Koelbel Alumni Award

The CU Real Estate Center Koelbel Alumni Award is presented to alumni of the University of Colorado who have contributed their time and energy on behalf of the Real Estate Center and students who go through the real estate program. While one award may be presented annually, it is not mandatory that one be selected each year. The following areas are considered when selecting the Alumni Award recipient.

  • Service to the CU Real Estate Center
  • Involvement with students in the Real Estate Program

  • 2016 Recipient

    Erin Marilley, Real Estate Manager
    Conscience Bay Company

    2015 Recipient

    Craig Poulter

    2014 Recipient

    Jim Creighton, First Vice President

    Prologis operates the world’s largest and most diverse portfolio of industrial distribution facilities totaling approximately 600 million square feet. Jim Creighton joined the firm in May of 2010 as Portfolio Manager in the Prologis Private Capital Group. His responsibilities include the management of an open-ended investment fund that owns and operates industrial distribution properties in multiple markets across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Prologis, Jim was a partner in REvest Inc., a private real estate investment and asset management firm. His previous positions include Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Regional Operating Officer with Lowe Enterprises, and Managing Director with LaSalle Investment Management, the investment subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle. Jim received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a past Board member and committee chair of the Colorado Chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association and continues to serve on several NAIOP committees. Jim is also a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Colorado Real Estate Council and is a member of PREA, the Pension Real Estate Association. Jim and his wife, Dee Dee, reside in Englewood, Colorado and have two children, Grant and Blair.

    2013 Recipient

    Walter "Buz" Koelbel, Jr., CEO
    Koelbel and Company

    When Walter A. Koelbel founded Koelbel and Company as a residential brokerage company in 1952, he had only a map, slide rule, and business degree from the University of Colorado to supplement his vision. Koelbel wanted to capitalize on the revolutionary changes being brought about by growing automobile use and expanding highway systems that would carry more and more people outside the city limits.

    Anticipating that growth would proceed along the expanding roadway system, Koelbel began acquiring properties along those paths. These included acquisitions along the I-25 corridor southeast of downtown Denver and in Cherry Hills Village, an affluent area just south of the city. These investments placed Koelbel and Company solidly at the forefront of new real estate developments and exciting growth of Denver, Colorado.

    Within a few years, Koelbel also began development plans for his flagship property, Pinehurst Country Club and Pinehurst Estates, several miles southwest of Denver. This project was the first master-planned residential golf course community along Colorado's Front Range and, with the natural beauty of the golf course as the neighborhood's center, laid the groundwork for Koelbel's future philosophy of building communities around distinguishing natural features.

    Ater a half a century, Koelbel and Company continues to be a Colorado family-owned business-now thriving under the leadership of Walter's son, Walter A. "Buz" Koelbel, Jr. The company has grown into a full service real estate company with developed properties spanning from Vail and Winter Park to Louisville and Denver. With communities that blend ageless values with pacesetting design, the company continues to place its indelible mark on the Colorado landscape.