Banker Kirk Monroe, developer Amy Cara named to lead ULI Colorado
A prominent commercial real estate banker and real estate developer have been named to lead the 1,000-member Colorado District Council of Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado) for two-year terms starting July 1.
Kirk Monroe, executive vice president of Vectra Bank Colorado, will succeed Chris Achenbach of Zocalo Community Development, as chair of ULI Colorado’s 20-member executive committee. His vice chair will be Amy Cara, the chief financial officer of East West Partners – Denver.
Monroe has served as ULI Colorado’s treasurer for two years. He is responsible for managing the Wholesale Banking group at Vectra Bank Colorado, where he oversees the bank’s high revenue units, including corporate real estate, corporate banking, commercial banking, municipal finance, wealth management, and treasury management.
Having been with Vectra’s parent company Zions Bancorporation since 1998, Monroe has spent the past five years tying together separate bank divisions to operate with a more synergistic approach.
Monroe sits on the Vectra Bank Board of Directors and is a member of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. Previously, he served on the executive council for the Phoenix chapter of NAIOP and the treasurer of ULI Colorado. He has a master’s degree in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Monroe and his wife of 15 years, Michelle, have three children: Connor, 12; Dylan, 10; and Kendall, 8. Monroe coaches youth lacrosse and football, supports community organizations and formerly served as a member of the executive council of the Phoenix Boys and Girls Club.
In his spare time, he has love for snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, running, fishing and travel.
Amy Cara, CFO of East West – Denver, joined East West’s Riverfront Park team when this 54-acre urban community was born in 1999. She is responsible for the financial aspects of the development, including more than $300 million in construction financing, land transactions, and other legal considerations. She also oversees the financial various operating entities, such as retail, brokerage, not-for-profits, and is involved in developing new buildings from start to finish. Her latest project is the Triangle office building opposite the Denver Union Station transit hub. Before joining East West, Cara was an Audit Manager for Arthur Andersen LLP in Denver. She obtained a bachelor of science in both Accounting and Finance at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Cara succeeds as vice chair Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director of Denver Housing Authority. Guerrero will continue to be involved in ULI by chairing the Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI), a mentoring program for minorities and women in real estate.
In 2011, William E. Mosher of Trammell Crow Company appointed Chis Achenbach as his successor. During Achenbach’s two-year term, ULI Colorado grew by 200 members, hosted the successful ULI Fall Meeting 2012 in Denver, and launched new programs such as the Colorado Product Council, Impact Awards, and TOD Marketplace.
“Chris Achenbach was the right person at the right time for ULI Colorado,” says executive director Michael Leccese. “As a fresh face developing financially successful, LEED-certified infill apartments near transit, Chris and his work with Zocalo have exemplified ULI’s best practices in real estate. His experience as a licensed architect, contractor and developer also spans the interest of ULI members. His winning and personable leadership has attracted many new people to our organization.
“As Chris completes his term, he has assured that we will continue to have great leadership in Kirk Monroe, who has already been a tremendous asset to ULI. One of Kirk’s focus markets is homebuilding, which is poised to come back during his term. Once again we have the right person at the right moment in the market.”
Cara has been involved with ULI nationally for more than 10 years, and is now getting involved more locally as well. She has volunteered as a mentor to ULI Young Leaders through the Partnership Forum program and was a featured speaker on office trends at ULI’s “Workplace of the Future” program on June 6.