Movers and Shakers Week Ending 11.06.20

Anderson Hallas Architects Hires New Team Member

Chelsea Rooney

Anderson Hallas Architects welcomes Chelsea Rooney, AIA, project architect to the firm.

As an undergraduate, Chelsea studied abroad in Genoa, Italy, which sparked her interest in historic architecture, preservation, and the connection between historic and modern structures. She is intrigued with making historic structures relevant and useful centuries after they were created. Having previously worked in New York City, Chelsea is excited to expand her knowledge of historic buildings from beyond solely the urban built environment to an eclectic mix of building types as found across the west.

Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University and is also a graduate of Columbia University with a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with a concentration in Architectural Design. Enthusiastic to work on the firm’s National Park Service projects, Chelsea is working on several projects including the 1935 Caretaker’s Residences in Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the Mission 66 Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Lee & Associates hires C&W broker Kirk Vanino as Industrial Leasing & Sales Principal

Kirk Vanino

The Denver office of Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America, has announced the hiring of Kirk Vanino as principal.

Kirk brings extensive experience in industrial logistics and occupier & agency representations.  Kirk was a managing director at Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado (C&W), and over his 19-year career with C&W provided agency sales & leasing, investment sales, tenant representation, as well as multiple land transactions. “I am excited to join the Lee team. I love the entrepreneurial spirit and broad market share of industrial across the country, which brings valuable knowledge to our growing Denver office,” said Kirk Vanino.

Over his career, Kirk’s results-driven approach to the Denver market has led to many successes such as a 500 AC land sale to Majestic Realty, 150 AC sale to Martin Marietta and most recently a $30M sale to Shamrock Foods.  Kirk was recognized as C&W’s Top Industrial Broker on multiple occasions and has received C&W’s Service Excellence Award.


Scott Blaeser joins Pacific Western Bank as SVP, Business Development Officer for Asset-Based Lending-Intermountain Region

Scott Blaeser

Pacific Western Bank recently announced that Scott Blaeser has joined the Bank as a senior vice president, business development officer, for the Intermountain Region on its asset-based lending team. He will be located in the bank’s Denver office. Scott will lead the bank’s efforts to deliver asset-based lending solutions to middle-market businesses throughout Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Washington and beyond.

“We are thrilled to have a proven asset-based lending professional like Scott joining our team” said Matt Lernor, managing director, Pacific Western Business Finance, “I believe Scott’s years of experience and local understanding of the middle-market businesses he will be serving will help PWB expand our reach as the ABL lending partner of choice as we build our presence in the Denver Metropolitan area and beyond,” concluded Lernor.

Prior to joining Pacific Western Bank, Blaeser worked with Crestmark as vice president of Business Development. He established a lending presence in Denver with support for Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Prior to that, he worked in business development roles for Celtic Capital, GE Capital – Business Credit, Fremont Financial Business Credit/FINOVA, and First Community Financial and worked in business banking at Norwest Bank, where he graduated from their College of Credit. Blaeser holds a Bachelor of Arts from Minnesota’s St. John’s University.


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