Movers and Shakers Week Ending 11.19.21

Renovo Financial Expands to Denver

Travis Sperr

Renovo Financial, one of the country’s largest residential real estate investment lenders, announced today the continuation of its nationwide expansion with the opening of an office in Denver. Renovo’s Mountain West Region Managing Director Travis Sperr has been tapped to head the office.

Sperr brings more than 12 years of experience in the real estate industry into this new position, holding a variety of roles during his career. Most recently, as vice president of Pine Financial Group, he led the sales team and was responsible for more than $250 million in loan origination volume during his tenure. Since 2009, Sperr has been a partner of Six Point Holdings, a Denver-metro real estate investment company that focuses on residential fix-and-flip, rental properties and ground-up construction projects. Early in his career, he was an associate broker with Your Castle Real Estate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Northern Colorado.

“Travis has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience across residential real estate in Colorado [the Denver region/ across the Front Range], making him uniquely qualified to lead our operations in this fast-growing market,” said Kevin Werner, CEO of Renovo Financial. “Renovo continues its impressive growth trajectory, underscoring our philosophy that local market knowledge will always win out over national platforms. We’re thrilled that Travis and his team now offer their local and long-standing expertise to this new and important client base.”

Renovo Financial, a 10-year-old real estate lender, operates on pillars of reliability, flexibility, speed, efficiency, and local team expertise. Employing a one-stop-shop model, Renovo offers residential real estate investors a full suite of loan programs, including single family and multifamily rehab, new construction, and 30-year fixed rental loans, as well as in-house underwriting and servicing. Renovo’s commitment to building local long-term client partnerships, combined with its end-to-end product suite, means clients experience the best products and pricing of a national financial institution, but with the attention and service of a nimble local startup.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of one of the most innovative residential lending companies in the industry,“ said Sperr. “Real estate is my passion, and I’ve been on nearly every side of it – as investor, lender, developer, landlord, and agent – during my career. I joined Renovo because its founders and entire company take a different approach to the industry – starting with the view that customer service is paramount. That philosophy mirrors my own commitment to efficiency, attention to detail, and making sure my clients have an excellent experience. It’s exciting to be part of revitalizing private lending by offering our customers both superb service and a comprehensive product suite.”


Vertix Builders welcomes Sierra Horton as Assistant Project Manager

Sierra Horton

Vertix Builders, a culture-focused construction company, announced the addition of Sierra Horton to the company as an assistant project manager. In this role, she will be responsible for direct client communications and project management on Vertix’ medical and municipal projects.

Sierra has six years of commercial construction project management experience, focusing on clear and concise communication between team members while leveraging the unique skills each member contributes to a successful project. She is driven to move projects efficiently through major milestones while ensuring high levels of quality and safety. More than anything, Sierra enjoys becoming a trusted partner with each of her clients.

Sierra has training in OSHA 10 Safety Certification, Asbestos Operations and Maintenance and is a Certified Lead Renovator. She has worked on a variety of project types, including electrical and mechanical labs, retail and restaurants, multifamily and open space and mountain park projects. She is a graduate of Truman State University and also received her Construction Management Certificate from Colorado State University.


Trammell Crow Company Senior Director Announces Retirement

Ann Sperling

Trammell Crow Company (TCC), one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate developers, announces that long-time Senior Executive, Ann Sperling, will retire from her role as senior director, and shift to a part-time role as “of counsel” effective at the end of 2021. Ann will shift more of her attention to the public and private corporate boards on which she serves as a Director. Ann will continue with her multiple real estate industry commitments with Urban Land Institute (ULI), University of Colorado Real Estate Center International Advisory Board and her civic roles with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Tufts University, and the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine.

“I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to be associated with TCC for two ‘rounds of duty’ spanning over a 40-year period,” said Sperling. “It’s a company of such extraordinary quality, steeped in a deep culture of partnership and integrity. This is the perfect time for me to transition to an advisory role given how strong and deep the rest of the team is with great leadership locally and nationally.”

“I have known Ann as a leader in our community for over 30 years,” added Bill Mosher, senior managing director for TCC. “I am so honored to have had the opportunity to work with Ann as my business partner since 2013. All of us at TCC wish Ann the best and will always hold her in high regard as a friend and partner.”

Ann commented on her respect for the Denver real estate community and its important role in shaping the community. “Many of us have had the chance to partner with cities and communities alongside capital to be a part of the growth of this great city and I’ve always felt a profound responsibility to do my very best for the city I love. I believe that the leaders in our industry, including the city staff, brokers, architects, lawyers, and developers are truly some of the most honorable and collaborative of any I’ve known across the country. Their stewardship has truly contributed to the culture of Denver.”


Rachel Marion named CEO of Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors

Rachel Marion

The Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS ® (DMCAR) announced the appointment of Rachel Marion as its next chief executive officer. Marion, who currently serves as a key member of Denver International Airport’s senior leadership team, takes over the reins of the nation’s largest commercial real estate association on Nov. 22 following the departure of Katie Kruger earlier this month.

“Rachel brings a comprehensive resume of skills and experience with first-hand knowledge of the Denver metro real estate landscape and a proven track record of creative approaches to problem-solving at the local, state, and federal government levels,” said DMCAR Board President, Charley Will.

“She has earned the respect and admiration of business leaders and elected officials alike through her holistic approach to legislative and regulatory affairs, strategy development, and advocacy.”

Prior to her role at DEN, Marion represented a variety of startups, large businesses, industry associations, landowners, public utilities, real estate developers, contractors, special districts, and community organizations through successful project and policy outcomes in her role as a consultant with CRL Associates. Born and raised in Denver, Marion is an alumna of Creighton University and University of Colorado Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado.

“We are at a pivotal moment in our region’s growth – facing significant decisions that will shape our future for decades to come,” said Marion. “Commercial real estate will continue to play a critical role in defining that vision within our cities. I am honored for the opportunity to build on Katie’s incredible legacy and look forward to leading DMCAR boldly through these issues in a collaborative and inclusive way.”

In addition to representing the association’s professional practitioners, Marion will manage two of DMCAR’s 501c6 organizations and provide executive leadership for five coalition entities.

“Rachel’s passion for this city is unrivaled and her career path has connected her to the industries and issues that are most critical to our association and our members,” added Will. “From commercial real estate to energy and transportation issues, she has demonstrated a clear understanding of the complex challenges we face and communicated her vision to help move our city and state forward with a responsible approach.”

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