2020 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Katie
What brings you back? – AND/OR - What are you looking forward to at this year’s Energy Summit (aside from your session)?
I attend the Energy Summit annually and remain closely connected to the energy industry leadership throughout the year. We believe that large industries in Colorado cannot be separated, politically or economically.
What made you decide to join us at this 32nd Annual Energy Summit conference to participate on this panel, and how they are interpreted?
Large industries in Colorado, like energy and commercial real estate, can work together to educate elected officials and voters on why jobs in energy and growth in real estate development benefit Coloradan’s ability to earn at a higher level and find attainable housing.
Why do you think your panel topic is critical in the oil and natural gas industry at this time?
Commercial real estate is a $13B industry in Colorado and special interest groups target our owners to pay for energy and climate focused goals. Many of these goals aim to reduce oil and natural gas consumption in the Metro area. We are linked in our fates at the ballot box.
What is your personal favorite story about, or characteristic of the Colorado oil and natural gas community and those who work in it?
I grew up in rural Alaska. My mother died too young and my father worked away from home. There were five kids in our family, and we were in a kids raising kids environment. I was a straight A student and I wanted to go to college. When I was a teenager, I was hired as one of the only women to work with 5,000 men in the oil camps at Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk. I had nothing to offer the world but hard work and the oil companies accepted me. The money I earned allowed me to move to Colorado and to attend college here. That education changed everything. The oil and gas industry helped me reach the first rung on a ladder that allowed me to climb and work to change the financial and educational platform of my family in a single generation.
About Katie Kruger
Katie Kruger is the CEO of the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors. DMCAR represents 2,000 commercial real estate professionals and a $13B Colorado industry.
Prior to joining the Association, Kruger was an account executive at a national agency, leading developers, builders and city officials, across the country, to create smart master planned communities. She also spent time directing marketing and sales efforts at McStain Neighborhoods, launching one of the country’s most sought green home builder brands of all time.
In the years leading up to Kruger taking the helm at DMCAR, she managed public policy and communications for both the residential and commercial sectors, representing the voice of real estate for the Metro area. During this time, she grew membership by 12% and helped guide the July 2012 creation and passing of the Broker Lien Law – one of the most supportive pieces of legislation passed in the name of commercial real estate in Colorado.
Upon accepting the CEO role for DMCAR, Kruger took the company on a four-year tear, bringing a streak of growth that included a near 50% revenue increase and 40% uptick in membership. This gained DMCAR the national spotlight, bolstered Kruger’s teed up efforts for community support, and ultimately led the organization to become the largest commercial real estate group in the US.
Kruger was honored as a 2016 PowerBook Award recipient by the Denver Business Journal and received the ACE Award from the National Association of Realtors for innovative management processes and extraordinary member service in 2012 and 2014. In 2015, she was appointed to the Colorado Association of Realtors leadership team to provide representation for CEOs in DC. She has served as a chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Council. Currently Kruger is the chair for the Colorado Real Estate Alliance, was selected for the 2019 Teach For American Champions Circle and she serves on the executive team for LIFT Colorado, an organization that aims to put pro-business candidates into elected office.
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