SVN Specialty Awards: Team Player – Steve Kawulok

Recognizing the SVN Difference with Specialty Awards

Team126If you read my recent blog post about the SVN Annual Conference highlights, you know that the SVN Specialty Awards recognize members of the SVN community who have distinguished themselves in 2015 by making significant impacts on the commercial real estate industry and beyond. The awards – which included Team Player of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Collaborator of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Prospector of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Firm of the Year – looked beyond production results and instead focused on culture. The winners of this year’s SVN Specialty Awards each embody traits that the SVN culture values immensely: practicing collaboration, cooperation and conscious capitalism while excelling in commercial real estate.

SVN Team Player of the Year 2015 – Steve Kawulok

Steve Kawulok - SVN Specialty AwardsSteve Kawulok, Managing Director of SVN | Denver Commercial has been with SVN since 2007 and under his direction, the Fort Collins office has been a top performing office for as long as we can remember. However, the fact that there were a number of nominations for Steve that came from around the country is a testament to his ability to be a true SVN Team Player. This year, Steve took it to another level when he was instrumental in building the SVN presence in Denver. To a quote one of the nominations that came in:

“His unique strong – yet soft-spoken – style made him the perfect candidate to blend the multiple Colorado offices and work together with the leaders from the Chicago SVN office to establish a regional presence in the Denver metro area. He is a real team player.”

The SVN blog will be featuring one SVN Specialty Award winner every week for the next few weeks. Stay up to date with SVN and CRE industry news.

How the Northern Colorado CRE Market is Doing–a Q2 Report

Steve Kawulok, managing director, SVN The Group Commercial, Fort Collins, CO

Recession recovery is continuing at a higher pace in the Northern Colorado commercial real estate market, says Steve Kawulok, managing director of Sperry Van Ness The Group Commercial in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Northern Colorado market, which encompasses the three counties of Boulder, Larimer and Weld, had an improving outlook for the second quarter of 2013. Among the signs of recovery and strength were:

  • Market sales of property went up ;
  • Retail properties  did the best;
  • Office properties gained momentum with the vacancy rates going down and rental rates on the uptick;
  • Investors are still active in this market.

For a complete picture of the Q2 activity in Northern Colorado, including significant commercial real estate transactions, read Steve’s Q2 report here.

*All Sperry Van Ness offices are independently owned and operated.

1Q 2013 Northern Colorado CRE Market Sets Stage for a Strong Year by Steve Kawulok

Steve Kawulok
Steve Kawulok, Managing Director, SVN/The Group Commercial

In a detailed Northern Colorado commercial real estate market report and analysis, Steve Kawulok, Managing Director of Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial says the first quarter sales volume of 2013 was less than 4Q 2012, but with high activity levels, foretelling a strong year ahead.

Other key findings about the Northern Colorado market in this report are:

  • Retail properties were sought after although investors paid slightly less for investment properties in general.
  • Vacancy rates continued to decline, particularly in the industrial category.
  • Rents are projected to increase in 2013.
  • Land meant for residential development has started to sell if located in an infill area, and oriented to smaller lot, affordable homes.
  • Medical office and clinical properties are in high demand from investors.
  • Industrial properties, especially those with yard space, are in high demand from the energy industry.

Read the entire Tri-County Northern Colorado 1Q 2013 Commercial Real Estate Market Trends and Commentary.


Steve Kawulok

Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial 

Fort Collins, CO


*All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.


Five for Friday with Steve Kawulok of Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial

Five for Friday travels to Fort Collins, Colorado to feature Steve Kawulok , managing director at Sperry Van Ness/The Group Commercial, LLC.

Steve Kawulok
Steve Kawulok, Managing Director, SVN/The Group Commercial

1. What is your geographic market and product specialty?

I cover Denver and north to Wyoming. My personal product specialty is industrial commercial real estate

2. What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share?

Always be able to answer the question “how’s the market doing?” with a good grasp on commercial real estate demand drivers and activity.

3. What’s been the biggest change over on how you run your business in the past decade?

The financial stability of advisors during the recession that we’ve been through.

4. What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?

Brokers Who Dominate by Rod Santomassimo of the Massimo Group.

5.  What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you?

I am a dual citizen, through blood, of Poland.

*All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.