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 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.