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Meet Edward Boyle of Katchen Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Edward Boyle.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Edward. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I came to Colorado from Iowa after graduating from college with a degree in geochemistry. There was a recession in the oil industry at the time and I found alternative work in retail to make ends meet. I moved my way up the management ladder by working hard and going back to college evenings and weekends. With time I became a C level executive and was quite content. That is, until when the company I was working for merged with another company and I was informed I would no longer have a job. I wanted my next career to be something where I had more control of my destiny. I found that by partnering with Bruce Katchen, a local commercial real estate developer. Our business was pretty one dimensional when I came on board. I made it my goal to create a very diverse company with multiple streams of income. Over the next thirty years, the company has expanded to where it is today. A full-service boutique real estate firm offering both commercial and residential real estate services to the greater Denver metro area.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The Denver real estate industry is very competitive and thirty years ago it was a “good old boys network” unwilling to let new people participate. This was prior to computer databases where real estate listings were just a click away. During those early years, I would have to drive the area my client was interested in relocating to and write down the listing broker’s name and phone number from signage on the buildings. I would then call the listing broker to get the information on the property. Invariably the listing broker would inform me that they didn’t know me and to call back when I had made a name for myself in the Denver real estate market. It was a struggle trying to make inroads into the market but I kept plugging away. My fortune change about three years into the business when I received a call from a lady who was trying to rent retail space. English was her second language and she was having problems getting any listing agent to speak to her. She wanted to start a discount nail salon. This was a new concept almost thirty years and no property owner was willing to take a chance on the startup business. I helped her write a business plan, put together a budget, and a personal financial statement. With these items in hand, I was able to find her a property owner who would lease her space. I was invited to her store’s open house and during the course of that afternoon, she kept introducing people to me. She was speaking to the people in her native tongue and I just smiled warmer. the next day my phone started ringing off the hook. The people she had introduced me to were calling to request my help with their startup businesses. Before I knew it listing agents were calling me asking me who I represented who would be interested in leasing one of their retail spaces.

Katchen Company – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Katchen Company is a full-service boutique firm offering both commercial and residential real estate solutions to the greater Denver metro area.

We have a full basket of services including property management, brokerage, fee development, construction oversight, maintenance services, consulting, property acquisition and joint ventures.

Individualized personal service.

Our reputation of helping anyone who has a real estate need. Regardless of the size of the request, we are willing to help.

We are willing to help someone reach their real estate goals even if that means not getting paid in the process.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I feel I’m successful if I can help other people become successful.

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