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Meet David Thomson of Kairoi Residential

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Thomson.

Growing up in the real estate industry in Pittsburgh, Thomson came West to The University of Denver to pursue real estate. He then went onto The American Graduate School/Thunderbird in Paris France. With over 30 years in real estate development experience, Thomson was selected in the Who’s Who in Real Estate by the Denver Business Journal for many years and then the 40 under 40, Denver Business Journal in 2002. Thomson was responsible for bringing the likes of GE, Arrow Electronics and NBH to Colorado as the Global Business Development Director for Governor Hickenlooper.

Thomson has been associated with large scale development projects that include, base village of Winter Park Ski Resort, base village- River Run of Keystone Ski Resort, The Riverfront Park in Denver and Cordillera in Vail Colorado. As COO and a partner to East West Partners, Thomson was partly responsible for bringing the Riverfront Park Community to Denver. Thomson serves on various boards including President of The Nathan Yip Foundation, The Winter Park Ski Resort Trust, Denver Colfax Marathon, University of Colorado Denver Arts and Media College, Denver Film Society, The Burns Society DU Real Estate School, and various others. Thomson enjoys the outdoors of Colorado with his sons and is an active skier and runner.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like all industries, real estate has cycles. When I graduated from graduate school and wanted to live in Colorado, Denver was in its worst recession. I had to work three different jobs just to make ends meet-none of them in real estate. In the boom of real estate, it may sound exciting but this also brings the challenges. Labor and prices are out of control. The quality of work is less than desired.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Please tell us about Kairoi Residential. What should we know?
Kairoi Residential is a premier, vertically integrated, multifamily investment, development and property management company headquartered in San Antonio with offices in Austin and Denver. Since 2003, the partnership has transacted on $4.3 billion across 50,000 multifamily units in many cities and states around the country.

Kairoi features broad in-house capabilities for acquisitions, development, asset management, property management, construction services, accounting, marketing, legal, human resources, and investor relations. We’re a small part of something bigger. Knowing we have a responsibility to positively impact the communities in which we live and work, Kairoi is dedicated to giving back and supporting the greater good.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory is my relationship with my Grandma. She taught me most of life’s lessons that I carry today- treating people with respect- all people.

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