Denver-Based Real Estate Professional Don MacKenzie of Forum Real Estate Group
With a long career in the Denver real estate sector, Donald D. MacKenzie headed MacKenzie House, LLC, as its president and chief executive officer for a decade. Don MacKenzie founded this real estate development company, which focused on multifamily, senior housing, condominium, and single-family estate homes. Over the course of his career with the company, he oversaw the development of more than $500 million in multifamily housing in both Denver and Kansas City. The Denver Business Journal named MacKenzie House the fastest-growing large company in Denver in 2007. In 2009, Don MacKenzie transitioned to MBH Enterprises, LLC, where he functioned as vice president of operations. He held responsibility for two of the company’s subsidiaries, a hard-money lender with real estate assets and a commercial mortgage-backed securities firm.
Today, Don MacKenzie is the Chief Development Officer for Forum Real Estate Group. Forum is a full-service real estate investment firm with a focus on multifamily. The company is based in Denver and does development, acquisitions and asset management throughout the United States.
Don MacKenzie launched his first enterprise at the age of 14. Called Citrus, Inc., the company trucked freshly picked produce from orchards in Florida and Texas directly to retail customers in Connecticut. He operated the company for several years before eventually selling it. After completing high school, Don MacKenzie studied political science at Middlebury College and secured one of the first paid internships with the Reagan administration. Before entering the real estate market, he worked in finance, including with Paine Webber in Merger and Acquisitions.
CWEE Helps Students Prepare for Employment
A prominent nonprofit located in Colorado, the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) strives to improve education and employment opportunities for single parents of low income. CWEE accomplishes its mission by preparing individuals for employment, starting with assigning a case manager. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all template, CWEE provides the specialized attention necessary for individuals to get the training and preparation they need.
Participants pursuing a GED begin by completing the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess their knowledge level. CWEE holds GED ceremonies every quarter to recognize graduates. In the same vein, all participants in the CWEE work readiness program must complete a computer training course, in which they learn via individualized tutoring sessions and workshops. CWEE participants must also deliver a series of five presentations, which typically involves fielding questions from the audience and receiving written feedback from staff.