The 12 finalists for our Impact Awards are scrutinized by a jury consisting of some of ULI Colorado’s most prominent and respected members. They choose a winner for each of the four categories from over 30 outstanding entries. To learn who wins, please join us for the Impact Awards Gala to be held at Mile High Stadium on Thursday, April 6, from 5:30-8:30pm.
The 2017 Impact Awards Jury includes Anna Jones, North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative; Barbara Jackson, Denver University; Becky Zimmermann, National Sports Center for the Disabled; Cedric Buchanon, BBVA Compass; Chris Frampton, East West Partners; Paul Books, Palisade Partners; and Sarah Brown, Semple Brown Design.
Anna Jones, Executive Director, North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, Mayor’s Office
Anna has been involved with community development efforts in Denver and around the country for nearly 20 years. In May 2016, Anna heeded the call by Mayor Hancock to join the city as the Executive Director of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). The NDCC is the only Denver City department that is solely focused on Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and River North neighborhoods.
NDCC works diligently to coordinate the unprecedented public & private investment in these north Denver neighborhoods in order to ensure investments take place in a manner that is aligned with the needs of the surrounding community.
Anna manages a multi-agency organization including several staff embedded in other city departments such as Public Works, Community Planning and Development, Denver Parks and Recreation, and the National Western Center team. Specifically, this team will work to deliver city infrastructure projects, strengthen partnerships to better address community priorities, and establish a broad-based communications and engagement platform to create a meaningful dialog with the community at-large.
Prior to joining the City, she served as Senior Vice President at Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA), a Denver-based economic development and planning firm. While at PUMA, Jones managed community-based strategic planning initiatives. Throughout her career, Anna has focused on the intricate balance between economic vitality and quality of life within diverse communities – downtowns, neighborhoods and commercial corridors. Anna has a unique ability to listen to all sides and help develop collaborative solutions that address a variety of complex factors. Examples of her work in Denver include initiatives in neighborhoods facing similar challenges as GES, including the Santa Fe Drive arts district, the Federal Boulevard Partnership, Morrison Road and Westwood neighborhood revitalization.
Beyond her professional career as a consultant, Anna has volunteered her expertise to help address many challenging issues facing Denver. She spent seven years as a Denver Planning Commissioner, co-chaired the committee that developed Main Street zoning along East Colfax, lectured at the University of Colorado – Denver, and received Historic Denver’s prestigious Molly Brown Award for her passion and devotion for making Denver a stronger community.
Anna can also personally relate to some of the challenges faced by residents of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea – especially those who have emigrated from other countries. Anna is the daughter of an immigrant. In her 20s, Anna taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. It is there that she met her husband Asanga, who later immigrated to the U.S. Together they have raised two boys, who go back to Sri Lanka each year to connect with their family abroad.
Barbara Jackson, Director, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, Denver University
After 20 years in industry as a chief estimator, senior project manager, and CEO of Design-Build Services Inc., and another 15 years developing design-build and integrated project delivery education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo CA, Barbara has returned to Colorado where her education and career in design and construction originally began. In August of 2013, Barbara took over the helm as the new Director of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver, in Denver, CO. There she has developed an educational model representing the full life-cycle of the built environment, and one of the most advanced Master degrees in Integrated Project Delivery, with an emphasis on Integrated Project Leadership.
Throughout her career, Dr. Jackson has focused on integrated project delivery, design-build project management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is known for her work in the area of Making the Mental Shift to Integrated Services, Integrated Project Leadership, and Developing the Integrated Project Team. She is a nationally recognized speaker/trainer/consultant and has provided training and consulting services to a multitude of companies and organizations including the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Pentagon Renovation (DMJM/3DI/Hensel Phelps), Balfour Beatty, Bovis Lend Lease, Jaynes Corporation, Cynergy AEC, Interstates Engineering, Hensel Phelps, McCarthy Building Groups, Mortenson Construction, National Guard Bureau, CDM-Smith, Sundt Construction, GKK Works, The Bannett Group Architects, 3-D International, Plan One Architects, Clark Construction, The Beck Group, Seattle Port Authority, South Pacific Division-US Army Corp of Engineers, DPR Construction, PCL Construction, Turner Construction, Rosendin Electric, Santa Fe Indian School, Korte Construction, The Penta Group, The Haskell Company, Hawaii Department of Education, Panama Canal Authority, Albuquerque Schools District, Denver and others.
In addition to teaching, training, and consulting, she has also organized and hosted a number of special events aimed at transforming the AEC industry including Inventing the Future from the Future and most recently a nationally recognized Women in Construction Leadership Boot Camp. She is the author of two books, Construction Management Jump Start and Design-Build Essentials and numerous articles on Integrated Project Leadership, Developing Integrated Project Teams, Taking Design-Build to the Next Level, and Managing Design in an Integrated Process. She has been named Outstanding Educator by Associated Schools of Construction and received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Leadership Award from DBIA. She is currently working on research to benchmark cultural differences among the various built environment disciplines in an effort to positively leverage the often competing values that can impede the optimization of project outcomes.
Dr. Jackson holds a BS in Housing and Design, a MS in Construction Management, and a PhD in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.
Becky Zimmermann, President, RRZ Advisors
Becky Zimmermann, President of RRZ Advisors, has devoted her career to solving complex issues in the areas of community planning, market and economics, and resorts and tourism. She is recognized for her work in leading communities, companies and organizations in strategic and business planning, visioning, market definition and strategy, real estate economics, facilitation and advisory services.
Recently, Becky was President/CEO of the National Sports Center for the Disabled, an organization that provides therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports annually to 3,500 people with all types of disabilities. Becky provided leadership to all aspects of the organization including operations, fundraising, finance, marketing, development, board management and HR. During her time in this role, she financially turned around the organization, created a positive culture and work environment, and increased visibility of the organization and their work.
Formerly, Becky was president and an owner of Design Workshop, an international land planning and urban design firm. In addition to her role in leading the multi-office company, she was involved in resort, tourism, community, economic and marketing-related consulting. She remains highly recognized for her work with resort communities including visitor services analysis, market definition, positioning and tourism planning; and in urban areas for brownfield redevelopment, land use, development entitlements and real estate economics.
In recognition of her experience and expertise, Becky has made presentations at the Urban Land Institute conferences, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference on Sustainability, and the Resort Forum (focusing on industry trends). Recently, she served on the Denver Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities and the Leadership Advisory Council for the Colorado NonProfit Association. Becky also recently led strategic planning, values and culture worksessions for several companies in the construction industry.
Cedric Buchanon, City President – Metropolitan Denver, BBVA Compass Bank
A veteran of the financial services industry for over 29 years, Cedric Buchanon is the City President for BBVA Compass- Metropolitan Denver responsible for all Financial Services activities that strive to “Build a Better Future for People”.
Buchanon leads a team of outstanding and dedicated financial professionals who listen, consults then delivers innovative financial products and solutions for individuals and companies in the Metropolitan Denver marketplace.
During his 10 year tenor with the Bank, he has been recognized as a Pinnacle Club member on four separate occasions, an honor limited and awarded to the top 1% of performers within BBVA Compass.
Buchanon received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Buchanon’s current and past activities include: Board Member, Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., 2016 and 2017 Co-Chair DDP Urban Exploration Trip, Board Member, Denver Public School Foundation, Board Member, The Colorado Health Foundation, Board Member, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Board Member, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation; Denver Education Compact Executive Committee; Member of the Denver Olympic Exploratory Committee; Co-Chair, Economic Development Transition Team for Mayor Elect Michael Hancock; Chairman, Young Philanthropist Foundation; Chairman, Denver Judicial Nominating Committee; Presidents Community Cabinet, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Member, United Way Tocqueville Society, Leadership Denver graduate, class of 2008; Member, Metro Denver Sports Commission; Founding Member, Denver African American Philanthropists; Treasurer, 100 Black Men of Denver, Inc.; Treasurer for Senator Peter Groff- President of the Senate for the State of Colorado; Member, Boy Scouts of America African American Committee; and Trustee and Chairman of the Mortgage Liquidation Committee for Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church. Buchanon was recognized by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated as one of their M.O.D.E.L men in the Denver Community for 2010, the M. Doak Jacoway Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award recipient in 2016 and will be Co- Chairing the Denver Public School Foundation Annual Gala in April 2017.
Buchanon has been married to his wife, Kelli, for 24 years. In his free time, he enjoys golf, reading and traveling.
Chris Frampton, Managing Partner – Denver, East West Partners
Chris Frampton is managing partner of East West Partners, whose projects include Union Station, Riverfront Park, The Landmark, Buckley Row at Boulevard One, 16 Chestnut and The Coloradan. Chris is also president of the board of the Civic Center Conservancy. He and his wife, Yvette, are lucky enough to have three awesome kids and a glorious golden retriever.
Paul Books, President, Palisade Partners (2015 Rising Star Award Winner)
Paul has become a respected player in the multifamily market in Denver, Colorado. Currently, Palisade Partners is developing and co-developing three mixed use projects and a townhome project in the Five Points neighborhood, totaling $75 million. Mr. Books is also concurrently overseeing the development of Summit Sky Ranch, a 240-unit, high-end single family residential development in Summit County. Books recently completed an $9 million 27 unit for-sale town home project in Jefferson Park. In 2013, Books completed two new construction multifamily projects near downtown Denver for a combined investment of $20 million. In 2011, Books syndicated and gained financing for the purchases of four existing multifamily properties for a combined acquisition price of $5.4 million and a combined renovation budget of $1.8 million. Mr. Books graduated from the University of Denver: Daniels College of Business with a Masters of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management. Mr. Books received his bachelors of arts in Economics and Math with a Finance Sequence from Claremont McKenna College.
Sarah Brown, Principal, Semple Brown Design
Sarah Semple Brown, co-founder and design principal of Semple Brown Design, has made a substantial impact on the development of Denver’s built environment for more than 30 years. Many of her projects have involved highly visible restorations and adaptive reuse interventions of historic buildings that bring great character and a sense of history to the Mile High City. One of her earliest projects, Denver’s Larimer Square, was the recipient of the AIA Denver 25-Year Award in 2003, and her firm has received more than 50 design awards from the American Institute of Architects alone. Examples of her work include the two new mixed use buildings flanking Denver Union Station, Kimpton’s new Hotel Born at Denver Union Station, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Denver Pavilion’s redevelopment, and many of Denver’s most popular new restaurants including Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Kitchen Next Door, The Squeaky Bean, Steubens, Coohills, Pizzeria Locale and Frasca in Boulder. Sarah was also elevated to Fellowship, the American Institute of Architects’ highest membership honor, in 2013