Mayor, city of Fort Collins
Jeni Arndt was elected mayor of Fort Collins in April, 2021 after serving 3+ terms in the Colorado General Assembly. As a state representative, Arndt focused on water, agriculture, small business and public education. In addition to working, teaching and attending school, Arndt has been an active volunteer including serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco. Her experience includes Congressional intern, ESL teacher, secondary special education teacher, middle school principal, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, university faculty member and department head. Additionally, Arndt served on the Commission of Disabilities as well as Childsafe before running for State Representative in 2014.
Broker associate, Re/Max Alliance
Chrissy is a broker associate with Re/Max Alliance, Colorado native and an alumni of Colorado State University. She employs people skills, a sales and marketing background, and mortgage-lending experience, along with strong negotiation skills, to help buyers and sellers navigate a challenging real estate market. Outside of real estate, Chrissy can be found at the nearest coffee shop, teaching heated power yoga, snowboarding in winter, paddleboarding in summer or spending time with her three teenagers, Emma, Sophia and Jacob.
Multifamily Production and Outreach Coordinator Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Terry Barnard is an affordable housing real estate professional with over 22 years of experience in multifamily mortgage lending, underwriting low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity investments, tax credit allocation, and asset management. Terry has worked for the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) for over 17 years and currently manages the Multifamily Production and Outreach activities within the Community Development Division. He also spent nearly 6 years with Enterprise Community Investment in multifamily lending and tax credit syndication. He is an accredited LEED Green Associate.
Vice president, JE Dunn Construction
Matt Betts is a vice president for JE Dunn Construction, which was founded in Kansas City in 1924, with an office in Colorado since 1998. As vice president, Matt not only is accountable for all aspects of project performance, but he also leads the Northern Colorado office and projects in Northern Colorado, Wyoming and other parts of the state. Matt graduated from Colorado State University in 2006, with a bachelor of science degree in construction management. He joined JE Dunn Construction as a project engineer and has been with the company ever since. His passion around construction stems from its long lasting and tangible impact to the community. Matt and his family live in Fort Collins, where he is involved with is community and gives back by volunteering with Junior Achievement (teaching K-12 students about financial literacy), the Cheyenne Boys and Girls club (while leading the Wyoming Capitol Square Project), and most recently, the Food Bank of Larimer County and Colorado Youth Outdoors with the Larimer County Jail Improvement project team.
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.
President, Baessler Homes
Steve Bricker has more than 30 years of experience in the homebuilding industry. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1993, Steve worked for a variety of local and national homebuilders launching new communities and products, as well as overseeing operations throughout Northern Colorado. In 2003, Steve joined The Group Inc. and worked with many custom, semi-custom, and production builders, including Baessler Homes. In 2018, Steve joined Baessler Homes and has been part of growing their company in both relational and operational excellence.
Associate broker, Windermere Real Estate
Tiffany is a Fort Collins native, with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and real estate. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and earned her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. Tiffany is passionate about our community and has intentionally chosen it as the place to raise her two children, with her husband, Chris. When she’s not spending time with family or viewing awesome properties, Tiffany enjoys running the beautiful streets of Fort Collins, playing tennis, sitting by the fire pit with friends and family, and enjoying all the cultural activities Fort Collins has to offer.
Executive director & CEO, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity
Kristin Candella has served as executive director & CEO of Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity since 2012 and brings over 20 years of non-profit management experience. Kristin holds a BA & MA in Political Science from Colorado State University and San Francisco State University respectively. She has additional training from the Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, Indiana School of Philanthropy, the Colorado Division of Housing, the Daniels School of Business, and the Disney Institute. She has also received the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential. She serves as a Board Member for Impact Development Fund.
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.
Director of water & sewer, city of Greeley
Sean Chambers is director of water & sewer for the city of Greeley and leads a dynamic team of water and wastewater planning, engineering and operations professionals. Sean joined the city in 2018 and brings a vision for increased collaboration, regional resiliency through planning and demand management. Greeley has one of the most robust and resilient surface water-collection systems in the West, with resources from four major river basins and balance between trans-mountain and native Poudre and Big Thompson water resources. Sean is passionate about leadership, change management, takes great pride in the stewardship of a proud organization with more than 125 years of service. Sean is experienced in water-resource development, applied natural resource economics, strategic planning, infrastructure project financing, executive team building, collaborative partnership development, and water resource and contract litigation. He has a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State University in agriculture and natural-resource economics, and is an alumnus of the Water Education Colorado Water Leaders program.
Graduate student in construction management at CSU/broker associate and partner, The Group Inc.
Shannon will complete her master’s degree in May 2023 in construction management at Colorado State University. Before beginning graduate school and joining The Group as a broker associate/partner, she spent 12 years working with Rocky Mountain High Development developing the Old Town North subdivision in Fort Collins. Her responsibilities included land development, building a team of architects, builders, and engineers, and real estate sales. Shannon has a passion for learning and knowledge which can be evident through her 25-year career as a licensed realtor and her experience in the construction industry as a general contractor.
Associate broker, Windemere Real Estate
Jacqueline is an Associate Broker with Windermere Real Estate and joint owner of Apex Development LLC. Apex Development LLC is a local custom home builder that is backed by more than a decade of experience and winner of the Best Kitchen in NOCO HBA Parade of Homes. Jacqueline specializes in new construction sales, project management, design, and helping all of her clients achieve their goals of investing or owning a home here in her hometown. Colorado is her favorite place and outside of her career she enjoys camping and trail riding with her husband and two girls.
Broker, Realtec Commercial Real Estate Services Inc.
Jamie has eight years’ experience in commercial real estate and has been with Realtec Loveland since 2015. She specializes in the leasing and sales of office and industrial space. Additionally, she manages a number of commercial properties in Northern Colorado, including Class A office and medical space, along with industrial space. Jamie also assists Realtec with transaction coordination, various marketing campaigns and customer relations. Jamie graduated from Colorado State University in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organization and Innovation Management. While attending CSU, Jamie was an intern at McWhinney Real Estate Services Inc. assisting in their Property Management Department and after graduation, she accepted a position as a Leasing Professional in their Multifamily Department for Lake Vista Luxury Apartment Homes and The Greens at Van de Water.
Co-founder & managing partner, Waypoint Real Estate
As a co-founder and managing partner of Waypoint Real Estate, Josh provides comprehensive real estate brokerage development and consulting services in the Northern Colorado community. His responsibilities include providing financial modeling and feasibility analysis for development projects, investment transactions, as well as tenant and landlord representation services. His role also includes strategic structuring of joint venture partnerships, procurement of debt equity capital and the pursuit of public/private partnerships. Josh began his career with a regional commercial real estate firm based in Denver, where his duties included providing market based studies, asset valuation and feasibility consulting to investors, developers, lenders and municipalities.
Community Partnership Office Administrator, city of Loveland
Alison has been the Community Partnership Office Administrator for the city of Loveland since 2011, managing grant distributions to local nonprofit organizations providing human service assistance and affordable housing, and directing the work of the day and night homeless shelter. As a board member of the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care, she worked to bring additional housing and homeless services to Loveland. Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College and an MBA from the University of Utah. and has been living in Colorado for 23 years.
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.
Economic development manager, city of Brighton; executive director, Brighton Urban Renewal Authority
Aaron has more than seven years of experience in local government, including serving in numerous leadership roles such as chairman of the Adams County Planning Commission and the vice chairman of the Adams County Board of Adjustment. Aaron also served as Fort Lupton’s assistant city administrator and economic development director. In addition to his government experience, Aaron owned and operated a successful small business in Adams County for seven years. Aaron holds a master’s degree in political science, with an emphasis in politics and public policy from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Director of economic development and TOEURA, town of Erie
Julian Jacquin is the director of economic development and TOEURA for the town of Erie. Julian started with the town in September 2021, with more than 15 years of experience in economic development, serving most recently as the economic development manager and interim deputy city administrator of Wildwood MO and previously the senior project manager of Economic Development Resources in St. Louis. Julian also serves in key volunteer leadership roles with both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Economic Development Council of Colorado. Julian’s focus areas include public-private partnerships, urban renewal, public financing programs, business retention and expansion, primary employment, retail attraction and development, small business development, entrepreneurship and placemaking. Julian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geography/Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and formerly attended the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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.
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.
Broker associate and partner, The Group Inc.
Emily is a Fort Collins native, mother, business owner, philanthropist and full-time Realtor. She finds joy in serving others and her community, including connecting buyers and sellers, and her profession is an all-encompassing career and lifestyle, with more than 230 successful transactions. She enjoys playing competitive tennis, snow skiing, boating, cooking, traveling and focusing on her family, including two children, Bo (10) and Lyla (7). She also enjoys giving back to local nonprofit organizations.
Town manager, town of Johnstown
Matt LeCerf has been the town manager for Johnstown since 2018. In 2017, he was named City Manager of the Year by the Colorado City and County Management Association and has been an ICMA credentialed manager since 2012, with 17 years of experience as a city manager. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Valdosta State University and a bachelor’s degree in Geography/Analytical Geo Info Systems from the University of Kansas. When not working, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and trying to golf and fly fish.
President, Coe Construction
After growing up in Colorado Springs, Gregg moved to Fort Collins and graduated from Colorado State University, with a degree in construction management in 1986. Since then, he has worked for several general contractors from very large to small in a wide range of field and office positions, working on projects throughout the western states. He began working for Coe Construction in 2000 and purchased the business in 2005, where I have been president and CEO for the last 18 years. His wife, Tracy and he were married in 2004 and live in Windsor. When not working, they are usually camping, traveling or out on our motorcycle somewhere.
Vice president & principal, ARCO/Murray Colorado
Jeff serves as vice president and principal of ARCO/Murray’s Colorado-based operations, where he opened the office in 2017. The office supports the larger ARCO organization that eclipsed $5 billion in revenue in 2022 and is the nation’s largest industrial builder. He is responsible for all aspects of the design-build process, from personnel recruiting to construction execution. Jeff is focused on providing value in several product types, including industrial, multifamily, entertainment retail, self-storage and others. He is a fierce believer in the design-build methodology and is focused on contributing to his customers’ success through delivering speed-to-market and the lowest-cost solution in every instance. Jeff comes from a structural engineering background, where he worked in the industry in Chicago after receiving a M.S. in structural engineering from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in civil engineering from Northwestern University.
Director of economic development, town of Windsor
Stacy Miller 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, Miller 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. Miller 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.
Senior vice president of mortgage lending, Elevations Credit Union
Elizabeth Million is the Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Elevations Credit Union. She has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and finance. Before 12 years at Elevations Credit Union, she was a senior leader for Bank of America and Washington Mutual. As a credit union leader, Elizabeth is driven by the core principle to serve and support. She attended Mesa State University and Metro State University and graduated with a degree in education. Elizabeth’s career in real estate finance is multi-faceted. She has thrived in diverse roles within the industry — from running her own appraisal business to lending as a mortgage loan officer for Fortune 500 companies — each of which developed her unique understanding of real estate business. This understanding and her passion for helping people achieve their goals led to her successful track record in building and leading businesses today. Growing up in Boulder, Elizabeth is committed to sustainability initiatives and strives to inform and aid the community. She has served as a prior member of Colorado’s GEO Working Retrofit Group Finance and Appraisal/Greening the MLS committees. She is a retired member of CHFA State Lender Advisory Board and BARA Government Affairs Board. She serves on the CMLA Executive Leadership Board and the CMLA Governors Board.
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.
Co-owner, Aspen Homes of Colorado
Jammie co-owns Aspen Homes with his brother Rob. Since 2003, they have focused on building homes in Northern Colorado with the dual focus of being affordable and energy-efficient. Aspen Homes has received several national awards from the Department of Energy for their energy efficient building practices.
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.
Managing partner, broker-owner
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 16 years and represents builders, buyers and sellers throughout Northern Colorado.
CEO & founder, Landmark Homes
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.
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.
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.
Director of economic health and housing, city of Greeley
Benjamin 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.
Vice president of development, The Neenan Co.
Shawn Sullivan is vice president of development and has 28 years’ experience advising clients on their real estate needs and planning for long term success. Whether it’s a build to suit, joint venture or lease through The Neenan Co.’’s architecture, construction and finance/development services, Shawn has assisted health care, manufacturing, charter-school and office clients.
Associate, Re/Max Alliance
Kim Tomlinson joined Re/Max Alliance in 2013. In the 20 years that she’s worked in the service, sales and marketing industry, she believes that understanding each person’s individual needs is imperative to success. She enjoys creating relationships with clients that last a lifetime and fulfilling the American dream of home ownership, encouraging a deepening of relationships with clients.
Director, Colorado Water Center, Colorado State University
Dr. Tracy serves as director of the Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University, beginning his position in the summer of 2022. Dr. Tracy has led research and outreach initiatives on understanding and developing sustainable water management practices in a wide range of hydro-climatological systems across the western United States, including the western High Plains, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Great Basin, and Pacific Northwest regions. His more recent programs have focused on increasing our understanding of the integrated behavior of water resource systems under the influence of changing hydrologic, economic, and social conditions; and understanding community water security from a socio-technical perspective.
Principal and CEO, Pinnacle Consulting Group
In his role as principal and CEO of Pinnacle Consulting Group, Chad has more than 24 years of experience serving special districts and municipalities in Colorado, providing district management and infrastructure project management. His district experience encompasses formation of districts, administrative management, budgeting, long-range planning, operations and maintenance of district facilities, governmental compliance with the state and continual liaison with governmental entities. His experience of over 28 years in private and public projects enables him to effectively manage the entire process from concept through construction, and ultimately to operations.
Realtor, Re/Max Alliance
Ryan White is a passionate real estate professional who lists, sells, and dwells in the beautiful state of Colorado. As a proud native and life-long resident in Northern Colorado, he possesses the necessary market and area knowledge to go the extra mile for each buyer and seller that he represents. Ryan began his real estate career in 2015 and has since been awarded Fort Collins Board of Realtors Rookie of the Year (2016) and Young Professional of the Year (2020).
Managing director, Newmark, Denver
Sean Whitney serves as a managing director in Newmark’s Denver office, specializing in office and flex investment advisory services with the Colorado Private Capital Group throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountain region. Sean differentiates himself by being well in- tune with the marketplace, producing top-quality analyses and work product, and advising with a high degree of integrity and long-term outlook. Sean joined Newmark as an intern while studying at Santa Clara University and has been with Newmark for the past 12 years. Sean began his career in the San Jose office of Newmark exclusively representing some of the most notable and high-growth technology and venture-capital companies secure office space throughout the Bay Area. Sean’s previous experience gives him incredible insight into the demand-drivers for tenants, helping his clients stay ahead of the curve.
General manager, Northern Water
Brad is the general manager of Northern Water. Northern Water is a Conservancy District situated in northeastern Colorado that encompasses 615,000 irrigable acres and is home to more than 1 million Coloradans. Northern Water’s Board of Directors, together with its 165-member staff, partners with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to operate the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. In addition, Northern Water operates the Windy Gap Project and oversees four other water-activity enterprises. During Brad’s tenure at Northern Water, he has provided leadership roles throughout the organization and has engaged on water-rights issues on both the South Platte River and the Colorado River. Additionally, he has assisted in revising water-related policies to reflect the changing demand and use for water within the region.
Vice president of sales and marketing, Dream Finders Homes
David oversees all of Colorado for Dream Finders Homes. As a national builder that went public in 2021, they have a strong focus on first-time home buyers and move-up buyers. They work hard to foster a great relationship with the real estate community and have plans to expand all along the Front Range.