Darin Atteberry

Market President for Northern Colorado and Senior Vice President for Strategic Relationships and Governmental Affairs, Elevations Credit Union

Darin Atteberry joined the Elevations Credit Union team as Market President for Northern Colorado on August 23, 2021. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Strategic Relationships and Governmental Affairs. Prior to his arrival at Elevations Credit Union, Darin served as the Fort Collins, CO City Manager for over 17 years. During this time, 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. Under his leadership the City of Fort Collins was awarded the prestigious Malcom Baldrige Quality award in 2017. He attended Harvard University’s Senior Executive Program. He also 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.

Darin Atteberry

Steve Baker

Broker, Sears Real Estate

Steve is a Lifelong resident of Greeley, CO, who has worked as a broker with Sears Real Estate since 1996./ He has an AA degree from Aims Community College and a BA from the University of Colorado. His professional designations are: Greeley Realtor Association Rookie of the Year from 1996; he was also recognized as America’s Best Real Estate Professional by Real Trends for years 2021 and 2022. His professional designations are: SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist and CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert. Steve is currently on the board of directors for Weld Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and Aims Community College Foundation Board.

Cody Bird

Town planner, 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.

Cody Bird

Jeff Bosch

CEO, IRES MLS

Jeff Bosch has strong roots in the broker community, advocating for better data and tools while breaking down artificial barriers, costs and complexity for professionals and consumers alike. As CEO of IRES in Northern Colorado, he leads a team of dedicated MLS professionals and their software development subsidiary REALGO, Inc. He has held numerous leadership roles, previously serving as COO of MARIS MLS. Jeff transitioned to the MLS as Director of Broker Engagement at MARIS, fostering stronger relationships and communication between brokers and the MLS. He has been an agent, investor, educator, and managing broker. Jeff seeks to help propel the industry forward as a participant and workgroup chair with both CMLS and RESO, as well as previous involvement with a local REALTOR® leadership academy.

Jeff Bosch

Mark Brase

CEO, Points West Community Bank

Mark was raised on a farm in Eastern Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon graduating with a degree in Agricultural Economics/Finance, Mark started his career in Washington, DC as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman William Barrett. After three years on Capitol Hill, Mark returned to Lincoln, Nebraska to begin his banking career with National Bank of Commerce. Mark has focused on Community Banking for the past 30 years. Mark’s agricultural background and commercial lending experience provide a great foundation as President and CEO of Points West Community Bank. Mark is committed to team building, economic growth and viability to promote our communities. Mark has served on numerous Civic and Banking Boards including Community Foundation, Redeemer Lutheran Church and Independent Community Bankers of Colorado. Mark remains active in Northern Colorado communities serving to help strengthen the business community and provide a better future for the next generation.

Stacy Brown

Director of Economic Development, town of Windsor

Stacy Brown 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, Brown 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. Brown received her undergraduate degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising Media from the University of Northern Colorado. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

Tony Chacon

Redevelopment 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.

Tony Chacon

John Francis

Law professor, University of Colorado Boulder

John Francis’s practice is concentrated on antitrust, health care, and First Amendment/media litigation and counseling. He joined the firm in 1990 after practicing for two years at a large Washington, D.C. firm representing media and communications clients in antitrust, libel and other First Amendment litigation. Before moving to Denver, he practiced for two years in the firm’s former Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Francis has successfully represented antitrust clients in dealer termination, price fixing, monopolization, group boycott, price discrimination, and other matters in a variety of industries, including cable television, newspaper, telephone, hospital and health care, beer, cattle feed, insulation, heating and air conditioning, petroleum, retail clothing, paper, carpet, and waste disposal. He recently spent one year (1998) “on loan” handling antitrust matters in-house for a client. His related health care practice has focused primarily on representing hospitals in antitrust, peer review, payment, and collections matters. His First Amendment and media practice has centered on the representation of television, newspaper, and magazine clients in the avoidance and defense of libel litigation and includes media subpoena litigation, television access to courtrooms, FOIA and open records cases, cable television First Amendment Matters, and pro bono free speech litigation on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Adam Frazier

President, Richmark

A Colorado native, Adam Frazier brings over 15 years of experience to Richmark. As President of Real Estate Development and Operations, Adam oversees the acquisitions, entitlements, financing, management and construction efforts at Richmark. Prior to joining Richmark, Adam worked with Alberta Development Partners, LLC in Greenwood Village, CO. Adam Graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Construction Management and lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife and three children.

Nancy Gedeon

Demography Office, State of Colorado

Nancy Gedeon joined the State Demography Office in 2020 as the estimates demographer. The State Demography Office is the primary state agency for population and demographic information which is used by state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Nancy has experience with local government and community development, and is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in urban planning and development from Cleveland State University.

Jeremy Gleim

Planning director, town of Johnstown

Jeremy Gleim grew up just outside Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. He moved to San Diego after high school to pursue a degree in architecture. In 2007, Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University. Upon graduation, he worked for a couple local architects during the day and taught AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Revit in the evenings. In 2010, he started a Master of City Planning program at San Diego State University…go Aztecs! In 2012 aJeremy was hired by the City of Rancho Mirage at the beginning of 2013.

He was hired as a planning technician and moved up the ranks to become the city’s Development Services Director in 2017. I relocated to Colorado in early 2022 and continued to work remotely for the city until October of that year. All in all, Jeremy spent about 10 ½ years at the City of Rancho Mirage doing planning and community development work.

Jeremy was hired as the Planning and Development Director for the Town of Johnstown in January of 2024 and feels very fortunate to work with such a great team. Planning in Colorado is much different than southern California and it has proven a very stimulating experience; needless to say, he is learning a lot and enjoying the ride along the way! He enjoys trail running and spending sunny days riding bicycles with his kids.

Jon Goodman

Attorney, Frascona, Joiner, Goodman & Greenstein PC

Jon Goodman has been a real estate attorney in Colorado since 1985, He is currently of counsel at Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein PC, and was a shareholder from 1994 through 2021.  Jon served as president of the law firm for 19 of those 25 years.  Jon has published hundreds of real estate articles and webcasts.  He is a frequent speaker on dozens of topics for the real estate industry.  Clients include mortgage lenders, real estate brokers, real estate companies, developers, property management companies, builders, subcontractors, suppliers, buyers and sellers. Jon has been quoted in various publications including, the Wall Street Journal, and the Denver Post. Jon serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Colorado Program on Jewish Studies.

Jon Goodman

John Hall

Economic Development & Urban
Revitalization Director, city of Greeley

John Hall is an organizational leader focused on providing strategic vision, strong partnerships, and timely execution. He is an experienced and dedicated community and economic development professional, able to build collaborative relationships within communities and among residents to create strong, thriving neighborhoods. John is a subject matter expert in community economic development, land use and development, housing, and economic equity. He is a politically astute leader with a broad knowledge base of economics, real estate, and urban and regional planning; proven commitment to integrity, open communication, and accountability. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Willamette University in Salem and a master’s in economics from Portland State.

Jacob Hallauer

President & Principal, NAI Affinity

Jake Hallauer is 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 that is part of NAI Global, and Affinity Partners LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Hallauer’s prior experience includes serving as assistant project manager for Peak 7 Construction LLC, a Breckenridge-based general-contracting arm of a resort development and management company. 

Jake Hallauer

Nick Haws

President, EPS Engineering

Nick Haws is a Colorado native and Colorado State University alum with a degree in civil engineering. Nick began his career as an intern with Northern Engineering before advancing to owner, President, and CEO, then assumed the role of Colorado Market Leader for EPS Group when the firms merged earlier this year. Nick’s professional work has been expansive thus far with particular passions for community development, innovative stormwater solutions, and challenging entitlements. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Colorado, a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a Green Building certificate from CSU’s Institute for the Built Environment.

Nick is deeply committed to civic engagement and volunteerism and is active on the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has served on the Chamber’s Local Legislative Affairs Committee and Election Committee and is also a board member of the Poudre Heritage Alliance and Citizens for a Sustainable Economy. The Fort Collins Chamber recognized Nick with the Valerie Arnold Volunteer of the Year Award and the inaugural David May Advocacy Award for his contributions to advance a business-friendly climate in Northern Colorado. Nick is a past recipient of the BizWest 40 Under Forty honor and continues to advocate for increased housing options in our region.

Jack Hill

Business Development Specialist, town of Erie

Jack is the business development specialist for the town of Erie. Jack started with the town in August 2023, coming from the City of Loveland where he managed the business retention and expansion program for the past 4 years. Lured by the Rocky Mountains, Jack and his wife moved to Colorado in 2018 to seek a new challenges and adventure. Prior to working in local government, Jack worked at the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a 16-county regional EDO surrounding the Charlotte MSA, generating new business leads for one of the fastest growing regions in the country. His focus is to work with businesses, developers, and residents to accelerate and diversify new business growth in Erie.

Jack Hill

Ann Hutchison

President & CEO, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

Ann Hutchison, CAE, became President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce on January 1, 2021. She started with the Chamber in 2003 as Policy Committee Coordinator and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2005. Before moving into the CEO role, Hutchison directly managed the communications and event departments, assisted in the day-to-day operation of the Chamber and managed issues and political advocacy as well as the Chamber’s Leadership Fort Collins and Leadership Northern Colorado programs. Most recently, she has been a key leader in the community pandemic economic Response, Recovery and Reignite efforts.

Ann Hutchison

Anne Best Johnson

Community development director, town of Berthoud

Anne is a self-motivated and successful land manager/planner with nearly 30 years’ experience in all phases of project management/land planning activities. She is a strategic thinker with the talent to identify waste, engage others in solutions and to lead positive change through Continuous Improvement methodologies. A comprehensive planner with the ability to develop creative solutions to add value, reduce costs and generate revenue.  Anne is committed to community engagement, developing the potential in others, and continuously improving.

Anne Best Johnson

SeonAh Kendall, CPA

Economic Health Director, city of Fort Collins

SeonAh Kendall, CPA serves as the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Director, where she oversees the Economic Health Office team focused on business retention, expansion, attraction, talent/sector partnerships, small business, and innovation. During her tenure at the City, SeonAh has assisted in the development of the City’s business assistance policy framework, the City’s broadband business plan and Connexion branding, Larimer Labor Force Analysis (2012), Talent 2.0, the Northern Colorado Industry Cluster Study (2019), and the City’s recovery plan (2022).

Kareen Kinzli Larsen

Associate Broker/Team Lead, Kinzli Team RE/MAX Alliance

Kareen has dedicated her 24 year career to serving Northern Colorado as an expert real estate strategist and negotiator and has helped hundreds of individuals and families realize their personal and investment goals with real estate.  Kareen’s expertise lies in residential real estate, investment properties, residential acreages, farm and ranch, and rural developments.  Passionate about excellence in real estate, she is serving as the President of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors.  She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business with a dual degree in marketing and finance. 

Michael Masciola

Economic Development Manager, Brighton Economic Development Corporation

Michael Masciola is the Economic Development Manager at the Brighton Economic Development Corporation.  He is responsible for the attraction of industrial, office, and retail employers as well as strategic planning and market and real estate analysis.  Mike has 30 years of experience in the field directing economic development in the public, quasi-public, and private sectors.  This background includes work in Fairfax County, VA, Chicago, Colorado Springs, and Northern Colorado.  In these markets, Mike has assisted the successful completion of projects in the office, industrial, retail, aviation, housing, and governmental sectors.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Urban Planning and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado.

Chad McWhinney

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, McWhinney Real Estate Services Inc.

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Chad McWhinney is the visionary behind McWhinney’s mission of creating places people love. With over 30 years of real estate expertise, Chad has guided McWhinney to develop and plan over 4,000 acres of land, more than 13 million square feet of office, industrial, medical, hospitality, multifamily and retail properties, including more than 4,300 hotel keys and 5,300 units of multifamily apartment and built-for-rent homes.  Under Chad’s direction, McWhinney oversees a portfolio of $4 billion in assets under management (AUM). His strategic vision and creative insight have earned the company prestigious accolades, including two ULI awards, reflecting McWhinney’s commitment to excellence and innovation. Chad’s leadership has solidified McWhinney’s reputation as a trusted partner in the industry. His relentless pursuit of shared excellence and infinite optimism is shaping McWhinney’s vision to be the most innovative and sought-after private real estate investment company, distinguished by creative passion and unwavering financial discipline.

Chad McWhinney

Erich Menzel

President,  Loveland/Berthoud Association of Realtors

 Erich Menzel is a proud Iowa native who has called Colorado home since 2000. After completing his education at Luther College, Erich ventured westward and has become an integral part of the Colorado community. With a passion for real estate, Erich has been selling homes since 2014, working under the Coldwell Banker Brokerage. 

Erich’s commitment to the Loveland/Berthoud Association of Realtors is evident in his extensive involvement. Since 2018, he has served as a board member and took the reins as the President from 2023 to 2024, demonstrating his leadership and dedication to the real estate profession. 

Mitch Nelson

Director of Entitlements – Baessler Homes

Mitch was born and raised on the Front Range and attended Colorado State University, studying Landscape Architecture. Following his degree Mitch worked for The Birdsall Group in an entry level planning and landscape architecture role before moving to the Town of Severance as the Town Planner. Mitch spent 5 years working in Severance, ultimately becoming the Town’s Community Development Director. For the last two years Mitch has been working for Baessler Homes, based out of Greeley, CO, and using his experience on both the government and private side to achieve quality development of communities in Northern Colorado.  Mitch believes both land developers, home builders, and municipalities have plenty of opportunity to bring about reasonable housing policies that meet the needs of a growing Front Range.

Robert Paulsen

Current planning manager, city of Loveland

Bob 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. In his free time, Bob enjoys playing competitive handball and has participated in handball tournaments around the Front Range. He is also an enthusiastic spectator cheering for his children’s soccer teams.

Robert Paulsen

Brian Rossbert

Executive Director, Housing Colorado

Brian Rossbert is the Executive Director of Housing Colorado, a statewide membership association and housing advocacy organization. He grew up in the mountains of Colorado and attended Adams State College where he majored in History/Government. He went on to work at the State and Federal level for John Salazar, the former Congressman from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Since then, he has worked in the nonprofit sector for organizations committed to the common good. Before coming to Housing Colorado, Brian was the Interim Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado where he oversaw the Housing Equity Campaign, a program dedicated to advocating for more affordable housing, and partnering with nonprofits, congregations, and local governments to build affordable housing on underutilized land. Brian and his wife Laura live in Denver with their two daughters and dog, Freddie.

Brian Rossbert

Ryan Schaefer

CEO, NAI Affinity

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.

Ryan Schaefer

Dennis Schick

Managing partner, broker-owner, RE/MAX Alliance

Dennis Schick is a managing partner and broker/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 17 years and represents builders, buyers and sellers throughout Northern Colorado. 

Dennis Schick

Stacey Shea

Partner, Otis and Bedingfield LLC

A Texas native, Stacey joined the Army Reserves in 2000.  While in the Reserves, she attended Texas Tech University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Public Relations and a minor in business.  After serving two tours with the US Army in Afghanistan and Iraq (2003-2004 and 2006-2008), Stacey attended law school and she received her law degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011. During and after law school, she worked as a defense contractor in Washington, DC and in Denver where her work focused on information sharing and collaboration policy issues between the various intelligence agencies.  She eventually made her way to the Roaring Fork Valley where she practiced immigration law in Glenwood Springs before moving to an in-house counsel position with a private family office in Aspen.

Stacey earned her LL.M. taxation degree from Villanova University. She is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association and CREW Northern Colorado and sits on the Town of Windsor Board of Adjustment/Appeals.  Her practice at Otis & Bedingfield, LLC focuses on business and real estate transactions.

Jason Sherrill

CEO & founder, Landmark Homes

Jason Sherrill is CEO of Landmark Homes and Partner in Livmark Communities.  

Jason (along with Mr. Jon Mosier) founded Landmark Homes in 2005.  Since inception, Landmark has delivered over 2,000 homes; in addition, Landmark Sports – a subdivision of Landmark Homes – has built over 300 baseball fields around the country.  Aside from setting the vision for Landmark, Jason brings site-use planning and product development expertise to the Landmark team; he also drives partner/developer relations. Prior to Landmark, Jason was a partner in a homebuilding/development company and founder of multiple design and construction firms, most recently DesignOne Consultants and SportsOne Development focusing on design and construction management of development projects and youth field programs across the country.  Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. 

 

Jason Sherrill

Paul Sizemore

Director of community development & neighborhood services, city of Fort Collins

Paul Sizemore is the Director of Community Development and Neighborhood Services for the city of Fort Collins. 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.

Paul Sizemore

Nicholas Sly

Vice president, economist & Denver Branch executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Nicholas Sly is vice president, economist and the Denver Branch executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He serves as the Bank’s regional economist and its representative in the states of Colorado, Wyoming and in northern New Mexico. Mr. Sly works closely with the Branch’s board of directors and is responsible for briefing the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on economic conditions in the Denver Branch’s region. Prior to joining the Bank in 2015 Mr. Sly was associate professor of economics at the University of Oregon. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in mathematics and economics and earned his PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

Nicholas Sly

Marcus Valdez

Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway

Marcus was born in Denver and grew up in Fort Collins. In 1992, he participated in the Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Finals. After his stint as a sponsored skateboarder, Marcus opened The Market, a skateboard and snowboard shop in downtown Fort Collins. He also founded a sprinkler and landscaping company to help offset costs and maximize profits on his properties. Having eight years of real estate investment experience under his belt, Marcus ultimately decided to get his real estate license in 2004. Since then Marcus has been featured on the TV show House Hunters and been involved in many Commercial and Residential projects. Most recently working with co-investors redeveloping a city block next to UNC in Greeley. Marcus has extensive experience in residential and commercial investment property, as well as development consulting, property management and new construction, and foreclosures and short sales helping many clients out of difficult situations. Marcus is also an Eco-Broker! Marcus resides in Fort Collins with his wife and three children.

Marcus Valdez

Rich Werner

President and CEO, Upstate Colorado

Rich has 19 years of experience in all facets of economic development. He joined Upstate Colorado Economic Development in his current role as President & CEO in 2015. Upstate Colorado operates in Weld County in Northern Colorado where they have partnered with local communities to support the unprecedented growth making Northern Colorado one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.  Prior to joining Upstate, Rich worked in Southern Colorado for six years. Rich has previously served as the Associate Director for the State of Colorado Small Business Development Centers for Former Governor Bill Owens and Bill Ritter. Prior to his appointment by the State, he acted as the Director of Marketing and Community Affairs for the Boulder Technology Incubator (CTEK).

Rich spent his early career in the private sector in Washington DC after receiving degrees in Political Science and Communications from The American University.

Marcie Willard

Interim Economic Development Director, city of Loveland

Marcie Willard, CEcD, is the Interim Economic Development Director for the City of Loveland. She has a background in not only Economic Development, but also Marketing, Advocacy, Grants Management, Business Development, Event Planning, and has owned and operated a small business. She currently serves as Board Chair for the NoCo Manufacturing Sector Partnership and as a member of the Affordable Housing Task Force. Through these positions, she has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Special Projects management has included Tech/Transfer Commercialization and Creative Sector Development including several years as lead consultant for the State of Colorado Creative Districts program.

Marcie Willard