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George Baker
its capital markets practice in
the Rocky Mountain Region.
Baker, a managing director,
will focus on
sourcing debt
and equity
for all prop-
erty types.
He will
partner with
Director Tom
Fish, based
in the Hous-
ton office, as well as the rest
of Denver’s capital markets
experts, to provide full-service
expertise to clients.
Baker joins the full-service
global provider of capital solu-
tions for real estate investors
and occupiers from Capital
Creek Investments LLC, where
he was an owner-managing
principal, specializing in the
financing of middle market
real estate transactions. Prior
to Capital Creek, Baker was a
managing partner and the chief
investment officer at Montecito
Medical, a medical real estate
firm. He also has experience in
multi-unit franchise develop-
ment as one of the first franchi-
sees of Blockbuster Video. He
earned his bachelor’s degree
from University of Texas at
Laura B. Redstone,
a real
estate attorney with more than
20 years’ experience with com-
mercial property transactions,
Ballard Spahr
as of
counsel in the firm’s Denver
Redstone handles all aspects
of commercial real estate trans-
actions, including drafting and
negotiation of retail, office and
ground leases. She also handles
purchase and sale contracts,
title insurance matters, con-
struction contracts, easements
and documentation for the
creation of condominium and
common-interest communities.
Redstone also helps clients
create and maintain busi-
ness entities in connection
with commercial transactions,
and drafts operating agree-
ments, articles of incorpora-
tion, bylaws and independent
contractor agreements. She
negotiates and closes complex
financing transactions, includ-
ing portfolio, mezzanine,
acquisition, construction and
permanent mortgage loans, as
well as loan workouts.
Redstone has handled com-
plex transactions involving a
variety of property types, from
retail, office and industrial to
multifamily residential and
single-family residential devel-
opments. She represents lend-
ers and borrowers in financing
transactions nationwide and
has experience with multistate
registrations of vacation owner-
ship projects and the acquisi-
tion of land for development of
wind tower and turbine manu-
facturing facilities.
She rejoins the law firm from
Kirschenbaum Jansen in Boul-
der. She was an associate in the
Ballard Spahr real estate depart-
ment from 1998 to 2004.
Curtis Sears
has become of
counsel to
Coan, Payton &
Payne LLC.
Sears graduated from the
University of Colorado School
of Law in
1992 and has
practiced law
in Colorado
and Texas at
both small
and large
firms. He
also has
been actively
involved in
real estate
development, construction
and brokerage throughout
his career. He also served as a
director of a commercial bank.
Additionally, Sears teaches
real estate courses at the Leeds
School of Business at the Uni-
versity of Colorado and previ-
ously taught real estate courses
at the College of Business at
Colorado State University.
He also serves as the faculty
sponsor and coach for CU’s real
estate case competition teams.
Sears has significant experi-
ence with complex real estate,
development and construction
related matters, which will be
his primary focus at the law
Health Care Institute,
an IFMA Alliance Partner,
Mike Wood
to serve as
its next president.
Effective in September, Wood
will replace Leo Gehring, who
will continue to serve the insti-
tute as immediate past presi-
Wood is currently vice presi-
dent of HCI and director of
health care market develop-
ment for Old-
castle, where
he is respon-
sible for
building and
managing the
health care
delivery busi-
ness, working
with internal
business units and various mar-
kets to serve planning, design
and construction professionals
as well as owners.
Wood formerly served as
facilities director for Kaiser Per-
Wood holds certifications and
licenses in health care project
management, facilities manage-
ment, health care construction,
radiologic technology, emer-
gency medicine and real estate
brokerage. He is a past regional
vice president of IFMA and
past president of two IFMA
Who’s News
High Fives!
Proceeds of Mortenson’s
ninth annual golf tourna-
ment at Fox Hollow Golf
Course in June will benefit
the Gold Crown Founda-
tion, a Denver-based non-
profit that raises funds and
awareness for local children’s
ing efforts and its sponsor’s
contributions resulted in a
$30,000 donation to Gold
Crown. The contribution will
help the organization achieve
its vision to enrich the lives of
“We’re proud to be able to
help support Gold Crown’s
efforts,” said Maja Rosen-
quist, vice president and gen-
eral manager at Mortenson.
“Stewardship is a corner-
stone of our business and we
appreciate all the support we
received from our trade part-
ners who helped us sponsor
this event,” she added.
included: Dynalectric, Sie-
mens, Fiore, Puma Steel,
Encore Electric, Concrete
Frame Associates, Rolling
Plains, Belair Earthwork,
LPR Construction, Martin
Marietta, Linx, Kelley Truck-
ing, Martin/Martin Consult-
ing Engineers, US Engineer-
ing, Pie Consulting, Space-
con, Bestway, Universal
Forest Products, DRG, Tem-
pair, United Rentals, Lud-
vik Electric, Harmon, Rocky
Mountain Prestress, Desman,
MHED, Anderson Drilling,
Berg Electric, B&M Roofing,
Gen3, MTech, RMH Group,
Murphy Mechanical, AAA
Waterproofing, ISEC, Envi-
ronmental Landworks Com-
pany, Ferguson, Johnson
Controls, The Weidt Group,
KL&A Engineers, IMI and
ARC Printing.
Gene Hodge, center, and Maja Rosenquist present a check to
Bill Hanzlik (pictured next to Rosenquist) and the Gold Crown
High Fives! recognizes good deeds and accomplishments
by companies and individuals in the Colorado commercial
real estate industry. Please share your good news
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Submissions should be 200 words or less.
George Baker
Curtis Sears
Mike Wood
buyers for the building. The asset
represents a unique opportunity
to secure a large office space in
the southeast suburban submar-
“We’re enthusiastic to find a
replacement tenant for CoBank,
in approximately 180,000 square
feet of office space. This will be
one of the largest blocks of stand-
alone contiguous office space in
the market, at a lease rate that
will be significantly below newly
constructed buildings. In addi-
tion, this building has unimped-
ed Western views and is within
walking distance of the Land-
mark retail project,” said Watson.
the anchor is moving in March
2016,” said JohnWinslow of Win-
slow Property Consultants, who
was not involved in the transac-
tion. Winslow noted the property
is close to Greenwood Athletic
Club, one of the premier athletic
clubs in the country.
CoBank occupies 178,980 sf of
the building. Waste Management
occupies the remaining 21,707 sf
on a lease that extends through
first-quarter 2019.
The three-story building was
constructed in 1982-83 and offers
68,315-sf floor plates. It has
immediate access off of Interstate
25 and is within walking dis-
tance of the Orchard light-rail sta-
tion. There are 230 underground
parking spaces, a full-service café
space and mountain views.
In addition to turning around
vacant and distressed commer-
cial real estate, Northstar Com-
mercial Partners also purchases
real estate for and from national
corporations in Colorado and
sive search to find a city that sup-
ports its rapid growth, Denver
became the clear choice because
of the city’s quality of life, inno-
vative culture, ideal economic
environment and wealth of top
talent, according to the firm.
Having announced support for
businesses nationwide earlier
this year, ZenPayroll will use
its new central location to better
meet its customer needs.
“Denver is a vibrant, grow-
ing city where we are excited to
expand our footprint, hire kin-
dred spirits and better serve our
customers across the country,”
said Josh Reeves, CEO and co-
founder of ZenPayroll. “We are
also eager to get involved locally
as an active, responsible mem-
ber of the Denver community.”
“ZenPayroll’s expansion adds
to the growing list of innovative
technology companies that have
chosen to make a significant
investment in Colorado,” said
Gov. John Hickenlooper. “We
are confident that our state's
business-friendly environment
will provide ZenPayroll with the
support that the company needs
to excel. We look forward to
tracking the company's growth
over the next few years and see-
ing its positive impact on our
ZenPayroll launched in 2012
and currently processes billions
of dollars in annual payroll
for tens of thousands of small
businesses across the country.
ZenPayroll’s second location in
Denver will be the main hub for
its customer service teams. The
new office will be in the heart of
downtown Denver near Union
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