2021 Speakers

Erik Abrahamson

First Vice President


Erik Abrahamson is a First Vice President with CBRE Advisory & Transaction Services in Boulder, Colorado. Erik’s focus is on the office, flex and life science market in the Highway 36 corridor, encompassing all of Boulder and Broomfield County. With a background that includes commercial property development, acquisitions/dispositions and brokerage, he has comprehensive knowledge of the office and flex real estate market in the Boulder/Denver region. Known for bringing a sense of urgency to every client engagement, Erik has been involved in more than $291 million in transaction value.

Lou Barnes

Senior Mortgage Loan Officer

Premier Mortgage Group

Lou Barnes has worked as a mortgage banker since 1988 and has worked with Premier Mortgage Group since 2009. He previously served as marketing manager with Holubar Mountaineering, president of Spruce Real Estate, president of the Boulder Area Realtor Association and managing director of RCM Government Securities. He is the author of the nationally syndicated weekly “Mortgage Credit News”.

Tod Brainard

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Tritower Financial Group

Tod Brainard is a Director, Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Tritower. His responsibilities include evaluating, structuring and implementing all aspects of Tritower’s real estate investment activities. Prior to Tritower and since 2003, Mr. Brainard was a Principal and Partner at Griffith Properties LLC where he initiated and managed the acquisition, financing, redevelopment, leasing and disposition of properties in the firm’s first three funds with properties located in the markets between Boston and Washington DC.

Matt Brandon

Business Development Officer

City and County of Broomfield

Matt Brandon is the City and County of Broomfield’s Business Development Officer. By highlighting the community’s impressive concentration of companies and assets, Matt is working to attract growing businesses and new developments. Previously, Matt worked in economic development for the State of Arizona with notable success in attracting companies within the semiconductor, finance and software industries.

Tony Chacon

Redevelopment Program Manager

City of Longmont

Tony Chacon serves as redevelopment manager with the city of Longmont and brings with him more than 25 years’ redevelopment and economic-development experience working in local government. He has worked previously in such capacity for several jurisdictions, including the city & county of Denver, Westminster and Aurora. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has served on a number of boards focused on brownfields redevelopment and affordable housing.

Duane Duggan

Broker Associate

RE/MAX of Boulder

Duane Duggan has enjoyed a successful real estate career for more than 40 years, after having graduated from the University of Colorado Business School with a major in real estate. Duggan and his team, The Boulder Property Network at RE/MAX of Boulder, have been consistent top producers in Boulder County residential and investment real estate sales since 1978. Duggan is the author of Realtor for Life, which was written to help realtors become trusted advisers “for life” to their clients. He has received multiple industry awards including the Distinguished Realtor of the Year award from the Boulder Area Realtor Association in 2016.

Andrew Freeman


Freeman Myre Inc.

Andrew Freeman established Freeman Myre in 2000. Drawing on the expertise he gained from his brokerage career, he has consistently uncovered extraordinary investment opportunities based on his in-depth knowledge of the greater Denver and Chicago markets. Freeman’s first acquisition was a vacant 20,000 square foot industrial-flex property in Boulder. Since his first acquisition, Freeman has steadily built a solid industrial real estate portfolio in Colorado and Illinois. 

Nick Friedman

Co-Founder & COO


Nick Friedman is the CRO and Co-Founder of Accept.inc, the first iLender: a digital mortgage company that upgrades any offer to cash at no additional cost. Nick’s mission is to level the playing field for buyers by allowing them to win the best homes in the best school districts and neighborhoods without needing to have hundreds of thousands of dollars in their bank accounts. He left college after his sophomore year to pursue this vision and has since helped thousands of buyers, sellers, and agents across over half a billion in homes bought and sold.

Elizabeth Garner

State Demographer

State of Colorado

Elizabeth Garner is the State Demographer with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities. Her office produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for the state’s program planning. Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in Colorado. As the leader of the State Demography Office, Elizabeth is an integral part of understanding and planning for some of the most central issues Colorado faces.

Lynda Gibbons

President & Managing Broker

Gibbons-White Inc.

Lynda Gibbons has specialized in commercial real estate in the Boulder area for more than 30 years and continues to have a passion for the industry, both from the relationship-building perspective as well as handling transactions. She started the firm in 1986 and continues in a very active role in mentoring and guiding the brokerage and management teams, in addition to maintaining her status as a top producer in the market.

Gregory Glass

Senior Broker Associate

Gibbons-White Inc.

Greg Glass has been involved in commercial real estate since 2012 and has experience in brokerage, investment, development and asset management. Since joining Gibbons-White in 2014, he has completed over $75 million in leasing and sales transactions. Greg possesses keen insight into the Boulder and Denver metro area markets as a result of working with many local, regional and national landlords and tenants across the spectrum of product types. He brings the highest level of personal service, in-depth market knowledge, strong analytical and negotiation skills, and a passion to do the job right for every client engagement.

Todd Gullette

Managing Broker

RE/MAX of Boulder

Todd Gullette, a native of Boulder, has worked professionally in real estate for more than 20 years and is now the managing broker at RE/MAX of Boulder. His career has been completely focused on everything real estate. He attended Bear Creek Elementary School, Baseline Junior High and Fairview High School, and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder.

John Jugl

Vice Chairman of the Western Region


John Jugl is vice chairman of the Western Region of Newmark, and serves as a regional lead for the Denver office’s institutional investment sales platform. Mr. Jugl leads a team of five support specialists focused on the disposition and acquisition of investment properties on behalf of clients throughout the western United States. With over 17 years of experience in the commercial real estate and finance industry, Mr. Jugl has completed more than 24 million square feet of investment sales transactions valued at more than $4.5 billion and has provided strategic advisory services on more than 20 million square feet of corporate real estate assets.

Bill Kamin


Appraisal Consultants, Inc.

Bill Kamin is Co-Owner of Appraisal Consultants, Inc. He has a degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Illinois and began his career as a title examiner with Transamerica Title in Boulder. Bill is licensed as a Certified General Appraiser and focuses primarily on litigation- and lender-related appraisals. He specializes in complex residential appraisals: high value properties, damaged properties, construction defects, mold, and residential income properties. Bill has performed hundreds of appraisals on properties damaged by wildfires and floods.

Geoffrey Keys

Managing Broker

Skye Commercial

Geoffrey Keys is Managing Broker with Skye Commercial. He founded Keys Commercial Real Estate LLC in 1984, a Boulder-based property-management company and commercial brokerage now part of Skye Commercial. Consistently one of the area’s top producers, Geoffrey has been a local market leader for many years. An active believer in volunteerism, Geoffrey has been on many civic boards and groups and was the founder of Commercial Brokers of Boulder. He presently serves on the board of trustees for the Mile High United Way.

John Koval

Vice President & Director of Development

Coburn Development

John Koval is Coburn’s director of development and vice president of operations, responsible for determining the economic viability of all projects. He has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry with an emphasis on acquisitions, commercial brokerage, property management, development and construction. John has managed a portfolio of over 200 properties coupled with development and management in excess of $500 million. John manages the day-to-day operations for Coburn.

Jeremy Kroner

First Vice President


Jeremy Kroner, along with his partner Erik Abrahamson, lead the CBRE office in Boulder, CO, specializing in the leasing and sales of office and flex/industrial properties. In 2014, Jeremy teamed up with Erik, focusing their combined strengths, extensive relationships and unparalelled market intelligence on the US 36 corridor, north Denver metro, as well as the surrounding areas of Boulder, Jefferson, Broomfield and Adams Counties. Within a few years working together, Erik and Jeremy were widely recognized as the leading authority in their chosen marketspace, responsible for more than 7.2 MSF of leasing and sales activity, with a total consideration of $361,271,000.

John Lasell

Senior Vice President

NexCore Group

John Lasell is responsible for providing pre-development phase leadership and deal structuring for NexCore’s Life Sciences platform, from project concept through ground-break. He also oversees strategic planning, site selection, proforma development, design management and entitlements for Life Sciences projects. In his previous role at NexCore Group, he managed the Design & Construction Department and oversaw the delivery of $200M annually in healthcare and senior living projects. Lasell was responsible for project P+L, creating processes and procedures and personnel management.

Brian Lewandowski

Executive Director, Business Research Division

CU Boulder, Leeds School of Business

Brian Lewandowski is the Executive Director of the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. Brian provides regional business and economic information and education, including economic and revenue forecasts, policy studies, economic impact analyses, and data workshops. Brian has 15 years’ experience conducting economic studies at CU Boulder. Prior to CU, he worked in both the private sector and government. He currently serves on the boards of the Denver Association of Business Economists, the Association for University Business and Economic Research, and the National Association for Business Economics’ Regional Roundtable.

Jacob Lindsey

Director of Planning and Development Services

City of Boulder

Jacob Lindsey is a leader in the field of city planning, with 19 years of experience in land planning, local government, urban design and development entitlement. He currently serves as the Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of Boulder, Colorado. He previously served for seven years at the City of Charleston, South Carolina, and was appointed by Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. as the Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability. From 2013 to 2020, he led the department, working with the Mayor, City Council and members of the community to reform processes and improve zoning throughout the City. 

Juliana Massaro

Special Counsel

Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP

Juliana Massaro’s practice focuses on transactional matters with a emphasis on complex commercial and residential real estate, finance, corporate governance and related business transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Juliana worked as corporate counsel for a private equity firm in Denver. Juliana has significant experience representing clients with real estate portfolio acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, bank and private financing, asset purchase and sales and corporate governance.

Michelle McNamara

Senior Project Manager

Service First Permits

Michelle McNamara received her degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University and has over 10 years of experience as a development planner with local municipalities. While with Service First Permits, she has managed the permitting of hundreds of various projects, including mixed use, commercial and multi-family within dozens of municipalities across the front range and throughout the US.

Jill Mendoza

Economic Development Manager

Town of Superior

Jill Mendoza is an urban innovator who is passionate about building communities that enhance the quality of life and quality of place for their residents through community-based economic development strategies. A strategic-thinker with a keen interest in entrepreneurship, she facilitates public/private partnerships to leverage investment and improve the economic vitality of the communities in which she works.

Marc Painter


Holland & Hart

Marc Painter’s real estate practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, finance and development, as well as banking and related business counseling. For over 30 years, Marc’s regional and national development and lending clients have sought his creative counsel in navigating difficult transactions to profitable completion.

Megan Pierce

Economic Vitality Director

City of Louisville

Megan Pierce is currently the Economic Vitality Director for the City of Louisville, Colorado. In her role she oversees business retention, attraction, expansion, and support and acts as the City’s liaison to the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Louisville Revitalization Commission, Economic Vitality Committee, and Downtown Business Association. Megan has 17 years of experience in local government and as a consultant for the public sector.

Daphne Queen

Broker / Owner

8z Real Estate

Daphne Queen is a Colorado transplant originally from South Bend, Indiana, but considers herself a native having been a Boulder resident since 1991. Her background is with the Outdoor Ski and Snowboard Industry, where she spent ten years selling, servicing, and building relationships with some of Colorado’s premier retailers and ski resorts. As a realtor, Daphne loves helping people achieve their home-owning dreams, especially in the Boulder market. With a deep local knowledge, Daphne is able to handplace clients in the neighborhoods that best suit their needs.

Lynn Ryan

Broker Associate

RE/MAX of Boulder

Lynn Ryan grew up with a love of Colorado from an early age. Frequent visits to Colorado as a child made CU an easy choice for college where she studied Art History. Lynn and her husband have been involved in real estate and building for over twenty years and have extensive experience in remodeling and new construction in both the City and County of Boulder. She has won numerous awards for her work at RE/MAX of Boulder, as well as winning the trust of countless clients over the years.

Alan Smith

Broker / Owner

RE/MAX Professionals

Alan Smith has been a licensed Realtor since 1983. He is one of the Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Professionals, and holds the CRS, GRI, CDPE, and CLHMS Designations, and he is also a CRB Candidate. Alan joined RE/MAX Professionals in January of 1994 and is a member of the RE/MAX Diamond Award Club. He has been inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Alan entered the Pinnacle of RE/MAX Honors in 2010 as he was inducted into the RE/MAX Circle of Legends. Alan is currently the President of Professionals Investment Group, d/b/a RE/MAX Professionals, and also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for REColorado.

Ariel Solomon

Colorado Mortgage Division Manager

Premier Mortgage

Ariel Solomon has been in the mortgage industry for more than 25 years. Following a 6-year career in the National Football League, Ariel returned home to Boulder, Colorado and began his career. He is currently the Vice President of Sales for Cherry Creek Mortgage, as well as the owner of four separate mortgage companies. On top of being a leader within his own organization, Ariel is also very active in the Boulder community and with the University of Colorado where he played college football. His professional, philanthropic and athletic successes led him to be named the Boulder Business Leader of the Year in 2019; as well as an induction into the Boulder Sports Hall of Fame.

Lisa Wade

Broker Associate

RE/MAX of Boulder

High-energy, personal commitment and top-quality service with a smile make Lisa Wade one of Boulder’s top realtors. Having lived in the area most of her life, Lisa is an expert in finding the ideal property. Averaging $17 million in sales each year with approximately 25 sides, half listing and half buyers, Lisa maintains a busy real estate business serving areas from Boulder south to Thornton, north to Loveland, east to Erie and west to Estes Park.

Mark Wallach

City Council Member

City of Boulder

Mark Wallach has a long history of participation in politics and public affairs. Prior to running for city council, Mark served on the advisory committee to the City Council on development-related impact fees; such fees are used to mitigate the impact on Boulder’s infrastructure and housing needs arising from new commercial development. Mark is committed to the concept of careful, measured growth, the creation of housing that is accessible to all income levels, and the protection of Boulder’s unique open space.

Lucas Workman

Economic Development Coordinator

Town of Erie

Lucas Workman has worked in the Economic Development Industry in various capacities at the regional, international and municipal level. He is a motivated and creative problem solver with professional expertise in social entrepreneurship, fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems, workforce development systems and program management, negotiating development and commercial agreements and building strong fruitful relationships with stakeholders. For the past 2.5 years Lucas has worked for the Town of Erie, one of the fastest growing communities in the Front Range.