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Our Team

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:


Value creation

Creative problem solving


Passion for continuous improvement

Organized systems


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 Investment Properties Team

Derek Marlin

Derek is the founder and managing principle of ELEVATION which is a dynamic real estate investment company operating throughout Denver, Colorado. He oversees all aspects of the company including strategic direction, operations, finance, project management, acquisitions, and the Partnership Flip program. Derek blends an analytical mindset with a true passion to create win-win relationships to grow the company brand and deepen roots within the Colorado community.

He spent 11 years working for the Denver Broncos and CBS Television in sports marketing after receiving his MBA in Sports Management from the University of Florida. Derek grew his diverse investment background when he co-founded a municipal trading company focusing on fixed income and corporate bond sales for two years before entering real estate investing full time in 2014. He has Series 7 and 63 securities licenses which help him analyze real estate investing in a well rounded manner.

Derek is blessed to have an amazing family of five which include his fellow entrepreneur wife Ann and three talented kiddos. He enjoys coaching youth sports, traveling, and training for Tough Mudder or Spartan Races.

Sierra Shaw

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!

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