With 25 years and billions of dollars in development experience, Marshall Burton co-founded and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Confluent Development. The full-service real estate investment and development firm features unmatched talent executing across a diverse portfolio of industrial, office, retail, mixed-use and senior housing development projects, all under one roof. Through Marshall’s leadership, the company’s footprint spans more than 100 projects and 10 million square feet of development in 22 states.
As CEO, Marshall guides the Confluent Development team’s success in all phases of real estate development, delivering custom and complex projects that add lasting impact to their respective communities. True to the Confluent name, the philosophy of unification is central to Marshall’s leadership of the firm. The company fuses its best-in-class team and stakeholders to create real estate solutions for communities to innovate, grow and inspire.
Marshall has a strong record serving on boards for successful industrial REITs. He is currently a full-cycle events director of Black Creek Industrial REIT IV (BCI IV), an industrial REIT focused primarily on high-quality distribution warehouses with more than $1.2 billion under management. He was previously a board member for Industrial Property Trust (IPT) and Industrial Income Trust (IIT), helping to steer the industrial REITs through the full cycle of their portfolios. IPT successfully sold its portfolio featuring 37.5 million square feet of industrial space for approximately $4 billion in 2020, and IIT completed its sale for more than $4 billion in 2015.
Prior to founding Confluent Development, Marshall was the executive vice president for Opus Development Company, where he led operations in the western region and oversaw the growth of its Denver office.
Giving Back in Business and Community
Marshall’s commitment to community began early in his career, when he served as an associate director for the Downtown Denver Partnership. Here, he co-founded Denver Capital Corporation, a multi-bank community lending organization.
Marshall has carried forward this spirit of community investment throughout his career. Currently, he serves on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s Corporate Leadership Council (CLC), helping to advance Children’s Hospital Colorado’s mission through philanthropy and special event fundraising. Marshall is also a member of Colorado Concern, an alliance of the state’s leading executives committed to enhancing Colorado’s business climate. Within the industry, Marshall previously served as president of NAIOP Colorado and as an active member of Urban Land Institute. Based on Marshall’s visionary leadership and commitment to community investment, the Denver Business Journal awarded him as a Most Admired CEO in 2020.
Celeste Tanner is the co-founder and President of Confluent Commercial. Bringing nearly 20 years of industry experience, she established the full-service real estate investment and development firm to bring a new vision of development within the industry to life. In her role, she steers the firm’s execution across all phases of real estate development, successfully delivering custom and complex projects that create significant value in their respective communities. Since the company’s inception in 2014, Celeste has overseen more than $1.5 billion in development projects across the organization’s diverse portfolio, consisting of more than 100 industrial, office, retail, mixed-use and senior housing development projects.
Under Celeste’s guidance, Confluent has delivered award-winning projects and works with some of the country’s most sophisticated clients including Target, FedEx, Starbucks, Mikron Corporation, Vectra Bank, and Charter Communications, among others.
In her previous role as director of real estate development at Opus Development Company, Celeste led the real estate project team for its Denver office and played a key role in the ground-up development of more than 5 million square feet of commercial and multi-family space.
Celeste holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver, is an alumnus of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program and has been awarded for her outstanding achievements from organizations such as The Denver Business Journal, CREW, NAIOP Colorado and Bisnow.
Giving Back in Business and Community
Celeste has represented the development industry both locally and nationally through her leadership in NAIOP, where she previously served as the chapter president for Colorado. Currently an executive committee member on NAIOP’s national board, she provides a voice for Colorado’s development industry at the national table.
Celeste also contributes her leadership well beyond the industry and into the community. She serves on the board of Wheat Ridge Localworks, where she contributes her industry expertise to help implement the organization’s business and home improvement loan programs, among others, focused on enhancing the city’s economic vitality and neighborhood revitalization. Celeste also represents District I as a member in Renewal Wheat Ridge (RWR), an Urban Renewal Authority committed to improving the visual aesthetics and environmental aspects of Wheat Ridge, meanwhile adhering to the wants and needs of the community.
John is the President of Confluent Senior Living and is responsible for leading the business strategy, investment initiatives and development in Senior Housing. John works closely with Confluent’s development team to ensure successful project delivery, and the operating partners to ensure existing communities achieve asset management objectives. John also identifies and pursues new markets and sites for future projects. Confluent Senior Living is a subsidiary of Confluent Development.
Preceding the launch of Confluent Senior Living, John was a Vice President of Development at Confluent Development, focusing on office and industrial development in addition to Senior Housing. John is a member of the Executive Team at Confluent Development.
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 product types, including office, retail, hospitality, industrial, multi-family, and brownfield redevelopment. 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 Bachelor of Arts in finance from Calvin College, a Master of Science in economics from the Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Giving Back in Business and Community
As a member of ULI, John serves on the organization’s Senior Housing Council as well as on the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association. As a past Associate Board member, John proudly supports the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver.
Jon 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. Jon 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.
Jon graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A in Finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
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 acted as a shareholder in private practice 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, and she was a finalist for the CREW Denver Women of Influence Top Achiever in Law Award in 2017. 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.
Executive Vice President of Development Management
Dean Barber joined the Confluent Development management team in 2017 as the Executive Vice President of Development Management. With 30 years of development experience, Dean’s capability spans product types that include build-to-suit, multi-tenant office, medical office and surgery centers, hospitals, retail, hospitality, multi-family, senior housing, light industrial business parks and large mixed-use land developments.
Dean leads the overall execution of all Confluent Development projects. With Confluent Development making a respected name for the level of complexity in their projects, Dean’s role focuses on the firm’s development management services, which continues to scale the organization both locally and nationally with best-in-class processes critical to the firm’s continued success and growth.
Previously, Dean served as the Senior Vice President of Development Management for McWhinney, where he oversaw the execution of the firm’s commercial, hospitality and multi-family developments. During his tenure there, he developed more than 35 projects resulting in more than 3.25 million square feet of commercial space with notable projects including the revitalization of Denver’s iconic Union Station and the redevelopment of the historic Dairy Block in Lower Downtown Denver.
Dean holds Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and has completed coursework in the M.S. in construction management program from Colorado State University.
Giving Back in Business and Community
Dean is an active participant in the professional community through membership in NAIOP and previously served on the board of Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation.
Dean’s love of mentorship through sports has lead him not only to coach over 20 youth and high school football, baseball and lacrosse teams over the years but to serve on the board of organizations such as CHAMP (Character in Athletics, Make it a Priority) and Ft. Collins Youth Lacrosse. Other notable organizations where Dean is proud to sit the board include Adoption Dreams Come True, Poudre Valley Hospital, Harmony Campus, and Colorado State University’s Everitt Real Estate Center.
As Director of Asset Management for Confluent Senior Living, Taylor is responsible for all senior housing assets in addition to advising on underwriting, acquisitions and dispositions. She participates in strategic capital deployment, oversees assets from development to stabilization and collaborates with various operating partners to ensure continued growth and improvement.
Prior to joining the team at Confluent, Taylor was Project Director at Spieker Senior Living where she consulted on acquisitions and design, managed onsite fill-up, and drove sales and occupancy for several of California’s largest CCRCs. Before transitioning into senior living, Taylor began her career in Property and Asset Management for Spieker Partners and MHF Real Estate where she managed commercial, retail, and industrial properties throughout the west coast.
Taylor graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BA in Sociology.
Cadie is a Development Director leading Confluent Development’s Industrial development platform.
Previously, Cadie was a vice president in Bow River Capital’s Real Estate Group. In this role, she was responsible for originating, structuring and managing real estate investments within the firm’s portfolios. Cadie has more than 10 years of institutional asset management experience. Prior to joining Bow River Capital, she worked for EverWest Real Estate Investors as Director of Asset Management for the Mountain Region managing office and industrial product throughout Colorado, Utah, Texas and Missouri.
Prior to that, she was an Assistant Vice President at AEW Capital Management in Boston where her portfolio consisted of office, industrial and retail buildings located in several major markets including Boston, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Dallas.
Cadie holds a M.S. in Real Estate Construction Management and a BSBA from the University of Denver where she played all four years on the Division I Women’s Soccer team. She is a member of the University of Denver Alumni Engagement Committee, DMCAR, and ULI Colorado: Office Workplace & Industrial Council.
Danielle Conover’s insatiable thirst for learning and gregarious personality is the perfect fit for this ever-growing company. In her role as Assistant Construction Manager she will be supporting our experienced group of construction managers and Confluent Development’s Senior Living team as well as heading national retail projects.
Danielle has overseen construction install crews, managed large offices, and supported commercial construction over her varied career. Danielle comes to us from McWhinney, where she supported the commercial development team in entitlements, vertical construction, and lease management. Notable projects that she has worked on include the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Dairy Block, Great Wolf Resort in Garden Grove, California, and Nutrien’s U.S. Corporate Headquarters in Loveland, Colorado, the largest private employer in Northern Colorado.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Danielle went on to receive a Certificate in Construction Management from Colorado State University. Having started her career working for Pella Windows & Doors, she decided to make construction and development her ultimate career goal. Danielle has been married to her husband, Ryan, since 1997. They have two teenage boys, Seth and David, and enjoy exploring this great state as a family while camping, fishing, and hiking.
Cody Cowan is the Construction Manager for Confluent’s Senior Living, Industrial, and Office sectors. In this role Cody 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. In the two years that Cody has been with Confluent he has managed the construction of over 470 square feet of Class A office space; including Granite Place at Village Center and The Circa Building.
Prior to Joining Confluent Development Cody was a Project Manager for National Oilwell Varco. He was responsible for overall construction project planning and scheduling, resource allocation, contract negotiations, project accounting and control; all while providing in the field technical direction and ensuring compliance with high quality standards. Prior to NOV, Cody was a Project and Facility Manager for RSI Group in Southern California. While with RSI Group Cody Gained career experience with site investigations, permit expediting, design, FF&E management, estimating, construction management, and facilities management.
Mr. Rotunda serves as a leader of the Construction Management Department with Confluent Development. He 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.
Bill joined the Confluent Development team in 2020 as a Construction Manager for retail, multifamily, and mixed-use community driven projects. With 15 years of development and construction experience, Bill’s expertise spans product types including build-to-suit, multi-tenant office, retail, entertainment, light industrial, multi-family, hospitality, medical office, surgery centers, and hospitals.
Previously, Bill served as a construction and development manager for two Colorado based development firms as well as a project manager for a design-build general contractor. During his tenure he has constructed and developed more than 15 projects resulting in more than one million square feet of commercial space. He has worked on notable projects including the revitalization of Denver’s iconic Union Station, Denver’s Dairy Block, Loveland’s Nutrien Corporate Headquarters, Fort Collin’s Harmony Commons Retail Center, Loveland’s Foundry Mixed Use Town Center, Industrial Projects in Loveland and Broomfield, an Aloft Hotel in Thornton, and several medical projects in Texas, the pacific northwest, and Georgia.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and is an active participant in the professional community through memberships in NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute. Bill lives in Fort Collins with his wife Julia and their daughter. They enjoy travel, watersports, and exploring as a family while skiing, camping, and hiking.
As Accounting Manager at Confluent, Leslie assists the Controller with the oversight of the accounting department, the facilitation of the construction draw process and the completion of all financial reporting.
Leslie has 25 years of accounting experience specializing in the Real Estate industry. Prior to joining Confluent, Leslie spent 15 years as the Development Accounting Manager for NexCore Group where she managed all aspects of the construction draw process as well as the financial reporting for both medical office and senior living projects. During her tenure there, she worked closely and collaborated with internal finance, design and construction departments as well as outside lenders, attorneys and capital partners. Leslie also has previous accounting experience with Multi-Use, Retail and Multi-Family projects.
Leslie holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing, hiking and traveling.
Aaron joined Confluent Development in 2022 as an IT Manager with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.
Preceding Confluent, Aaron joins us from All Covered where he was a Engineer Team Lead/Senior Systems Engineer. Prior to that, he was a Senior Systems Engineer at NexusTek.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in IT Security from Western Governors University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his family and playing with his young daughter.
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