Meet Our Team
Justin RobertsManaging Principal
I was once asked, “what’s the most important word in business?” Without hesitation I replied, “Trust.” Without trust, nothing else matters, which is why earning and keeping our business partners and customers trust is the cornerstone of how we view our business.
In 2003, I had just graduated from law school and knew two things; 1) I wasn’t immediately interested in being an attorney, and 2) I had a growing passion for real estate. I entered the University of Denver’s MS-RECM program with the intent of gaining the basic expertise in real estate finance and construction management necessary to land my first real estate job. Before I graduated, I was offered a role with a small Denver developer and my real estate career began. Over the next 16 years, I’ve held positions with AIG Global Real Estate, GE Capital, UDR, and Choice Hotels, amongst others, managing every aspect of the real estate investment, development, asset management, and financing process along the way. I’ve managed projects and portfolios nationwide and totaling several billion dollars in value.
My current role at HighSide allows me to leverage all those past experiences to help the HighSide team serve our business partners and customers across the real estate spectrum in any way they require. We have deep expertise in sourcing, investment management, asset management, and development and construction management. We look forward to putting our team’s skills to work for you.
Education: Master of Science RECM – University of Denver; Juris Doctor – William & Mary School of Law; BA – University of California Santa Barbara
Kevin McKinneyExecutive Vice President
A mentor of mine once said, “We are going to build a place that people go to, not through”. This philosophy has stuck with me throughout my career and one of the many reasons I am passionate about what we do at HighSide. We strive to be a great business partner while also positively impacting every community we work with.
I began my career working for a large General Contractor based in Denver. After completing their training program and spending a few years working on large commercial projects, I quickly realized I wanted to be part of the larger development process, allowing me to influence the design and improve the overall construction experience. It was at this point in my career that I was given the opportunity to join one of the largest privately-owned Hotel developers in the country, Sage Hospitality. I spent 10 years with Sage as their VP of Design and Construction and was fortunate to work on multiple Hotel renovations, Historic rehabs, and new construction projects across the country. It was at Sage where I learned the positive impacts design and construction can have on a local community.
At HighSide, I am responsible for all high-level strategic decisions to ensure we are exceeding our client’s expectations and project goals.
Education: I earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
Andrew EllisVP of Development
The built environment is the necessary epicenter of almost every industry. I enjoy using my expertise to help create this tangible environment that eventually becomes someone’s home, place of business, vacation, favorite restaurant, or school. Without the construction industry, most other industries would not exist.
I am ultimately responsible for the management, oversight, and execution of the HighSide Development Management project portfolio. Prior to joining HighSide, I spent 8 years in project management at several ENR Top 100 general contractors, successfully executing over $400 million in projects across the country in various market segments including complex and high-profile commercial, hospitality, multi-family, retail, industrial process, life science, and educational. I am a results and relationship-driven leader with a strong ability to communicate effectively, manage conflict, solve problems, and deliver timely results to ensure project success. Exceeding expectations and delivering projects on time and under budget, all while maintaining strong relationships and superior client satisfaction is how I define success.
Education: I earned a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
Aaron PollickSr. Development Manager
My career has taken me all over the country. I’ve built ski villages, hospitals and medical offices, civic centers, police and fire stations, and numerous multi-family/mixed use buildings–with hotel projects on each coast and many more sprinkled in between. It’s in this experience that I’ve learned a deep appreciation for the hospitality industry.
Hospitality projects and “making a place” for others to experience is as good as it gets in real estate development. Whether providing a home away from home for that business trip or a family vacation, the care we take to make sure guest experiences a comfortable and enjoyable stay is paramount. Getting to that end is the challenge.
As a development manager, I’m responsible for the entire process from the initial concept through project construction and opening. I believe it all starts within listening to establish the team’s goals. With goals come challenges–and that’s where my job gets fun. I enjoy building teams to solve for challenges with creativity, efficiency and patience—it’s what “making” is all about. I appreciate the challenge of figuring out the best options to solve each problem, whether the goal is budget, aesthetics, engineering or customer focused. Let’s figure it out together!
Education: I’ve earned a Master of Science in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from Purdue University, but I’m a lifelong learner.
Harris GriswoldDevelopment Manager
My interest in real estate started at a young age. I grew up attending the annual parade of home tours with my mother and walking open office spaces with my father who worked as a broker in commercial real estate. These experiences founded my passion for real estate, and influenced me to pursue this career path.
To start my career, I spent 7 years working for both a large general contractor as well as a large development firm located in the SF Bay Area. In that time, I was fortunate to work on several world-class projects in various market segments including: high-rise and campus commercial office, bio-tech office, high-rise multifamily and condo, retail, and various tenant improvement projects. These projects ranged in budgets from $5M to $700M, and totaled over 2.5 million square feet of office space and 548 residential units.
As a Development Manager at HighSide Development, I oversee the entire project lifecycle including due diligence, entitlements, design, construction, and grand opening. Pairing my experience and strong work ethic, I hope to exceed expectations and deliver successful real estate developments.
Certifications: LEED AP & OSHA-30
Education: I earned a B.S. in Construction Management, with a minor in Business Administration degree at East Carolina University. I am currently pursuing an M.S. in Real Estate from the University of Denver.
Mark GreenfieldConstruction Manager
My career in construction has been described as “diverse”. While completing my formal education I worked as a carpenter, which I continued at upon graduation. My work left me with a great sense of reward, knowing the homes I built would be enjoyed and loved for many years. As my career progressed, I owned and operated a small GC firm, building high-end custom homes. When business simply became business and that sense of reward and accomplishment faded I decided it was time to embark on something new.
After mulling over different opportunities I was fortunate to be hired as a project manager for a design/build firm overseeing construction of retail banking facilities. Working in commercial construction was an eye opener in many ways. I quickly learned the formal processes required, while integrating my field experience and problem solving into the mix. The sense of accomplishment returned as my commercial experience grew. Ensuring that whatever design element involved at the outset of the design process was being achieved, along with the greatest quality, became something I once again took great pride in being a part of.
During the course of my commercial construction career, I have been involved with retail banking and operations centers, retail, research and higher education institutional facilities. My role at HighSide allows me to meld these experiences into the hospitality world, knowing that to be a successful Construction Manager the success of the project rests on its quality, budget adherence, and rapid and timely delivery to a satisfied customer. Experience has proved that the only way to accomplish this is through a solid, cohesive team effort and good communication throughout the process.
Brian GraberConstruction Manager
My career has taken me all over the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. I began my first step in the industry working for a commercial general contractor in the Charlotte, NC area from the bottom of the ladder and advanced over time. I’ve built and managed federal projects including military bases, military barracks, federal courthouses, and sports complexes—also private work in multi-family, medical offices, restaurants, retail centers, college dormitories, schools, universities, custom homes, and numerous others.
As a Construction Manager, I ensure projects are planned, designed and executed in a manner that meets and exceeds all objectives, and ensure completion on time and within budget. This is often a juggling routine to identify crucial aspects of the project and focus on them, while also keeping all other aspects of the project moving. A focus critical to project success is team building with all stakeholders–owners, designers, contractors, suppliers, property management and the local community.