DEN Real Estate Team

Darryl Jones | Chief Real Estate Officer, Executive Vice President

Darryl is responsible for strategy and oversight of Denver International Airport’s (DEN) commercial real estate development program on approximately 16,000 developable acres.  Prior to his service at DEN, Darryl was vice president and development manager of Coventry Development Corporation, where he managed the day-to-day development activities of three major real estate assets consisting of mixed-use master planned communities in Colorado, Florida and Texas.   He has also served as the director of planning and government affairs for Oakwood Homes and in development regulation and vision implementation for several municipal jurisdictions on both the east and west coasts since 1986.  He holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Laura Aldrete | Senior Vice President

Laura provides oversight and management of specific strategies to ensure market driven implementation results to execute the DEN commercial land use vision and strategy. She has participated in development and planning projects, both in the private and public sectors, throughout her career. She has consulted on many urban infill projects in the Denver area as well as across the country, including I-25/Broadway Station, St. Anthony’s redevelopment, Dahlia Square redevelopment, Stapleton International Airport and Redmond, WA’s Transit-Oriented Development. A native of Denver, Laura earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder and continued on to receive master's degrees in Latin American studies and urban and regional planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Laura is a bilingual Spanish speaker.

Karlen Beitman | Real Estate Director

Karlen manages specific projects within the DEN real estate portfolio and directs the marketing and financial analysis for current and potential real estate development projects, including the mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development, Peña Station Next. He recently moved to Denver after an expansive role at a small private development company where he oversaw the asset and property management for a two-million SF portfolio of mixed-use office, retail, hotel and multifamily development projects in Chicago, Washington D.C, and Pittsburgh. Karlen has also led the creative and strategic direction of the marketing and research division. Karlen received double master's degrees in business and urban planning and policy from Roosevelt University and University of Illinois-Chicago, respectively.   

Kate Iverson | Real Estate Director

Kate manages key planning projects and the development of entitlement processes and design standards for DEN’s real estate development. She is currently leading DEN’s Strategic Development Plan that sets the vision for transforming DEN’s non-aviation land into thriving commercial districts. She has more than 25 years of experience in the development and construction industries as both an attorney and architect, implementing the delivery of public and public-private development projects. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Williams College, a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Elise Brenninkmeyer | Real Estate Manager

Elise works on projects from planning through construction within the DEN real estate portfolio. She is a landscape architect with extensive experience in urban planning, community development and site design.  She has worked with a breadth of disciplines and professionals to bring projects to successful completion in both urban and rural settings.  Elise values the power of the built landscape to encourage community cohesiveness and has demonstrated success balancing the needs of divergent user groups.  Elise holds a master's degree in landscape architecture and is a registered landscape architect in the state of Colorado.

Marc Wells | Real Estate Manager

Marc manages the financial analysis of real estate transactions and supports active development projects as a project manager.  Marc joined DEN Real Estate after several years with a private developer where he underwrote new acquisitions and oversaw the horizontal development and property management of a 500-acre master planned community in Parker, CO. Prior to a career in real estate he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Marc received a Bachelor’s of Science from Colorado State University and his MBA from the University of Denver.

Lauren O’Connor | Real Estate Project Assistant

Lauren fills a critical role in supporting the DEN Real Estate Division, including daily management and tracking of development project work task status and completion of outstanding items. She assists in the coordination of marketing collateral with the communications division. Prior to coming to DEN, Lauren worked at the Colorado Governor’s Office and Department of Public Health and Environment in assistant roles with scheduling meetings and presentations. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and is currently seeking her Master of Science in Leadership and Organization from the University of Denver.

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