Collectively, the Confluent Development team holds a powerful legacy that is unparalleled within Denver’s real estate industry.
While the company itself is emerging, the history of its commercial real estate development team is powerful and has made a significant impression on the industry nationwide.
Individually, each team member contributes a robust reputation and experience level. Collectively, Confluent Development has strategically built a team of industry leaders with preeminent capabilities.
Confluent Development carefully selects its partners, choosing to work only with teams that can meet the level of quality that Confluent Development applies to all projects.
Jim Dennis leads the team with his long term approach and unwavering commitment to our valued clients. Mr. Dennis is the company’s senior executive, a position he has filled since 2005.
Previously Mr. Dennis spent 30 years in the medical device industry serving as World Wide President for Johnson & Johnson’s Biosense Webster Division, President of the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division of St. Jude Medical, and President and CEO of Telectronics Pacing Systems.
Mr. Dennis received a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.B.A. from National University in San Diego, CA.
Mr. Burton serves as president of Confluent Development and, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the success of the organization. Mr. Burton assures the accomplishment of Confluent Development’s mission and vision, its relevance to the community, and the accountability of the organization to its diverse constituents. Specifically Mr. Burton ensures Confluent Development’s fiscal, operations, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
Mr. Burton has over 20 years and nearly $2 billion in development experience across all major products types throughout the United States. He co-founded Confluent Development with Celeste Tanner in 2014, immediately growing the organization through securing approximately $150 million in ground-up development work on a build-to-suit and speculative basis. Prior to establishing Confluent, Marshall served as executive vice president for Opus Development Company, where he led the company’s operations in the western region and oversaw the growth of the company’s Denver office to an average annual revenue of nearly $100 million. While at Opus, Mr. Burton also oversaw the regional organization with offices in Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia.
Mr. Burton is a board member of Industrial Property Trust, a leading industrial REIT with more than 20 million square feet owned throughout the United States. Marshall also served as a board member of Industrial Income Trust which successfully competed its sale to Global Logistic Properties for more than $5 billion in 2015.
A co-founder of Confluent with more than 11 years of experience in development and real estate, Celeste was Director of Real Estate Development for Opus Development Company and led the real estate project team for the Denver office of Opus. Celeste has played a key role in the ground-up development of more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial and multi-family space. Her experience includes industrial facilities for Laboratory Corporation of America, University of Colorado Hospital and Sopris West Education Services.
Mr. Rankin has over 17 years of experience in finance and joined the predecessor company, MVG Development in 2006, which subsequently merged with Confluent in 2015. He is responsible for all financial and accounting aspects of Confluent Development, including investor and banking relations as well as property sales.
Prior to joining Confluent, he held multiple positions in corporate finance and investment banking with a focus on acquisitions and high yield debt financing. Mr. Rankin worked in the Leveraged Finance group for Bank of America Securities for five years where he participated in structuring over $10 billion worth of financings for leveraged buyouts, M&A transactions, restructuring and refinancing transactions across a broad spectrum of industries.
Mr. Rankin graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A in Finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
After a diversified real estate career spanning more than 40 years, Mr. Shaw has established a real estate consulting practice and has recently been retained by the Fitzsimmons Redvelopment Authority to manage their real estate portfolio.
Most recently, Mr. Shaw was the executive vice president of development for the Loveland, Colorado based McWhinney organization. From 1995 until 2007, John Shaw was responsible for the Opus Denver, Kansas City, and the St. Louis operations. Prior to joining Opus, Mr. Shaw served as Senior Vice President of Rancon Financial Corporation and Senior Vice President of the Denver Technological Center.
Over his career, Mr. Shaw has had direct development responsibility for more than 24 million square feet of commercial properties located throughout the western United States.
Mr. Shaw currently serves on the Board of Governors for the University of Colorado Real Estate Council and as the President of the University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation.
John manages our senior housing development program as well as multiple other single tenant development projects nationwide. John works closely with Confluent’s operating partners to ensure our existing projects receive entitlements and approvals and construction stays on schedule. John also identifies and pursues new markets and sites for future projects.
Prior to joining Confluent, John was a Senior Development Manager for Weston Solutions, where he was responsible for all acquisitions and development in the Rocky Mountain region. His experience includes the development and financing of diverse products types, including office, retail, hospitality, industrial, multi-family, and brownfield re-development. John has also held positions as an Acquisitions Manager with International Capital Partners and a Strategy Consultant with Accenture. He is active in the Denver real estate community and a member of NAIOP, ULI, and the Denver Downtown partnership.
John has a B.A. in Finance from Calvin College and a MSc. in Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.
H McNeish is responsible for the land use, design and entitlement process for all of Confluent Development’s projects.
H has been a practicing land use planner for 20+ years. During his career, H has skillfully lead multi-discipline project teams to create development plans and gain approvals for over 10 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, mixed-use, residential and master planned development. Blending experience from the public, quasi-public and private sectors has provided H with the expertise to successfully balance project programs, owner requirements and jurisdictional design criteria to achieve implementable results.
In addition to his extensive exposure to transaction, design and construction phases of real estate development, H is also an active member of the Inverness Planning and Architectural Control Committee and has guest lectured on managing the entitlement process at both the University of Colorado and University of Denver. H earned his Masters of Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Colorado and received his Bachelor degree from Drake University.
Greg Meeter manages the planning, design and entitlement process for Confluent with an emphasis on its retail projects.
He has more than 20 years of real estate development, planning and construction project management experience. He has supervised all phases of the planning and development process for residential, master-planned communities, metro districts, commercial and mixed-use estate projects. Most of Greg’s career has been in the development world with Lend Lease, Castle Rock Development Co. and Carruth Properties. Prior to joining Confluent Development he was Site Development Manager with Galloway & Company.
Greg has extensive experience managing multi-site national projects including convenience stores, fuel facilities, restaurants, banking institutions, and grocery stores. Greg has successfully secured approvals for numerous entitlement and real estate development projects for public and private sector clients. He
is proficient in managing interdisciplinary teams responsible for implementation of complex projects under budget and on time.
Greg is a Certified Planner and holds a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CU, and a Bachelor degree from Kansas.
Nick Kitaeff works on the retail development team at Confluent. While with Confluent, Nick has led a $27 million dollar redevelopment project in Wheat Ridge, CO anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market, a Starbucks drive-through restaurant and a 64-unit MorningStar Senior Living facility. He has executed two ground up build-to-suit projects for Chipotle Mexican Grill in the greater Seattle, WA area, two ground up build-to-suits for Verizon Wireless in Ohio, and two Burger King build-to-suits in Michigan. Nick has experience working with the internal real estate and entitlements team and external consultants and contractors on the programmatic roll-out of 11 ground up grocery stores with gas stations and drive-through pharmacies for Walmart Neighborhood Market in Virginia and Oklahoma with a total value of $110 million. In addition, Nick works on the Verizon Wireless account, 7-Eleven account and various other retail development projects across the country. Nick also assists in the asset management and leasing of Confluent’s existing portfolio and asset disposition assignments.
He has also participated, led and managed an excess of $150 million in retail development projects in the past 4 years.
Nick began his professional career working as a development intern for The Cresset Group in 2009, a privately held commercial and residential development company in Boston. Nick also worked at Strategic Real Estate Advisors, a commercial brokerage firm in Denver focused on retail and restaurant tenant representation prior to joining Confluent in 2013.
Nick graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA in International Business in 2010. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as well as the Denver Rugby Club. Mr. Kitaeff’s community activities and professional associations:
- Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Member, ICSC Denver Next Generation Committee
- Member, NAIOP
John Schieving is responsible for construction cost estimating and cost control. He works closely with development directors, design teams, and general contractors to provide the construction costs for pro formas and assure the costs presented from the general contractors are fair and accurate. He is also responsible for design and construction strategies to get and keep projects in budget.
John’s past experiences include positions in the trades as a tower crane operator and union electrician, a tax preparer and auditor for a construction specific CPA firm, and as a financial controller for a large electrical contractor. John also has had extensive experience as an estimator and project manager for several large specialty and general contractors.
John entered the development field as a pre-construction manager for MacKenzie House and has a great deal of senior housing and multi-family experience.
John has a B.S. in Financial Accounting from Metro State University, Magna Cum Laude, and has completed all the testing and experience requirements for a CPA certification. He also holds a current Colorado Master Electrician’s license.
As Legal Project Manager, Robin is an active member of company-wide development teams, managing many aspects of such projects as real property acquisition and disposition, project financing, lease and contract management, corporate and loan compliance, process improvement, and supporting business functions across the company.
Robin has over 20 years of experience in business and real estate related transactions including mergers and acquisitions; multi-family, construction and permanent financing, and commercial mortgage underwriting due diligence and compliance. Robin’s experience allows her to successfully execute projects, manage changes, and ensure company performance through the efficient use of internal resources and collaborating with management, clients and other relevant stakeholders.
Prior to joining Confluent, Robin was with Aimco. There, she managed underwriting due diligence, facilitated closings for single and portfolio loans and worked across departments to streamline processes.
Robin holds an M.S. in Organization Management and Project Management and a B.A. in Organization Development from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Membership and Professional Associations include:
Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence
Project Management Institute
The Organization of Legal Professionals
Laura joined Confluent in August of 2014. With more than 12 years of experience in marketing for several large firms in Denver, she has provided marketing support and leadership in a variety of key roles. As the head of Confluent’s Marketing department, Laura leads the development of marketing materials, collateral, graphics, website and overall branding.
Paul oversees accounting and financial matters for Confluent Development and assists the CFO. He has 15 years of accounting and finance experience in Private Equity, Real Estate, Distribution, and Public Accounting.
Prior to joining Confluent, Paul worked for Real Capital Solutions where he was responsible for all accounting and reporting functions of home-building, development, and international and domestic multi-family distressed assets. He also maintained debt leveraging with 11 different banks of over $1 billion in sales of distressed condo, apartment, land and residential construction projects.
Paul also has controller experience in international distribution of construction related finish-out products for commercial and residential, including oversight of the accounting, finance, and credit department. In addition, he has a background in Public Accounting as a member of the wealth transfer department.
Paul holds a BBA in Accounting and a BBA in Finance from Abilene Christian University, TX.
As a member of the accounting team, Jeremiah is responsible for accurate and timely financial information that is in accordance with GAAP.
Jeremiah’s professional experience is a mixture of management and accounting with one common ingredient, improvement.
He began his career in retail management, managing retail stores in 7 locations in 4 states. By building teams of diverse, kind, respectful individuals, he was able to consistently produce sales increases in excess of thirty percent.
This success led him to Puerto Rico where he transitioned into accounting roles with a Health Care conglomerate as the AR Supervisor and Accounting Manager by focusing on the standardization of procedures and process improvement.
Immediately prior to joining Confluent, he provided his talents to a diversified sub-contractor in the Denver metro area. By learning and performing all of the roles in the accounting department he was able to identify and implement process improvements. He further improved their reporting by creating custom reports in Crystal and SQL.
Mr. Bartley has a Bachelor of Arts with dual degrees of Accounting with a finance emphasis and Business Administration from Western State Colorado University.
Steve joined Confluent Development in late 2014 shortly after its founding. He has over 20 years of experience in construction management and development including 8 years at Opus where he worked closely with Marshall Burton and Celeste Tanner as Director of Construction. The majority of his career has included delivering projects utilizing an integrated develop, design and build model.
With experience ranging from field superintendent through project director for office, multi-family, industrial, civic, retail and institutional project types he brings a strong background to the construction management side of Confluent. Over his career he has played a key management role in the development and construction of over 4 million square feet of commercial, industrial and multifamily projects.
Mr. Rotunda serves as a leader of the Construction Management Department with Confluent Development. His is responsible for oversite and management of all construction operations outside of the Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona markets.
Sandy has over 39 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate development, construction management and general contracting. Sandy’s extensive experience, knowledge, and leadership skills in the real estate development and construction industries are a key contributor to the success of Confluent Development projects. While managing with an understanding of the big picture, Sandy has the ability and experience to get into the detail taking a hands on approach to solving complex issues at any point of a project.
Before joining Confluent Development, Sandy has served as a senior member of several distinguished national developers and general contractors. Serving as Senior Vice President of Construction and Maintenance for Forum Real Estate, Vice President of Construction for Resource Real Estate, Senior Vice President of Design & Construction for McKenzie House Real Estate. Director of Preconstruction Services for Swinerton Builders Denver operations, Sr. Project Manager, General Superintendent and Superintendent for General Contractors Hensel Phelps, Mortenson and DPR Construction.
Christine is Confluent’s General Counsel and serves on Confluent’s executive team. In these roles, she oversees Confluent’s legal activities, policies and risk assessment. A primary part of her focus is creating solutions to simplify the support for Confluent’s development team, including automating acquisition, disposition and leasing processes. Before joining Confluent, Christine served as a director of Senn Visciano Canges P.C. representing various commercial real estate clients and participating in transactions both on a local and national basis, including: representing a variety of entities in connection with their ownership of real property, including drafting and negotiating commercial leases and management agreements; representing both sellers and purchasers in individual as well as portfolio acquisitions and dispositions of office, multifamily, multi-use, retail and industrial properties; and representing institutional owners in joint venture acquisitions and development of land. She was twice selected to Super Lawyers. Christine holds a juris doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She is affiliated with several professional and non-profit organizations.
John executes projects in the Denver market and plays an integral role in securing new business to expand our presence in Denver. John has experience providing financial analysis and project management for a variety of projects in the retail, industrial and office sectors.
John 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.
Mr. Samberg was the CEO, president and chairman of Pequot Capital Management, a hedge fund which at one point was the largest in the world at over $15 billion. Prior to forming Pequot, Mr. Samberg was the first professional hire at the start-up company Weiss, Peck & Greer. He later assumed Partner role, and served on the Management Committee during his last five years with the firm. During his 15-year tenure at Weiss, Peck & Greer, the investment management company grew to $8 billion. Later as founder and President of Dawson-Samberg Capital management, Inc., Mr. Samberg established the first Pequot hedge fund. In 1999, he spun out his funds into the newly formed Pequot Capital Management Inc. Mr. Samberg now manages his family office through Hawkes Financial, LLC., and provides primary capital for Confluent Development.
Jeff Samberg is the Managing Member of Acadia Woods Partners, LLC, a New York-based investment partnership that focuses primarily on early-stage technology companies. He lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 15 years where he held a number of high-technology management roles, including Vice President of Corporate strategy for PeopleSoft Inc., Vice President of Business Development for Wily Technology, and Entrepreneur in Residence for Greylock Partners. Mr. Samberg received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and his B.A. with high honors in economics from Princeton University.
Evan Zucker is a principal of Black Creek Capital LLC, a Denver-based real estate investment firm that he co-founded in 1993. Mr. Zucker also serves as CEO of Dividend Capital Trust, an industrial REIT focusing on high-quality real estate assets in key distribution markets throughout the U.S. Dividend Capital Trust is on of a number of related dividend capital entities focusing on creating and managing a variety of real estate-related funds and operating platforms targeting both hard assets and securities. Before founding Dividend Capital, Mr. Zucker co-founded and served as CEO of American Real Estate Investment Corporation, later known as Keystone Property Trust.
Bruce James has played a leading role over the past 25 years in some of the most notable real estate projects in the Denver area and throughout the country. Practicing across a broad spectrum of real estate transactions, Bruce is best known for his expertise in public/private partnerships, hotel and resort properties and commercial real estate portfolios. In portfolio transactions, Bruce has led the acquisition, disposition and financing of several large commercial real estate portfolios, representing several billion dollars in transactional value. Bruce has been active in community and firm leadership throughout his career, having served as Managing Partner at Brownstein from 2003-2013, during a period in which Brownstein grew from 80 lawyers to over 250 lawyers and advisors.
Susan Tackett is part of the accounting team and is responsible for managing account receivables and payables for the business operation activities. She also assists in many aspects of the construction draw process including pay application processing and document management. Susan performs and excels at special projects assigned to her by the controller and accounting team.
Susan brings a decade of construction experience in book keeping and construction operations. Her experience includes accounting, job site supervision, employee management, property management and customer service in a commercial real estate setting.
Matt Derrick is a member of the Senior Housing development team at Confluent. Matt works closely with our Senior Housing operators to ensure our existing projects receive entitlements and approvals and construction stays on schedule. Matt also assists in the identification, pursuit and acquisition of sites in new and existing markets , nationally, for future development.
Matt has a diverse real estate background and started his real estate development career over 11 years ago working with Marshall Burton and Celeste Tanner at Opus Northwest and was focused on the development of Opus’ multifamily development projects. Matt has also held positions in commercial brokerage asset management, land development, land entitlements and land acquisitions.
A Denver native, Matt is active in the community and is on the Associate Board of ACE Scholarships and is a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.
Matt holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters Degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.
Matt Ferguson is the Construction Manager for all of Confluent’s Senior Housing projects. In this role Matt works very closely with the architects, engineers, general contractors, interior designers and operators throughout the development and construction process to ensure projects move forward and are completed on schedule and in budget.
Matt’s experience in construction management and development is as broad as it is diverse, having worked in both the residential and commercial environments. Prior to joining Confluent, Matt worked for Toll Brothers, the 2012 and 2014 National Home Builder of the Year. As a Project Manager, Matt oversaw the construction, development, sales and marketing of one of the most prominent single family home gated communities in the greater Denver metro area. Before joining Toll Brothers, Matt was a Project manager for Erickson Living, where he was part of the original team which oversaw the development and construction of the Wind Crest Retirement facility located in Highlands Ranch, CO.
Matt has a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami (OH) University and an MBA in Real Estate from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
As a member of the legal team, Angela is responsible for a variety of tasks that include drafting legal documents for filing, maintaining calendars for legal and finance deadlines, and researching various issues with the proper authorities. She also is responsible for administrative duties that include filings, basic research, mailings, correspondence, and notarizations.
She assists team members with real property purchase and sales, lease analysis, corporate compliance and due diligence matters. Angela’s responsibilities are to support the internal office processes and follow through to achieve project goals.
Prior to joining Confluent, Angela worked in the Oil and Gas industry performing a wide variety of duties in the Land Department.
As a member of the accounting team, Sean Welfare’s main responsibilities are supporting the Controller in providing accurate and timely financial statements. He is responsible for the accuracy of financial reconciliations and assists in the analysis of financial account information.
Sean is a current CPA who began his career in public accounting providing audit and tax services within the alternative investment landscape. He eventually moved to Amstar Group where he shifted his focus to accounting for real estate investments. With his background Sean was excited to join Confluent Development and assist the Controller in all aspects of the accounting system.
Sean holds a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University.
Ted Lodigensky has been involved in real estate development and construction for over 25 years, providing a broad range of construction supervision and management services. Specific areas of expertise range from site selection and evaluation; through architectural and engineering review and coordination, including governmental approvals and permits; to project specific scheduling, management and supervision.
His experience includes the construction of retail centers and associated tenant improvements, as well as a variety of multi-family residential building types ranging from the adaptive reuse and renovation of historic warehouse, hotels and apartment buildings into rental and condominium lofts, to the construction of suburban garden apartments and senior assisted living communities.
As a member of the finance team, Dan is responsible for analyzing and assisting with the oversight and implementation of financial strategy formulation throughout the lifecycle of Confluent’s real estate development projects and assets.
Prior to joining Confluent Dan was a Vice President of Loan Production at Essex Financial Group where he specialized in the origination and placement of debt and equity across a wide array of commercial property types.
Dan earned his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a dual concentration in finance and real estate and his B.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he was a member of the varsity baseball team. After being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2004, Dan spent the next few years doing his best Crash Davis impersonation before trading in his baseball glove for an HP12C.
Jeanine manages a wide range of global and shared services that support the core business of Confluent Development. These shared services include HR, IT, Office Management, Admin Assistance, Construction Contracts, Customer and Employee experiences, and training.
Jeanine has 30 years of experience in business management in a variety of industries. Before joining Confluent Development, she was the Manager of Shared Services for Forum Real Estate Group. She was responsible for HR, Payroll, IT, Risk Management, Safety, training and Construction accounting for 140 employees, nationwide. Prior to Forum, she was with Koelbel Property Management performing the same duties for 120 employees.
Jeanine brings a strong background and passion to growing company culture and team building as well as reviewing processes and procedures and recommending positive changes to align them with company strategies, branding and standards.
Mona Douillard is the Construction Manager for Confluent’s retail projects. In this role Mona works very closely with the architects, engineers, general contractors, and environmental consultants throughout the development and construction process to ensure projects move forward and are completed on schedule and in budget.
Prior to joining Confluent, Mona managed the Fort Carson Installation Restoration Program that included the capping of 5 landfills totaling 400 acres, oversight of 58 petroleum cleanup sites, and the management of 170 solid waste management units. Prior to Fort Carson, Mona was a Construction Project Manager for Racetrac Petroleum, Inc, where she managed the construction of both new builds and remodels of retail convenience stores in 12 southeastern states and worked at Speedway SuperAmerica LLC where she was the Environmental Project Manager overseeing the cleanup of approximately 300 remediation sites throughout the Southeast.
Mona has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Southern Illinois University
With more than 20 years of development and construction experience, Coakley’s industry success with single-tenant net lease properties led to the delivery of more than 60 Walgreens properties and five Chase Bank properties, all within the Midwest and southeastern United States.
Prior to joining Confluent Development, Coakley served as president of Eyes North Corporation in Chicago, with a $100 million portfolio of single-tenant retail developments throughout the Midwest.
Coakley’s industry expertise is a valuable asset to Confluent Development’s retail development portfolio of $25 million annually. As an industry leader, Coakley’s experience allows the firm to expand its programmatic relationships that are currently focused primarily in the Rocky Mountain region – with clientele that includes Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Verizon, Chipotle, Walmart, Dollar General and Taco Bueno – in addition to the development of new key relationships.
Mr. Coakley is an Illinois licensed real estate broker who holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois.
Mitchell Menashe works on the retail development team at Confluent where he specializes in site acquisition, conceptual planning, project underwriting, and client relationship management.
Mitchell began his professional career at Verdad Real Estate, a privately held single tenant retail development company based in Dallas, TX. While at Verdad, Mitchell worked on behalf of clients such as Starbucks, Maverik, Hardee’s, and 7-Eleven.
Mitchell is on the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee and graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA in General Business in 2014.