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December 6-19, 2017

Who’s News

Mike Zoellner

of ZF Capital

was named vice chair for the

Colorado District Council of


Urban Land Institute.

He will serve in that role

with Chair

Tracy Hug-

gins, execu-

tive director

of the Den-



R e n e w a l

A u t h o r i t y,

through June

2019, when

he succeeds

Huggins for a two-year term

as chair.

Zoellner formed ZF Capital,

a Colorado investment com-

pany focused on developing

and acquiring multifamily and

mixed-use properties, earlier

this year. Previously, Zoellner

was a founding partner of Red-

Peak Properties and Legacy

Partners, formerly the western

region of Lincoln Property Co.

During this time, he devel-

oped and managed 70-plus

apartment projects in the region

totaling more than 11,500 units.

Zoellner is a member of ULI’s

National Multi Housing Coun-

cil. Previously for ULI Colora-

do, he chaired the 2008 Nation-

al Placemaking Conference in

Denver and served as a mentor

in the Real Estate Diversity Ini-

tiative. He is a co-chair of ULI

Colorado's Multifamily Hous-

ing Council.

He has a Bachelor of Science

in Business Administration in

finance from Creighton Uni-

versity as well as a Juris Doctor

degree from the School of Law

at Creighton.


Shane Skubis



Investment Advisors.

He will be a senior vice presi-

dent based in the firm’s Denver


Over the past 25 years, Skubis

has delivered hospitality deals

to clients in 49 states represent-

ing 21 different brands. He is an

active hospi-

tality invest-

ment adviser

and hotel site

developer for

clients and

a s s o c i a t e s .

He has either

sold, devel-

oped, fran-

chised, and/

or financed or found the land

for approximately 260 hotels

across the United States.

Prior to joining the company,

Skubis served as senior direc-

tor of the national hospitality

group at Marcus & Millichap

and concurrently as a principal

and development partner with

First Principle Hotel Group.

Previously, he worked with

IHG, JLL, US Franchise Sys-

tems, The Wilder Group and


Skubis attended Missouri

Stateona football scholarship.


Craine Architecture


four new employees to its team.

Carla Polkrywka Cole


hired as a

senior project

manager and

brings nearly

20 years of

e x p e r i e n c e

to the firm.

She special-

izes in design/


project man-

agement for commercial devel-

opments, including LEED-cer-

tified projects, projects for For-

tune 500 companies and a wide

array of industries, including



education, retail, hospitality

and more.

Deron Granville

joined the

firm as a senior project archi-

tect with more than 20 years

of experience. During his

career, he has

worked on

a wide vari-

ety of project

types and has


in all phases

of design and


tion. His pri-

mary focus

has been on mixed-use projects,

along with master planning

and urban design in various

cities across the U.S.

Andrea Rome

joined the

company as a business admin-

istrator, and has held various

b u s i n e s s


and business

admini s t ra -

tion positions

during her

15-plus year

career. Her

areas of spe-

c i a l i z a t i o n

include fiscal

project management, account-

ing and contract processes for


Eric Bottenhorn

was named

director of design at the firm

and has more than 20 years

of experience

in the indus-

try. During

his career, he

has served as

a project man-



ect designer

and project

architect for

a variety of

developments and develop-

ment interests. He is also LEED



Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA,


Roth Sheppard Architects was

recognized with the


can Institute of Architects

Western Mountain Region’s

highest honor, the 2017 Silver


The award recognizes an

individual who has made sig-

nificant contributions to AIA,

the profession, the citizens of

the Western Mountain Region,

their community and tran-

scended local boundaries in

making these contributions.

Sheppard's current focus is

on multifam-

ily housing

t y p o l o g i e s



design qual-

ity can be

i m p r o v e d

to enhance

n e i g h b o r -

hoods rather

than destroy

the authenticity and sense of

place that makes them special

and diverse. “Also, his presen-

tations and meetings across the

Western Mountain region con-

tinue to explore the impact of

reimagining design standards

and engaging communities,

developers and architects in a

more collaborative approach to

creating "place-based" design

solutions, according to AIA.




spanned 38 years.


Marc Painter,

partner with

Holland & Hart, was elected as

a Fellow of the

American Col-

lege of Real Estate Lawyers.

Painter is the only Colorado

lawyer among the 41 attorneys

from around the country elect-

ed to ACREL

this year. The

lawyers are

elected to fel-

lowship for

legal ability,

expe r i enc e ,



standards of


and ethical

conduct in the practice of real

estate law.

Painter assists developers

in commercial, multifamily,

mixed-use, and resort projects.

He also draws on experience

as a banker to advise lend-

ers on complex real estate and

asset-based commercial lend-

ing facilities. For over 30 years,

Painter has dedicated his ser-

vices to his clients. He is also a

Fellow in the American College

of Mortgage Attorneys.




Bob Thompson

was named

the 2017 recipient of the


Mountain States Legacy


The award recognizes an

individual who has achieved

a lifetime legacy of service in

design and construction.

In his 55-year career, Thomp-

son emerged as a national

leader for devising engineer-

ing solutions to challenging

slope stabilization and earth

retention projects, especially

in mountainous areas. He also

is one of the foremost experts

on expansive soil behavior and

introduced technologies and

testing that more effectively

evaluated swell potential, pre-

diction of heave, and mitiga-

tion techniques for building in

expansive soil regions. His firm

has provided geotechnical,

structural and environmental

expertise and materials testing

on an estimated 100,000 resi-

dential and commercial build-

ing projects.


Rob Hollis


Davis Part-

nership Architects

as an archi-

tect intern.

He will assist in the develop-

ment of design and documen-

tation of the firm’s health care

sector projects with a focus in

whole systems thinking and

high-performance building


He is a graduate of the Uni-

versity of Colorado Boulder’s

Environmental Design Pro-

gram and was the recipient of

the 2017 AIA10 Award Crafts-

manship, Architectural for the

Dream Hostel and the 2017

AIA Colorado Associate Archi-

tect of the

Year Award.

He brings

to the firm

more than 10

years’ expe-



design and


across Colo-



Steve Stroker

was appoint-

ed vice chairman of


Creek Capital Markets,


distribution group of Black

Creek Group.

Stroker is a long-tenured

financial services industry

executive with more than 35

years of experience in vari-

ous leadership positions. He

served most recently as a

senior partner with Red Rock

Strategic Part-

ners, a busi-



egy consult-

ing firm for

wealth man-

agers. Previ-

ously, Stro-



as a regional



R.W. Baird, where he over-

saw Baird’s wealth manage-

ment offices in various states

in the Midwest and Rocky

Mountains. Prior to Baird,

Stroker spent nearly 25 years

at Smith Barney and Morgan

Stanley, where he was a finan-

cial adviser, branch manager,

complex director and regional


In his new role, Stroker will

direct the firm’s capital-raising

efforts and shape its strate-

gy to better service financial

advisers and wealth manag-

ers, as well as expand dis-

tribution opportunities in

the wealth management and

High Fives!

Herman Miller, Workplace Resource bring holiday cheer to Denver boys & girls

Herman Miller’s We Care

celebration will provide holi-

day cheer for children in need

in December.

The annual event unites

the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Metro Denver, furniture

manufacturer Herman Miller

Inc., Herman Miller Certified

Dealer Workplace Resource

of Colorado, and area archi-

tectural and design firms to

provide children from dis-

advantage backgrounds the

unique opportunity to create

handmade presents for their

loved ones.



treats, games and a number of

craft stations where children

create presents are provided.

Representatives from design

firms devise the distinctive

craft ideas and are on hand

at the event to assist children.

First held in Chicago in

1997, the event has grown to

30 cities across the U.S. and

Canada – including Denver

– and to date has helped hun-

dreds of thousands of deserv-

ing children. Over 6,000 kid

members are expected to

participate this year alone,

including 400 in Denver.

Denver’s We Care event

will be at the Boys & Girls

Club Cope Branch Thursday

Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Spon-

sors for the event include

Herman Miller, Workplace

Resource, Source Four, Pat-

craft, Mohawk, Crossville

Studios, 3D Identity, Maha-

ram, Margenau Associates,

STIR and Geiger.

“We Care is such a spe-

cial event for the Boys &

Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

because it gives more than

400 local low-income kids

the chance to spread holiday

cheer during the holiday sea-

son,” said Brianne Rock of the

Boys & Girls Club of Metro

Denver. “Many of our kids

don’t have access to gifts they

can give to their friends and

families, but this very special

event puts the tools in their

hands to create memorable

gifts and have a happier holi-


High Fives! recognizes good

deeds and accomplishments by

companies and individuals in

the Colorado commercial real

estate industry. Please share

your good news and photos with

us by emailing


com. Submissions should be 250

words or less.

Mike Zoellner

Shane Skubis

Carla Polkrywka


Deron Granville

Andrea Rome

Eric Bottenhorn

Jeffrey Sheppard

Marc Painter

Steve Stroker

Rob Hollis