Executive Management Team

The Griffis Residential executive team leads more than 200 real estate professionals, including site-level property management associates supported by deep corporate resources.

Ian Griffis

Chairman and Co-CEO

Mr. Griffis is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer sharing responsibility for strategic management of the firm and its investment activities. He is Chairman of the Advisory Com... Read More

Mr. Griffis is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer sharing responsibility for strategic management of the firm and its investment activities. He is Chairman of the Advisory Committees for Funds I – III and a member of the Griffis Residential Investment Committee.

Throughout his career, he has successfully overseen the investment in, and management of, more than 10,000 apartment units and various commercial projects located in Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Washington. There has been no loss of capital in any of Mr. Griffis’ over 60 investment projects (1985-2016).

Mr. Griffis began his real estate career in 1985 with the formation of Griffis/Blessing, Inc. After growing to become the largest vertically-integrated real estate investment and management company in Southern Colorado, he sold the company in 1997 to exclusively manage the 14 equity investment partnerships he was involved in through Griffis Investment Company (1998-2004). In 2004, he recruited former business partner (1986-87), David Birnbaum, to form Griffis Group of Companies, LLC (dba Griffis Residential) and its multifamily apartment funds business.

Mr. Griffis has been involved with various nonprofits and charities over the years. He has also led various public/ private initiatives including the construction of a 150-bed dormitory on the University of Southern Colorado Campus, four conservation easements, a public 800-acre park, and the preservation of an archeological site, and a section of the historic Cherokee Trail.  This is the oldest pioneer trail in the State of Colorado for which he was awarded the Friends of the Oregon Trail award.

Mr. Griffis is a former Charter Trustee of Colorado College and Former Trustee of the Fountain Valley School. He holds a B.A. from Colorado College.

Nothing presented herein is intended to constitute investment advice, and under no circumstances should any information provided herein be used or considered as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund managed by Griffis Residential.
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David Birnbaum

Co-CEO

Mr. Birnbaum is Co-Chief Executive Officer sharing responsibility for strategic management of the firm and its investment activities. In addition to being a member of the Griffis R... Read More

Mr. Birnbaum is Co-Chief Executive Officer sharing responsibility for strategic management of the firm and its investment activities. In addition to being a member of the Griffis Residential Investment Committee, he oversees all sourcing and preliminary analysis for evaluation by the Investment Committee. He also manages the execution of major investment activities, oversees the firm’s institutional relationships and investor reporting, and is the Chief Compliance Officer in connection with the firm’s status as a Registered Investment Advisor.

Prior to Griffis Residential, Mr. Birnbaum was founder and CEO of JD Logistics, a Moscow-based contract logistics and warehousing company.  He oversaw the expansion of JD Logistics into multiple international markets and managed the company’s sale and relocation to London in 1998, where he continued as CEO until 2003.

Mr. Birnbaum holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School. He currently serves on the Investment Committee for the Jewish Community of Colorado, the Russian and Eastern European Acquisition Committee for London’s Tate Museum, and the Photography Acquisition Alliance for the Denver Art Museum.

Nothing presented herein is intended to constitute investment advice, and under no circumstances should any information provided herein be used or considered as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund managed by Griffis Residential.
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Tom Barta

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Barta, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for overseeing operations including the firm’s asset management and finance functions. He guides and develops the Griffis Custome... Read More

Mr. Barta, Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for overseeing operations including the firm’s asset management and finance functions. He guides and develops the Griffis Customer Experience Management Team and Guest Culture Initiative.  He is also a member of the Griffis Residential Investment Committee and maintains day-to-day responsibility for leading and managing all on-site property management initiatives.

Prior to joining Griffis Residential in 2005, Mr. Barta served as Corporate Controller for Westmoreland Coal Company, a publicly-traded company, for four years, where he oversaw all financial and accounting functions. From 1994 to 2001, he was in the audit practice in the Denver Colorado office of KPMG.

Mr. Barta holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Nothing presented herein is intended to constitute investment advice, and under no circumstances should any information provided herein be used or considered as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund managed by Griffis Residential.
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