Thomas G. Thibodeau

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Curriculum Vitae


Tom Thibodeau is the Global Real Estate Capital Markets Professor and the Academic Director of the University of Colorado Real Estate Center in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 1980, Tom received a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.S. degree in Statistics from Stony Brook University. After completing his Ph.D., Tom was a Research Associate in the Housing Division of the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. At the Urban Institute, Tom developed house price indices; developed econometric models designed to explain spatial and temporal variation in house prices; evaluated Federal programs for subsidizing low-income housing; and served as a staff consultant for President Reagan's Commission on Housing. From 1983 through July 2004, he was on the Real Estate faculty at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University. During the 1998-1999 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, and a Visiting Scholar at the Philadelphia Fed.

Tom is currently the Academic Director of the University of Colorado’s Real Estate Center (CUREC). Tom is responsible for: (1) overseeing the Leeds School of Business real estate curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; (2) staffing real estate courses with qualified, committed research faculty and instructors; (3) directing the Center’s academic research; (4) facilitating and contributing to real estate industry oriented research; and (5) continuing to develop relationships with members of the real estate industry.


Steve Billings
Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Stephen B. Billings, Associate Professor of Real Estate in the Department of Finance at the University of Colorado, earned his doctorate in economics at the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He is a nationally recognized scholar in urban economics and real estate with over 10 peer-reviewed publications including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, Regional Science & Urban Economics and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. Steve's research focuses on a number of important policy issues including the impact of public investment in light-rail transit on neighborhoods, the impact of school segregation on academic achievement and crime, the role of peers and youth environment on adult criminal outcomes as well as number of ongoing studies that examine the role of lead-based paint on neighborhoods, home values and childhood outcomes. He works extensively with large administrative datasets with a number of studies based on data from Charlotte, NC and Denver, CO.

Curtis Sears
Senior Instructor

Curtis Sears joined the faculty of the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder as an instructor in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2014. He currently teaches real estate principles, real estate law, real estate internship, and real estate case competition. Curtis is a licensed attorney in both Colorado and Texas.


JD, University of Colorado, School of Law
BBA, Southern Methodist University
AACSB, Bridge Program

Amy Javernick-Will, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Amy Javernick-Will is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Construction Engineering and Management program in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. Amy conducts research on project-based organizations in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. She is interested in global organizations and projects; knowledge management and organizational learning; social networks; integrated project delivery; and probabilistic controls.

Prior to entering academia, Amy worked for over six years in the construction and real estate development industry as a design-build project manager.

Amy is an Assistant Specialty Editor of Organizational Issues for the American Society of Civil Engineering’s (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, co-Technical Chair for the Engineering Project Organizations Conference (EPOC) in 2012, and a co-Conference track leader for Organizational Issues at the Construction Research Congress in 2012. She is a member of ASCE, Engineers without Borders (EWB-USA), Design-Build Institute of America, Construction Research Council, Construction Industry Institute’s Academic Committee and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building Construction.


BS, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado
MS, University of Colorado
Ph.D., Stanford University

Scott Cox


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Scott Cox has 30 years of experience nationwide in home-building, land development and real estate finance. A graduate of Cal Poly SLO School of Architecture and licensed architect, Scott received his MBA from UCLA and had experience in real estate work-outs and with a homebuilder. Scott was the Western Region Manager for Residential RE for one of the largest construction lenders in the US and also managed the Public Home Builder Group and Equity Financing Groups whose clients included Lowe, IHP, Saybrook and Hearthstone. In 2004 Scott joined IHP Capital Partners, one of the leading institutional equity managers in the for-sale housing industry. Responsible for the management and turnaround of several MPCs and new business origination, Scott was a partner and member of the investment committee. Investments underwritten and managed included home-building and land-development ventures as well as entity-level investments.

Linda Kaboth

Linda Kaboth, is a Vice President in the National Division of GF Real Estate Group (GFREG); a subsidiary of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Her current responsibilities include the oversight of the asset management and property management of Belmar in Lakewood Colorado, as well as overseeing operations for the commercial and multi-family assets owned by GFREG. Linda is teaching our undergraduate Real Estate Finance course.

Linda has been involved with the asset management, property management and leasing of commercial office and retail projects, primarily in the Denver metro area for over 25 years. Prior to joining GFREG, she was real estate manager for the Sturm Group in Cherry Creek (Denver) and CarrAmerica in downtown Denver. Prior to that, she spent a majority of her commercial real estate career with Jones Lang LaSalle, as a property manager and leasing professional for many high profile office/retail projects in downtown Denver including the redevelopments of Prudential Plaza (Independence Plaza), 633 17th Street, and US Bank Tower. Linda earned her BA from the University of Colorado and her MPA from the University of Denver.

Kim Koehn

Kim J. Koehn is a 30 year veteran of the real estate industry. He currently operates his own development and investment entity, K2Ventures, LLC. He has held senior positions at national developers Opus Corporation, Corporex Companies, and Fifield Realty. For 13 years, he ran the Denver office of Equity Office Properties, the largest public office REIT in the country. He has extensive development and asset management experience in all product types, including residential, hospitality, office and retail properties.

He is an adjunct professor at the LEEDS School of Business, teaching Real Estate Principles at the undergraduate level, and the NAIOP-sponsored Project Competition class in the graduate MBA program. Mr. Koehn is actively involved in industry and civic associations such as NAIOP, Downtown Denver Partnership and Special Olympics-Colorado, and has held the chairperson’s role in each of these entities during his career. He is a committed Buff, and currently resides in Denver, CO.


BA, Environmental Design, University of Colorado
MBA, University of Chicago

Matt Morris


Matt Morris is an Instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Construction Engineering and Management program in the Department of Civil, Environment al and Architectural Engineering. Matt teaches the Construction Engineering and Management Fundamentals course for the Real Estate Development Ivanoff Track.

Matt was formerly a Captain in the U.S. Air Force where he led engineering and construction projects and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point as an assistant professor in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering department. Matt was also a construction Project Manager at Mortenson Construction and led multiple projects in the Denver area.


BS, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Tom Ragonetti


Thomas J. Ragonetti is a senior shareholder and director of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC, a leading commercial law firm in Denver, where he specializes in land use, government regulation, urban and real estate development and construction law. He represents private and public sector clients locally and nationally in matters involving complex governmental approvals and large scale development and construction, and he is active in civic matters including the same issues. He has degrees in law from Harvard Law School and in City Planning from Cornell University. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in both land use and real estate; in the top tier of land use lawyers, the top tier of real estate lawyers, and the top tier of resort lawyers in the Chambers USA guide and in Colorado Super Lawyers. He has just been named the winner of a 2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award as “Land Use Law – Attorney of the Year in Colorado.” He is an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Denver, where he teaches Growth Management and “The New American Landscape,” and he is an adjunct professor in the University of Denver College of Law where he teaches Land Use Planning and related subjects. He also teaches at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business on the same topics. He is Chairman and past President of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and has served on the Colorado Land Use Commission. He has served as co-chair of The Colorado Blue Ribbon Panel on Housing. He frequently chairs and speaks in continuing legal education and planning programs devoted to land use, development, and related topics.

Tim Van Meter


Tim Van Meter, a firm partner and founder [1989] of Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP, an Architecture and Urban Design firm in San Francisco and Denver, is a leading architect and urban designer whose work has focused on green architecture and sustainable urban design for the last 23 years. Tim heads the firm’s Denver office, which he established in 1999. He has led the design team on many of the firm’s complex and award-winning architecture and urban design projects in Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, and California. He is experienced in a wide range of architecture and urban design projects at various scales, focusing on transit-oriented development, neighborhood design, mixed-use urban infill, adaptive reuse, and high density and affordable housing.

On the national level, Tim is an Urban Design Adviser for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s [EPA] Smart Growth Program and sat on the Board for Design Arts Grants for the National Endowments for the Arts [NEA]. He also was co-chair of CNU XVII, the 2009 national conference of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and is a board member of the Colorado chapter. He is a licensed architect in Colorado, California, Hawaii, Texas and Utah.


BS, Environmental Design, University of Colorado

David Gross
Director of MS in Real Estate



David M. Gross, Ph.D. is a Senior Instructor of Finance at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Gross was born and raised in New York City. He received his BA in Economics from New York University. After a stint as a derivatives trader, Dr. Gross received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Fordham University. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. His research work was in market structure, information asymmetry and price formation. His work examined the ability of market procedures to assimilate exogenous information shocks.

Dr. Gross started teaching finance part-time at the Leeds School of Business in 1996 and has been teaching at the Leeds School full-time since 2002. Dr. Gross teaches in both the M.B.A and undergraduate programs at Leeds. His teaching interests include security and investment portfolio risk analysis, and fixed income and derivative securities and markets. Dr. Gross also teaches the sophomore-level Introductory Finance core course at the Leeds School.

Dr. Gross is a partner at Social Venture Partners of Boulder County through which he provides financial consulting and seminars in financial management to Boulder County non-profits. Dr. Gross is member of the Foothills United Way Investment Advisory Committee and is the past treasurer of a Boulder-based non-profit medical clinic. Dr. Gross also consults in the area of derivatives and the management of portfolio risk and business risk.

Teaching Interests: Financial Institutions Risk Measurement and Risk Management, Derivative Securities, Portfolio Theory and Investment Management, Introductory and Advanced Corporate Finance Education

Ph.D., Finance, University of Colorado;
MBA, Fordham University;
BA, Economics, New York University