continues to add elite multifamily talent in Colorado, and this team strengthens our position in the emerging Colorado Springs market and continues to elevate our multifamily offerings and capabilities across the state,” said John O’Neill, President, U.S. Multifamily Capital Markets at Cushman & Wakefield.

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Nic Polaski

“Pat is a natural leader and he and the team are passionate about their clients and business and hold themselves to the highest standard. Beyond their professionalism, they are also well-rounded and leading members in their communities, added characteristics that fit well into the Cushman & Wakefield culture,” added Steve Schwab, Managing Principal for Colorado, Utah and Idaho at Cushman & Wakefield.

The team joins Cushman & Wakefield from Capstone Apartment Partners and consists of:

Pat Knowlton, executive director: Knowlton is a local to the Colorado Springs market and brings a wealth of area knowledge as well as deep connections throughout the city. He specializes in existing multifamily property acquisitions and dispositions as well as new multifamily land development opportunities. Knowlton’s success is further demonstrated by his impressive track record, previously spending the last 5 years at Capstone Apartment Partners as Director and Partner within the firm.

Jeff Dimmen, senior director: Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Dimmen has an extensive network of relationships in the community and provides a unique insight into the local market. He is passionate and dedicated to building lasting relationships with his clients, both private capital investors and large institutions, and offering solutions for them to achieve their wealth and investment goals.

Lee Wagner, director: Wagner is an experienced multifamily advisor and is consistently connecting investors with beneficial opportunities in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets. Wagner is particularly adept at navigating 1031 exchanges, and his expertise in value-add investments has helped him become a sought-after resource for those looking to maximize their portfolio.

Nic Polaski, associate: Polaski offers in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market, combined with his excellent communication and negotiation skills. His main priority is creating long-term relationships with clients and helping them achieve their short- and long-term multifamily investment goals.


Norris Design Hires New Team Member in Denver

Joel Loncka

Norris Design, a national planning, landscape architecture and branding firm, has announced the hire of Joel Loncka as a senior associate in their Denver office.

Joel joined Norris Design’s Denver office as a brand strategist with nearly 15 years of experience. He specializes in understanding trends and consumer insights to create impactful brand strategies and stories. Joel brings experience across a variety of project types, such as hotels, boutique hospitality, master-planned communities, multifamily developments and parks. Currently, he is working on a mixed-use development in Boulder; a boutique hotel brand identity and redesign in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and a master-planned community in Laredo, Texas.



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