Who We Are

LEADERSHIP

Staff

Emily Nilsen

Operations Director, Sharing Connexion

Emily Nilsen has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served at Housing Colorado, Colorado’s affordable housing association. Emily is dedicated to excellence in the nonprofit sector and is particularly well versed in communications, outreach and development. Emily Nilsen has a B.A. in History from Regent University and is currently working toward her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver.

Founder & Board Chair

Edwin G. Anderson III

Chief Executive Officer, Connexion Asset Group

Chairman of the Board, Edwin G. Anderson III is a highly accomplished and nationally recognized individual for making places a reality through his extensive dealings and holdings in real estate concerns. Mr. Anderson is the founding Principal of Connexion Asset Group, LLC, and has 30+ years’ experience in real estate, including the acquisition, management, finance, joint venture or repositioning of nearly $1 billion of real estate. In this portfolio are several of the nation's prestigious real estate properties inclusive of landmark properties, office, multi-family, industrial, hotel, resort and land development. He is actively involved in the acquisition of distressed and underperforming properties, defaulted debt instruments and partnership interests as well as structuring transactions involving international joint ventures and entity recapitalizations.

He has co-authored two white papers with the University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management including "Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities: Shortfall & Implications", published by the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. He is the past chair of the Salvation Army's real estate committee and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Mr. Anderson is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, the American Institute and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, European-American Tax Institute and the University of Denver’s Burns Society for Real Estate and Construction Management. He has now turned his interest and his ability with places to lead this cause and share his connections that in turn help people realize their potential.

Board of Directors

Diane Austin

Chief Financial Officer, Connexion Asset Group

Ms. Austin is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years of corporate finance, operational and strategic management experience, focusing the last 20 years on the real estate industry. She has been a member of the Connexion Asset Group team since 1995 and is an integral component of the company's continued growth through acquisitions of commercial properties. With extensive expertise in acquisitions, property management, joint venture structuring, financing and taxation, Ms. Austin has focused on financial and tax reporting, analysis and the development and management of accounting systems for partnerships, joint ventures, corporations and trusts in order to preserve and align the financial interests of all parties. Ms. Austin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, NAIOP and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Fred Baker

Principal, Baker Consulting Services

Fred is in the process of retiring from active real estate development and entitlement activities. Fred is currently the principal of Baker Consulting Services, which provides consulting services for owners and developers in the commercial real estate development industry. He specializes in real estate projects where the highest and best use and marketability are more difficult to ascertain. His mission is to identify the highest and best use and to assist in the development and realization of the highest return for these real estate projects. Fred is a past Partner and Broker for BakerSmith & Company Commercial Real Estate Services, where he oversaw brokerage, entitlement and development consulting activities for the firm. BakerSmith represents clients searching for the location of prime developable land as well as the horizontal development and governmental interfacing throughout the development process.

Fred also served as Director of Marketing, Site Acquisition and Development for Ojala & Company for 16 years. While there, Fred expanded the marketing division to provide brokerage services, as well as, research, development and entitlement services, resulting in the acquisition and entitlement of many significant business park projects along the Front Range. As Vice President – Development for United Properties, Fred worked on the acquisition and development of several sizable mixed-use projects, totaling more than four million SF in Stapleton and South Denver. Fred also founded and served as president/owner of Commercial Investment Services, Inc., a 44-broker real estate investment organization in San Diego. Fred received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Colorado State University and did post-graduate study in Chemistry and Chemical Process Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. For board service, Fred has served in the following capacities: past Chairman of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation; current President of the Mountain West Metropolitan District; Treasurer of the San Diego Boys and Girls Clubs; and as board member of Arvada Economic Development Association, the Ken Caryl Business Park Association, and the Coors Technology Park Association.

John Bauknight

Development Director, Confluent Development

Mr. Bauknight has worked in commercial real estate development for 10 years in an assortment of product types including office, industrial, and multi-family housing. As Development Director for Confluent Development, John oversees Office and Industrial developments with a current pipeline of over $150M of project volume under management. Confluent is a full-service real estate investment and development company that owns and develops commercial real estate throughout the United States. Prior to Confluent, Mr. Bauknight worked as Senior Real Estate Manager for Opus Development in the Denver office managing a wide range of projects from industrial build-to-suits for companies like Charter Communications, to assisting with the acquisition and underwriting for the Jones District master planned community. Mr. Bauknight holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis in construction management from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration in real estate and finance from Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ed Briscoe

Founder, Weave Social Finance

Ed Briscoe founded Weave Social Finance, LLC in 2012 after over 8 years with Greenline Ventures (formerly a division of GMAC Commercial Holdings and Capmark Finance Inc.), an investor, lender, and Community Development Entity. He participated in some of the earliest deals funded by the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program in early 2004. Ed has deep experience in the sourcing, underwriting, impact evaluation, structuring, and closing of NMTC transactions. Ed is an adviser and consultant to various Community Development Entities, non-profits, real estate projects, and triple-bottom line businesses. Ed has facilitated over $300 million in NMTC investments ranging from small retail developments to large rural manufacturing facilities. In late 2014, Ed founded Impact Charitable, a 501c3 offering donor advised funds that are 100% invested in impact. The organization’s mission is to activate charitable dollars for impact within the over $50 billion donor advised fund market.

Ed has a B.S. in business administration from Samford University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University with concentrations in finance, strategy, and human and organizational performance. He currently serves on the board as vice president of the Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute in Denver. Ed is also an “Unreasonable Angel” with the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, CO, a member of the Investors Circle, and an investor in the Impact HUB Boulder. As an advocate and supporter of social enterprise, Ed serves on the board for two social enterprises providing jobs for people with barriers to employment – Mission Wear and Knotty Tie Co.

David Chasnow

Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management, Connexion Asset Group

Mr. Chasnow has widespread experience in real estate investment, focusing on coordinating acquisitions and asset management for Connexion Asset Group ("CAG"). Mr. Chasnow joined CAG in 2008 and has played a key role helping to establish the company as a strong performer in the arena of private equity real estate investment. Prior to CAG, Mr. Chasnow was an analyst at Archstone, one of the largest investors, developers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Mr. Chasnow co-authored a white paper titled “Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities: Shortfall & Implications”, published by the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management in 2009. Mr. Chasnow is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver's Burns School, as well as an undergraduate degree from Tulane University.

John Daskam

Partner, Milgrom & Daskam

John Daskam joined Milgrom & Daskam as a Partner in January 2019. He focuses his law practice on real estate and corporate law. His real estate practice includes acquisitions and dispositions, landlord-tenant matters, leasing, financing, development, and contract preparation and negotiation. John’s corporate law practice encompasses the formation and maintenance of corporations, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and private placement of securities, including regulatory filings and preparation of private placement investment memoranda. John believes in balancing the practice of law with significant involvement in local community organizations and an active outdoor personal life. In addition to Sharing Connexion, he also sits on the board of directors and is General Counsel for Burning Through Pages, a local non-profit fostering a community of avid readers and inspired thinkers by providing literature, resources, and time to youth organizations. John enjoys playing golf and soccer and is a Colorado sports enthusiast. He and his wife Amanda are both Colorado natives and live in the Park Hill area of Denver.

Rob Gillis

Vice President, Prologis

Mr. Gillis shares responsibility for disposition efforts across North America. Previously he managed an open-ended investment fund consisting of over $3.0 billion industrial real estate assets across 30 North American markets. Mr. Gillis joined Prologis in 2010 and has served in Research, Financial Planning/Analysis, and Treasury departments in addition to Fund Management. Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Gillis worked for a Denver based commercial real estate management and investment firm and two publicly held homebuilders where he was responsible for land acquisitions and market research. Mr. Gillis holds an MBA in real estate and finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University, and is an active member of PREA, NAIOP, and the University of Colorado Real Estate Council. Mr. Gillis also serves on the Board of Mile High Youth Corps.

Stefanie Fox

Community Lending Officer, Colorado Enterprise Fund

Stefanie has a diverse background in non-profit, corporate and start up environments. In her current position with Colorado Enterprise Fund, she does regional business development to support the mission’s micro-finance initiative by giving entrepreneurs and small businesses access to capital when traditional sources are unavailable. Stefanie specializes in making impact to minority owned, veteran owned and lower income entrepreneurs. Prior to the non-profit world, Stefanie cofounded and contributed to the success of 2 profitable start-ups, a consumer product company in the baby and child industry and an event planning company in South Florida. She received her MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship and BA in Communication from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. As a resident of Florida for over 30 years, she happily traded the beach for mountains in 2016.

Jim Mellor

Director of Business Development, Pinkard Construction

Jim has long been involved from both a professional and personal level in Denver’s affordable housing and homeless outreach from a construction perspective. His firm, Pinkard Construction Co. has been a leading provider of construction services of affordable housing since its beginnings in 1962. On the personal side, Jim has served on both the Denver Rescue Mission’s and The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Center board of directors to further address the affordable housing needs of Metro Denver. He has been involved in numerous affordable and homeless development projects – his favorite being the Champa House; a women with children’s transitional housing project. Champa House provides a safe place for women and children for up to three years while providing child care, GED educational advancement, and general life skills training.

Daniel Sheehan, CCIM

Former Senior Vice President, Commerce Bank

Over his 36-year real estate finance career, Dan has been responsible for originating, structuring and closing over $1.2 billion in debt and equity transactions for commercial real estate. Prior to joining Commerce Bank, Dan originated long-term and interim debt financing, and sale-leaseback financing for GE Real Estate – Business Property. He also served as Vice President of Finance for Trammell Crow Residential – Midwest Division and has held senior commercial real estate lending positions with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors. Dan earned his B.A. degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA degree from the University of Denver. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), an active member of the Denver NAIOP chapter and the Colorado University Real Estate Council. Dan has served as Chairman of the Board of the St. Anthony Health Foundation and the CHI Colorado Foundation. He was former Chairman of the Board at Brothers Redevelopment, a Colorado-based nonprofit that provides housing solutions for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

David Smith

Vice President, Acquisitions, Golub & Company

Dave Smith is charged with sourcing, underwriting and procuring financing for development and acquisition opportunities in the Western United States. Based in the company’s Denver office, Dave brings significant commercial real estate experience to the firm, including five years at Trammel Crow Company managing the development of office, residential, industrial, mixed-use and large-land developments as Vice President of Development and Investment. He has had previous roles in acquisitions and development with Lone Star Funds, CityInterests and CIM Group. Dave serves on the NAIOP Colorado Board of Directors and on the Office Workplace & Industrial Product Council for ULI Colorado. He is also on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Sharing Connexion and is a member of Equity Capital Groupe, a Denver young professional organization. He holds a JD-MBA from Northwestern University School of Law and Kellogg School of Management and a BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dave joined Golub in May 2019.

ADVISORY BOARD

Lawrence A. Atler, Esq.

Former Co-Chair, Finance Committee Early Childhood Education Project; Former Chair, Metro State College Foundation; Former Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education

Robert Bach, Esq.

Partner, Bryan Cave

Dr. Sandy Baker

Former Director of ER, US Veterans Hospital; Medical Director, Army Corps – FEMA

Doug Bakke

Executive Vice President, CBRE

Susan Birch

Executive Director, Washington State Health Care Authority; Former Executive Director, CO Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing; Fellow, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellows; Board Member, Colorado Health Foundation Philanthropic Committee

Alan Colussy

Principal, GKK Works, LLC; Board Member, Urban Land Institute; Board Member, NAIOP

Jeff Hawks

Vice Chair, Apartment Realty Advisors; Former Board Member, Arapahoe House; Board Member, Apartment Association of Metro Denver

Lance Jackson

President/Strategic Brand Director, Art + Business ONE; Former Board Member, Brent’s Place

Kevin Kelley

Chairman, NAIOP; Regional Director, United Properties

Mark Levine

Professor, University of Denver; Chair Holder, Burns School/Daniels College

William Martin, Esq.

Partner, Kutak Rock

Steve Musick

Founder/CEO, Destiny Capital Corp; Founding Member, Punts with a Purpose; Board Member, LOVE, Inc

Robert F. Phelps, Jr.

Managing Director, JP Morgan; Emeritus Member, The Denver Foundation

Jeffrey Schmitz

Former COO, Citywide Banks

John Shaw

President, McWhinney; Senior VP/GM, Opus Northwest; President of Board, University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation

Dr. Aris Sophocles

President, Rose Medical Group; Chair, Denver Med Society Foundation; Co-Founder, Breckenridge Outdoor Ed Center

William Sorenson

Former Managing Partner, Boettcher and Company; Honorary Life Trustee, University of Denver; Trustee Emeritus, Boettcher Foundation

Ray Stranske

Affordable Housing Consultant, RaiseHomes; Former Executive Director, Hope Communities; Board Chair, Project Education South Sudan

Ron Tilton

Regional President, First Bank

Michael Van Gilder

Managing Director, Triumph Capital Group

Erik Estrada

Professor at Denver University and University of Colorado, Nonprofit Finance professor and practicing nonprofit Attorney

Anthea Martin

Senior Vice President, Bellwether Enterprise, Former Sharing Connexion Board Member, Current Board Member at Housing Colorado and the State Housing Board

John Wilson, Esq.

Partner, Holland & Hart

Mike Zoellner

Managing Partner, ZF Capital; Vice Chair, ULI Colorado; Former President, RedPeak Properties


OUR SUPPORTERS

FirstBank

FirstBank submitted a letter of intent to Sharing Connexion for short-term credit facilities, up to an aggregate amount of $30,000,000, for the purpose of acquiring regional real estate. A loan term sheet was approved by senior management and will provide precedence in the individual project application process. This support demonstrated in FirstBank’s letter of intent provides Sharing Connexion with increased capacity to pursue new real estate projects.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation has been supportive of Sharing Connexion’s establishment of the Real Estate Donation program. Since 2018, Sharing Connexion has been facilitating a real estate donation on their behalf, identifying key property improvements and arranging the resale of lots. A portion of allocation of proceeds goes back to Sharing Connexion’s mission-restricted Capital Fund. More information regarding this project will be available later this year.

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