2022 Speakers

Ethan Abner

Long-Range Planner

Boulder County

Ethan Abner has experience in policy research, development, and communications at the local and federal levels. He is a Long Range Planner in Boulder County’s Community Planning & Permitting Department, where he works to ensure Boulder County’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code balance community interests and effectively guide development in the County. Currently, he is leading the County’s review of its Short-Term and Vacation Rental regulations. Before joining Boulder County, Ethan worked with the U.S. Forest Service and served as a legislative advisor for the Department of Defense and former Congressman Tom Rooney.

Erik Abrahamson

Senior Vice President


Erik Abrahamson is a senior vice president with CBRE and has been involved in nearly $1 billion of transactions since joining CBRE. Erik was instrumental in CBRE’s expansion in Boulder. Erik brings a technical background in engineering, commercial property development, acquisition and dispositions to his agency brokerage role. Erik is recognized as an expert in life science and office/flex real estate within the Boulder / Northwest Denver commercial real estate community. He has been involved in some of the region’s largest Life Science transactions, and his client list includes Beacon Capital Partners, Clarion Partners, TriTower Financial Group, Steelwave, Graham Street and other institutional level owners in the greater Boulder/Denver region. Significant transactions that Erik has worked on include Agilent Technologies Nucleic Acid-Based Therapeutics land purchase and plant development in Frederick, a $185 million plant covering more than 135,000 square feet and Agilent Technologies’ purchase of 5555 Airport Blvd. in Boulder. In 2020, Erik was involved in one of Boulder’s largest transactions, TriTower’s renewal of Pfizer at 3200 Walnut in Boulder, a 150,000-square-foot life-science facility in the heart of Boulder. 

Brett Allen

External Relations Chair

Rocky Mountain Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

Brett is a proud Colorado native and holds a business administration degree from Ft. Lewis College. Brett has adjusted claims in 40 of the 50 United States from Hurricane Katrina to the tornadoes in Windsor in 2008. He believes helping people in times of need is a very gratifying way to make a difference and is a very rewarding career. Currently, Brett is a now a current board member of RMAPIA, Rocky Mountain Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, a non-profit group of
professional licensed public adjusters who work in the Rocky Mountain Region with a focus on Colorado with a focus on helping the public, not the insurance companies.

Matthew Athey


Jorgensen Brownell & Pepin PC

Matthew Athey is a shareholder at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin PC. He is a real estate, business, and construction lawyer licensed to practice in Colorado state courts and the U.S. District Court of Colorado. He drafts and negotiates contracts from simple real estate sales to multimillion-dollar asset purchase agreements. He is also a leading landlord-tenant attorney in northern Colorado. He drafts commercial and residential leases, represents clients in eviction proceedings, and advises HUD landlords. He represents owners, generals, and subcontractors in complex construction litigation. Mr. Athey also practices oil and gas law. Because much of his work involves helping clients navigate state regulatory systems, Mr. Athey is also well equipped to handle administrative law matters. Whether your matter involves a DORA or CDLE Complaint, a DMV hearing or appeal, or a local land-use hearing with city or county commissioners, Matthew can provide practical advice and strong legal representation. In addition to his practice of law, Matthew has been a National Business Institute faculty member teaching construction law continuing legal education courses, as well as landlord/tenant classes.

Lou Barnes

Loan Officer

Cherry Creek Mortgage

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” found at www.pmglending.com/loubarnes/

Elyse Blazevich

President & CEO

Colorado Bioscience Association

Elyse Blazevich leads CBSA’s work to create co-opportunity for Colorado’s life sciences community. With the CBSA Board of Directors, team, partners, sponsors, and members, she strategically advances CBSA’s efforts to build a collaborative environment for health innovation. Elyse brings deep knowledge of life sciences company needs, CBSA as an organization, and Colorado’s business community to offer continuity, connections, and a clear vision for the future of CBSA and the ecosystem it represents.

Jeff Brasel

Planning & Building Director

City of Lafayette

Jeff Brasel is the planning and building director for the city of Lafayette. He leads a team of dedicated employees seeking to plan, build and foster an inclusive community to meet the needs of a diverse population. Jeff is focused on bringing innovation to the department’s business practices and in how it serves the community’s needs. The city recently adopted a new comprehensive plan which was awarded a Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association Honor Award for a general planning project. On the heels of the comprehensive plan, the city is embarking on the first comprehensive rewrite of the city’s development code in over 30 years. Jeff has more than 20 years of planning experience along the Front Range at various levels of city leadership. Jeff has been with the city of Lafayette for two years. Previous to this, he was in charge of the city and county of Denver’s Neighborhood projects team which was responsible for citywide development coordination of Denver’s most impactful large scale redevelopment projects. Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.

Scott Caldwell

Senior Vice President

Lincoln Property

Scott joined Lincoln Property in early 2001 as Senior Vice President. He is responsible for the overall management of the Denver operations. In addition to management duties, Scott is responsible for office and industrial property acquisitions, and new business development for property management and leasing services. Before joining Lincoln Property Company, Scott spent 9 years as a broker in the office services group of Grubb & Ellis in the Denver, CO office. During that time he was responsible for brokering several million square feet of office space on behalf of his clients. During his 28-year tenure in commercial real estate, Scott has experienced the development, property acquisition, property management, construction management, and brokerage perspectives of commercial real estate. 

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.

Dan Cohen


AC Development

For nearly three decades, Dan has pursued his passion for great urban environments by working on planning, investment, and development in major cities in the western U.S. He has primarily been responsible for the sourcing, structuring, entitlement, and development of large-scale dynamic mixed-use places in urban infill locations. As President of AC Development, Dan leads the company’s day-to-day operations, development execution, and project visioning. Dan has previously led his own real estate company, Urban DNA. He also held positions as Senior Vice President for McWhinney, a Colorado-based developer, and Vice President for Catellus/Prologis, a national Fortune 500 REIT where he contributed to the renowned Mission Bay project in San Francisco. Dan holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in City Planning from M.I.T.

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

Broker Associate

WK Real Estate

Andrew Freeman graduated from the University of Denver in 1987. Raised in Chicago, he returned from Denver to begin his real estate career with Corporate Realty Advisors, a leading industrial real estate firm specializing in industrial brokerage in the O’Hare Airport Market.  In 1990, Freeman returned to Colorado to join the Denver office of Grubb and Ellis. For the next decade, he honed his skills as a highly successful real estate broker focused on industrial real estate in the Denver/Boulder market. In 2000, Freeman established his own company. 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. Understanding there was a very limited supply of competing properties in the market, he placed the property under contract and negotiated a five-year lease with Lockheed Martin Corp. within only 45 days. Now, nearly 20 years later, the property remains 100% leased to Lockheed Martin as part of the Freeman portfolio. Since his first acquisition, Freeman has steadily built a solid industrial real estate portfolio in Colorado and Illinois.

Bianca Griffith


RE/MAX of Boulder

Bianca Griffith is a Re/Max of Boulder agent and Colorado native.  Growing up in the mountains she watched her parents progress from government assistance and working long hours to retiring with a successful real estate portfolio. Inspired by her own family’s journey, she is passionate about helping her clients buy real estate to achieve their financial and lifestyle goals.  Bianca has a degree in Urban Planning from University College London (UCL) in the U.K. and has studied architecture, environmental design, and construction in the US, Brazil, France and Senegal. Prior to real estate, Bianca worked on municipal infrastructure projects internationally. She uses her knowledge and expertise of the built environment, finance, and Colorado to help her clients navigate the intricacies of successful purchases and sales in today’s complex market.

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.

Megan Gutwein


Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, LLP

Megan Gutwein’s practice focuses on water law, water quality, real estate, civil litigation, and business transactions. Megan assists clients in water court litigation and administrative proceedings, including adjudication of water rights, changes of water rights, and augmentation plans. Megan graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2016 (Order of the Coif), where she earned a Natural Resources Law & Policy Certificate. During law school, Megan was a Notes & Comments editor for the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review and also published her student note in the same journal. Throughout this time, she volunteered for the Acequia Assistance Project and completed the Public Service Pledge. Megan gained a variety of experience during law school by interning for Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Fort Collins City Attorney’s Office, the Boulder County Attorney’s Office, and the Sierra Club. Additionally, she was a student attorney in the Natural Resources Law Clinic, where she provided legal assistance to clients regarding water rights matters. Megan earned an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and published her research in the peer-reviewed journal Rangeland Ecology and Management. She also holds an Honors B.S. in Restaurant and Resort Management from Colorado State University.

Kyle Harris

SVP of Community Development

Baseline General Manager

As Senior Vice President of Community Development and GeneralManager of Baseline, Kyle develops and oversees the strategy, vision, development, and execution of the 1,100-acre, multi-use, master-planned community located in Broomfield, Colo. With over two decades of expertise in developing large-scale, multi-use projects and master-planned communities, Kyle’s vision, and creativity bring long-term value and a meaningful impact to all users – both residents and visitors – of the Baseline community. Kyle believes the intrinsic value of a master-planned community lies in the benefits it provides to its users, namely families looking to connect and live a life with purpose. 

Jonothan Hartman

Area Mortgage Sales Manager

US Bank

Jonathan is an Area Mortgage Sales Manager at US Bank and supports loan officers throughout the Northern and Southern front range of Colorado.  Jonathan is a proven sales leader and has received the highest sales awards for production and quality from every company with which he has been associated.  Jonathan focuses on supporting top-level mortgage sales professionals in every facet of mortgage lending to drive production, quality, and an exceptional mortgage experience. Jonathan resides in Loveland Colorado with his two dogs Lucy and Cookie.  He is a devoted supporter of Junior Achievement for the past 6 years and has instructed over 1000 students in Boulder and Larimer counties on free market economies, savings strategies, and basic finance curriculums and is a founding board member of the newly approved NAHREP NOCO chapter and serves as sponsorship chairman. 

Lisa Houde, AICP

Senior City Planner

City of Boulder Planning & Development Services

Lisa Houde, AICP, is a Senior City Planner with the City of Boulder, where she primarily focuses on land use code updates. Prior to joining the City of Boulder, Lisa has reviewed major land use and historic preservation development proposals at the City of Minneapolis, led public engagement efforts at the Denver Regional Council of Governments, and consulted on zoning code changes at Clarion Associates. She has a Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Colorado State University.

Kim Hutton

Water Resource Manager

City of Boulder

Kim has worked for the city of Boulder for the past 16 years in a variety of water resources-related roles. Her work at Boulder has included taking streamflow measurements, conducting water supply evaluations used in operational decisions and planning, overseeing water supply planning model development and presenting to City Council, advisory boards and community members. As water resources manager, Kim oversees the planning and operations of the municipal water supply. Kim has a B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from University of Colorado, Boulder and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.

Adam Jokerst

Rocky Mountain Regional Director

WesternWater Research, LLC

Adam Jokerst is the Rocky Mountain regional director for WestWater Research and leads the Colorado office in Fort Collins. Adam brings over 15 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. He has overseen long-range water supply planning, water acquisition, water rights protection, and water conservation programs.  He has also led the development of large-scale dam and reservoir projects and underground storage projects, including acting as program manager for federal permitting processes. Prior to joining WestWater, he served as Deputy Director for Water Resources at the City of Greeley, where he led a multidisciplinary team that plans, develops, and operates water supplies serving 150,000 residents.  At WestWater, Adam assists clients to optimize water resource management and pursue and protect water rights through a variety of economic and engineering analyses.  Adam holds a B.S. in biological engineering from the University of Arkansas and an M.S. in civil engineering from Colorado State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado. He is passionate about finding innovative solutions to solve complex water problems.

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.

Lindsey Kimball, MBA, CEcD, EDFP

Economic Development Director

City of Westminster

An award-winning economic development professional and proud IEDC Board Member, Ms. Kimball brings to the table more than 22 years of experience in a diverse range of economic development activities and organizations, always with a keen perception of market trends, best practices, and the best outcome for the community. Developing new, innovative programs and, more importantly – implementing them – is a strong suite for Ms. Kimball who embraces a progressive, holistic approach to her profession. Ms. Kimball’s negotiation and deal-making efforts throughout her career have resulted in projects announcing nearly 35,000 jobs and nearly $3 billion in capital investment. Ms. Kimball is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and holds an MBA from the University of South Florida, as well as, a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, both degrees with highest honors.

Ted Leighty


Colorado Association of Home Builders

Ted Leighty serves as CEO of the Colorado Association of Home Builders.  He has been with CAHB since November of 2017.  He previously served as vice president of government affairs for the Colorado Association of Realtors, where he directed the public policy efforts of the association.  He also held the positions of director of government affairs and public policy manager for CAR.  Leighty also has served as an aide to members of both the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a past member of the Littleton Historical Preservation Board. He also has supported, both financially and with his time, several civic and charitable organizations. He is the immediate past-chair of the Colorado Competitive Council, board member for the Colorado Real Estate Alliance and board member of HomeAid Colorado, and he is a past board member of the Denver Metro Chamber. A native Coloradan born in Boulder, Leighty was raised in Minnesota and Oklahoma but returned to Colorado as soon as he could; he currently resides with his family in Littleton.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado in political science and public administration. 

Josh Marks

Equity Partner

Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, LLP

Josh Marks is a long-standing partner at Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP who has helped oversee and contribute to the firm’s expansion and reputation for successful and insightful legal work. He’s had a civil litigation practice for over thirty years—advising and advocating for private and public sector clients.  Mr. Marks is the head of the firm’s public entity practice group and co-chair of the employment group.  His areas of practice are public entity law, employment law, and land use and zoning law.  In addition to doing trial work and appeals, he appears before commissions, hearing boards, and local government decision-makers. Mr. Marks is often requested to speak at continuing education presentations and seminars.  He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubble and has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America by his peers.  Mr. Marks also has been appointed by the Colorado Governor and Attorney General to serve on a judicial nominating committee for Colorado’s 20th Judicial District.

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.

Tom Orlando


Housing Helpers of Colorado

Tom Orlando is the owner of Housing Helpers of Colorado, a locally owned relocation company. Since 2002 Tom has managed relocations for corporate clients, families, and individuals coming to the Front Range. Tom is also a licensed Realtor, assisting buyers, investors, and sellers with their residential real estate transactions. Tom is involved in Worldwide ERC (Employee Relocation Council) and holds a CRP (Certified Relocation Professional) and GMS (Global Mobility Specialist) designation. Tom is also a board member for the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council. Tom’s networks of highly qualified relocation representatives around the Country have made it a very simple process for employees and employers to relocate their workforce.

Dan Page


Boulder Equity Partners

Over the course of Dan’s 30-year career, he has produced more than $1 billion in financial transactions. Prior to launching Boulder Equity Partners LLC, Dan’s clients included Citibank Retail Services, Capital One Bank, MasterCard International, and scores of smaller banks and financial service companies nationwide. Understanding the complexities of a client’s financing needs and the unique challenges they face enables Dan to help his clients navigate complex commercial real estate financing transactions which often exceed the capabilities of local banks. Peers and clients describe Dan’s exceptional tenacity when it comes to keeping loans on track and pushing them over the finish line to funding. Dan’s willingness to tell it like it is and provide straightforward answers about his clients’ funding needs allows them to make informed choices — and keeps them coming back.

Scott Rodwin


Rodwin Architecture


Skycastle Construction

Scott Rodwin, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB is the President of Rodwin Architecture and CEO of Skycastle Construction.  His 26-person design/build company is one of Boulder’s premier custom home builders.

Scott is the current President of the American Institute of Architects Colorado North Chapter.  He has been a leader in the sustainable design field for thirty years and has been recognized with over 40 local and national awards for excellence in design and service, including AIA’s “Young Architect of the Year” in the Western US. Scott has taught residential green building for the City and County of Boulder, the American Institute of Architects, USGBC, the Colorado Green Building Guild, and the Green Building at Naropa University. He received his architectural degree from Cornell University in 1991. Scott and his team are designing and re-building five Marshall Fire homes and have been deeply involved through Boulder County and the AIA in the discussions around the rebuilding process.

Mike Ruhl

Vice President of Leasing

BioMed Health

Mike Ruhl has over 30 years of real estate development experience in the Seattle market, encompassing  20 years of development expertise and 10 years specifically in life science real estate. He is a Board Member on the Runstad Department of Real Estate, University of Washington College of Built Environment. Mr. Ruhl is also a member of the Life Science Washington organization –focused on helping grow the state’s life science economy by bringing together research institutions, investors, and innovators. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seattle University. Mr. Ruhl is currently BioMed Realty’s Vice President of Leasing and market leader for the company’s Seattle and Boulder, Colorado core markets where he has approximately 2 million square feet of operating portfolio and another nearly 1 million square feet in the development pipeline.

Kristin Taylor

Operations Manager

Blue Spruce Construction Services

Kristin has more than 25 years of experience in leading business operations – including strategic development, marketing and public relations. She has worked in a wide variety of different industries; including multi-family housing, affordable housing, green building, agriculture, water conservation, healthcare, and most recently the ever-changing environment of construction. Blue Spruce has been honored to assist several families during the process of rebuilding after the Marshall fire – estimating the building cost of the lost home for insurance, working with architects in a design/build relationship to determine the cost of constructing their future home, and finally breaking ground.

Angela Topel

Vice President-Brokerage

Gibbons-White Inc.

Angela Topel is a top producer and experienced veteran at Gibbons-White focusing in acquisition/disposition, landlord and tenant representation, leasing, and asset management in the Denver metro area with a focus on Boulder County. Since starting her commercial real estate career in 2005, Angela has mastered the creative thinking, analytical skills, and communication required to excel in this field. Prior to real estate, Angela gained extensive management and service experience in the restaurant industry. Angela has a Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology Degree with honors from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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.

Todd Walsh

Managing Broker

Market Real Estate

Todd is managing broker at Market Real Estate. As a Boulder native, Todd offers a level of local expertise unmatched by any other commercial broker. He’s a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)—a recognition held by only 3% of agents in the nation — and he literally doesn’t know the meaning of “It can’t be done.” If you have an idea, he’ll make it happen come hell or brutal negotiation.Todd’s also a real community man, supporting nonprofits and professional organizations including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Urban Land Institute and Commercial Brokers of Boulder. He loves his hometown, so it’s no wonder he made it both his workplace and his playground. When he’s not working, you can find Todd exploring the Colorado outdoors, traveling or cheering on the CU Buffs with his wife and two kids.

Marcia Waters


Colorado Division of Real Estate

Marcia Waters has been with the Colorado Division of Real Estate since August 2005. She started with the Division as a Criminal Investigator for the Real Estate Commission and was promoted to Chief Investigator in 2006. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of Investigations and Compliance Director. In that capacity, she managed the investigatory and settlement programs for the Division. On October 15, 2010, she was promoted to the position of Division Director. The Division of Real Estate licenses and regulates approximately 50,000 real estate professionals. Ms. Waters serves as the administrator for the Real Estate Commission, the Board of Real Estate Appraisers, the Board of Mortgage Loan Originators, and the HOA Information and Resource Center. Ms. Waters manages the Division’s $6.5 million budget, oversees a staff of approximately 50 full-time employees, and establishes the direction of Division programs based on market and industry trends.

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.

Rob Zuccaro

Planning & Building Safety Director

City of Louisville

Rob Zuccaro, AICP, has worked for the city of Louisville for six years and is currently serving as the Community Development Director, overseeing the Planning, Building, and Economic Vitality divisions.  After receiving his undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology from CU-Boulder, Rob joined the Peace Corps serving two years in Ghana teaching science and math.   After completing his Peace Corps service, Rob discovered the field of planning and returned to school where he received an MS in Community Planning from the University of Arizona.  While pursuing his graduate degree, Rob worked at the Sonoran Institute, contributing to public land management and conservation projects throughout Arizona.  Rob’s 20 years of experience in community planning has included working as a planning consultant in Albuquerque and positions with several municipalities in the Denver Metro area.  Rob is Colorado native and is passionate about anything his kids like to do and Key Lime Pie.