ELEVATION is a boutique real estate investment company which provides full circle value to our clients, employees, and business partners. We specialize in property re-development (Fix & Flip), consulting, wholesaling, and our unique Partnership Flip system. Our decisions are made using the following company values:
Creative problem solving
Passion for continuous improvement
We know people have many options when it comes to who they sell their property to, learn from, buy from, and partner with so we take our responsibility very seriously. We’ve been doing business in metro Denver since 2009 and look forward to providing value to others for decades to come! ELEVATION also has a sister company FLOW Investments which specializes in commercial real estate investments throughout the Mid-West in the multi-family and and self storage sectors.
Meet the ELEVATION team
Derek Marlin, CEO
Derek is a redevelopment (fix & flip) expert and the creator of the ELEVATION Academy. With over 10 years of experience in the real estate investment industry, Derek has generated over $40 million in profitable redevelopment properties in Denver and Cincinnati. Derek is the co-author of “The 2019 Guide to Denver Real Estate Investing Strategies” and co-host of the “ELEVATE your Flip” a Denver Real Estate Investing podcast. The seven part series podcast airs on Denver Investment Real Estate.com. Derek has first-hand investment experience working on Wall Street in the fixed income sector. He holds an MBA from the University of Florida, Series 7 and 63 securities licenses, has completed the Tony Robbins Business Mastery Program and numerous real estate focused seminars. His investment acumen was also refined with 12 years of experience working in corporate sales and marketing with the Denver Broncos and CBS television. Derek enjoys spending time with his wife Ann and their three teenagers, coaching youth athletics, traveling abroad and personally training for endurance outdoor-obstacle course events such as Tough Mudder and Spartan Races training for endurance outdoor-obstacle course events.
Michele Willett, Academy Program Director
With over 18 years of diversified project and program management experience, Michele is a proactive and solutions-oriented business leader. She is keen in finding a path forward through complex challenges to ensure customer value. Michele transforms an organization’s vision and strategy into measurable business values. Her core competencies include creating and implementing systematic methods to drive efficiencies and create predictable, measurable and profitable organized systems. Her philosophy of performing with integrity and high expectations leads to quality performance was cultivated by working with organizations such as; Amazon Web Services, Kaiser Permanente, Vistar and Cricket Communications. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising/Marketing from the University of Florida and holds a current license as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Michele manages the full lifecycle of ELEVATION Academy goals and initiatives. Her role focuses on helping ELEVATION Academy clients learn every step of
the ELEVATION system on how to locate, purchase, rehabilitate, sell and profit from redeveloping residential properties. Michele enjoys spending time with family and tribe of friends, long hikes in the mountains, being on any beach and lifestyle photography.
Daniel Hansen, Project Manager
With 12 years of experience in residential redevelopment, Daniel’s career originated within his father’s general contracting business working as a carpenter. After earning a BA at Colorado State University, Daniel became a licensed RE/MAX agent and has recently transferred brokerages to become a licensed Your Castle Real Estate Agent. He worked with integrity to develop a strong understanding of his client's real estate investment goals in order to achieve their goals. For four years, he built a deep network of professional relationships and represented his clients by demonstrating a deep knowledge of residential redevelopment opportunities. Simultaneously, Daniel worked with his business partners to lead all project management phases of their joint venture fix and flip projects in the Denver metro area. Daniel excels at process improvement, stakeholder communications and project organization. As ELEVATION’s project manager, Daniel anticipates and mitigates risks affecting the scope, timelines and budget of residential redevelopment projects to ensure excellent quality and maximum profitability. Daniel enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Ali, family and friends, playing golf and cheering for all of Colorado's professional sports teams. He has traveled to more than 15 countries and will continue to adventure abroad as long as he can.
Sierra Shaw, Acquisitions Manager
Sierra was born in Alberta, Canada and spent time living in fabulous places such as Seattle and Oahu, Hawaii. She honed her sales skills and gained valuable experience working with investors through the solar industry while living in Hawaii. Sierra grew a fond appreciation for architecture and design while traveling the United States, South America and Asia. This appreciation is evident in the design aspects of ELEVATION’S renovated properties. With strong interpersonal skills learned from haggling in street markets around the world, Sierra has refined her ability to negotiate and close deals. Missing the mountains, Sierra settled down near family in Colorado. At this time she decided to pursue her passion for real estate and attained her Broker’s license. Sierra joined the team at ELEVATION in the summer of 2018. She was brought on to acquire properties for the company while also building the wholesale division of the business. Sierra is an integral part of the design of each renovation and is highly determined to grow the business throughout the Denver metro area. In her free time, you can catch her trying new restaurants, shredding the powder, traveling, and enjoying everything Colorado has to offer!