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Top Company 2023: Real Estate

Now in its 36th year, ColoradoBiz magazine’s Top Company Awards program recognizes businesses and organizations based in Colorado or with a significant presence in the state that are leading the way in their fields, as demonstrated by financial performance, notable company achievements and community engagement.

To be considered, Top Company entrants submitted applications throughout the year online at ColoradoBiz.com. From those entries, which numbered in the hundreds, the magazine’s editorial board narrowed the field to three finalists (in most cases) in each industry category. A judging panel made up of area business leaders and ColoradoBiz staff then met to compare notes on the finalists and decide winners in 14 industries plus the Startup category, for companies in business four years or less.

Congratulations are in order not only to the 41 winners and finalists profiled on the following pages, but to all the companies that took the time to tell us about their achievements and obstacles surmounted over the past year that make them worthy of Top Company consideration.

READ: Fall 2023 Issue — Top Company Awards, Inside the CHIPS and SCIENCE Act, and More


WINNER 

Atlas Real Estate

Denver, CO

Website: realatlas.com

Founded in Denver in 2013, Atlas transacts more than $1 billion in real estate annually and manages more than 8,500 residential units. Since its founding, Atlas has expanded to markets in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, Idaho and Texas. 

The 227-employee firm touts a program called Uplifting Humanity through Real Estate, dedicated to helping clients build wealth through the firm’s core services: investment; property management; institutional acquisition; and buy/sell brokerage services. 

Three years ago, Atlas introduced the Uplift Cycle, a concerted effort to help renters become homeowners and homeowners become investors in real estate.  The message Atlas shares with new residents when they move into an Atlas-managed property is they have a shared goal that their next move is into a home that they own.  In 2022, Atlas introduced an initiative focused on the single-family homes they own and manage that provides a pathway for a resident to earn the equivalent of a 3.5 percent down payment over a four-year period of renting from Atlas. 

Through the Atlas Uplift program in 2023, 82 homeowners bought their first investment; 1,800 residents expressed interest in moving from renter to homeowner, and four Atlas team members invested in their first home.  

Also, in 2022, Atlas fulfilled a long-time goal of launching a new business segment to make a meaningful impact on the environment – Net Energy.  Net Energy works with owners of single-family rental properties to make property improvements that drastically reduce carbon emissions and other resource consumption while increasing the value of the property for the investor. 

Additionally, Atlas is leveraging new technologies to create a more efficient environment for clientse — renters and property owners. For example, Atlas has embraced innovative solutions that make security deposits easier on residents; provided options on rent payment management and automation; and offered upgrades that include smart home technology. 

FINALISTS 

NAI Shames Makovsky

Denver, CO

Website: naishamesmakovsky.com

Founded by Motty Shames and Evan Makovsky in 1971, NAI Shames Makovsky is a full-service commercial real estate firm offering brokerage, development, property management, and lending for retail, business office, medical office and industrial properties. 

NAI Shames Makovsky is part of NAI Global, the single largest global network of commercial real estate firms in the world. 

In the last 16 months, the property management team at NAI Shames Makovsky has tripled its existing portfolio to include more than 3 million square feet of properties across the Denver area.  

NAI Shames Makovsky also recently won the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors’ “Retail Deal of the Year” award for the sale of a property in Five Points. The sale of the approximately 97,103 square-foot property is part of a larger deal between a national real estate owner, operator and developer and Volunteers of America Colorado, a nonprofit with a mission to support Colorado’s most underserved residents with food resources and services. NAI Shames Makovsky has a long history of working with mission-driven organizations such as VOA Colorado to help them map out their real estate needs and make smart decisions for their future. This deal exemplifies the team’s creativity and expertise in bringing two strong community-minded clients to navigate a complex yet successful deal that will benefit both VOA Colorado and the neighborhood. 

Aimco

Denver, CO

 

Website: aimco.com

Aimco (Apartment Investment & Management Co.) invests primarily in the multifamily sector within targeted U.S. markets. Its vision is to be best-in-class real estate investors, developers and portfolio managers, committed to strong financial performance and outstanding corporate citizenship. 

The primary focus of publicly traded Aimco (NYSE: AIV) is on value-add and opportunistic multifamily investments located in the following target markets: South Florida, Denver and Washington, D.C. metro areas. 

The Denver-based company boasts a workforce rich with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, including 67 percent women in executive management; 43 percent women and racial/ethnic minorities in senior leadership positions; and 53 percent women and racial/ethnic minorities companywide. Aimco’s 2022 team engagement survey resulted in a record 4.52 out of five stars, with a record 92% of employees responding.  

Aimco’s parental leave program offers both mothers and fathers 16 paid weeks to take care of their biological or adopted children. 

Best of Colorado 2023 — Real Estate

Many of this year’s Best of Colorado winners embody the art of specialization. They don’t pretend to be something they are not, rather they concentrate on one element and aim to perfect it. That in turn has clearly helped them make a name for themselves.

Our readers (Best of Colorado customers) not only remember them but make a concerted effort to vote for them. That’s a tremendous accomplishment in this era of overwhelming messages, marketing and mindshare. But that takes time. Here at ColoradoBiz, we’ve heard many serial entrepreneurs and CEOs depict their success as a climb rather than a meandering journey. After all, the highest summits are always uphill and rarely scaled on the first day.

So, here’s to this year’s Best of Colorado winners. They have found a way to perfect their craft, grow their brand, and be recognized for their specialization. They have scaled the summit of success.

Check out our Best of Colorado 2023 issue here!

Best Architecture Firm

Z GROUP ARCHITECTS

Founded in 1952, Z Group Architects is an architecture, planning and interior design firm with offices in Aspen and Basalt. Though best known for its private homes, the firm’s work ranges from hospitality projects to institutional buildings, including master planning. 

For more than 70 years, Z Group has designed award-winning architecture throughout the U.S. and internationally, including Russia and Japan. 

Runners-up: 

Best Commercial Builder

MPV CONSTRUCTORS

Pueblo-based but serving all of Southern Colorado, MPV Constructors counts among its specialties new-home construction, commercial construction, whole-house remodels, design and architecture, and more. 

Runners-up: 

Best Home Builder

Vector At The Canyons Interior 1
Infinity Properties

INFINITY PROPERTIES

In business for more than 30 years, family-owned Infinity Properties is an upscale builder that has built in Denver, Douglas County and Arapahoe County. The company believes one of its assets as a hometown builder is its knowledge of the unique qualities of an area’s character and culture.  

From LoHi and RiNo to Central Park and the Canyons in Castle Pines, Infinity Properties takes into account a neighborhood’s character in the design and execution of the homebuilding process. 

Runners-up: 

INTERIOR HOME DESIGN AND FURNISHINGS 

Change Everything
Change Everything

CHANGE EVERYTHING 

The home decor and furniture at Change Everything in Fort Collins is carefully curated by a team of interior stylists and, as the name suggests, it’s always changing. 

The interior stylists at Change Everything work with clients through at-home photos or a home visit to see if a piece will work with the home. If the piece doesn’t work once it’s delivered, Change Everything will help find something more ideal. Change Everything also offers delivery services and will even take away existing furniture and donate it to a local nonprofit, so clients can feel great about their new purchase in more than one way. 

Runners-up: 

BEST INTERIOR OFFICE DESIGN 

ELSY STUDIOS employees group photo.
Elsy Studios

ELSY STUDIOS

Denver-based is a commercial interior design firm dedicated to delivering customized environments at any scale. Elsy works in environments ranging from financial and professional services to technology, energy/oil and gas, restaurants, hospitality and nonprofits. 

In business since 2012, Elsy gets to the heart of what clients need and want from their space to deliver a design that will inspire people and support the client’s business. 

Runners-up: 

BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 

ATLAS REAL ESTATE

A perennial winner in this category, Atlas Real Estate Group takes the stress out of being a landlord. The company offers property management services “designed by investors for investors.” Services include advertising to fill rental vacancies; tenant screening, including credit verification and criminal/civil backbround checks; application processing and lease signing; managing tenants and expectations; collecting rents and deposits; and maintaining the property and inspecting the unit on move-in and move-out. 

Runners-up: 

BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER 

GRUBER COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Gruber Commercial Real Estate Services was founded in 2004 by Jim and Karen Gruber following Jim’s 28-year run as an industrial broker with CB Richard Ellis. Son Russell Gruber began his own real estate career in 2007 and has been at the helm of Gruber Commercial since 2018. The firm focuses on industrial sales, leasing and investor transactions in Denver’s central market. 

Runners-up: 

BEST ENGINEERING FIRM 

GALLOWAY

Galloway offers comprehensive architecture, engineering and land survey services for local and nationwide projects, ranging from half-acre sites to master-planned communities. 

Galloway’s diverse team brings an exceptional understanding to projects, knowing potential pitfalls to avoid while collaboratively working to create exceptional client solutions.  

The company brings a multidisciplinary mindset to projects, with daily interaction and coordination among internal disciplines that keeps staff mindful of the bigger picture and the integration of all project disciplines and phases. 

Runners-up: 

BEST TIMESHARE LOCATION 

BRECKENRIDGE

Just a 1 ½-hour drive from Denver (in ideal conditions), Breckenridge offers world-class skiing, golf, hiking, cycling, a quaint downtown and one of the country’s most beautiful locales. Especially appealing to skiers, a Breckenridge timeshare can provide high-quality vacations that make owners and guests feel at home, with popular timeshare brands like Marriott Vacation Club, Hilton Grand Vacations Club and Hyatt Residence Club. 

Runners-up: 

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This article is part of the 2023 Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards. Explore all the winners and runners-up:
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES | TECHNOLOGY/ELECTRONICS | TRANSPORTATION | FINANCE
FOOD/BEVERAGE | LODGING/ACCOMMODATIONS | MAINTENANCE | REAL ESTATE
HEALTH | LIFESTYLEPERSONAL FULFILLMENT | OFFICE | RECREATION