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ABOUT THE SERIES Formerly known as the CWCC Luncheons, the Powerful Voices Conversation Series will feature speakers who will touch your heart with their inspirational stories of success. There is no formula, no rules, no division of career or personal life stories, because after all - we gain power and inspiration from all places. All speakers share their stories about how they achieved their success, best leadership practices and key strengths to succeed in business and life. Networking begins at 11 am, followed by lunch at 11:40 am, and the speaker at 12:20 pm.
Take time each month to refocus your energy and connect with your community of empowered, collaborative women who want nothing but to help you succeed.
Katie Kruger, CEO, Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS
Katie Kruger has taken an unusual and very interesting path in life from the rough-neck oil fields of Kuparuk, Alaska to her current role as the CEO of the largest commercial real estate association in the country (Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS®) where she represents more than 2,000 commercial real estate professionals across Colorado.
Raised in a remote Alaskan town and facing challenging family issues and responsibilities well beyond a typical teenager, Kruger’s decision to join the nearly exclusive male workforce in Alaska’s remote oil fields was based solely on her personal motivation to care for her younger siblings and a mother who could no longer care for her children due to illness.
While she achieved her goals, the experience taught her that there was more opportunity ahead through higher education. Her work ethic, creativity and problem solving have opened door after door for Kruger as she has made her way once again through a predominantly male industry.
Prior to joining the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, Kruger was an account executive at a national agency, leading developers, builders and city officials, across the country, to create smart master planned communities. She also spent time directing marketing and sales efforts at McStain Neighborhoods, launching one of the country’s most sought green home builder brands of all time.
In the years leading up to Kruger taking the helm at DMCAR, she managed public policy and communications for both the residential and commercial sectors, representing the voice of real estate for the Metro area. During this time, she grew membership by 12% and helped guide the July 2012 creation and passing of the Broker Lien Law – one of the most supportive pieces of legislation passed in the name of commercial real estate in Colorado.
Upon accepting the CEO role for DMCAR, Kruger took the company on a 4- year tear, bringing a streak of growth that included a near 50% revenue increase and 40% uptick in membership. This gained DMCAR the national spotlight, bolstered Kruger’s teed up efforts for community support, and ultimately led the organization to become the largest commercial real estate group in the US.
Kruger was recently honored as a 2016 PowerBook Award recipient by the Denver Business Journal, and received the ACE Award from the National Association of Realtors for innovative management processes and extraordinary member service in 2012 and 2014. In 2015, she was appointed to the Colorado Association of Realtors leadership team to provide representation for CEOs in DC. She currently serves as a Chair of the Denver Metro Chamber Public Affairs Council, sits on the executive team at the Colorado Real Estate Alliance and often supports and participates on behalf of the Board of Directors at Vital for Colorado.