Movers and Shakers Week Ending 08.06.21
Elsy Studios Announces Promotion and New Hires
Elsy Studios, a Denver‐based full-service commercial interior design firm, recently announced the promotion of Carmen Schechinger from senior project manager to associate. In her new role, Schechinger will work with the principal team to set the direction for the firm and help ensure the high level of design quality and consistency for which Elsy Studios has become known. The firm also announced the addition of architect Daniel Biver and interior designer Brie Hollins to its growing design team. The new hires are the result of a significant jump in demand for the firm’s services in recent months.
“We’ve been fortunate to see an uptick in both new and existing clients seeking our services, which has kept our team busy and allowed us to bring on two stellar new employees,” said Lynn Coit, president and founder of Elsy Studios. “Our approach has always been highly personalized and delivering that level of customization for our clients requires exceptional creativity as well as a strongly intuitive personality. I’m delighted to have found both of those qualities in our new team members.”
Schechinger is an award-winning designer with a strong background in both interior design and project management. She has served a key role in designing Elsy’s diverse commercial projects ranging from high-end law firms to large tech companies and highly detailed restaurant spaces.
Prior to joining Elsy Studios at its inception in 2012, Schechinger worked for Denver-based Box Studios. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Northern Iowa.
Hollins joins Elsy Studios with a wide range of experience in commercial interiors. A creative and thoughtful designer, Hollins’ work includes design and space planning for corporate office users, retailers, K-12 and higher education institutions. She brings a strong skillset in 3-D modeling and construction documentation, as well as a focus on sustainable design practices that will further bolster Elsy’s expertise in this growing area of design.
On the architecture side, Biver brings more than 20 years of experience to the Elsy Studios team. He has worked across the U.S. and internationally and is known for his detail-oriented work and innate ability to engage with clients and intuit their needs, creating elevated architectural solutions and solving problems before they arise. His impressive portfolio includes high-rise residential and commercial spaces, as well as hospitals and mixed-use projects.
Hollins comes to Elsy from Ricca Design Studios in Greenwood Village, while Biver was most recently with Interior Architects in Chicago. These hires bring the expanded firm to 14 team members.
D.A. Davidson & Co. announced the hiring of a senior vice president and two vice presidents who will join the firm’s growing Special District Group, a nationally recognized team of capital market professionals focused on financing public infrastructure for land development through the issuance of municipal bonds. Pat Colleran will serve as senior vice president and Sam Hartman will serve as a vice president on the Special District Group’s banking team, with William Norman joining as a vice president on the quantitative analytics team. The addition of the three experienced professionals represents the continued expansion of the firm’s industry-leading special district work while allowing clients to fully leverage the distribution strength and resources of D.A. Davidson’s fixed income platform.
D.A. Davidson’s Special District Group works with special districts and developers to structure turnkey and tailored bond transactions to optimize the best economic outcome for clients, driving groundbreaking financial solutions with hands-on partnerships from project inception to completion.
“The success we’re experiencing is a true testament to the expertise of our Special District Group and we are expanding our best-in-class team that is built to deliver a superior client experience and the most efficient financing,” said Brooke Hutchens, managing director at D.A. Davidson. “As we continue our expansion into markets across the nation, the collective experience of these vice presidents will directly contribute to the strength of existing and new client relationships and unlock new financing opportunities.”
Prior to joining D.A. Davidson, Pat Colleran was a senior vice president at Vectra Bank Colorado, where he was responsible for the purchase of municipal bonds, notes and leases directly from governmental issuers throughout Colorado and New Mexico. In this role, Colleran collaborated regularly with governmental entities, municipal advisors, bond attorneys and trustees to identify, structure and fund tax-exempt and taxable transactions to meet capital needs. Colleran was also previously a financial analyst for Wells Fargo Securities.
The former vice president of portfolio investments at Ranch Capital LLC, a private equity firm, Sam Hartman was responsible for overseeing the financial and operational performance of the firm’s real estate investments. He specialized in underwriting and executing ground-up residential, mixed-use and commercial development projects. Hartman was instrumental in securing new equity, bank debt and public financing for masterplan communities and commercial projects across the western United States. In his new role at D.A. Davidson, Hartman will be heavily involved in growing the Special District Group’s team in Utah as the group continues its expansion in this market.
William Norman joins D.A. Davidson as a vice president for the Special District Group’s long-tenured quantitative team that models new and innovative deal structures. Prior to his work with D.A. Davidson, Norman was a manager at Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC, where he developed analytical public finance solutions, including project fund sizing, refunding and escrow account structuring, and solving to the best outcomes for issuers by making the most efficient use of complicated and varied revenue streams.