Chairman and Co-CEO
Mr. Griffis 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, Mr. Griffis 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, Mr. Griffis 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.
Prior to Griffis Residential, Mr. Birnbaum was founder and CEO of JD Logistics, a Moscow-based contract logistics and warehousing company. Founded in 1993, Mr. Birnbaum 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.
Chief Operating Officer
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, Mr. Barta 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.