Movers and Shakers Week Ending 07.02.21

Murphy Company Announces “Next Generation” of Colorado Leadership

Doug Becker and Greg Friess

Management succession planning has always been a very high priority for Murphy Company, one of the nation’s largest and privately held mechanical contracting firms in the United States. The contractor’s Colorado office has been growing and developing under the leadership of Bob Mathisen, executive vice president of Colorado Operations, for the past decade. As Bob begins to formulate his plans for retirement, Murphy Company has named its next two leaders: Greg Friess and Doug Becker.

Effective June 1, 2021, Greg Friess has been named Murphy’s general manager for Colorado. Greg is responsible for all the sales activities in the Colorado and Wyoming markets. He has been with Murphy since 2007 and has spent most of his 25-year career on the work acquisition side of the business, supporting Sales, Estimating, Preconstruction, and Engineering.

At the same time, Doug Becker transitioned to chief operating officer of Colorado Construction. Doug is responsible for overseeing construction operations and project execution for Colorado, Wyoming, and neighboring markets. Becker has grown with Murphy Company since his internship in 2000 and has delivered outstanding results and earned great recognition in the community.

The announcement was made by President and CEO Patrick Murphy Jr. who said, “Bob Mathisen and I have been strategically planning for our future in Colorado and the western United States. We are fortunate that Bob will be active in the smooth transition of his responsibilities for the next year or so and we’re excited to see Greg and Doug in their new roles.”


Walker & Dunlop Adds Top Property Sales Team in Denver

Matt Barnett
David Potarf

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. has hired Managing Directors Matt Barnett, David Potarf, and Dan Woodward and Senior Director Jake Young to its property sales team in Denver.

Executive Vice President of WDIS Kris Mikkelsen commented, “Adding Matt, David, Dan and Jake to our team is a huge win for W&D! We enter the Denver and Mountain West markets with a prolific team that has a fantastic track record with institutional and middle market clients across the country. We remain focused on growing our annual multifamily property sales volume to over $25 billion by 2025, and the addition of this team adds momentum to our recruiting efforts that have allowed us to enter seven key markets over the past twelve months.”

Jake Young
Dan Woodward

“We are very excited to join Walker & Dunlop’s growing property sales platform,” stated Mr. Barnett. “The company’s leadership position in the multifamily industry as the #1 capital provider, combined with its market-leading technology and well-respected brand, will be hugely beneficial to our business and clients. We are eager to begin growing the WDIS presence in Denver and the Mountain West.”

Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Messrs. Barnett, Potarf, Woodward, and Young were part of the Capital Markets group at CBRE where they focused on multifamily investment sales in the Denver region for institutional and private clients. The team members have an average of twenty years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and has closed a cumulative $12.8 billion of transaction volume during their careers.


Laramar Group Promotes Jeanne Schwab to Chief Operating Office and Josh Harris to Chief Financial Officer

Jeanne Schwab
Josh Harris

The Laramar Group, a leading national real estate investment and property management company, has promoted Jeanne Schwab to chief operating officer and Josh Harris to chief financial officer.

The current footprint of Laramar’s portfolio includes more than 150 multi-family communities in over 20 markets from coast to coast. The company has corporate offices in Chicago and Denver, with over 400 employees between the corporate offices and the field.

Ms. Schwab assumed the role of COO in 2021, after rejoining Laramar in 2018 as senior vice president of Operations, where she now directs all operational aspects of Laramar’s multifamily housing platforms nationally, which include conventional, affordable, and new development assets as well as Local by Laramar, Laramar’s innovative urban residential portfolio. In addition, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Ms. Schwab will be integral in setting and implementing company initiatives, monitoring and driving performance, and establishing and promoting company culture and vision.

With the promotion to CFO, Mr. Harris is now responsible for the management and oversight of all financial activities of the company, including setting business strategy, budgeting and forecasting activities, cash management and contract negotiations. In his new role he directly impacts company performance by overseeing Technology & Innovation, Marketing, and Learning & Development disciplines, as well as Laramar Construction Services, Laramar’s full-service project management division. Additionally, as a member of Laramar’s Executive Leadership Team, he is charged with creating and driving corporate culture, developing, and implementing company-wide initiatives, and collaborating with internal stakeholders to ensure continued outstanding performance.

“Jeanne Schwab and Josh Harris are an integral part of our executive management team and have been instrumental in strengthening the operational and financial leadership of our firm,” said Scott McMillan, president of Laramar. “They have a proven track record of directing company initiatives that support our employees and clients, helping to ensure continued growth in the multifamily sector.”

Laramar was recently named 2021 Best Places to Work in Multifamily for Women, a distinction given by Multifamily Business magazine in its national ranking of the top 35 firms.


Arod Javier and Willem van der Hoeven Promoted within CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services in Colorado

Arod Javier
Willem van der Hoeven

CBRE announced that Arod Javier and Willem van der Hoeven have both been promoted to the title of vice president with Valuation & Advisory Services in Colorado.

Mr. Javier is a real estate appraiser focused on the Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Colorado Springs metro areas. His experience encompasses a wide variety of property types including residential and commercial subdivisions, master-planned communities, multifamily, data centers, office, retail, industrial, car dealerships, and urban and rural land. He is a Colorado certified general appraiser and a candidate to become a member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI).

Mr. van der Hoeven is a real estate appraiser located at a satellite office in Breckenridge. His experience encompasses a wide variety of property types including trophy homes, office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hotel, net leased investments, restaurants, subdivisions, and other special purpose properties as well as rural and ranch lands. His primary geographical focus is Colorado mountain communities including Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Steamboat, Leadville, Salida, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Winter Park. Mr. van der Hoeven is a Colorado certified general appraiser and recently received his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.


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