Elevations Credit Union
Darin Atteberry is market president for Elevations Credit union. Prior to that, he was the city manager for the city of Fort Collins, a position he assumed in December 2004.
As city manager, Darin led the city government through a time of transformational change, moving the organization from a “trust us” model to one that uses a data-driven, performance based approach. Darin is an advocate for community collaboration and has built strong relationships with both public and private sector partners. He serves as Vice Chair of the Alliance for Innovation and is a member of the Center for Public Safety Excellence Board of Directors. In 2013, Darin was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Colorado State University College of Business. In 2016 he was elected as a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration. Recently, Darin received the Colorado Governor’s Citi- zenship medal, recognizing him as a leader who serves the public with innovation, operational excellence and progressive vision.
Prior to coming to Fort Collins, Darin worked with cities in California, Washington, and Georgia. He attended Harvard University’s Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of City Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University.
Town of Wellington
Cody Bird is the town planner for Wellington and is responsible for overseeing the planning and zoning department, building department, and all planning, development and building activities of the Town. Cody has a master’s degree in urban and regional community planning from Kansas State University, and is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Cody served a similar capacity as the city planner for Derby, Kansas before relocating to Wellington in 2017.
Manager — Business Finance
Steve Boice has been with CHFA since 2012 and has served in various capacities in Community Development and Asset Management. Prior to becoming the Manager of Business Finance in December of 2021, Mr. Boice most recently served as a Senior Commercial Loan Officer with CHFA, underwriting complex loan transactions in excess of $80 million involving the following aspects: historic and affordable housing tax credits, HUD risk share insurance, FFB, permanent, construction, Private Activity Bond, and uninsured products. He has over 16 years of experience working in the commercial lending industry and has also served as a Vice President and Commercial Loan Review Officer for private banks.
Larry earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Colorado State University (’88) and Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Kentucky College of Law (’94).
He is general counsel and a principal of Journey Homes LLC, the largest privately held homebuilding operations in Northern Colorado and Crow Creek Construction, LLC, a pipe infrastructure Company. Mr. Buckendorfoversees the internal management of homebuilding operations and direction of all development projects. Mr. Buckendorf has extensive land development, project management, finance, legal and accounting experience. Mr. Buckendorf has worked with Mr. Demaske since 2001, both focusing on developing the market position of the homebuilding operations. In addition to homebuilding, the Journey Homes organizations develop numerous apartment projects and formerly banking operations prior to the sale of Advantage Bank in 2019. Larry is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Board of Accountancy (CPA- inactive).
Larry’s family is active in the Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Notre Dame, and Larimer County United Way. Under the direction of their daughter Whitney, they also provide financial support and work for the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, a Catholic orphanage in Ghana, Africa founded by Sister Stan Mum uni.
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.
Coan, Payton & Payne LLC
Bob Choate’s practice is focused on complex real estate development and associated corporate transactions, as well as heavy civil construction.
Prior to joining Coan Payton & Payne, Mr. Choate spent many years as corporate counsel for local governmental entities in Northern Colorado, and has extensive experience navigating the permitting processes necessary to acquire and protect vested development rights.
Mr. Choate received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Bachelors of Science from the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication. He is a current member and previous chair of the Larimer County Planning Commission, and a current volunteer and prior trustee for the Overland Mountain Bike Association, a local nonprofit dedicated to public lands and trail development.
Economic Development Manager
Town of Johnstown
Sarah Crosthwaite is a California native from the City of Redlands. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino. She received her graduate degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino in December 2017. She recently began her position as Economic Development Manager for the Town of Johnstown. Her efforts focus on business retention and expansion, along with attraction and development of major corridors within the community. Prior to her current position she served as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Fort Morgan for two years.
Director of Operations
Ashley Davidson has more than a decade of property management experience spanning across multi-family, mixed use, office, retail, and garage operations. She brings extensive expertise in leasing across multiple real estate sectors and providing direct support to tenants to ensure their success.
Ashley is unique in her industry in that she truly values the partnership between tenant and landlord and believes it has a positive multiplying effect on the community. Through unique contract structures, marketing assistance, and program development, she aims to give a positive experience to our tenants.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Texas at Austin in Government.
Business Development Manager
Town of Berthoud
Walt Elish, business development manager for the town of Berthoud, has been active in economic and community development for more than 25 years. During that time he has worked on the local and state and regional levels and successfully implemented two county–wide economic development partnership organizations.
Senior Development Manager
Tyler Erickson serves as a lead multifamily developer for McWhinney and is responsible for sourcing and winning multifamily opportunities ranging from raw land, new builds to redevelopment, including LOI and PSA negotiations. Tyler oversees the development and management of project financials that include proformas, pre-development budgets, sensitivity analyses, cost reports, and public financing incentives. He directs relevant multifamily research, and finance and debt packages that include sales, investment sales, operating expenses, and rent comparisons, while also tracking macro-economic data that impacts residential investments in Denver and Northern Colorado.
Tyler attended CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business, and serves as Co-Chair of the Social Committee for the Urban Land Institute and on the Board of the CU Real Estate Council Young Alumni.
Stan Everitt has resided in Fort Collins and Windsor since 1953. He has worked in the family business since childhood, beginning as a general laborer at the Everitt Lumber Yard. Over the years, the family business became Everitt Cos. and were prominent real estate developers in the region.
Stan’s interest was in home building and residential development, and managed those divisions of the Everitt Companies from the mid-’80s until 2016, when the company consolidated. Since that time, he has continued to focus on residential development in Fort Collins, Windsor, Severance and Sheridan ,Wyoming.
Over his career, he has overseen the development of many subdivisions in Fort Collins, such as Oakridge, Timber Creek, Fossil Creek Ranch and other smaller developments. In Windsor and Severance, he has planned and built Timber Ridge, Hidden Valley, North Shores, Soaring Eagle Ranch Westwood Village, and Tailholt.
In total, he and his family have developed thousands of lots, built hundreds of homes and developed innumerable commercial offices, retail centers, apartments and industrial sites.
Overall, Everitt Cos. developments have a sterling reputation of quality, innovation, and heightened appreciated value, giving their customers great value while ‘raising the bar’ in Northern Colorado.
Stan continues to be involved in residential development, as well as leading a program known as The Legacy Project here in Northern Colorado. He and his wife, Sara, have been married 49 years, have two children living in Windsor and seven grandchildren.
Chief Real Estate Officer
Kristin Krasnove Fritz, Chief Real Estate Officer, has been with Housing Catalyst since 2011. Prior to joining the organization Kristin worked as an urban planner for over ten years. Her planning work focused on the relationship between health and the built environment, sustainability, housing, and transit-oriented development. At Housing Catalyst, Kristin led the development of Redtail Ponds, Village on Redwood and Village on Horsetooth. She began her career in California’s Bay Area where issues of affordable housing have dominated community conversations for many years. As a developer, she has a passion for incorporating health and sustainability into housing and strives to create high quality housing that is both affordable and beautiful. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director / CEO / President
Brighton Economic Development Corporation
A proud Colorado native, Patrick joined the Brighton Economic Development Corporation (Brighton EDC) in July of 2016. Patrick came to the Brighton EDC after spending 13 years with the city of Denver at the Denver Office of Economic Development, most recently as Economic Development Supervisor, where he led a team of business development representatives in business retention and expansion activities for Denver and implemented many components of Denver’s annual economic development strategic plan. He also worked as a Business Analyst and Business Specialist in workforce development while in Denver. Prior to working in Denver, Patrick was a manager in the telecommunications industry for several years with MCI Worldcom, TCI, and Rhythms NetConnections leading national deployment teams and handling high profile escalations for large business customers, among other duties.
President / Principal
Jake is the President of NAI Affinity (formerly known as Chrisland, Inc.). The Affinity Real Estate Partners family of companies includes NAI Affinity, a Northern Colorado based commercial real estate brokerage which is an affiliate of NAI Global, and Affinity Partners, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Jake has brokered numerous real estate transactions. Notable transactions include: the sale of The Preserve at the Meadows, a 220 unit Class A apartment community in Fort Collins, brokerage of development land for approximately 2,500 multifamily units (including market rate, LIHTC and age restricted projects), representing Midwest Engineered Systems, Inc. in the acquisition of a 47,000 square foot manufacturing building in Loveland, CO and subsequently brokering a lease for the facility with Rubadue Wire, representing Rodelle, Inc. in a 30,000 square foot expansion of their existing Fort Collins, CO facility.
Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES)
Lauren Hansen retired as the CEO of IRES LLC in early 2022. She led the organization since its formation in the mid 1990s. Her earlier career included a decade as the Executive Officer of the Estes Park Board of Realtors, followed by the Executive Director role for Tri-City Services, the regional MLS (Multiple Listing Service) serving Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. Tri-City Services eventually merged into the larger regional MLS, IRES.
A self-proclaimed database geek, she guided IRES through the transition from a national MLS provider to a custom designed system that launched in 2001 – the same year Apple introduced the iPod and Napster reached 26M users. Since that time, the IRES MLS system has continually evolved and received national recognition for innovation and customer satisfaction.
Landon Hoover joined Hartford Homes in 2012 and ascended from an analyst to vice president of land development to president, eventually acquiring the company in 2016. Prior to Hartford Homes, Hoover was a strategy and operations consultant for Deloitte Consulting.
Hoover has a bachelors of business administration in finance and business honors from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the Poudre Valley Fire Protection District (PVFPD) and Habitat for Humanity Fort Collins boards.
Coan, Payton & Payne LLC
Amanda Huston focuses her law practice on corporate and real estate related matters including: purchase and sale transactions; business organization; land planning and development; and commercial loan transactions.
Ms. Huston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She majored in communication studies and minored in political science. Ms. Huston also earned a Master of Arts in communication studies from the University of Northern Colorado while serving as an instructor of public speaking and first year experience courses. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Huston worked at the Greeley Downtown Development Authority where she developed a passion for helping businesses become successful.
Ms. Huston graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2016, earning a certificate in corporate and commercial law. While in law school, she served as an articles editor on the Denver Law Review and as editor in chief of Race to the Bottom, a collaborative blog covering current laws and regulations governing corporations. She was also a recipient of the Excellence in Land Use Law Student award from the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.
After law school, Ms. Huston clerked at for the Honorable David M. Furman at the Colorado Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC, Ms. Huston spent 6 weeks in an intensive Spanish immersion program in Spain. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (Business Law Section) and the Denver Bar Association.
Tyler is consistently a top producing agent, belonging to REMAX Hall of Fame and a yearly member of the prestigious RE/MAX Platinum Club. Prior to joining The Kinzli Team, he spent 15 years in the hospitality industry and most recently at the Convention and Visitor Bureau. He was a leader in his industry and was a destination expert for people visiting and moving to the area. This extensive knowledge of Fort Collins has made Tyler the Kinzli Team’s “Fort Collins Expert.”
Economic Development Director
Town of Erie
Julian Jacquin is the Economic Development Director for the the town of Erie. Julian started with the Town in September 2021, coming from Missouri where he worked for the last five years with the City of Wildwood as their Economic Development Manager and also as the Interim Deputy City Administrator. Before joining local government, Julian worked with a consulting company which specialized in working with local governments and real estate developers to realize development and redevelopment opportunities. Julian currently serves on the Public Policy Committee for the Economic Development Council of Colorado, and previously served as the Chairman of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce and Public Policy Chair of the Missouri Economic Development Council.
The Group INc.
Deanna started with The Group in 1991 as the receptionist. From that role she transitioned to other administrative roles within The Group and became licensed in 1994. Her entire real estate career has been with The Group specializing in residential real estate, working both resale and new construction. She works with large builders like Village Homes and Lennar along with local builders. She has been involved in more than 2000 transactions. She holds several additional real estate designations. Deanna has enjoyed being involved in the community having served on the boards of Junior League, Respite and WomenGive. She is also a trustee for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. In 2007, she took a two-year sabbatical and worked for a year as a concierge at The Bellagio. She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren all who live in Colorado.
President of Land Development / Principal
Patrick McMeekin is the vice president of land development and a partner at Hartford Homes. At Hartford, he oversees acquisition of real estate, project entitlements, and horizontal development. In addition to the above, he manages the corporation’s water-rights portfolio. He has worked on development projects in all the major Northern Colorado municipalities, which together total more than 5,000 units. Prior to joining Hartford in 2016, he was the chief operating officer at Water Valley Land Co. Patrick is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Director of Economic Development
Town of Windsor
Stacy Miller has been Windsor’s Director of Economic Development since 2011. She has over 21 years of experience serving communities throughout the Front Range. Prior to coming to the Town of Windsor, Miller worked as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation. She also served the City of Lakewood as an economic development specialist. Miller received her undergraduate degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising Media from the University of Northern Colorado. Miller is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
WestMark Homes Colorado
Brandon Myers is co-owner of WestMark Homes Colorado. He is responsible for running the new homes sales team and overall business management of WestMark. He was born and raised in a Northern Colorado home building family. As a licensed REALTOR in the State of Colorado Brandon has had a strong focus on new home sales. This has given him a very adept knowledge in building, selling, and marketing new home communities.
Current Planning Manager
City of Loveland
Bob Paulsen moved to Northern Colorado in 2006 to become the Planning Manager for the City. He has always had a passion for planning, the built environment, and working collaboratively on innovative design ideas. He studied planning at the University of New Mexico and received a bachelor’s of arts in American Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has worked in both the public sector as a planner and planning manager for the City of Albuquerque and in the private sector as a planning consultant for URS and at his own planning consulting business. Bob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and runs the City’s development review team.
Director of Acquisitions and Development
Sal Perdomo works for Titan Development, one of the premier real estate developers in the southwest United States, and is responsible for the Company’s land acquisitions and new market expansions. He also manages and assists on build-to-suit and speculative development projects across a variety of asset classes. Sal’s background in economic development, city planning, and commercial real estate brokerage allow him to bring a comprehensive knowledge of the commercial real estate world and handle complex projects.
Prior to Titan, he worked for CBRE, a Fortune 500 Company, as a commercial real estate broker specializing in office and healthcare leasing and sale transactions. Sal also has professional experience in urban planning and land entitlement. Sal holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Urban Studies and Business Administration-Finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is a current member of NAIOP and is a licensed New Mexico real estate broker. In 2021, Sal was awarded a 40 Under Forty Award by the Albuquerque Business First.
VP/Land Acquisitions & Entitlements
Richmond American Homes
Jason is vice president of Land Acquisition & Entitlements at Richmond American Homes. He is a native of east Denver. He obtained a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from the University of Denver. He holds active law and title insurance producer licenses. He has worked in land acquisition and land entitlements in the home building industry for more than a decade.
Pedcor Investments LLC
Ryan Rodgers graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology, and he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. After graduation Mr. Rodgers joined Barnes & Thornburg as an associate in the Creditors’ Rights and Real Estate practice groups. His legal practice focused on working with institutions in restructuring, bankruptcy, and acquisitions along with commercial and real estate transactions. Mr. Rodgers joined Pedcor in 2011 and has led multifamily development in multiple states, including Colorado, increasing Pedcor’s multifamily portfolio by thousands of units. Mr. Rodgers handles the development process from start to finish for each development. Including, site selection, obtaining entitlements, debt and equity, construction, and property management oversight.
Gabrielle Rubenstein has been in the real estate industry since 2016, and serves as the development manager for the Buckingham Cos., an Indianapolis-based national multifamily developer. She is responsible for site selection, due diligence and entitlements in Colorado, Florida and Indiana. She is working on several Northern Colorado projects.
Previously, she specialized in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for the multifamily market, having worked in Colorado, South Carolina and Oklahoma.
She is an Indiana University undergraduate with a master’s degree in finance.
CEO / Principal
Ryan Schaefer is CEO of NAI Affinity and manager of Affinity Partners LLC. Over the course of his 20+ year career, Schaefer has brokered hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions, including residential and commercial land, investment sales, industrial facilities, anchor retailer transactions, restaurants and corporate office and medical buildings. Schaefer co-founded Chrisland Inc. in November 2003. Chrisland changed its name to Affinity Real Estate Partners Inc. in February 2019.
Broker / Owner
Dennis Schick is a managing broker and owner with RE/MAX Alliance. RE/MAX Alliance in Northern Colorado has 300 brokers and an additional 700 brokers with Alliance throughout the Front Range. He also has ownership in Home Mortgage Alliance and Alliance Insurance. Dennis has more than 30 years of new construction experience. He has been with RE/MAX for 16 years and represents builders, buyers and sellers throughout Northern Colorado.
Jason partnered to form Landmark Homes in 2005, prior was a partner in multiple home building ventures starting in 1995. As Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Landmark, Jason focuses on product development, company vision and strategies, and banking/partner relations. Since the inception, Landmark Homes has delivered over 2000 homes. As a graduate from Colorado State University with a BS in Landscape Architecture in 1988 he applies his design and planning background to all aspects of Landmark Homes product concepts, planned communities and market placement.
Interim Director of Community Development and Neighborhood Services
City of Fort Collins
Paul Sizemore is the Interim Director of Community Development and Neighborhood Services for the City of Fort Collins, CO. He is a professional planner and public administrator with nearly 18 years of experience in municipal governance in Florida and Colorado. He has been with the City of Fort Collins for 8 years. Paul’s background includes comprehensive planning and zoning, transportation and Transit Oriented Development planning, as well as project and program management. He is an alumnus of the University of Miami and the University of Central Florida.
Economic Health & Housing Director
City of Greeley
Ben Snow serves as director of economic health and housing for the city of Greeley, where he actively works to drive economic development and prosperity for residents of Greeley and Northern Colorado. Previously, he served as the president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, a public/private nonprofit organization in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Prior to that, he was based in metro Denver and served in several economic-development leadership capacities, including executive director for the Parker Economic Development Council, president and CEO of the Parker Chamber of Commerce, and business development manager for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership.
Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity
Cheri Witt-Brown joined Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity in 2015 and has served as its Executive Director since May of 2016. Cheri brought to GWHFH 28 years of experience in land development, general contracting, banking, non-profit, and leadership.
Cheri led Greeley-Weld Habitat’s team to co-develop with Commonwealth Companies a 12-acre, 95-unit affordable housing community, 27 Habitat homes, and 68 Commonwealth townhomes and cottages to replace half of the affordable homes lost in Evans during the 2013 flood. Cheri and the Greeley-Weld Habitat Development team’s next project is a 40-acre affordable community that will bring 491, climate friendly, housing units to Greeley in partnership with Greeley based Richmark Companies. The City of Greeley City Council appointed Cheri in 2021 to serve as a board member on the city of Greeley Water & Sewer board.
National Association of Realtors
Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.4 million REALTORS®.
Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. He also participates in the Industrial Economists Discussion Group at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He has appeared as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal.
Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.