Founder and CEO
Brian Watson is the Founder and CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners (“Northstar”). In this capacity he manages the firm’s overall business, new initiatives, investment strategies and all major investment decisions, as well as sits on the investment committee of all underlying funds. Since founding the firm in 2000, Brian has positioned Northstar as a leading multi-faceted, vertically integrated real estate company. Northstar’s line of business, which is value-add real estate focused on job creation, is currently one of the premier acquirers of vacant and/or value-add properties in markets throughout the United States. Northstar focuses on buying these assets from lenders, corporations and other owners, then improving and placing them back into productivity in order to create jobs and opportunities in their local communities and, in the process, delivering significant returns to its investors. To date, Brian has personally overseen the acquisition of over $650.8 million of property value and has purchased over 12.5 million square feet in 132 separate properties with his capital investors. The current portfolio has a potential market value approaching $1.3 billion.
Brian began his career at Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado, Inc. (C&W), an international commercial real estate firm. During his seven year tenure at this firm, he had the distinction of being the youngest broker in company history to qualify for a Directorship title, which was a direct result of his consistent high production and comprehensive understanding of commercial real estate.
Though Brian performed tenant representation, he primarily focused on landlord representation for the majority of his career at C&W. 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. He 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.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a BS with an emphasis in Real Estate. Brian has lived in Colorado since 1981, and grew up in Olathe on the Western Slope of Colorado.
The business model of Northstar focuses on having a positive impact on its investors, tenants, vendors, local community, and world at large by creating jobs and opportunity through profitable commercial real estate investments. Brian has a deep sense of faith that compels him to find the good in people and leave the world a better place than it was when he was born into. For this reason, he contributes a portion of his fees and interests from his business endeavors and donates them to charitable projects in his community and abroad. Brian’s initiatives stretch throughout the globe with a focus on bridging the gap between people of different faiths and cultures. You can learn more about this and other initiatives at: www.brianwatson.us
Opportunity Coalition – Founder and CEO
Leadership Program of the Rockies – President 2015 Class and Current Board of Advisors Member
National Western Stock Show Association – Lifetime Member
Colorado Commission on Family Medicine for the 6th Congressional District – Past Board Member appointed by the Governor of Colorado
Colorado NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) – Leadership Council Member
The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry – Member
Energy and Environment Council and the Governmental Affairs Council – Chairman’s Roundtable Member
CXO – A List Member
TAPS (the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) – Past Finance Committee Member and Supporter
Colorado Republican Party – Past State Chairman of the Finance Committee
Council for Opportunity International – Board of Governors; President’s Council
International Board of Directors for Mercy Ships – Past Executive Committee Member
Brokers Benefiting Kids (a Denver based non-profit that raises financial support for multiple children's charities in Colorado) – Past President and Board Member
Metro Denver Executive Club – Past Member
Citywide Banks - Past Advisory Board Member
Alliance for Choice in Education – Past Chairman of the Advisory Board
Save our Youth (a Denver based inner city youth mentoring program) – Past Chairman of the Board of Directors and youth mentor
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 is part of Northstar's development team. Jazzmine provides project support and works in collaboration with the director of development and development project managers. She works closely with the development team and consultants to monitor and expedite the development process. Jazzmine is also involved with the pre-leasing of our developments and works closely with our brokers by assisting in the creation of new and innovative marketing strategies.
Prior to joining Northstar, Jazzmine worked in both hospitality and the non-profit industry. She is active within her community and even helped start a can food drive for a local youth mentoring program. She has worked with MetroCaring, The Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz as well as many other non-profit organizations. During her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and travel.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Brent Gray joined the Northstar team in helping to manage the 24-asset property SDM portfolio as well as assist with financial reporting. In 2017, Brent was promoted to Controller and currently oversees the entire Accounting department. During 2018 Brent took on additional responsibilities in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer to lead both the accounting and finance functions at the firm.
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 wife Jenny and dog Kodiak.
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
Mr. Donald J. Marcotte is the Director of Development at Northstar Commercial Partners, which he joined in 2009. Mr. Marcotte has over 30 years of experience in the real estate development business. 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. 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 $5 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 Recent Development Projects:
- Welbrook Senior Living - Bloomington, IL. A $17.4 million-dollar development that opened in March of 2018. It offers an 80-bed senior living facility consisting of 56 assisted living units with studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom options, as well as 24 memory care unites with private rooms, developed on +/-7.67 acres.
- Welbrook Senior Living - Las Cruces, NM. A $13.9 million-dollar development that opened in February of 2018. It offers a 50 bed, +/-37,200 SF healthcare facility for skilled nursing and post-acute care, developed on +/-6.29 acres. Classified as a transitional rehabilitation facility and licensed as a skilled nursing facility for short-term patients.
- Harley Davidson - Golden, CO. Opened in June of 2017, this $11 million-dollar development offers a fully stocked Avalanche Harley Davidson dealership facility and a full-service motorcycle service center totaling +/-63,000 SF.
- Balfour Senior Living - Stapleton, CO. Opened in September of 2017, this $20.3 million-dollar development offers a senior living facility, with 74 beds consisting of 58 assisted living units and 16 memory care units, developed on +/-1.56 acres.
- Little Minds Learning Center - Omaha, NE. Opened in April of 2016, this $2 million-dollar development offers a free-standing, single-story retail and child daycare facility, developed on 1.56 acres.
Current Developments (Northstar):
- Clinica medical Facility - Lafeyette, CO. Construction has started on this $25 million-dollar development and is scheduled to be completed April of 2018. It will offer a +/-6.95 acre site with a new medical facility composed of a medical clinic, dental, and administrative space consisting of +/-65,273 SF.
- Gateway Retail Center - Golden, CO. Construction has started on this $5.8 million-dollar development and is scheduled to be completed June of 2018. It will offer a +/-15,000 SF retail facility on +/-1.97 acres.
- Hoyt Development - Broomfield, CO. Construction has started on this $37 million-dollar development and is scheduled to be completed in August of 2018. It will offer a +/-315,000 SF new Class A warehouse space on +/-20 acres.
- Little Minds Learning Center - Naperville, IL. Construction has started on this $3.5 million-dollar development and is scheduled to be completed in May of 2018. It will offer a +/-11,500 SF free-standing, single-story retail and child daycare facility developed on 1.7 acres.
- Little Minds Learning Center - Rockford, IL. Construction has started on this $2.6 million-dollar development and is scheduled to be completed in June of 2018. It will offer a +/-7,700 SF free-standing, single-story retail and child daycare facility developed on 2 acres.
- Parkside at City Center - Aurora, CO. This $72 million-dollar development is scheduled to start construction February of 2018. It will offer a +/-219 multi-family residential complex and a retail center consisting of +/-40,000 SF.
- Citadel on Colfax - Aurora, CO. This $30.3 million-dollar development will offer a +/-25.6 acre development consisting of an +/-8.9 acre retail component as well as a +/-10 acre multi-family component.
- Balfour Senior Living - Ann Arbor, MI. - This $51.5 million-dollar development is comprised of a +/-6.46 acres of developed land, which is currently vacant of occupants and operations. +/-185,000 SF will be developed into a Senior Living Facility, offering 151 beds total (100 independent living, 27 assisted living, and 24 memory care units).
- Lincoln Place - 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 of a developed 16,000 SF retail center.
- 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 - Longmont, CO. 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.
- Oakland City Center - Oakland, CA. Director of Finance for Bramalea, a 500,000 SF mixed-use development in downtown Oakland, CA, consisting of retail and office space.
- Prime West Properties - Fountain Hills, AZ. Managing Member for a residential developer, developing single family residential homes.
- West End - Edwards, CO. Partner and Manager of getting entitlements for a mixed-used and commercial development consisting of over 50,000 SF of retail and office space, and over 200,000 SF of multifamily space.
Mr. 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.
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.
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.
Executive Assistant to Brian Watson, Chairman and CEO
Hannah Turgeon is the Executive Assistant to Brian Watson, Chairman and CEO at Northstar Commercial Partners. In 2014, Hannah graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was actively involved in campus event planning and service in the South Bend community. She has had the opportunity to live in several cities such as Los Angeles, South Bend, and Chicago, but after visiting Colorado in 2016, Hannah moved to Denver only a few months later to pursue a career in event planning. She has held positions teaching math and high school SAT prep classes, coordinating events for Northwestern Mutual, and serving as the executive assistant to both the President and CMO of Sling TV.
Hannah's greatest passion is running her own online handmade greeting card business, which started as a small hobby designing cards for friends and family and has turned into a small Etsy business that takes up most of her free time. She donates most of her card-making profits to a different Denver charity each month. More recently, Hannah has started volunteering for the Anchor Center for Blind Children, sewing quilts to welcome new families to the center. Her free time is spent enjoying hiking, running, doing anything outdoors with friends, traveling, designing greeting cards, watching The Office on repeat, and visiting her family in her hometown of Los Angeles.
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.