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Bruce Etkin

I am an accomplished, recently retired real estate veteran based in Colorado. For 32 years, I served as the chairman of Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners and spearheaded the acquisition and development of over 15 million square feet of real estate, of which Etkin had ownership stake in. I am blessed to have been highly successful both in my career and community endeavors, and now have a platform in which I can be more involved in the causes I believe in.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Colorado in 1975 and opened my first business, Etkin Construction, in 1980. I grew the business to be the 4th largest general contractor in Colorado by 1990 and then sold the business to focus full-time on Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners, which I co-founded with David Johnson. Together, we ran the business before selling our portfolio and winding down the firm in 2021.  

Even in retirement, I am deeply committed to Denver and actively participate in the communities I live in through community endeavors, charitable board contributions and board positions. I currently serve on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation, Aspen Art Museum and Urban Land Institute, and am involved in several community-driven causes and charities. I previously served on the boards for Aspen Valley Ski Club, Aspen Country Day School and Food Bank of the Rockies and was a trustee of the Urban Land Institute.

I am an extremely dedicated, competent and compassionate individual who possesses abundant resources to be a positive advocate for all walks of life. I exhibit a conscientious and meticulous work ethic, a keen eye for detail and excellent communication and intervention skills, all of which contribute toward solid, long-lasting working relationships.

I have a loving and caring life/soul partner, Laurel Gilbert, and am the father of three beautiful adult children, two boys and a girl. Lauren and I spend our summers and winters in Aspen, occupying the remainder of our time in Moab, where we recently completed our second home. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, with a particular proclivity for skiing, biking, hiking and running. I am also very passionate about the arts. Many people have commented that I am the happiest person they know.

John and Ann Porter Commit to Supoorting Etkin Scholars Program at ULI Charlotte

ULI Charlotte Etkin Scholar Program

JOHN PORTER, president of Charter Properties, and his wife, Ann, have committed to continue funding the Etkin Scholars Program in Charlotte, North Carolina, thus extending a national scholarship program that Bruce Etkin, former chairman of Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners, established in 2021 with a $1 million gift. The Porters’ donation helps fulfil Etkin’s vision that other ULI members would be inspired to continue and expand the program.

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Announcing ULI Atlanta’s Etkin Scholars for 2022 – 2023!

Etkin Scholars

For a second year, ULI Atlanta will administer the Etkin Scholar’s program for 2022 – 2023. Last year, ULI Atlanta was one of five district councils to pilot the ULI Etkin Scholar Program designed to introduce college and university students with a real estate interest and degree focus to the resources
available through ULI membership while integrating those students into the ULI path of learning. The program has expanded this year to eight cities.

The Etkin Scholars program is seven (7) months long and will run from November 2022 through June 2023. During this time, scholars will be required to:

  1. Spend an average of three hours monthly on ULI activities, in-person or online
  2. Attend two ULI National Etkin Scholars virtual events
  3. Attend four ULI Atlanta Scholars events in person
  4. Access the Foundations of Real Estate Certification program at their own pace online at ULI Learning (details coming later this fall/winter)


The overall goal of this program is to bring the scholar into the world of land
use and commercial real estate development – to educate and connect them with the many fields, leaders and limitless opportunities of this industry. The Atlanta Scholars will have the opportunity to tour projects, meet local leaders and learn about career options and attend events on industry trends and challenges.

Between the two program years, students represented in Atlanta have come
from Atlanta Technical College, Emory University, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Morehouse College. We are excited to announce the class for the 2022 – 2023 year below:

ULI Scholars list

You can also read more about the Etkin Scholars and see their bios here.

Special thank you to ULI members and program leaders, Amanda Rhein, Keith Mack and Quinn Green for leading this as a signature initiative of the DEI Committee.

Click here to learn more about the ULI Etkin Scholars Program.

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New food bank in Grand Junction opens in time for the holiday season

Dec. 15, 2022

The Food Bank of the Rockies distribution center is now open, bringing more food and greater variety to families in need.

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