CELESTE TANNER ENCOURAGES ENTHUSIASM WITHIN HER TEAM

Tanner is a Denver Business Journal 2016 Outstanding Women in Business finalist in real estate

Published on Aug. 26, 2016

Confluent Development LLC’s Celeste Tanner wears many hats as chief development officer, but that’s nothing new for her.

At the regional real estate development firm, Tanner seeks new projects, leads the executive team, and oversees marketing and day-to-day operations. Tanner and partner Marshall Burton, who previously worked together at The Opus Group, founded Confluent in 2014 as a niche commercial and residential developer focused on micromarkets including Denver’s Platte Street and LoHi neighborhoods.

“A lot of my job at Confluent is cultivating a culture of enthusiasm. … We talk about smart goals, and all those things are important,” Tanner said. “But what it boils down to is are you enthusiastic about what you’re doing, and if you are, you’ll find a way to do it.”

Tanner grew up in rural Louisiana in a family of athletes. She was drawn to reading, writing and music, playing multiple instruments — including piano, saxophone and percussion — in bands and competitions. Tanner was the first in the family to graduate college, getting a bachelor’s in English literature at theUniversity of Colorado Denver.

“My parents were the typical 1950s story; my dad played football and my mom was a cheerleader,” Tanner said. “I inherited their competitive spirit.”

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