Chairman and CEO
Northstar was Founded in 2000 by its Chairman and CEO, Brian Watson. Mr. Watson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Watson then joined Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado, Inc. (C&W), an international commercial real estate firm. During his seven-year tenure at this firm, Mr. Watson had the distinction of being the youngest broker in company history to qualify for a Directorship title.
For the majority of his career at C & W Mr. Watson primarily focused on landlord representation. He represented clients such as Lend Lease Real Estate, CarrAmerica Realty LP, P&O Investments/Denver Technological Center, Mission Viejo Companies, Shea Properties, Terrabrook, ERE/Yarmouth and acted as agent for two major Colorado office parks, Highlands Ranch and Stonegate. Mr. Watson also received C&W's prestigious Service Excellence Award for his superior ability to handle complex, high value transactions. Mr. Watson's extensive education and experience in the real estate industry has been instrumental to the success of Northstar Commercial Partners.
Mr. Watson has positioned Northstar as an acquirer of vacant assets and/or value-add properties in markets throughout the United States. The company focuses on buying these assets from lenders, corporations, and other owners, improving these assets and placing them back into productivity to create jobs and opportunities in their local communities. In addition, Northstar has been very instrumental in working with companies to maximize the value of their real estate holdings.
Mr. Watson has been involved in the acquisition of over 130 assets as founder and CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners during the company’s 18 year history. The company currently has interests in 48 assets in 16 States throughout America, with a potential market value approaching $1 billion USD.
Brian Watson is an active member on the Advisory Council of Marcus & Millichap, the nation’s leading firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services. Click here to view Brian Watson's Wikipedia profile.
More information on Northstar's team may be found below.
Team members are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Nick Boshinski serves as a Property Manager for Northstar, managing operations at a variety of properties. Nick is a Colorado native, and received a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder studying political science and history. He subsequently made a permanent home in the Boulder area, and spent 14 years as the General Manager of a mid-sized business, focusing on personnel and facility management, before joining the Northstar team. He is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys spending his time with his wife and three young sons.
Will Camenson is a financial analyst for Northstar. He graduated with his Masters in Business Administration from the Colorado Leeds School of Business in 2017 where he studied Finance and Real Estate. During his time as a student he worked for Baceline Investments as a part of the leasing and acquisitions team. Baceline Investments is a private equity real estate firm in Denver, Colorado that focuses on revitalizing neighborhood retail properties throughout the Midwest and America’s Heartland.
Prior to pursuing an MBA, Will graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Finance in 2014. Throughout his time in school he worked at a small wealth management firm called Balanced Financial Inc. reviewing and analyzing investment alternatives for clients.
Will is an avid traveler, Colorado native and sports enthustiast.
Jazzmine Clifton serves as Northstar’s Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Jazzmine not only maintains the office and performs routine administrative tasks, she also works with Northstar’s Brokers by assisting in the creation of new and innovative marketing strategies. As part of the Northstar team and new to the field of commercial real estate, she looks forward to learning as much as she can to grow and become multifaceted within commercial real estate.
Prior to joining Northstar, Jazzmine worked in both hospitality and the non-profit world. She is active within her community and enjoys volunteering with Denver MetroCaring, The Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz as well as many other non-profit organizations. During her spare time, she loves to travel to her hometown of Oxnard, CA with her daughter.
Britni Dreher serves as the Property Manager for Northstar Commercial Partner’s multi-state portfolio. Britni oversees the day-to-day management and operations for several office, retail and industrial properties. Britni monitors the property’s expenses and prepares the annual budgets. She has a keen attention to detail and provides excellent customer service to her tenants and vendors. Britni thrives in a challenging, team-oriented environment and couldn’t be happier to have joined the Northstar team.
Britni has had the opportunity to live in several beautiful states such as New York, California and Michigan, but is happy to be back in her native state of Colorado. Her hobbies include hiking, cycling, camping and snowboarding. While enjoying these activities, she is lucky enough to have the company of her beloved Rottweiler and significant other.
Quinn Duvall, Receptionist for Northstar Commercial Partners, assists in daily office functions and scheduling. After several fulfilling years as a Preschool and Special Education Teacher, she is excited for the learning opportunity joining a new field provides. She also spent 2 years as an Administrative & Executive Assistant at Qdoba Brand Central.
Quinn is a Colorado native and received her Bachelors of Arts from University of Northern Colorado. She enjoys exploring and camping throughout the vast off-roading trail networks Colorado offers with her spouse. When not diving deep into the Colorado wilderness she enjoys traveling abroad, Berlin being her newest favorite city.
Accounting, Investor Relations and Human Resources
As the Office Manager for Northstar Commercial Partners Kristi Fisher's responsibilities include Investor Relations, Accounting, and Human Resources.
Before joining Northstar Commercial Partners, Kristi held positions which prepared her for her multi-faceted role at Northstar. She has worked as a Continental Airlines Customer Service Manager, a Small Business Owner, Senior Marketing Assistant, Office Manager and an Executive Assistant for a Venture Capitalist. Her work in these venues has equipped her to oversee sensitive and significant areas here at Northstar.
She is a Nebraska native and moved to Colorado in 1985. Kristi graduated from the National College of Business in South Dakota. She spends her free time with her twin sons, riding motorcycles, and volunteering with numerous organizations.
Director of Public Relations & Partnerships
Kyle Forti manages public relations and partnerships for Northstar Commercial Partners. Kyle graduated from Hillsdale College and began his career as an investigative journalist and communications director for several new media outlets in Colorado and nationwide. In 2013, Kyle founded Peak Political Solutions, where he developed a variety of comprehensive public relations initiatives for various political, nonprofit, and corporate interests. Driven by results and a positive vision for the future, Kyle has successfully delivered a winsome platform for dozens of clients. In 2014, he was named one of the nation’s top “30 under 30” media and communications influencers.
Chief Operating Officer
D. Scott Gibler is the Chief Operating for Northstar Commercial Partners. Scott has over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and has played key leadership roles in the financial success of his prior endeavors. Throughout his career has personally overseen the acquisition and/or operational oversight of over $2.2 Billion of real estate assets comprising over 10,000,000 SF. His duties at Northstar include the direct oversight of the day-to-day operations, establishment and execution of the investment strategy for each investment, create investment opportunities and personnel oversight.
Most recently, Scott was the Managing Director at Broe Real Estate Group, with an emphasis on implementing the individual asset strategies within the portfolio and identifying/closing on new investment opportunities. Prior to Broe, he was a Managing Director at Amstar Group for over 15 years. During his tenure at Amstar, Scott was instrumenta
l in growing the platform to over $1.2 Billion in asset value and investing in 15 states and in seven countries. Scott started his career in the brokerage and consulting divisions of Grubb and Ellis and Landauer Associates in Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Finance and Real Estate. He and his wife relocated to Denver over 20 years ago and are active in several ministries both locally and internationally.
David Gomez has over 5 years of Real Estate accounting experience. Prior to joining Northstar, David worked for some of the top real estate organizations in the Denver Metro Area including Prologis, Real Capital Solutions and most recently, J Herzog & Sons, Inc. where he handled the property accounting for 5 shopping centers around the country consisting of around 150 plus leases. He has experience doing construction draws for single and multifamily projects and job costing. Financial reporting is something he enjoyed doing including 10 Q’s and 10 K’s, preparing financial tables and footnotes for SEC reporting.
David is a former Division II soccer player and a futbol/soccer fan at full tilt. He likes to followall the major American sports specially football and basketball. He attended Regis University for 2 ½ years and finished his degree at Metro State University of Denver. In his free time, you will find him working out, playing soccer and coaching. His dancing skills almost match his soccer skills. He is originally from Mexico but calls Colorado home. He has 5 bothers and 2 sisters. He hopes to one day become a great soccer coach.
Brent Gray joined the Northstar team in 2016 as the senior accountant helping to manage the 24-asset property portfolio as well as assist with financial reporting. In 2017, Brent was promoted to the Controller and currently oversees the entire Accounting department.
Prior to joining Northstar, Brent worked at Ernst and Young in their assurance practice serving a variety of clients within Oil & Gas, Healthcare, and Private Equity helping them solve complex process and financial reporting issues. Most recently he has managed the accounting and financial reporting as well as financial planning and analysis for HomeAdvisor a growing technology company based in Golden. Brent received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Michigan State University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Colorado. Brent is an avid Spartan fan and while not working on real estate transactions spends as much of his time skiing, mountain biking, golfing and spending time with his dog.
Kyle D. Henderson
Chief of Staff
Kyle Henderson is a passionate advisor, entrepreneur and executive with experience in a wide variety of industries and has been instrumental in the development, growth and financing of a multitude of entrepreneurial and established ventures.
In addition to serving as Northstar Commercial Partners' Chief of Staff, Kyle is the Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of the Opportunity Coalition™ nonprofit. The Opportunity Coalition is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that is specifically designed and actively managed to promote and facilitate a business friendly environment that encourages free enterprise, entrepreneurship and collaboration.
Kyle is the also Co-Founder of Xcel Companies™. Xcel Companies is a merchant solutions, expense reduction, purchasing, procurement and lending organization that it is completely free for any for-profit or non-profit to utilize. Xcel's unique platform provides organizations with direct access to the most competitive pricing, terms and solutions available in hundreds of areas.
He is an active Advisory Board Member for various organizations that include (but are not limited to): the Opportunity Coalition (referenced above), PayFurther (payment processing), Community Funded™ (crowdfunding organization) and Teakoe® (iced teas).
Kyle was one of the very first team members and Directors with the private jet organization, XJet®, where he helped to write and develop the organization's business plan alongside its visionary and Founder, Josh Stewart. XJet was honored and recognized as the '#1 Private Jet' company of its kind in North and South America by Aviation International News and the 'Best of the Best' by the Robb Report.
Kyle is a Colorado Native and a first-generation Irish-American.
Jaime Jones Vantsa
Director of Acquisitions & Dispositions
As Director of Acquisitions and Dispositions, Jaime Jones is highly active in all aspects of the investment life cycle. Since joining Northstar Commercial Partners in 2007, Jaime has facilitated the acquisition of over 76 assets totaling 8,210,500 SF at an acquisition cost of $366 Million. She oversees the due diligence for each acquisition of local and national real estate investment opportunities. She manages the engagement and completion of inspections and reporting, analyzes results, and performs property and market research. Jaime creates the executive investment summary and investment packets for each asset, and establishes password-protected document vaults in order to provide property information to investors. Additionally, she is a member of the company’s investment review committee and contributes to the development team on both ground-up and redevelopment projects. Jaime works directly with Northstar’s third party listing brokers to ensure successful marketing, lease-up, project completion, and asset disposition.
Jaime received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara with a major in Business Economics and a minor in Spanish. She enjoys continuing her language education through international travel and courses abroad. Other hobbies include skiing, hiking, and visiting her hometown of Glenwood Springs, Colorado as often as possible to enjoy the mountains with her family. She volunteers with the Denver Metro CareRing, Denver Rescue Mission, Women’s Homeless Initiative, and World Vision.
William R. “Randy” Keough
Randy Keough has worked as a commercial real estate broker, real estate developer, corporate real estate professional and corporate attorney. Randy has a very broad real estate background built on a solid legal foundation. He has learned the development business from some of the finest restaurant and retail companies in the country. He has highly developed market analysis and site selection skills, is an expert negotiator and has completed scores of retail, office and industrial leasing, sale and development deals.
Randy is very familiar with construction and design issues, is well-versed in the entitlement processes relating to industrial, retail and restaurant development, is proficient in the financial analysis of real estate investments and development deals, and possesses excellent marketing skills. Randy has a talent for finding real estate opportunities and is an extremely creative deal-maker.
Randy’s career began with 5 years in the oil and gas exploration business as a landman/attorney followed by nearly 30 years in the commercial real estate business working with the following companies: Grubb & Ellis Company - Industrial Specialist; Total Petroleum, Inc. - Staff Attorney and Real Estate Manager; McDonald’s Corporation - Senior Real Estate Representative; Rite Aid Drug - Real Estate Director; World Premier Investments - Vice President of Acquisitions and Development; Starbucks Coffee Company - Development Manager; Outback Steakhouse Inc.- Regional Site Manager – West Coast; Southwest Commercial – Owner; CKE Restaurants, Inc. (Carl’s Jr) - Real Estate Manager; Southwest Healthcare Development LLC – Principal; Dish Network Service LLC. – Real Estate Manager.
Randy has a B.S. Degree majoring in General Science from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He is a licensed Colorado real estate broker and a licensed Colorado attorney.
Karla King brings over 17 years of Property Management experience to the company. She started as an Administrative Assistant to the Property Manager in 1998 with Frederick Ross and has been employed by Trammel Crow, Means Knaus Partners, JLL and Hannay Realty Advisors, all at the same property in the Denver Tech Center. She was promoted to Property Manager in 2007.
Karla is responsible for the day to day operations of 205,000 SF commercial office building that was recently acquired by Northstar Commercial Partners. She focuses on maintaining tenant satisfaction through close and personal contact with tenant representatives, and reducing operating expenses while still maintaining the property in a way the tenants have come to expect.
Karla has an Associate’s Degree on Early Childhood Education and recently completed her licensing to become a Colorado Real Estate Broker. A Colorado native, she is an avid Colorado Avalanche hockey fan as well as a Denver Broncos fan, and she enjoys reading, working in her yard and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Senior Property Accountant
Miles Langham is the Senior Property Accountant for Northstar, with over 19 years of experience working in Commercial Real Estate industry.
Prior to joining Northstar, Miles worked at Maguire Properties and MPG Office trust in various capacities including accounts payables, accounts receivables, staff accountant and senior accountant. Most recently he worked as Senior Accountant at CIM Group, a growing real estate company based in Los Angeles.
Miles received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California Santa Barbara where he majored in Business Economics with a minor in Sports Management. Miles enjoys spending extracurricular time running, playing basketball, attending sports events and spending time with family.
Donald J. Marcotte
Director of Development
Prior to joining Northstar Commercial Partners, Donald Marcotte was a Partner of Midtown Group, LLC. Prior to Midtown, Donald served as Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, President and Partner for the O’Connor Group. In his role as CFO, Donald was responsible for structuring joint venture agreements, analyzing and determining the financial feasibility of new development opportunities, and monitoring such projects to assure economic success. Donald was promoted to President in March of 2001, expanding his responsibilities to general business oversight, asset and property management. He has over 25 years of experience in the real estate development business. Prior to joining the O’Connor Group, he was the Director of Development for Bramalea USA. Bramalea USA was the subsidiary of Bramalea, Inc., a real estate development company with over $4 Billion in properties throughout North America. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Donald joined Price Waterhouse and Co. where he earned his CPA Certificate.
Most Notable Development Projects:
- Director of Finance for Bramalea Oakland City Center, a 500,000 SF mixed-use development in Downtown Oakland, CA, consisting of retail and office space.
- Managing member for Prime West Properties, a residential developer in Fountain Hills, AZ, developing single family residential homes.
- Partner and Manager of mixed-use and commercial developments consisting of over 250,000 square feet of retail, office and medical office space and over 200,000 square feet of multifamily space.
- Lincoln Place, mixed use, Loveland, CO. Partner responsible for land acquisition, equity, construction and mezzanine financing for a 200-unit mixed-use residential and retail project in downtown Loveland.
- The Shops at Stapleton, Denver, CO. Partner in charge of construction and mezzanine financing, land acquisition, equity, leasing and pad sales.
- Westcreek, Parker, CO. Partner in charge of land acquisition, land assemblage, financing, leasing and pad sales for a 45-acre Master Planned, mixed-use project located at E-470 and Parker Road.
- Harvest Junction Southwest. Partner in charge of subdividing and entitling 5.5 Acres. Oversaw reducing the flood plain with FEMA as well as the construction and install of infrastructure needed to sell pads.
- Gateway. Partner in charge of coordinating the design and installation of both the offsite and onsite infrastructure. Obtained approvals for subdivision developments and agreements, CDOT access permit and various other requirements needed to start construction.
Donald Marcotte is a Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member of ULI Council for Small Scale Development (Silver), Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a football and basketball coach for American Youth League.
Jason Marcotte graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with degree in Real Estate Finance and after graduating worked in New York within banking & capital markets for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he earned his CPA.
Following PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jason worked in the commercial airplane leasing industry at Air Lease Corporation where he was the sixth employee hired and helped the company go public in 2011. Jason left his post as Senior Manager of Finance at Air Lease Corporation to pursue investment opportunities in single-family homes located in Southern California. He also co-founded Beck & Score, an exclusive members-only entertainment and travel company for the world’s premier ticketed events. As CFO of Beck & Score, Jason identified real estate assets in Brazil for investment in advance of the World Cup.
At Northstar Commercial Partners, Jason works closely with the development team to perform financial modeling, identify and evaluate investment opportunities, and assist in obtaining entitlements.
He is an avid skier/snowboarder and volunteers regularly for Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Community Relations Specialist
Karli McQueen assists with capital partner relations for Northstar Commercial Partners. In this capacity, she develops communications, addresses requests for information, tracks investor developments, and maintains partnership agreements. Karli began her career in Buckinghamshire, England, establishing her business background in sales and marketing, creating sales growth in various industries by focusing on building strong customer relationships through knowledge, sound communication, and first-class service.
Director of International Partnerships
Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Middle Eastern relations. He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making, as well as cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. He is the author of several acclaimed books on these issues. Carl and his wifeshare their lives between Dubai and Denver.
Susan Lee Miller
Advisor, Education Opportunity Fund
Susan Miller has been involved in education, consulting and finance for over 25 years and is assisting with Northstar's Education Opportunity Fund. She was a rating officer with Standard and Poor’s Corporation in New York City and an investment banker for Kidder, Peabody, Inc. where she focused on public finance clients in the Western states. As a consultant, she completed large project financings and built a new international business development team for a major Canadian energy company. She has published and edited a monthly investing journal serving high net worth individuals and their advisors, focused on asset allocation, appropriate use of active and passive investment strategies, and related issues. She serves on school accountability committees in Jefferson County, with a focus on acceleration, concurrent enrollment and STEM expansion opportunities for K-12, on the Jefferson County’s School Choice Committee, is a member of Jefferson County's Diversity Committee, is President of the Jefferson Association for Gifted Children, and is a Founding Parent of “Raise the Bar”, a new national program to increase parents’ engagement with their children’s education. She has a BA from Northwestern University.
Director of Equity
Danny Mulcahy serves as the Director of Equity for Northstar. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading all equity offerings, investor relations, and helping to guide the evolution of the firm’s capital raising and investor relations infrastructure.
Danny brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership and management experience to Northstar. Most recently he was a managing director with Tripoint Global Equities and ZacksInvest, both being boutique investment banks focused on providing early and mid-stage companies with advice and guidance in corporate finance, corporate structure, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Danny’s roles in investment banking, he was an advisor for Merrill Lynch and Managing Partner of DM Hollo, a commercial real estate asset management and development firm. He has been the broker of record for more than $1 Billion in commercial real estate transactions, assisted with the development, sales, and leasing of more than 1 Million SF of industrial properties along with acquiring and divesting more than 1000 acres of land throughout the southwest United States.
Danny’s passion for travel has enabled him to live abroad and visit more than 18 countries and hundreds of cities. He is an avid reader, consummate student, and enjoys running, cycling, skiing, food and family. Danny earned a Bachelor of Arts from UNLV and holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 66, 79 securities licenses.
Property Management Assistant
Monique Olson assists the Property Management team with day-to-day operations. Her responsibilities include tenant and vendor relations, inputting Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable and ensuring that insurance certificates are compliant. Monique has over 20 years of customer service experience and is extremely detail oriented.
Monique enjoys running her own professional wedding photography business, as well as teaching yoga where she has been an instructor for over a decade. Her and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have two children. She enjoys going to theater, is an avid reader and her true passion is travel.
Leighton Peebles started with Northstar Commercial Partners in 2014. As a property manager she is involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations for buildings associated with Northstar Commercial Partners Management. She provides exceptional tenant customer service, has strong administrative skills, a deep knowledge of contracts and property accounting, and excellent communication skills. She is responsible for managing work order requests while working alongside building engineers and vendors to ensure excellent tenant satisfaction. Leighton also works with Northstar’s accounting team when preparing monthly reports and property budgets.
Leighton received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Development with a focus in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013. She worked in the restaurant industry through college and most recently worked as a counselor at an all-girl correctional facility in Lakewood, CO. Leighton enjoys spending her time hiking, biking, and anything outdoors with her husband, son, and their Golden Retriever.
Digital Marketing Manager
Nick Pennebaker serves as Northstar’s Digital Marketing Manager, as he is responsible for running the marketing efforts and maintaining the company’s CRM database. Nick is a graduate from the University of Kansas.
Prior to joining Northstar, Nick had a number of roles centered on both marketing and public relations. He worked as a marketing manager for a financial services firm, an account executive for a boutique public relations firm in Chicago, and a marketing manager for an oil and gas technology company. Nick has always enjoyed the creativity of marketing, while also monitoring the analytics behind specific campaigns – finding out what works and why it works.
Nick is originally from Austin, TX, still wears cowboy boots from time to time, and enjoys golf and fishing (while wearing ample sunscreen!).
Kyle Ramstetter brings nearly 12 years of private real estate development experience to the Northstar Commercial Partners team. Throughout his career, he has displayed effective leadership overseeing the development of all asset types including urban, industrial/flex, office, retail, large-scale mixed-use, and hospitality projects. Kyle oversaw the development of over $600 Million in new projects while building a $500 Million backlog of future development projects. Kyle served as an important part in the construction and redevelopment of the historic Dairy Block and Maven Hotel Station in Denver’s Lower Downtown in partnership with Sage Hospitality and Grand American. His experience includes new business development and deal sourcing, public-private partnerships, market feasibility, financial analysis, site selection, negotiations, due diligence, entitlements and lease up for project stabilization. Kyle also brings extensive experience in land dispositions, acquisitions, land assemblages and real estate investments in all product categories.
Kyle is a member of ULI, CoreNet Global, UpLift Advisory Board for Colorado UpLift, Denver Advisory Board and Green & Gold Foundation Member for Colorado State University, and Advisory Member of Everitt Real Estate Center.
A graduate of Colorado State University, Kyle resides in Parker with his wife and two children.
Director of Debt
Josh L. Richards serves as Northstar’s Director of Debt and was the former Vice President of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage with more than 14 years of experience in commercial real estate. He has extensive knowledge of all major real estate product types and is primarily responsible for originating and executing debt and equity placements throughout the southeastern United States; however has successfully closed transactions throughout the country. He has long standing relationships with institutional capital and equity sources, which he maintains regularly.
Josh joined Berkadia in September of 2011 as part of the Tavernier Capital Partners Florida Operations Acquisition, but has been in the Orlando office since he started his career in 2001 with GMAC Commercial Mortgage/Capmark Finance. He has been intimately involved in the closing of over $1 Billion of transactions during his tenure with these respective companies. Prior to joining Berkadia, he was the Vice President at Tavernier Capital Partner. Prior to that, he was a Senior Analyst/Junior Producer for GMAC Commercial Mortgage/Capmark Finance.
Josh is an active member of ICSC, NAIOP, ULI and MBA. He attends local and national real estate conventions annually to maintain his current knowledge of status of the debt and equity markets, in addition to, continuing to cultivate his current capital partner relationship, while at the same time securing new ones along the way.
Nina Rifkin holds a senior accountant position at the company, helping the Northstar team with financial reporting, accounting software issues, and with day to day accounting activities. Prior to joining Northstar, Nina worked for a non-profit organization, Senior Housing Options in Denver, starting her career there as a property accountant and eventually moved to the Corporate Controller position during her 13 years of service. Her desire to do challenging and interesting work brought her to Northstar and pushed her to continue her education taking classes towards CPA licensing.
Originally from Russia where she was a practicing accountant and held various positions there, Nina fell in love with the Colorado mountains and relocated to Denver in 2001. She enjoys different outdoors activities as hiking, bicycling, cross country skiing and tennis.
Matt Runyon joined the development team at Northstar Commercial Partners after serving as Vice President of Business Development at TRINE, a boutique agency that specializes in curating unique experiences within the worlds of entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, art, and sports. Prior to serving in that capacity, he was Director of Program Operations at Team Rubicon, a Veteran Service Organization that provides military veterans with purpose, community and identity through volunteer service, using their unique skills for disaster response, humanitarian crisis intervention, and community service.
Matt began his career at Raytheon Company, where he supported multiple programs and business units, in varied roles of increasing importance, as a select participant of the company’s Enterprise Cross Functional Rotation Program and graduate of the Contracts Leadership Development Program.
Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he is a Truman National Security Project Defense Council Fellow, a Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellow Alumnus and a Riordan Fellow Alumnus.
Matt is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps., deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-08. Through his career, Matt has been most interested in solving complex social issues through cross sector innovation, a passion he hopes to bring to projects at Northstar.
Paige Thomas serves as Marketing Associate on the Northstar team. Paige brings a passion for the creative side of the industry as well extra attention to detail to the team. A Colorado native, she graduated from the University of Alabama, worked for a campus ministry in Georgia, and is now glad to be back in her home state. Paige has done fundraising for Colorado political candidates and nonprofit organizations as well as marketing for residential real estate. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, golfing, and skiing with her husband.
Director of Brokerage
Gabe Uhrig is the acting Director of Brokerage for Northstar Commercial Partners. Gabe started his career with Northstar in 2013 with the successful disposition of three school campuses for Denver Christian Schools, a 100-year old educational institution in the greater Denver market. The sale contracts of these assets totaled $22,300,000.
In addition, he has sold and acquired several other traditional office assets for Northstar Commercial Partners exceeding $10,000,000 in the last 12 months and has negotiated over 130,000 SF of charter school and traditional office and retail leases since September 1, 2016, as well as negotiated new cell phone tower leases and disposition of leases.
Gabe is currently the listing broker for over 330,000 SF of traditional office and medical office buildings in the Denver Metro market and is the Director of Charter Schools for the Education Opportunity Fund.
Debbie Watkins has 20 years of accounting experience including 5+ years of which were as a property accountant for apartment investment properties & manufactured home community development, investment and management as well as some commercial property management. Debbie holds an Associate’s degree and is finishing her Bachelors in Finance & Accounting.
Debbie was born in Barbados and has since lived in a few states as well as in Europe-primarily Germany. Her Father retired from the Air Force and they settled in Colorado in 1976. Of all the places she has lived, she truly loves Colorado and all it has to offer including snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, biking, white-water rafting and most recently-paddle-boarding. Reading is her relaxation and her passion is cooking.
Debbie’s best accomplishment is her daughter who just graduated from UNC and is currently settling down from being a world traveler and embarking on her career as a speech pathologist.
Della Wegman is an Asset Manager responsible for creating value to the firm’s portfolio of value-add and opportunistic properties. Della brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate investment experience to Northstar Commercial Partners.
Most recently she was Director of Commercial Asset Management with Forum Real Estate Group and managed a $350 million portfolio consisting of core and value-add commercial and multi-family assets on behalf of its private equity investors. Prior to Forum Real Estate Group, Della was a Senior Vice President of Asset Management with Amstar Group for 15 years where she was responsible for managing $1.1 billion in value-add acquisitions and development consisting of 6.3 million square feet of office, industrial and mixed-use assets for private equity, institutional, and pension fund investors. She has held previous positions with Mack-Cali Realty, Pacifica Holding Company, and Principal Financial Group.
Della is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and a member of NAIOP, CREW, and ULI. She earned an MBA from Drake University and BBA from the University of Iowa. She enjoys spending time in the Colorado mountains skiing, hiking and cycling.
Chris Wigley joined the Northstar team as Property Accountant in August 2015. Chris has almost 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Chris has extensive knowledge and experience with customer contractual agreements and successfully transitioned the lease administration duties from a 3rd Party management team to a centralized accounting team in India.
Prior to joining Northstar, Chris worked 9 years at DCT Industrial Trust, a real estate company specializing in the acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk distribution and light industrial properties. He was Manager of Financial Operations, leading the lease administration/accounts receivable team the last 6 years. He started his career in real estate at Westcor, a privately owned real estate company in Arizona, specializing in development and management of shopping centers. Macerich, the third largest owner and operator of shopping centers acquired Westcor in 2002. Chris spent 10 years at Westcor/Macerich in the property administrator / property accounting departments.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Chris moved to Arizona after graduating from University of Memphis with a BA in Accounting. In 2000, he was transferred to Colorado, best place to live. He enjoys the Colorado Mountains all seasons, skiing, backpack/camping, hiking, and white-water rafting. He also spends time remodeling his 1901 fixer-upper duplex near Five Points.
Cary Wicker joined the Northstar team in August, 2017. As an Asset Manager for Northstar, Cary focuses on operations, lease and acquisition/disposition management for current and future investments. His primary focus is a $250M nation-wide portfolio consisting of industrial, office and retail.
Cary is most recently affiliated with The Broe Companies in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, CO. He worked in Asset Management where he primarily focused on the lease-up and disposition of assets across the United States. Prior, he graduated cum laude from The University of Denver where he received an MBA from the Daniels College of Business with a concentration in Real Estate.
Cary entered the industry as a broker in Dallas, TX where he primarily focused on retail and industrial tenant representation for national and international clients. Previously, he completed his undergraduate from The University of Tulsa as a Scholastic All American (soccer) with a BSBA (International Business, Spanish) and a minor in Economics.
Cary served as a founding member on the Board for the Central America Mission for Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. He also served as Director of Operations in Nicaragua for Helps International – a non-profit, economic development organization.
Cary is a Dallas, Texas native. He is recently married and lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Denver, CO. He enjoys sports and outdoors, movies, books, and traveling. Cary is a member of NAIOP and ULI.
Vice President of Property Management
Michelle Wright provides day-to-day operational leadership for all of the Northstar commercial assets. Michelle is responsible for managing properties directly as well as acting as the lead manager on large assignments. She proactively looks for ways to improve the asset; increase/maintain tenant satisfaction, stabilize leasing, reduce operating expenses all while making sure that the asset is running in a Class A operation.
Michelle has over 15 years of progressive management experience, beginning her commercial property management career in 2003 at Equity Office. She adapted to new responsibilities, changing her career focus as the company required. With a background that includes accounting management, customer service management, and portfolio daily oversight, Michelle’s varied background and expertise ensures optimal delivery of asset management services, and is a great benefit to Northstar Commercial Partners.
Michelle joined Grubb & Ellis in 2008, where she actively managed a diverse portfolio consisting of one Million square feet of commercial, healthcare, retail, flex and industrial space. Grubb & Ellis was purchased by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 2012. She then transitioned her role to continuing her focus on delivering superior asset management services, while exemplifying quality service delivery to both internal and external customers.
As a Financial Analyst, Mitch Zemanek contributes to the financial Proforma modeling and the underwriting of Northstar’s investment opportunities and existing properties, as well as performs valuation analysis and market research. Prior to joining Northstar, Mitch held analyst and senior analyst positions with startup companies. He also volunteered with the Boulder-based low income housing project, Attention Homes, and interned with the luxury apartment line, UDR, Inc.
Mitch received an MBA concentrating on Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his BA in Finance from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Pacific Northwest native and appreciates all that Colorado has to offer. In his free time, Mitch enjoys traveling, mountain biking, skiing, competing in triathlons, and occasionally running marathons.